Now playing: Watch this: Wahl Get weird with Razer’s new energy drinks 6:35 Best massage gun with heat Homedics HHP-350 Percussion Massager Thumper Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager Theragun Thumper Sport Percussive Massager TimTam Power Massager $129 at Amazon Hyperice Hypervolt Purewave $349 at Best Buy TimTam Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags $125 at Amazon For less than $30 (although it runs for $40 on the Wahl website), this percussive massager allows you to adjust the percussion massage intensity from light to intense, and it comes with four unique attachment heads to provide super-targeted deep tissue massage relief. The only downside to this device is that it uses a cord, not batteries, so it’s not very portable. What buyers say: One reviewer called it the “best hand-held massager I’ve ever had,” and went on to say, “I have had IT band syndrome in my right leg and this massager has made a huge difference in my ability to move without pain.” Best quiet massage gun Theragun G3 Pro Share your voice $200 at Amazon The Theragun G3 Pro is expensive, but it’s received high praise from professional athletes in a wide range of sports, from basketball to CrossFit to golf. It’s high-powered and efficient, delivering a max force tissue massage of 60 pounds at 40 beats per second.If you are looking to save some money, there are also two cheaper models, the G3 for $399 and the Liv for $299.What buyers say: “If you’re thinking about buying this, GET IT!” This reviewer continued, “I got it to get over chronic tightness in my back and hamstrings. It’s better than I hoped! … Bottom line: get it. You won’t be sorry.” Best massage gun for ergonomics This percussive massager combines heat therapy and dual pivoting heads for serious deep tissue massage relief for aches and pains. Heat increases blood flow and helps to loosen and relax tight muscle fibers and muscle knots while the percussive massage heads dig into the deep layers of your muscles. This is another that needs to be plugged in, so it may not be best for you if you want to travel with your percussion massage gun. What buyers say: “This is the best purchase I have ever made for back and neck pain! I have bought moist heat pads, inversion table, lumbar braces, etc, but this is by far the best item for relieving discomfort.” Homedics The TimTam Power Massager delivers a powerful percussion therapy similar to that of Theragun, but at a fraction of the price. This TimTam model would be great for people who exercise intensely and experience muscle soreness often but don’t quite have the budget for a Theragun. What buyers say: “I’ve been suffering from chronic shoulder, back, and sciatica pain for many years, trying tons of different instruments and balls for some help with the pain,” one buyer wrote. “The TimTam is lightweight and easy to use to target the specific areas that need relief. It does the work of a half-hour massage in five minutes. Completely amazing and life-altering. $37 at Amazon The Purewave device is easily the best value out of all of these. It’s not expensive enough to give you sticker shock, but it still delivers professional massager quality percussive therapy of up to 3,700 beats per minute. It’s compact, cordless and lightweight (just 1.75 pounds), making it great for travel. On top of that, it comes with six attachment heads, including a facial massage stick. It takes one hour to charge the Purewave’s battery, which lasts for 180 minutes, or 20 to 30 minutes of use each day for a week. What buyers say: Even professional massage therapists love this one, with one saying, “I love these so much that I use one in my practice and I also sell them. I looked for a long time, to find a massager that really had some punch to it and was a decent price. I found that with Pure Wave. It has great, adjustable percussive strength” Best budget massage gun A common theme within Amazon reviews for percussive therapy devices seems to be something along the lines of: “I love this, but it’s loud.” A few reviews on the Theragun and TimTam even mention that the devices frighten their pets. Hyperice set out to solve that with the Hypervolt, which uses patented technology to reduce noise for a more relaxing massage experience. A quieter massage therapy gun might be the best choice for you if you actually want to relax while using it. What buyers say: “I had to try someone else’s before I would fork out the dough but I’m super glad we did. Works amazing on my shoulders and my wife’s lower back. We sleep better, travel better, and just feel better using this thing a couple times a week.” What to look for in a percussive massage gun Speed and power: If you work out a lot and often experience soreness or pain, you should opt for a massage gun with at least two adjustable speed and power settings — one being less intense so you can still use the gun on very sore muscles where you are experiencing muscle pain. Type of motion: Do you want just vibration, vibration plus thumping, vibration plus a circular motion, or some other combination? When shopping for a massage gun, make sure to take note of how the device delivers the therapy. Portability: If you’re going to be traveling with your massage gun, you’ll want one that can easily fit into a bag or suitcase. Though most are indeed handheld massagers, some units are rather bulky but there are a number of small, portable massage guns designed to be taken on the road.Attachments and accessories: Where on your body will you use the massage gun? If you’ll only use it on just your large muscles, such as your back and legs, you probably don’t need many attachments or accessories. But if you intend to use it on specific areas, such as the arch of your foot, you’d benefit from attachments intended for those specific areas. Battery life: A long battery life is always beneficial. The last thing you want is for your