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Former South Korean president Park jailed 24 years for corruption

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Park was also ordered to pay a fine of 18 billion won ($17 million). In February, Choi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for enriching herself by using her influence to gain favour. For many South Koreans, who took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands to oust Park, the case starkly illustrated widespread feelings that the system is stacked against them and that only the rich and well-connected can get ahead. Read More »

Amazon Key now available across the US

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According to the company, the feature "enables users to make one-way announcements to all of the Echo devices in their house", acting as a one-way intercom. It is a sweet feature for households that have not yet bought a second Echo speaker. Mortgage Brain says Amazon's Alexa boxes can now ask consumers a few questions and then search through more than 10,000 loans to find suitable products. Read More »

Spotify valued at $26bn in unusual stock debut listing

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The DPO of Swedish Spotify has gathered much attention in both Sweden and internationally. Sweden's flag is blue and yellow. The shares are trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker SPOT . Spotify's core business is online music streaming services that allow customers to play music through the internet. Big labels provide 87 percent of total streams while the company provides these labels billions in revenue. Read More »

Apple poaches Google's top AI executive to help Siri

The leaders in these domains not only shape the path for technologies but refine them to an extent that it gets infused easily in an average human mind. Apple's voice-activated Siri search tools lag that of Amazon .com's (AMZN) Alexa as well as Google's digital assistant in consumer applications. Read More »

Lindsay Lohan loses 'Grand Theft Auto' appeal

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Lindsay Lohan kicked off a lawsuit against the game developer for not only using her likeness for the cartoons, but also for creating another character, Lacey Jonas , which she said was similar to her life. "Lacey says that she has so many fans that "they could fill the entire country of Africa", including one fan who sent his own junk to her in a box". In the decision, Judge Eugene Fahey said that while a computer image or avatar may constitute a "portrait" to support an invasion of ... Read More »

GoPro's cheapest Hero yet ditches 4K for a nicer price

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Instead of using the company's GP1 custom image processor that's found in the likes of the Hero 6 Black, it has a chip from Ambarella, which also supplies similar chips to other manufacturers of action cameras such as Xiaomi's Yi. If you want just want an action camera to take places your smartphone can't go, and you've have had your eye on GoPro for a while, the new Hero seems like a pretty good deal. Read More »

IOS 11.3 Officially Released With New Features: Download It Now

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This is turning out to be a big week for Apple , because just two days after unveiling a new iPad , the Cupertino company has also released a major software update. The company expects that developers will use ARKit to create experiences like interactive movie posters and museums filled with dynamic virtual exhibits. Read More »

Check out Facebook new privacy shortcuts, 'Access Your Information' feature

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The thought of having a Facebook speaker in your home that can hear everything you say is pretty scary, as I said back in February, well before the Cambridge Analytica privacy-related issues came to light. The ministry of electronics and IT on Wednesday said that a notice seeking details relating to breach of data from Facebook had been sent to Cambridge Analytica particularly with regard to reports in the media about questionable practices attributed to the UK-based firm in their ... Read More »

Iran denies providing Houthi rebels with ballistic missiles

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Iran basically believes in no other solution than a political one to the conflict in Yemen, Khoshrou said. Qassemi made the remarks in response to claims made by Turki al-Malki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, who accused Iran of providing Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters with ballistic missiles. Read More »

NVIDIA Announces DRIVE System For Autonomous Vehicles

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But following a fatal accident last week in which an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian while in autonomous driving mode, Nvidia is suspending its testing. Nvidia is working on self-driving cars of its own, as well, since some of its customers want the hardware maker to provide all the components necessary for them to create an autonomous vehicle. Read More »

Siri bug reveals hidden messages even if iPhone is locked

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They should be enough to control the problem until Apple rolls out a bug fix. "We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", the iPhone-maker said in a statement to MacRumors . We accept that there are regulatory reasons why a lockscreen isn't allowed to lock out absolutely everything: in an crisis, you want to be able to dial 112, 911, 999, 000 or whatever the relevant emergency number is without fumbling your way through an unlock code first. Read More »

Family disputes police account in shooting of unarmed California black man

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The game started about 15 minutes late while the arena was mostly empty. Protesters in California closed part of a motorway as they marched over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento . "On Sunday, we had a horrific, horrific tragedy in our community", he said. But Clark was only holding a cellphone. The decision to compel release of the videos followed a series of controversial incidents, including one in July 2016 in which two Sacramento Police Department ... Read More »

Fuming Donald Trump Defends Vladimir Putin Embrace After Damaging Leak

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Trump's defence through his tweets came even as news filtered to USA news media that Trump was furious over the leak that he had not read the security briefing prior to the phone call to Moscow. As he defended his actions, Trump mentioned the presidents before him and called them out for their supposed inability to "get along" with Putin and Russian Federation, in general. Read More »

5 civilians killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

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She has prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished speedy recovery of the other two injured members of the family. "The Indian Army has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the dastardly act", the Defence PRO said . Read More »

Spotify to debut in India soon

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Spotify's big day is getting closer, as the music-streaming giant kicks off its public listing push with its official Investor Day presentation later today. Plus, it wants people to know that it doesn't need to raise more cash - it's doing just fine. Wall Street loves a two-sided marketplace, so Spotify is positioning itself in the middle of artists and fans, with each side attracting the other. Read More »

Pompeo and Circumstance: A 'Rexit' State of Affairs

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A top aide said Tillerson did not speak to the president before his firing was announced and was not given a reason for his dismissal. He did not mention anything about Trump. Pressuring North Korea with sanctions and other isolation measures had been a top Tillerson priority, and he had been one of the administration's more vocal advocates for holding talks in some form with the North. Read More »

Broadcom withdraws from Qualcomm deal following presidential order

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Several analysts said the USA government is growing concerned that Huawei will develop such technologies nearly as fast as their American counterparts, narrowing the gap between Chinese and US companies. "Although Broadcom is based in Singapore, Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE have emerged as strong competitors in the race towards 5G". Update: Later in the day on Monday, March 12, after this story was published, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting ... Read More »

Amazon is Adding Alexa Calling to Android, iOS, and FireOS Tablets

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Once you've synced your contacts in the Alexa App, just ask Alexa to place a call. So far, Alexa calling has been limited to Echo devices and smartphones. Now, Amazon is going a step further by allowing you to make free calls and messages with Alexa without an Echo. You'll need the latest Alexa app, which is available for Android 5 and higher, and iOS 9 and later. Read More »

Khloé Kardashian Went All Out With Her All Pink Baby Shower

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Either way, we're waiting for the day that someone buys us a rose ceiling. Decked out with pink flowers and a topiary display of a mother elephant and a baby elephant, Khloe's baby shower was the definition of extra. Khloe's due date is April, and she admitted during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she will give birth in OH so that Cleveland Cavaliers player Thompson can be by her side. Read More »

Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony gets underway with dazzling fireworks display

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With the completion of the Opening Ceremony, the Paralympic Winter Games are officially underway in Pyeongchang , South Korea. "Medals at Winter Games are harder to win as there has been a tendency at the Paralympics to reduce the number of individual events, compressing them into groups", said Łukasz Szeliga, president of the Polish Paralympic Committee. Read More »

The original 'Luigi's Mansion' is coming to Nintendo 3DS

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Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS was announced at today's Nintendo Direct . The game has never been released outside of the GameCube, even digitally, marking the first time that many playes will get to experience it. Are you looking forward to replaying the GameCube classic on your 3DS? If anything, the reveal is extremely surprising. The original Luigi's Mansion was loved worldwide, selling over 2.5 million copies and is widely regarded as one of the best-selling GameCube games in the ... Read More »