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Kansas Kills Trump-Like Tax Cuts in 'Repudiation of Right-Wing Orthodoxy'

Monthly tax receipt reports became a drumbeat bearing the same bad news: revenues were lower than expected, meaning budget shortfalls would be greater than expected. "But it's not about me". "This does move the state of Kansas forward". Circling back to our coverage from March, the Kansas Republican launched a radical economic "experiment" after taking office six years ago, and Brownback's plan failed in every conceivable way. Read More »

Lankford on Trump's request for loyalty: 'It doesn't surprise me'

Christie was asked about what it meant if the former Federal Bureau of Investigation distrusted the new president so much that he felt the need to take notes after meeting with Trump . Comey says he responded that he would give the president "honesty". Mr Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, released a statement yesterday saying the president felt "totally vindicated" by Mr Comey's acknowledgement that he had told Mr Trump on three occasions that he was not personally under ... Read More »

Updates to Apple's smart assistant Siri 'could be vital to HomePod's success'

Despite a slightly bass-heavy performance, our sister mag What Hi Fi? thought the HomePod edged the Sonos and outclassed the Echo in a side-by-side demo . A larger problem for HomePod is also one of its headlining features: Siri . 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 »

Saudi calls Qatar to end support for extremists

D'Silva also believes that the diplomatic crisis is temporary and that the issue will be resolved soon. Millions of migrant workers and expatriates live there, and much of Qatar's food comes from Saudi Arabia across the peninsular nation's only land border, which the Saudis have now closed. Read More »

Apple HomePod sets sights on Amazon Alexa, Google Home

Apple is expected to unveil an artificially intelligent smart speaker to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home later today. Tim Cook attends Apple's Wolrdwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California on June 5, 2017 . Siri got the ability to translate languages, something Google has provided through Google Translate since 2006. The device is a seven-inch cylindrical speaker powered by Apple's A8 processor. Read More »

UK election eve polls give May a boost

The unexpected proposal to scrap a planned cap on social care costs changed the momentum of the campaign, as nearly immediately the polls began to tighten, while Tory candidates found anxious voters raising the issue of what the opposition parties quickly dubbed the " dementia tax" on the doorstep. Read More »

Apple Announces watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with Siri Smart Watchface, More

While Apple has added in two new visual watch faces, the most notable additions is the Siri watch face which brings machine learning to the Apple Watch that serve up personalised information to the user that dynamically updates with relevant data from first and third-party apps when the wearer raised it to their face. Read More »

Three more arrests in London terror probe

Citing intelligence sources, Italian dailies Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica said Zaghba was met at the Bologna airport by Italian intelligence agents each time he arrived in Italy to visit his mother after his initial run-in with Bologna airport authorities on March 15, 2016. Read More »

Apple's HomePod Pumps Up the Volume

Apple unveiled its long-awaited HomePod at its annual developers conference taking place this week in the heart of Silicon Valley , enticing lovers of its products with a high-end offering in a market dominated by lower-priced devices from Amazon and Google . Read More »

Amazon Prime Video Is Headed To The Apple TV

But Apple will need to have something else up its sleeve to convince casual fans to buy a $350 smart speaker that isn't as smart as the competition. Analysts are yet to be convinced that HomePod will rock the smart speaker market the way iPhones came to rule the smartphone world and iPods dominated MP3 players. Read More »

Apple Announces New 'Homepod' Smart Speaker

Apple is also bringing the ability to pay back a friend or other individual through its payment service, Apple Pay. Apple have announced their new HomePod smart speaker . It's not revealed yet as of what technology has been used for its speakers, but Apple says it will be a breakthrough home speaker. The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014. Read More »

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops retiring after 18 seasons

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I'm Kelly Ogle and that's Your 2 Cents . It seems that Oklahoma's offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over as the head coach after Bob Stoops' retirement . Name virtually any issue and Stoops faced it. Fans, media and even those in the OU program were in a state of disbelief. He and Kish have been in the game for a while so I think they bring stability to the defensive side of the ball. Read More »

Apple's New HomePod Smart Speaker Promises to Reinvent Home Audio

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So you can ask it questions such as "Hey Siri , who's the bass player in this?". "We want to combine this all ", he said. Both Amazon Echo and Google Home respond to voice commands to play songs, look up stuff online, check the weather, set a reminder or control Internet-connected home appliances. Read More »

Handel and Ossoff Congressional Debate

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Republican Karen Handel , seen here campaigning in Roswell, Georgia, in April, said on Tuesday night that she does not support a " livable wage ". The Democrat left it to others, including high-spending Super PACs, to characterize his campaign as a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump . Read More »

New search underway near home of London Bridge terrorists

Another passerby throws a chair to try to stop the attack, and then a City of London police armed response vehicle (ARV) screeches into frame, with three armed officers rushing out of their vehicles in an attempt to save the man. Police say investigations were continuing into the identity of the third attacker. However, the second man, Rachid Redouane , a pastry chef who had been living in Ireland until recently, had not come to the authorities' attention. Read More »