massage gun to die when you need it most. Cost: Of course, you’ll want to look for a therapeutic massager device within your budget. The most expensive massage guns usually offer more speed, power and motion settings. Less expensive massage guns might only come with one mode, but can still be effective. These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Prices are accurate at the time of publishing and may change. Best massage gun for everyday exercisers Purewave CM7 Percussion + Vibration Therapy Massager $28 at Amazon The Thumper massager features a long (16-inch) design that makes it easy to target hard-to-reach spots like in between your shoulder blades. A common issue with self-massagers is that you must use your muscles to massage them, which is pretty counterintuitive and not at all like a massage chair. Thumper’s design reduces the amount of effort you actually have to put into moving the massager around your body. What buyers say: One reviewer said, “I can’t write enough adjectives that describe how I feel about this!!! AMAZING comes close to describing how I feel after using it, but I actually feel better than that.” Theragun If you follow any athletes online, there’s a good chance you’ve seen enthralling videos of their muscles rippling under the pressure of a vibrating self-massager or massage gun via a recovery technique called “percussive therapy” or “percussion massage” and wondered what those massage guns actually do, if they work and, most importantly, what a massage gun might do for you.Everyone from professional athletes to recreational gym-goers to those with chronic pain touts the benefits of massage guns and percussive therapy: speedier recovery, reduced muscle soreness and lactic acid build-up which could mean less pain, improved range of motion, better blood circulation and more. Read more: 11 meditation apps to reduce stress and help you sleepOK, so you’re convinced you need a massage gun for percussion therapy to recover faster from your next grueling workout but before you buy, you should know that these devices can cost you upwards of $500. If that’s too steep, you can definitely find less expensive massage gun options, especially if you don’t need the intense force of a pricey model. Also, keep in mind that the research on percussive therapy and massage guns, in general, is somewhat limited. There’s some evidence that suggests it does help with muscle soreness, pain relief, blood circulation and general recovery, but not enough to make a conclusive statement. Below are some key things to consider when buying a massage gun along including power, portability and battery life and then some picks for some of the best massage guns at varying price points including a budget option. 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An employee sits at the front desk inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida.Reuters fileAfter IT giants Cognizant, Infosys, and Wipro, Tech Mahindra seems to be the latest company to plan employee layoffs. The firm may hand out pink slips to about 2,000 employees for poor performance.While it was said that Cognizant and Infosys were laying off employees in India to hire workers in the US, Tech Mahindra is reportedly letting its workers go on the basis of performance. “We have a process of weeding out bottom performers every year and this year is no different,” the company told the Times of India.The IT giant is India’s fifth largest IT services provider and has about 117,095 employees across 90 countries. Laying off 1,500 employees makes up for about 1.2 percent of its workforce. Though the company has said that the layoff would be on the basis of the ongoing appraisal and the employees’ performance in the past years, it is yet to be revealed whether the decision will affect workers across the board or only at certain levels.In light of the latest reports on employees being laid off on such short notices, the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) filed a petition with the labour commissioner on Tuesday, May 9, regarding the same.”We demand the state and central government intervention to stop the illegal termination of Cognizant employee’s with immediate effect, reinstate all the affected employees, restore the normalcy in work environment affected by illegal terminations,” FITE said, according to the Indian Express.Meanwhile, IT giants have been making headlines over the issue in the last few days. It was reported that Cognizant was planning to lay off about 6,000 workers in India to hire in the US. It was said that the firm was not only trying to expand its brand in the US but was also trying to appease the Donald Trump administration, which has expressed displeasure over American firms outsourcing jobs to other countries. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.Soon after CTS made news for the layoffs, Capgemini too came under the limelight for similar reasons. While it was initially said that the French IT firm planned to lay off about 9,000 employees, Capgemini later said that the figures were unfounded.”The figures reported in the article published today – including the reference to igate – are unfounded. We have not announced any lay off plan,” the statement said. The logo of Capgemini is seen at the entrance of the company headquarters in Paris.Reuters”Each year our employees are evaluated based on strict performance criteria in an objective process, consistent with industry norms, to ensure we are aligned with our customer needs, business priorities, and the overall industry evolution. This leads naturally to a varying number of employees transitioning out of the organization in any given year,” the company added.Wipro, which is said to have sacked about 500 employees, said the exits were part of the annual performance appraisal. Infosys too said that the employees were let go only on the basis of their performance.
