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Apple unveils voice-activated, connected home speaker

HomePod costs significantly more than Amazon Echo . It aims to initially beat the competition on audio fidelity. Design: The design of the HomePod mimics the cylinder Mac Pro, with the speaker measuring in at under 7 inches tall. It won't be a huge gap to close, however. Additionally, Apple has added Hindi dictation as one of the features in iOS. HomePod is also integrated with Apple Music , the company's streaming subscription service with around 40 million songs . Read More »

Apple unveils new 'HomePod' speaker

Apple Inc . introduced a music speaker HomePod at an annual gathering of software developers on Monday. I picked the above as my top because they are the ones that will impact people the most and they hint at what Apple is looking towards. Read More »

London Attackers' Names: Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane identified in London Bridge killings

It had been set at "critical" in the days after the Manchester concert bombing on May 22 that killed 22 people - reflecting a judgment that an attack might be imminent because accomplices with similar bombs might be on the loose. Her family urged people to honour her memory by "making your community a better place". "Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter", they said in a statement. Read More »

Rouhani says Tehran attacks will make Iran more united

IRIB and Fars said an armed man was inside the mausoleum in southern Tehran , around 20km from the parliament building, with reports of several injuries. The attacks follow several weeks of heightened rhetorical animosity between Riyadh and Tehran . Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said he "stands in solidarity with the President of Iranian Parliament and the Iranian people". Read More »

Introducing Apple's Homepod - will you be purchasing?

The HomePod includes Apple's A8 chip, a system-on-chip CPU/GPU that debuted in 2014 with the iPhone 6. "We completely reimagined how a speaker should make music in the home," Apple added. But neither can quite give you the experience promised by the (pricey) combination of a HomePod and Apple Music subscription. HomePod combined elements of Echo and Sonos smart speakers , known for rich sound quality, according to Reticle Research principal analyst Ross Rubin. Read More »

Here's our first look at Apple's new HomePod smart speaker

Dubbed HomePod , the new speaker features voice control and spatial awareness to adapt the sound to different rooms. Siri was also front-and-center of Apple's machine-learning, a type of artificial intelligence that helps software adapt to data and recognize patterns automatically. Read More »

United Kingdom police arrest man in London Bridge attack investigation

A Canadian and a French national were among those who died, while the 48 injured included people of many nationalities. Another 36 men and women are now in hospital, 21 of whom are in a critical condition, according to NHS England. Tech companies have been criticized for their efforts disrupting the online terror planning since the most recent attack in London , but one cybersecurity analyst told CNBC there is little they can do. Read More »

Apple's HomePod speaker will 'reinvent music'

It's a smart wireless speaker powered by the Siri AI that seems created to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Google's Home speaker. The HomePod will go on sale later in the year for $349. And yet the Amazon Echo has been a big success, selling millions of units and forcing Apple , the preeminent consumer electronics firm of our time, to scramble to launch a me-too product. Read More »

Apple's iOS 11 will make iPhone 5 and 5c obsolete


It also enhanced its workout app to, for instance, support high intensity interval training. Understandably, not everyone has seen Jones' tweet or those of others who also found the unannounced feature, and many dismissed Apple for seemingly not addressing it. Read More »

Comey Told AG Sessions He Didn't Want To Be Alone With Trump


On the eve of his highly anticipated hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee , former F.B.I. director James Comey has released the text of his opening statement , detailing his various cringeworthy encounters with Donald Trump , whose belligerent disregard for the bureau's independence apparently forced Comey, on one occasion, to literally try to hide among the curtains in the Blue Room to avoid another inappropriate conversation. Read More »

Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official to lead FBI


If confirmed by the Senate to a 10-year term as the bureau's director, Wray will succeed Comey who was abruptly sacked by the USA president one month ago. Warner is vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and head of the Senate Judiciary Committee that vets nominees to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said he found out about the nomination when Trump tweeted the news. Read More »

Meet the new awesome Apple HomePod

At Apple's annual WWDC, the tech giant announced its entry into the home assistant market. On the other hand, Google Home works with Chromecast-compatible speakers , while the Echos will soon work with Sonos speakers . Timothy D. Cook, the company's chief executive said, "Pushing the device further than it ever has before". In explaining this substantial price difference, Apple points to better sound technology in the HomePod . Read More »

Apple's iOS 11 Hopes To Reinvent the iPad

It's scheduled to officially roll out sometime this fall after a number of public and private beta releases. This base model includes a stunning 4K display which is now 43 per cent brighter and features support for one billion colours. "Most apps from the last four years or so should be compatible, unless they haven't been updated since 2015". Speaking of highlights, the homepage will now highlight new apps on a daily basis, up from the weekly updates of the past. Read More »

Trump Talks Infrastructure During Stop in Cincinnati


Trump said , speaking for about 40 minutes. Trump is pointing to a government program that allows the private sector to tap into low-priced government loans called the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act as a way to leverage federal funds with state, local, and private sector funding. Read More »

Trump hung U.S. out to dry on Paris climate agreement


President Trump announced last week that he would pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change , a move branded as "insane" by California governor Jerry Brown, who is visiting China this week. David Josar, a US Embassy spokesman, said it would be premature to discuss possible changes to US climate change funding in Cambodia before the 2018 budget was finalized. Read More »