Apple Thinks Its Smart HomePod Will 'Reinvent' Home Audio

It can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri . 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 . Read More »

Apple takes on Alexa and Google with HomePod

That means it's heavy on speaker design , heavier on random tech speak. It will be available in the retail market in December . Both speakers come with a built-in smart assistant . Apple made the pitch yesterday that it tried to create a speaker that is better than Sonos , yet as smart as Google Home or Amazon Echo . Users will be able to ask Siri to play songs and answer questions via the speaker. Read More »

Russian hackers 'planted false story' behind Mideast crisis

He said he had not been officially informed of any United States investigation into the alleged hacking of Qatar's news agency. "At this stage, we note that there are numerous uncertainties regarding Qatar's response, the extent to which these measures will be imposed, and their longevity", said S&P Global Ratings. Read More »

Speaker Ryan says Trump loyalty request inappropriate

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Comey will tell the panel that in a series of meetings and phone calls, Trump demanded his loyalty and asked him to back off investigating an aide's reported ties to Russian Federation, tactics that Democrats say point to obstruction. Trump has denied pressuring Comey as well as any collusion with Russian Federation. The White House has yet to outline specifics of the infrastructure plan, which it hopes to achieve largely through public-private partnerships. Read More »

Warriors coach taking nothing for granted in National Basketball Association finals

Tune to Channel 9 at 9 p.m.to see . You can tell, he knows this is his moment. It was only the second time in 14 postseason games that he shot higher than 50 percent, and the only time he was above 60 percent. I think tonight I was just in a good rhythm. Somehow, the Cavaliers have to change all that. Kerr kept telling his team the Cavs pair would wear down because "that's pretty taxing to go one-on-one the whole game". Read More »

Violent protest by farmers continues in Madhya Pradesh

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The government of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tried to douse the fires by announcing financial compensation for those killed in the violence and said he was ready for talks with farmers. Mandsaur city and Piplya Mandi area where the farmers were protesting have been put under curfew. But district official SK Singh said an investigation has been ordered after police denied that they had opened fire on the protesters. Read More »

Apple Unveils HomePod to take on Amazon's Echo

And it would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google . There was a veritable feast of announcements at Apple's developer conference and we've rounded up the best. Apple is introducing a new feature to help drivers stay focused on the road. Amazon's Echo is designed for flexibility. The moves announced Monday escalate Apple's technological battle of wits with Google , Amazon , Microsoft and Facebook . Read More »

Sadiq Khan: London police should look into 'what they knew'

A child looks at the floral tributes after a vigil for victims of Saturday's attack in London Bridge , at Potter's Field Park in London , Monday, June 5, 2017 . Butt, a 27-year-old British national born in Pakistan, had appeared in a British TV documentary broadcast last year called " The Jihadis Next Door ". Read More »

Trump offers to host feuding Gulf nations at White House

A Qatari official has said an ultimatum issued by Saudi Arabia and its allies for the emirate's citizens to leave is a violation of human rights that requires United Nations intervention. What steps have been taken against Qatar? He said Qatar-supported Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, "undermines the Palestinian Authority". Trump, during the phone call, said that a United Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeat terrorism and promote regional stability, the White House added. Read More »

Qatar Says in Talks with Iran to Provide Food Supplies

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During his visit last month to Saudi Arabia, Trump delivered a speech to dozens of leaders from Muslim-majority nations gathered for the occasion. Iran has always been considered an adversary by many nations in the Gulf . There is also some verified information about Qatar's efforts to undermine the ruling family in Riyadh by encouraging some radical dissidents in Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Hawaii Made Its Paris Commitment Official By Signing It Into Law

Rising sea levels will drown cities , which will cost billions of dollars to move or protect. This, in turn, will spur more wars and other global tensions. The market is speaking loudly, but Trump is not listening. United States would be joining Syria and Nicaragua if they remain consistent on exiting from the Paris accord . Read More »

Final blows traded as UK heads to polls

Actual turnout among voters aged under 25 in Britain is about 30 per cent lower than among voters older than 65, and the young are disproportionately more inclined to vote for the opposition Labour . Should we believe the polls? British people are voting in the general election Thursday, and while the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London have dominated the closing stages of the campaign, the result will have a direct impact on Brexit. Read More »

UAE threatens 15 years in prison for expressions of 'sympathy' with Qatar

Mauritania has become the latest country to cut diplomatic relations with Qatar as part of a growing rift between the energy-rich Gulf nation and other Arab countries. Jubeir declined to confirm a list of 10 demands published by Al Jazeera, which included shutting down the Doha-based news channel, but added that Qatar knew what it needed to do to restore normal relations. Read More »

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 »