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The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant

Today’s Google event was a non-stop two hour deluge of Assistant news. Yet one small, overlooked announcement may have been the biggest bit boost to the company’s burgeoning AI ecosystem so far. The simple decision to include a Home Mini in early Pixel 2 shipments could prove a more successful …

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ESRI recommends Government implements neutral budget

The Economic and Social Research Institute has said a neutral budget – neither inflating nor contracting the economy – is the most appropriate policy for Budget 2018.  In its latest quarterly economic commentary, the ESRI says “there is certainly no case for the Government to stimulate economic activity with the …

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Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates

Oct. 4 (UPI) — Australia’s Collins-class submarines and Anzac-class frigates are to undergo modernization under separate programs of the Australian government. Minister for Defense Marise Payne and Minister for Defense Industry Christopher Pyne said Wednesday that two projects for the submarines will sustain and enhance the capability of the submarines …

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PepsiCo Earnings: Beverages Dip, but Snacks Rise

But for its largest segment, North America Beverages (NAB), PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP)  would have been able to claim a fairly impressive quarter when it released its fiscal third-quarter 2017 earnings Wednesday morning. PepsiCo’s beverage business sagged unexpectedly, causing the company to pull back on projections for full-year organic revenue …

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President Higgins leads tributes to Liam Cosgrave

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave, who passed away this evening aged 97. He said that Mr Cosgrave was committed to serving the people of Ireland “with all of his energy, intellect as well as passion.” President Higgins said that …

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Iraqi forces storm IS-held town of Hawija

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Smoke from oil-well fires filled the air as paramilitary fighters advanced on Hawija Iraq’s military says it has stormed the town of Hawija, as it steps up an offensive on one of so-called Islamic State’s last enclaves in the country. Soldiers, special forces, police and …

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Kiip expands its mobile rewards platform to Amazon’s Fire TV

Mobile rewards startup Kiip isn’t limited to mobile devices anymore. The company is launching its first integration on Amazon’s Fire TV. Co-founder and CEO Brian Wong said Kiip was actually approached by its launch partner, the developer of the trivia game QuizTix, who asked if Kiip could build an ad …

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White House requests $29B disaster aid package

The Trump administration Wednesday asked Congress for $29 billion in disaster aid for ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts and to pay federal flood insurance claims. The request comes as the government is spending almost $200 million a day for emergency hurricane response and faces a surge in flood claims …

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