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Apple launches speaker to rival Amazon Echo

With or without the HomePod, smart speakers are becoming the next big thing in consumer gadgetry. Rumours that Apple would offer a sneak peak of its wireless speaker for the home at the manufacturer's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC ) proved to be true this week as the company unveiled a speaker with built-in Siri technology, powered by the same processor found in older iPhones. Read More »

Sonny Bill could be key to sinking Lions - Umaga

While the Lions had a footing in the match through their scrum, they made few attempts to play attacking rugby and were vulnerable to the counter-attacking style of the Blues . Jared Payne then ought to have scored in the left corner after the Lions manoeuvred their hosts into position to strike. Stander, in particular, was clearly hard to stop which replicated his performance in Chicago past year. Read More »

Five farmers die in shooting at protest rally in India

It may be recalled that farmers from the southern state of Tamil Nadu protested in the Indian capital for nearly a month. Despite a record harvest this season and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise to double farmer income over the next five years, many say they are drowning in debt and can barely make a living from plunging crop prices. Read More »

Apple TV update adds the one feature you've been waiting years for

The HomePod is going to be a lot more spendy, and it won't be available for quite some time. If you already have an iPhone , iPad and Apple TV, HomePod just makes sense. It helps that a new piece of hardware will also provide a neat new revenue stream and pave the way for Afuture smart home products. This is a product straddling two categories, and not in a good way. Read More »

Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival

This isn't Apple's first attempt to enter the home audio market. The thing is, Google already did the same thing, with the Tango mobile augmented reality system and services running in its cloud. Under the hood, the speaker is powered by Apple's A8 chip providing bass management through real-time software modeling and other advanced audio functions, including the new spatial awareness feature. Read More »

Apple's Siri aims to be in tune with your home arrangements

Last year's confab saw Siri opened up to third-party developers for the first time. That is expected to happen, though, and with AirPlay 2 coming soon, it might be even easier to link and sync speakers around the house. While it may sound weird, unlike Amazon and Google who proudly boast about the various things that their speakers can do, Apple has made a decision to position HomePod as a music primary device. Read More »

Apple makes Siri more powerful

Apple entered the growing field of voice-controlled speakers for the home on Monday (June 5), taking on early leaders Amazon .com and Google . Chief executive Tim Cook said, ' Just like portable music, we would like to reinvent home music'. Read More »

Gregg Allman, celebrated southern rock pioneer, dies aged 69


During this time, Gregg met and married pop star, Cher . He and his older brother Duane formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band , which featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane and Dickey Betts , a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman . Read More »

Five Indian farmers shot dead as protests mount


On Monday, the Chief Minister had assured farmers that onions would be purchased by the government at Rs 8 per kg and " moong " pulse at agreed price, and that a Rs 1,000 crore stabilisation fund would be set up. A commotion intensified, shots were fired killing four persons. "They want to turn this into another Patidar versus BJP stir". However, Dewas ASP Anil Patidar claimed that situation in his district was under control. Read More »

"Wonder Woman" fully lives up to the adjective in her…

Besides being my namesake ( Wonder Woman's human name is Diana Prince), I have always been enthralled by this lovely and strong female character with long, wavy black hair (not unlike mine) ever since my brother first introduced me to her when I was a little girl. Read More »

Family pays tribute to Canadian victim of London attack

Investigators were looking into whether or not the three militants who committed a vehicle and knife attack on London Bridge and in Borough Market Saturday night, killing 7 and injuring dozens, had been supported by anyone else on Monday, and said the identities of the attackers were known to them. Read More »

Republic confidence booster ahead of Austria

Martin O'Neill insists Republic of Ireland's defeat to Mexico served as "excellent preparation" for their World Cup qualifier against Austria. Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph (Kieren Westwood 45); Cyrus Christie , Shane Duffy (Alex Pearce 60), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward; Glenn Whelan (Wes Hoolahan 45), Harry Arter, Robbie Brady, Jonny Hayes ( Aiden McGeady 60), Jeff Hendrick ( James McClean 74); Jonathan Walters (Daryl Murphy 60). Read More »

Apple's iOS 11 Storage Tools: New Ways to Help You Save Space

Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality "experiences", although the company didn't announce any consumer VR products. Created to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music. Read More »

Trump, Shuster back privatizing air-traffic-control system

Trump says a major source of frustration and ultimately cost is America's out of date Air Traffic Control System that manages nearly a billion flights per year. They base this belief on a 2001 recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Organization that said signatory states, including the US should separate air traffic control from safety oversight. Read More »

Apple Music enters home speaker market with HomePod

Siri will also be doing something Apple likes to call "on-device learning". Other specifications have also been refreshed and the biggest change Apple talked about was the dynamic refresh rate of the displays. In the camera department, a new compression technology called High-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) has been introduced to reduces the file size of photographs and videos. Read More »

