France and Germany will be the first HomePod launch countries where English isn't the primary language spoken. Siri on the HomePod should be able to answer French and German queries as on the iPhone and other devices.
HomePod is priced at $349 in the United States, £319 in the United Kingdom, and $499 in Australia. Apple hasn't revealed how much the speaker will cost in France or Germany yet, or provided release dates for other countries.
Apple has primarily positioned the HomePod as a speaker that can stream Apple Music, but with built-in Siri, users can send messages, set timers, play podcasts, check the news and weather, control HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories, and complete other tasks without needing to take out their iPhone.
The high-fidelity speaker is equipped with spatial awareness and Apple-engineered audio technology, including a seven‑tweeter array and high-excursion woofer. The nearly seven inch tall speaker is powered by Apple's A8 chip.
HomePod is Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The speaker was originally set to be released in December, but Apple delayed the launch, and missed out on sales during the holiday shopping season in the process.
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HomePod is priced at $349 in the United States. On February 9, the speaker will be available in Apple Stores and at select resellers, including Best Buy in the United States; Argos, Dixons Carphone, John Lewis, Shop Direct, and EE in the UK; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, and Telstra in Australia.
HomePod is a high-fidelity speaker equipped with spatial awareness and Apple-engineered audio technology, including a seven‑tweeter array and high-excursion woofer. Powered by Apple's custom A8 chip, the HomePod also serves as a "Hey Siri" assistant and a hub for HomeKit accessories.
Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller:HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use. We're so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favorites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying 'Hey Siri.'Apple said a future software update coming later this year will enable users to play music throughout the house with multi-room audio with multiple HomePods. If there's more than one HomePod set up in the same room, the speakers will be able to deliver stereo sound.
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Tsunami warnings have been downgraded after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska. The quake hit 157 miles south east of the town of Kodiak at about 9.30am GMT on Tuesday (12.30am local time). It was in the Gulf of Alaska at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km), the US Geological Survey reported. The earthquake prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska and the west coast of British Columbia in Canada. Less severe tsunami watches were issued for the US west coast - the entire coasts of California and Oregon and part of Washington state. Gulf of Alaska earthquake - locator map However, the National Tsunami Center cancelled a series of tsunami alerts after waves failed to materialise in coastal Alaskan communities. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, earlier issued an extreme warning, saying there was "extraordinary threat to life or property". The alert told people living on the coast to "go to high ground or move inland". But tsunami watches were at about 12.30pm GMT ( 3.30am local time) cancelled for British Columbia in Canada, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. Mickey Varnadao, a computer specialist with the warning centre in Palmer, Alaska, said that an advisory remains in effect for parts of Alaska, from Kodiak Island to Prince William Sound. Video earlier posted on social media showed streams of cars queuing in Kodiak as people evacuated the town. #akearthquake evacuating kodiak pic.twitter.com/Vlf0md3Qxz— Jupiter (@Jupiter00000) January 23, 2018 About two hours after the quake, there had been no reports of a wave hitting Kodiak, which was projected to see the first hit at about 1.45am (10.45am GMT). Lt Tim Putney, of the Kodiak Police Department, said: "We haven't seen anything yet or had any reports of a wave." However, officials were telling people to remain at evacuation centres until they were told otherwise. He said the town has several shelters above 100ft and people below that level were being encouraged to move to higher ground. A map issued by the US National Tsunami Warning Center showed the at-risk areas. Tue Jan 23 10:07:47 UTC 2018 event picture pic.twitter.com/qeKKqFTysB— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) January 23, 2018 Earlier, the US National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said "widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible" on coastal areas "even far from the epicentre". After the earthquake struck, a buoy in the Gulf of Alaska reportedly recorded a 32ft (10m) water surge. Data showed the water height reduced soon afterwards. Here is the buoy which reported a 32 foot water rise shortly after the powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake just south of Alaska. #TsunamiWarning Alaska and Canadian West Coast pic.twitter.com/TJgipkZ3qk— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) January 23, 2018 People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away in Anchorage. Some living on the coast of Alaska were sent tsunami warnings telling them: "Go to high ground or move inland." Earthquake shook ground 'for at least 30 seconds' Kodiak police chief Tim Putney said he was woken by the earthquake, which he estimated shook for at least 30 seconds. "I've been Kodiak for 19 years that was the strongest, longest lasting one I've ever felt," he said. But he said the police department has received no reports of damage, adding: "We have people with their eyes on the sea, from a safe distance." Heather Rand, who was 360 miles away in Anchorage, told CNN it felt like the longest earthquake she had ever experienced. "It was a very long, slow build up. Creepy, more than anything. Definitely the longest, and I was born here," she said, adding the only damage was cracks in the wall. 'Move inland to higher ground... the first wave may not be the largest' In a warning for Alaska and British Columbia, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said: "If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. "Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. "Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest." #earthquake just got this! #alaskapic.twitter.com/kjNufsZuaM— AK Bliss‼️ (@misswendybliss) January 23, 2018 'This is not a drill... just go high' - radio station alert A local radio station on the Alaskan island of Kodiak, close to the epicentre, urged listeners to move away from coastal areas. "This is a tsunami warning. This is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground," said the announcer on KMXT public radio. "If you are on the flats, get up on one of the hills... just go high."
