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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Amazon executive says he's open to Siri on Amazon Echo

Apple's deep community of developers helps it compete against Google and Amazon . Apple also introduced a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and previewed the upcoming iOS 11 today at the annual developers' event. The lack of a breakthrough device has periodically raised concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone and supported the theory that the company lost its knack for innovation when its co-founder Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011. 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

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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

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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 »

Trump in Cincinnati to outline infrastructure plan

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We crafted monuments to the American spirit. U.S. President Donald Trump has called for more investment in infrastructure. Earlier this year, Trump announced plans to spend $1 trillion to pay for projects to fix aging bridges, roads and waterways. Read More »

Microsoft adding OneDrive support to Apple's iOS 11 Files app

Apple noted on the WWDC stage that Nike can add exercise playlists through the catalog, or Shazam can automatically add the songs it identifies to your music collection. It will let you enable quick access to frequently used controls all on one page. As any parent knows, dealing with kids in the backseat (handing over toys, food, etc.) can also pose a major distraction on the road. Read More »

US intelligence chiefs decline to discuss Trump contacts

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In his testimony, the former FBI Director says he "can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months - there in person and six on the phone". Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior adviser Jared Kushner lingered in the room, but the president told them to leave, too, according to Comey. First, as I mentioned, I'm not in a position to talk about conversations that Director Comey may or may not have had with the president. Read More »

UK PM's lead widens on eve of vote

While a big move in the price of sterling is expected once results start to come out on Thursday evening, investors in Britain's currency were largely in wait and see mode ahead of the vote. What are the big issues? Opponents pointed out that May was in charge of police and the domestic security service when the Manchester and London attackers, all known to the authorities, slipped through the net. Read More »

Apple unveils HomePod smart speaker

The product was introduced on stage by Apple executive Phil Schiller , who said it works closely with the company's Music app and will ship in December in the US, UK and Australia. However, unlike Amazon Echo and Google Home , Apple is positioning HomePod more as an alternative to connected music-systems from Sonos and Bose. Read More »

South Korean President Orders Freeze on THAAD Missile Deployment

An official told CNN Wednesday that while Seoul will not withdraw two launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that are already in action, four additional launchers will not be deployed until "a full-blown environmental impact assessment is completed". Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation seizes documents, computers from home of Augusta contractor

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When asked if she was aware of her daughter's work, and her access to classified information, Winner-Davis said, "No...you know, for obvious reasons, she didn't share what she did". Court documents filed in federal court against victor in Georgia did not identify the news outlet, nor the document in question, although both the Intercept and the court papers say the document in question was dated May 5. Read More »

Campaigners welcome new 'do not disturb' iPhone feature

If someone comes over to your place and asks for the Wi-Fi password, it's likely that you're going to have your iPhone or iPad handy to complete the process. Apple announced a lovely new Space Gray color option for its Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad, but there's just one catch: Those accessories won't be sold separately from the new $5,000 iMac Pro. Read More »

British Police Name Third Attacker From Saturday's Rampage In London

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He was on an Italian watch list and was reportedly stopped in Bologna, where his mother still makes her home. He was twice reported to anti-terror authorities, the report quoted sources as saying. Corriere said Zaghba had been radicalized by Khuram Butt , considered the head of the cell. He was known locally as "Abs/z" and was identified by neighbours as the terrorist in a photo.Butt was father to a toddler and baby and a keen gym-goer and weightlifter, neighbours said. Read More »