Apple HomePod Speaker to Compete with Amazon Echo

Apple's Siri assistant will be integrated into the $349 speaker, and can make music recommendations that pair with the company's Apple Music service, send text messages , check news and sports scores and control compatible home gadgets like lightbulbs and thermostats. Read More »

Gulf states await Qatar response

Asked for specifics about what Arab nations want from Qatar , Mr Gargash said expelling members of Hamas and other groups from Qatar is important. Although Qatar hosts the largest American military airbase in the Middle East , Trump threw his weight behind the Saudi-led effort to isolate the emirate in a surprise move on Tuesday. Read More »

Police release 12 people held after London atrocity

Zaghba was said to have been placed on a watch list by Italian authorities and flagged to their Moroccan and British counterparts, but a lack of evidence about his intentions meant his phone and passport were returned, Italian media reported . Read More »

Apple Unveils Wireless Speaker HomePod

The HomePod is not expected to ship until December 2017, and it will cost $349, that is almost twice as the Echo ($179) and Google Home ($129) and is expensive. The speaker works, unsurprisingly, with Apple Music and has several speakers and a built in woofer. "Only time will tell if the new Siri can compete with Google's knowledge graph or Amazon's natural voice processing but the installed base of iOS and Apple's scope for integration is a considerable advantage". Read More »

IOS 11: we rank the 10 best features


However it is most likely that files will be offered as a system app in iOS 11 , and the reason for posting it in the App Store is that this way users can remove it and re-install it at a later time should they change their mind. There are updates for watchOS , A Siri-powered watch face, which automatically displays the information most relevant to you. The App Store has also given us another sneak peek: a "files" app from Apple , which looks like it'll move the operating system ... Read More »

'I was frozen': Cosby accuser says she was drugged, groped


Constand has testified that she felt she needed a lawyer to offer her advice, not necessarily to file a lawsuit. Ms Constand says the calls concerned the basketball team. Cosby followed up with a phone call with questions about the team and slowly, she testified in court Tuesday, he became her mentor and her friend. The approach led to a somewhat freaky courtroom sequence in which Agrusa tried to play up the romantic qualities of Cosby and Constand's earlier encounters while Constand played ... Read More »

Latest iPhone update leaves you open to security threats

The Sun reports Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering , revealed the new feature at the Worldwide Developers conference in San Diego earlier this week, explaining: 'When you are driving, you don't need to be responding to these kind of messages . Read More »

Brownback says tax hike bad long-term for Kansas


And in March, the Kansas Supreme Court found that the state's spending on public education was unconstitutionally low, dealing the governor another blow and putting added pressure on Republican lawmakers to at least loosen this tax-cutting policy. Read More »

Apple unveils Siri-controlled speaker at annual conference

This new breed of speaker presents a tantalizing future powered by voice, where computing is not tied to a screen. But while Siri improved incrementally, it was overtaken by rivals such as Google's Assistant , and faces competition from Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana too. Read More »

Apple speaker 'an echo of its competitors'

The seventh announcement which took everyone by surprise was that of Apple HomePod - something that has been rumored for a while, but wasn't really seen, even in the rumor mills. Apple said the speakers have "spatial awareness" that adjusts the speaker's sound levels to the acoustic conditions of the particular room. Apple is also bringing the ability to pay someone back through its payment service, Apple Pay, much as PayPal and other services already do. Read More »

IOS 11 Automatically Deletes Unused Apps

The next mobile operating system from Apple , iOS 11 , will give iPad users extensive software updates and long-awaited features, such as a file management tool and customizable app dock. You cannot only turn a live photo into a video loop but also make your photos bounce back and forth. It took six months of court action to obtain mobile phone records showing that the driver of the vehicle his son had been a passenger in had been texting at the wheel. Read More »

IPhone 5 and iPhone 5c won't support iOS 11, Apple confirms

As you may well remember, last year's iOS 10 brought new Lock Screen features, as well as the integration of third party apps in iMessage and Apple Maps. As well as acting a virtual home button, previous reports have suggested this non physical control will also hide a new Touch ID sensor, buried within the screen itself. Read More »

IOS 11 Brings Drag And Drop Support To iPhone

On iPad, you sometimes have to swipe up at least twice, however. Interestingly, both the apps remain active in the split view. Apple is expected to roll out the iOS 11 this fall. Apple's also copying a feature found on certain Android phones in order to save space taken up by larger apps. As a result, the Pixel C , despite having powerful hardware, was crippled as a productivity tablet by its software. Read More »

How the suspected NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner was caught


CIA officer-turned-whistleblower John Kiriakou says reporters at The Intercept news site should have done a better job protecting the identity of accused National Security Agency leaker Reality Winner . Victor may face up to a decade in prison. Winner's Attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, said in an interview that his client was a "good person" and will remain in federal custody until Thursday. Read More »

Thousands may have been killed in Philippines: ICRC

Up to 50 gunmen are still controlling the city centre almost two weeks after the start of fighting that has killed 177 people including 120 militants. But the officials failed to secure agreement from their own military for the truce, provincial crisis management committee spokesman Zia Alonto Adiong told the AFP news agency. Read More »

What to expect from Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote on Monday

WWDC 2017 will officially start on June 5. And while both companies may be happy to see their Echos and Homes enter thousands of new homes everyday, their party may end soon - because reportedly Apple is also coming out with its own smart speaker tonight at WWDC. Read More »