Footage has emerged of the moment the imprisoned Turpin family children escaped from their parents' "house of horrors". Moments before police descended on the suburban home in Perris, California, the children, some of whom were allegedly tortured and shackled, the children can be seen filing out onto the drive. David Turpin, 56, and his wife Louise Turpin, 49, have been charged with torture, abuse and false imprisonment.
The headline feature in both the DuckDuckGo browser extension and mobile app is a Privacy Grade rating (A-F) information card whenever a user visits a site. The rating aims to let them see at a glance how protected they are, while providing additional options to dig deeper into the details of blocked tracking attempts.
The generated Privacy Grade score for a website is based on the prevalence of hidden tracker networks, encryption availability, and any existing privacy practices, according to the internet privacy company.
The vast majority of websites across the Internet contain hidden tracker networks, with Google trackers now lurking behind 76% of pages, Facebook’s trackers on 24% of pages, and countless others soaking up your personal information to follow you with ads around the Web, or worse. Our Privacy Protection will block all the hidden trackers we can find, exposing the major advertising networks tracking you over time, so that you can track who's trying to track you.Together, the privacy rating and tracking breakdowns aim to provide a more effective solution than installing multiple add-ons and apps on each device, while offering a more upfront level of privacy than common private browsing modes. Elsewhere, a new encryption protection feature automatically sends users to an encrypted version of a website when available, rather than defaulting to a non-encrypted version.
As expected, the new software releases also include DuckDuckGo's private search engine by default. The updated macOSbrowser extension is available now for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, with the mobile iOS app a free download from the App Store. For further details on privacy measures implemented in the new releases, check out the DuckDuckGo website.
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SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A U.S.-based company has begun searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia said on Tuesday, as it tries to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board. Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.
A video reportedly showing Customs and Border Protection agents demanding proof of citizenship from Greyhound bus passengers in Florida last week has sparked fresh outrage over the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies. Customs and Border Protection said a woman was detained because she overstayed her tourist visa, though they did not specify if it was the same person shown in the viral video. “While performing an immigration inspection at a Ft. Lauderdale bus station, Border Patrol agents identified a passenger who was illegally residing in the United States,” the agency told the Miami Herald in a statement.
Tsunami alerts were issued for the entire west coast of North America after a huge 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck around 160 miles off the cost of Alaska. Despite fears coasts as far south as California could be struck by tidal waves, many warnings were soon called off. A tsunami advisory - issued when there is the potential for dangerously strong currents or waves - was still in effect in south Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula.
Authorities have urged people to evacuate low-lying coastal areas after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska, prompting fears of a tsunami. The US National Weather Service sent an emergency alert to mobile phones in Alaska, warning: “Tsunami danger on the coast. The powerful earthquake was recorded about 175 miles south east of Kodiak Island but was also felt hundreds of miles away in Anchorage.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity made the request last year while applying to obtain nearly 50 million voter records from the state with the second-largest Hispanic population in the US. On the data request form, policy adviser Ron Williams ticked a box asking for “Hispanic surname flag notation” to be included in the files. Officials said the data was never supplied because a lawsuit filed by voting rights campaigners blocked the state from sending any information to the commission.
With new orders for MacBooks and other models, GIS is expected to ramp up its LCM shipments to 600,000 units a month by the end of 2018 compared to 300,000 units currently, said the sources.Extrapolating from today's report, which is light on detail, Apple's next entry-level MacBook will likely replace the 13-inch MacBook Air, Apple's lowest-cost notebook starting at $999. Apple's long-term aim was for the 12-inch MacBook to replace the MacBook Air, which was first introduced in 2010, but sales of the Air have remained strong mainly thanks to its affordability. In 2016, Apple tried to position the 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar as a viable MacBook Air alternative, but the Pro starts at $1,299, which is $300 more than the entry-level Air model.
With its signature tapered design, the MacBook Air is the only notebook the company still sells that does not have a Retina display. To keep it viable for a while longer, Apple bumped the base model's processor from 1.6 GHz to 1.8 in June 2017, but it has only seen similar minor updates since its last major revision in March 2015. The 11-inch MacBook Air has been discontinued entirely, and we do not expect to see further substantial updates to the line.
It's unclear what form a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook would take, although Apple would likely make efforts to clearly distinguish it from any existing 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple is known to be exploring the possibility of using fullscreen OLED displays in a future MacBook series, which could see the company retain LCD display technology in any new entry-level machines, similar to the OLED/LCD differentiation strategy it will take for this year's upcoming iPhone line-up.
Apple is also reportedly looking into using ARM-based core processor chips for future MacBooks, which would reduce the company's dependence on Intel, especially given the recent Spectre and Meltdown troubles. Apple's interest in building its own core processors for notebooks could also enable it to control next-generation display technology and some related key components, according to sources, which would further differentiate the company's computers from others on the market.
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