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Is Alexa Listening? Amazon Echo Sent Out Recording of Couple’s Conversation

NY Times - 2 hours 40 min ago
The digital assistant confused a discussion about hardwood floors with several commands, in what Amazon called an “unlikely” string of events.

Meghan Markle's coat of arms unveiled

CNN - 2 hours 44 min ago
The Duchess of Sussex has been bestowed with a coat of arms, days after her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Kensington Palace announced Friday.

John Cameron Mitchell On Punks, Aliens And The Queerness Of 'How To Talk To Girls'

NPR All Things Considered - 2 hours 49 min ago

The writer/director has turned a Neil Gaiman short story into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. It follows an alien exploring the 1970s punk music scene of Croydon, England.

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Rachel Dolezal, white woman who portrayed herself as black, accused of welfare fraud

CNN - 2 hours 51 min ago
Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who represented herself as black for years and once headed a local chapter of the NAACP in Washington state, is facing charges of welfare fraud.

Indiana School Shooting: Teacher and Student Wounded; Gunman Detained

NY Times - 2 hours 51 min ago
A student opened fire at a middle school on Friday morning. “Here we go again, and it’s just really, really, really unfortunate,” an Indiana police official said.

CNN tours scene of fatal shooting

CNN - 2 hours 54 min ago
US Customs and Border protection has released a slightly different account of a border agent's fatal shooting of an undocumented immigrant near Nuevo Laredo, Texas. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

Former commander of destroyer USS McCain pleads guilty in deadly collision

CNN - 2 hours 55 min ago
The former commanding officer of the USS John S McCain pleaded guilty to a charge of negligent dereliction of duty resulting in death under the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a court-martial proceeding Friday.

Robert Indiana, Artist at the Center of a Legal Fight, Left an Estate Worth $28 Million

NY Times - 2 hours 57 min ago
Mr. Indiana’s will left his assets to a foundation to be run by his caretaker, who has been accused in a lawsuit of isolating him from the outside world.

The Cybersecurity 202: Why a privacy law like GDPR would be a tough sell in the U.S.

Washington Post - 2 hours 58 min ago
The E.U.’s sweeping new data privacy law takes effect today.

Tropical storm watches issued for Gulf Coast ahead of Alberto

CNN - 3 hours 5 min ago
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and this year, it looks like it might also bring an early start to the 2018 hurricane season.

Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Becomes a Test for Facebook and Google

NY Times - 3 hours 9 min ago
Major tech companies took steps to prevent foreign meddling online before voters in Ireland cast ballots on Friday. Here’s how those efforts are working out.

watchOS 5 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Want to See Introduced in the Next Apple Watch Software Update

MacRumors - 3 hours 16 min ago
The Worldwide Developers Conference is just about a week and a half away, and while we've heard some rumors on what we might see in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, the next-generation software update for the Apple Watch, remains a total mystery.

With no idea what to expect, we asked MacRumors readers what new features and tweaks they would most like to see in the watchOS 5 update.



  • Live step count complication - MacRumors reader Breezygirl would like to see Apple add a live step complication that lets you see how many steps you've completed at a glance, rather than just a complication that lets you know how close you've come to hitting your activity ring goal.


  • Third-party watch faces - Third-party watch faces are highly desired by most Apple Watch owners on the forums, but so far, Apple has kept the Apple Watch locked down to control the design and interface of the device. As MacRumors reader Relentless Power suggests, a watch face store that includes a variety of watch faces from third-party developers and companies would be great.


  • Activity app improvements - Right now, the Activity app requires you to hit your goals each and every day to keep a streak going, which can be difficult at times and allows for no rest. MacRumors reader SoYoung would like to be able to set rest days.


  • Workout app improvements - In the same vein, MacRumors reader Rbart is hoping for a better workout app for running that's closer in design to Strava with additional statistics, a complete history, best performances, and more. Honglong1976, meanwhile, would like to see automatic activity detection to alleviate the need to start a workout.


  • Podcasts for Apple Watch - Multiple MacRumors readers would like to see a dedicated Podcasts app on the Apple Watch for listening to podcasts on the wrist-worn device.


  • Off-wrist Notifications indicator - MacRumors reader Lennyvalentin would like to see the Apple Watch better able to keep track of incoming notifications even when off the wrist, with those notifications still showing up but with an indication to note that they were received while the Apple Watch was idle.


  • Proximity notifications - There's no way to set the Apple Watch to ping when it goes out of range of the iPhone, a feature MacRumors reader Justiny would like to see as a way to keep track of the iPhone and get a reminder if it's left behind.


  • Sleep tracking - This one is probably a long shot given that Apple suggests people charge their Apple Watches at night, but MacRumors readers would like to see native sleep tracking capabilities.


  • Always-on display - Given battery constraints, Apple has never implemented an always-on display for the Apple Watch, which is another highly desired feature. The Apple Watch display comes on when the wrist is raised, but it would be nice to have always-on access to the time as is possible with a traditional watch.


  • Better health analysis and suggestions - MacRumors reader Bluecoast would like to see Apple better take advantage of the health information it collects with the watch to add recommendations and coaching for those who are aiming to meet health goals, as well as deeper analysis.


Is there something you're hoping to see in watchOS 5 that didn't make it on our list? Make sure to let us know in the comments.

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Editorial: Save the People’s Beach at Rockaway

NY Times - 3 hours 22 min ago
New York’s leaders should push harder to save the city’s vulnerable, beautiful coastline.

Video shows Putin ally in Trump Tower

CNN - 3 hours 26 min ago
A Russian oligarch who was questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller and recently sanctioned by the US visited President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen in Trump Tower during the presidential transition in January 2017, according to video reviewed by CNN.

Announcing the 5th annual TMC African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular

Washington Post - 3 hours 28 min ago
Get this year's African politics summer reading list, and read along!

'Daily Show' host on Obama vs. Trump

CNN - 3 hours 31 min ago
In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, comedian Trevor Noah says that to compare writing jokes between the Obama and Trump administrations would be "madness."

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

NY Times - 3 hours 35 min ago
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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