Arjun Rampal, girlfriend Gabriella DemetriadesInstagramArjun Rampal and girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades have been blessed with a baby boy on Thursday (July 18’0 afternoon). Last evening, Arjun’s daughters Mahikaa and Myra along with Gabriella’s parents were spotted outside Mumbai’s Hinduja hospital where Gabriella was admitted.JP Dutta’s daughter Nidhi Dutta took to Twitter to congratulate the new parents on the arrival of their baby. “Congratulations @rampalarjun on the arrival of your bundle of joy! God bless! ❤,” Nidhi wrote on Instagram.Earlier, Arjun Rampal had shared his excitement about having a child with his girlfriend. The actor had taken a break from acting and is now expected to resume shoot post the birth of his first child with Gabriella.Arjun was previously married to Mehr Jesia. The two parted ways in 2018 after 20 years of their marriage, are yet to file for their divorce. The couple has two daughters – Mahikaa, 17, and Myra, 13.Congratulations @rampalarjun on the arrival of your bundle of joy! God bless! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vWsPGMfLGY— Nidhi Dutta (@RealNidhiDutta) July 18, 2019
Eric Gay/APAndrea Elena Castro, daughter of Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), holds a U.S. flag during a Rally For Our Children event on May 31 to protest the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has led to the separation of families.President Donald Trump on Friday told his fellow Republicans in Congress to “stop wasting their time” on immigration legislation until after the November elections. GOP leaders said they’d press on anyway, but his comments further damaged their attempt to win over wavering lawmakers for a measure already facing likely defeat.A little more than four months before the congressional elections, Trump also took a new shot at Democratic lawmakers, accusing them of spreading “phony stories of sadness and grief” about young immigrants separated from parents by his “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings.Trump’s tweet on immigration legislation was the latest example of his abrupt reversals on issues, to the dismay of Republicans who crave his backing as a seal of approval for conservative voters. Just Tuesday, he met privately with GOP lawmakers and told them he supported the immigration legislation and would have their backs in November.“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” he tweeted. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”Trump’s history of turnabouts has made it harder for congressional leaders to win over other lawmakers for the immigration bill. The measure would grant young “Dreamer” immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children a chance for citizenship — a move many Republicans worry would enrage conservative voters who’d view it as amnesty.“You just fear that tweet in the morning,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a supporter of efforts to help Dreamers. She said members think, “The day’s not over. Heck, it’s not even noon yet. How many times could he change his mind?”Despite Trump’s stance, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the chamber would press ahead on legislation next week. Differences between conservative and moderate Republicans delayed a vote initially planned for Thursday.The bill would also require the government to separate fewer migrant children from parents when they are detained and finance Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico.“I think it’s important that the House be able to show we can take the action,” said McCarthy, R-Calif.“We’re not giving up,” said No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise, R-La.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said he “absolutely” would continue the immigration push.“I don’t think it will affect the mood of members who got very close yesterday and want to continue,” he said.In a private meeting late Thursday, party leaders said they would add provisions to the bill in hopes of rounding up the support they need.Trump’s comments come amid an international outcry over the separation of migrant families at the southern border. Trump asserted Thursday that Congress could provide the “only real solution” to the crisis.The last ditch effort on immigration ahead of the midterm elections was meant to help vulnerable Republicans this fall.A measure backed by conservative lawmakers failed Thursday. Hours later Republican leaders postponed final voting on what was billed as a compromise immigration package until next week as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.Lawmakers said two new provisions would be added to the bill in hopes of winning votes. One would require employers to use an online system to verify the citizenship of their workers, which could attract conservatives.The other would make it easier for employers to retain migrant workers, which could bolster support from Republicans from agricultural regions. Legislation on those issues had been promised for July, but skeptical lawmakers wanted it sooner.Calling Democrats “obstructionists” and accusing them of not caring about border security, Trump tweeted Friday that voters need to elect more Republicans.“Even if we get 100 percent Republican votes in the Senate, we need 10 Democrat votes to get a much needed Immigration Bill,” he said.Despite the president’s prediction of a “Red wave” this fall, Republicans are facing an uphill battle this November as they seek to hold control of the House and Senate. Headwinds from the controversy-embracing president and a wave of retirements in the House have put the GOP majority at risk there.Democrats face a more challenging map to retaking control in the Senate, with the GOP eyeing pick-ups of seats in states Trump carried in 2016. Share