Daily Archives: January 3, 2018

Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief

The HomePod had a bit of a notable production setback, back in December, but Apple’s high-end smart speaker is still on track for an “early 2018” release. As it preps for the release of its first Siri-focused device, the company is making some tweaks to its voice assistant. As 9to5Mac first noted, the latest beta version of iOS (11.2.5) sports ...

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Czech grandma knocks out family with weed-spiked Christmas duck

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 03:04 When six members of a family sat down for their Christmas meal in the Czech Republic, they probably weren’t expecting to spend the next few hours throwing up and having visions. The blame, it seems, lies with a secret ingredient. The family of seven got together for some roast duck on Christmas Day in ...

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Plane vanishes from radar midflight over Texas

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 03:23 Edited time: 4 Jan, 2018 03:55 The US Coast Guard is reportedly searching for a plane that disappeared from radar during its flight from Oklahoma to Texas. The plane departed from Wiley Post Airport near Oklahoma City earlier Wednesday and was anticipated to land in Georgetown, Texas, according to KFOR. “We are getting ready ...

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Cloud infrastructure vendors begin responding to chip kernel vulnerability

Several cloud vendors began responding to the chip kernel vulnerability that has the industry reeling today. Each Infrastructure as a Service vendor clearly has a stake here because each one is selling CPU cycles on their platforms. TechCrunch sent a request for comment to six major cloud vendors, including AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Rackspace and DigitalOcean. At the time of ...

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'All the money of the world won't make us surrender Jerusalem' – Fatah

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 03:13 US President Donald Trump’s threats to cut funding for Palestinian refugees will not force the Arab nation to accept Washington as a mediator and sit down for talks with Israel, a Fatah representative has said. On Tuesday, Trump issued an ultimatum to the Palestinians to force them to return to the negotiating table over ...

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Like his nuclear button, Trump's mental fitness is better than Kim's – White House

Published time: 3 Jan, 2018 23:55 Reporters have directly challenged US President Donald Trump’s “mental fitness” after his boasts of having a bigger nuclear button than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It’s Kim they should worry about, the White House replied. The US mainstream media’s notorious feud with Trump saw a new skirmish Wednesday, as an NBC reporter bluntly asked ...

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Instagram tests letting users post Stories directly to WhatsApp

Last October, Facebook extended the usage (and flexibility) of Instagram Stories — the Snapchat-like feature that lets you patch together photos and videos into a slide show — by making it easy to directly post a Story to Facebook. Now Facebook is looking at how to bring WhatsApp into the fold. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company is ...

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Israel approves preliminary death penalty bill for 'terrorists' with Netanyahu's blessing

Despite massive opposition from Israeli lawmakers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was influential in the Knesset’s decision to support a bill that would allow both military and civil courts to sentence terrorists to death. In a narrow 52-49 vote, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved the first draft of a bill which could make it easier for terrorists to be handed the ...

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Trump orders voter fraud commission dissolved

Published time: 3 Jan, 2018 23:56 Edited time: 4 Jan, 2018 01:33 President Donald Trump has signed an order to collapse his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The Trump administration had faced opposition or limited cooperation from most states, when the commission controversially requested voter information, such as Social Security numbers and addresses. In a statement, the White House ...

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Macron vows to tighten media control because 'fake news threatens democracy'

Published time: 4 Jan, 2018 00:51 France’s media watchdog will be given broader powers in 2018 to combat the “fake news” phenomenon which threatens democracy, President Emmanuel Macron promised during a New Year’s address to the press corps Wednesday. “I have decided that we will change our legal system to protect [our] democratic life from this ‘fake news,” Macron said ...

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