CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

The simple reason for this argument is that the display makes such devices much more useful. Sure, you could have Alexa or Google Assistant tell you there’s a Starbucks 1.5 miles away from you. But wouldn’t it be nice to actually see where it is on a map? Or if you wanted to know the time, you could just, you know, look at the screen. Or if you wanted to know who the artist of the song is but couldn’t be bothered to interrupt the track, you could do the same. That extra visual layer is really useful, especially for quick, glanceable information.

Of course, you could’ve made this same argument months ago when the Echo Show debuted. But these new Google Assistant displays are so much better in almost every way. For example, when you make a search query, it won’t just spit out a short generic answer with the transcript showing up on-screen; it’ll actually appear in a way that makes sense. So if you search for “cornbread recipe,” the display [...]  read more

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Apple’s China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up International User Accounts

Apple’s China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up International User Accounts
Published on January 12, 2018 at 11:50PM
Yesterday, it was reported that Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month. What wasn’t reported was the fact that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) from February 28. TechCrunch reports: Apple has given China-based users the option to delete their data, but there is no opt out that allows them to have it stored elsewhere. That has concerned some users who are uneasy that the data migration is a sign of closer ties with the Chinese government, particularly since GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government. When asked for comment, Apple pointed TechCrunch [...]  read more

Tech Companies Are Complicit in Censoring Iran Protests

The world is witnessing the biggest protest movement in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement uprising. Over the last two weeks, there has been unrest in nearly every major Iranian city and dozens of smaller towns. Corruption, economic mismanagement, and neglect are the protesters’ primary grievances, though the chants quickly turned political. Predictably, the government has cracked down: More than 32 people have been killed and at least 3,700 have been detained since the protests began.

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Firuzeh Mahmoudi (@firuzehmahmoudi) is executive director of United for Iran, a San Francisco Bay Area-based NGO whose mission is improve civil liberties and human rights, to support civil society, and to increase civic engagement in Iran, mostly through technology. Fereidoon Bashar (@FeriFilter) is the Co-Director of ASL19, a research and development lab working on improving Iranians access to information and freedom of expression through technology.

The repression is felt not only on the streets: Iranian [...]  read more

Regionali, no di LeU a Gori in Lombardia: “Corriamo da soli”. Ma nel Lazio si cerca ancora intesa con il Pd

ROMA – No in Lombardia, trattativa nel Lazio: questo il verdetto delle assemblee regionali di Liberi e Uguali sulla coalizione con il Pd per le prossime elezioni regionali nelle due regioni. Il no al candidato del Pd Giorgio Gori e l’annuncio che il partito correrà da solo con Onorio Rosati per la presidenza della Regione Lombardia ha scatenato una standing ovation dell’assemblea lombarda ha accolto la proposta del nome del consigliere regionale fatta dal capogruppo alla Camera di Mdp-Leu Francesco Laforgia. Intanto l’assemblea del Lazio di Liberi e Uguali  ha dato mandato a Pietro Grasso di verificare le condizioni di un sostegno a Nicola Zingaretti. “Noi appoggiamo chi accetta i nostri punti”, ha commentato il leader Leu. · LA CORSA PER IL PIRELLONE
“Siamo dalla parte giusta quando fuori da qui diremo che Liberi e Uguali presenta [...]  read more

Milano, colpo da 280 mila euro in gioielleria: arrestati quattro uomini e due donne

Entrarono in tre in gioielleria armati di pistole, spaccarono le vetrine e portarono via gioielli per 280mila euro. Sei persone sono state arrestate per la rapina commessa il 20 marzo 2017 in una gioielleria in via Marco d’Agrate, a Milano. Il provvedimento, eseguito dagli agenti del commissariato Scalo Romana, riguarda due donne e quattro uomini (quattro in carcere e due ai domiciliari), tutti italiani. La banda di 6 persone aveva pianificato bene il colpo. Il capo era un 52 enne originario di Bari, Enrico Lopez, residente a Milano; i suoi complici arrestati Pietro Carnago, di 33 anni, Margherita Amoruso di 50 anni e Mario Capani di 60 anni; ai domiciliari un’altra donna, A.G., 40enne e un uomo 46enne, C.N..

I cellulari intestati a pakistani

L’indagine degli investigatori del commissariato Scalo Romana, guidati da Francesco Anelli, è partita da un controllo su strada, approfondito poi grazie all’analisi dei tabulati telefonici. Attraverso i numeri di cellulare, intestati a pakistani, [...]  read more

SFGATE: Africa startled by Trump’s vulgar attention

Africa startled by Trump’s vulgar attention
Published on January 12, 2018 at 09:55PM by By Cara Anna
JOHANNESBURG — Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. But it wasn’t what people had hoped for. Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal. On Friday he denied using that language. The African Union continental body said it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.

SFGATE: Africa startled by Trump’s vulgar attention

Africa startled by Trump’s vulgar attention
Published on January 12, 2018 at 09:55PM by By Cara Anna
JOHANNESBURG — Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. But it wasn’t what people had hoped for. Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal. On Friday he denied using that language. The African Union continental body said it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.

SFGATE: Africa startled by Trump’s vulgar attention

Africa startled by Trump’s vulgar attention
Published on January 12, 2018 at 09:55PM by By Cara Anna
JOHANNESBURG — Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. But it wasn’t what people had hoped for. Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal. On Friday he denied using that language. The African Union continental body said it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.