Apple's new business chat app will challenge Facebook Messenger

Support for AR: Apple is bringing augmented reality to iOS 11 with the new ARKit for developers. Naturally, Apple didn't have enough time to go through every single feature coming to iOS 11 . iOS 11 will support indoor mall and airport maps around the world. HomePod is a seven-inch-tall speaker that has Apple's digital assistant built in. Read More »

New iPhone feature can block texts while driving

It is more than three times the price of the Google Home ($109).It begins shipping in December in United States, Australia, and Britain. Apple's A7, which debuted in the iPhone 5S in 2013, was the first Apple mobile device to utilize a 64-bit processor (such has been the case for all subsequent launches as well). Read More »

London attack : Political heat focusing on Theresa May


An Italian prosecutor says Zaghba told authorities after being stopped a year ago at Bologna's airport that he "wanted to be a terrorist", but then quickly corrected himself. According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May's lead over Labour has shrivelled to just over a single point - 41.6 percent to 40.4 percent. Read More »

Cuomo: NY state will keep Affordable Care Act protections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will install a series of measures to fight the potential repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act , including a preemptive rebuke to insurers looking to back out of the state's insurance marketplace. My proposal to both parties is to provide a federal re-insurance for the health insurance providers. That said, despite its brevity, there remains a good deal of confusion regarding what the AHCA actually would mean for individuals, businesses, and, in ... Read More »

Can Apple's HomePod Compete With Amazon's Alexa?

And based on the huge number of features the company has pushed into the update, I agree that, for the right people, tablets can be that future. This would surely boost the appeal of AR across its iOS devices, with more possibilities for developers to explore ahead of iOS 11's release this fall. Read More »

Police name two London attackers, say one investigated before


Police said they had seized a huge amount of forensic material in two early morning raids in east London Monday, as part of their efforts to determine if the three men who carried out Saturday's attack were part of a wider network. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of "attack planning" by him. Neighbors described Butt as an avid weightlifter. Read More »

Apple iOS 11 takes a stand on driving safety with CarPlay updates

However, it seems like this year Apple is focusing on the productivity for the iPad with this new iOS 11. App has rolled out a new " Files " app which will bring all the files together at one place. Certain applications will now have a dot on their corresponding icons when updates and notifications are available within the app. Apple , as well as several Android OEMs, have utilized the notification dot feature , but it has never before been a native feature on Android. Read More »

Apple Launches iOS 11 And New iPads At WWDC 2017

In the past couple of years, Apple has allowed anyone that wants to to sign up for the beta programme and install the early test version of iOS on their iPhone and iPad. In what was a rather exciting talk, we also got a preview of the upcoming iPhone, iPad, iMac Pro and Apple Watch . The Memories album now has automatic re-orientation in video playback when you flip your iPhone around. Read More »

Cassidy: Health care plan doesn't fulfill Trump's promises


In a brief statement, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., the only member of Congress representing Fargo-Moorhead who cast a vote for the House Republican plan to replace the law commonly known as Obamacare, emphasized its financial savings. MacArthur said shortly after the report's release that he didn't trust the analysis because the CBO's actuaries are "not prophets". That's $30 billion less than the first version. Read More »

Apple announces 'HomePod' Smart Speaker

An internet-connected speaker called HomePod is coming in December for about $350. " HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a attractive speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home". Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About Apple's New ARKit

Whilst the devices will still work when iOS 11 comes out, they will not be able to run the latest apps and will not get security updates to make the phone hacker-proof. "It's like that." And now Apple is ready to push that recognition to the next level, with better environmental awareness than we saw in Niantic's mid-2016 sensation. Read More »

Amazon to begin offering Prime discount to those on government assistance


The discounted rate is $5.99 per month. A package from Amazon Prime moves on a conveyor belt at a UPS facility, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in NY. Customers also get deals on diapers and groceries to e-books and audiobooks. The move also takes aim at Walmart , which has been gaining ground in the online shopping space since it bought online retailer for $3.3 billion a year ago. Read More »

Kamal Nath blames Shivraj government for farmers' killing

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh have called an emergency meeting into the matter. Three of the deceased are Kanhaiyalal Patidar, Bablu Patidar and Prem Singh Patidar. Late on Monday night, farmers in Mandsaur district tried break the gates of a railway crossing and disrupt the railway lines as part of their protest. Read More »

Trump says Arab leaders complained about Qatar

Qatar's stock market rebounded in early trade after plunging the previous day but the Qatari riyal fell against the U.S. dollar. The four countries began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar as regional airlines announced they'd suspend service to its capital, Doha . Read More »

Trump Promises 'Cheaper, Faster and Safer' Air Travel

It's a change the major airlines have wanted. The announcement does not come as a surprise, as Trump met with airline CEOs in February. According to the official White House presser, "Sixty countries have successfully "spun-off" their day-to-day air traffic management responsibilities from government agencies to corporations". Read More »