Siri can now read you the news on your iPhone

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Siri just gained an important new ability: reading the news.

Apple’s latest iOS update, rolling out now to iPhone and iPads in the iOS beta program, adds support for Siri’s new news-reading powers. 

The update, which comes just a few weeks ahead of the HomePod’s official launch date, is similar to the daily news briefings you can get via Google Assistant on Google Home speakers.

Saying “hey Siri, give me the news,” will start an audio news briefing going over some of the day’s top headlines and news stories. The feature uses The Washington Post as a default, according to 9to5Mac, but you can switch over to streams from NPR, CNN and Fox News as well. Read more…

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KFC wings now come in a DIY drone box because 2018

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The time has come for boring boxes that hold scrumptious chicken wings to transform into drones.

In the latest marketing ploy to appear hip and tech savvy, India’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced it’s introducing Limited Edition DIY drone boxes to hold their wings.

No big deal. Just a normal 2018 thing.

The “Kentucky Flying Object,” or KFO as they’re calling it (ha ha,) can be created from select boxes of the chain’s newly announced Smoky Grilled Wings.

“There are two kinds of wings in the world. The ones you fly with, and the ones you relish. Want both?” KFC asked in its tempting promo video. Read more…

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Get wireless listening freedom for a fraction of the price of AirPods

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Wireless earbuds — you either love them, or you don’t. People tout them for their improved convenience, but most of them have a history of sacrificing on sound quality. If you’re going to stick two tiny pods in your ears and they end up playing mediocre sound, then what’s the point? 

Rarely does a pair of earbuds deliver so many necessary features without compromising on any of them. The TREBLAB X2 Bluetooth Earbuds seem to tick all the right boxes. Ultra-HD sound? Check. Long-lasting battery? Check. Noise-canceling feature? Check. Lossless capability? Check. Water and sweat proof? Check and check. Read more…

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Become a data science prodigy with these online courses that are 95% off

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Love doesn’t make the world go ’round — data does.

In most — if not all — industries, people who have a profound understanding of big data and analytics are indispensable. Businesses generate data faster than they can make sense of it, and as a result, they’re in desperate need of teams to help them scrutinize every bit of it to uncover patterns and trends. No machine can interpret large data sets, not even Sophia the Robot. Read more…

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You can now use Google Assistant to listen to audiobooks

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Google is making it a lot easier to listen to audiobooks. 

Today the company is launching a dedicated audiobook service that integrates Google Assistant directly into audiobooks. Available as part of Google Play Books’ ebook offering, the audiobooks are available on iOS and Android, as well as Google Home, Android Wear, and Android Auto.

Google may be entering the space late compared with players like Amazon-owned Audible, but the company is hoping its prices and lack of a subscription tier will help the company compete with more established players.  Read more…

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