Amazon has a plan to make Alexa mimic anyone’s voice

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Reuters UK

By Jeffrey Dastin LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company’s voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother — or anyone else. The online retailer is developing a system to let Alexa mimic any voice after hearing less than a minute of audio, said Rohit Prasad, an Amazon senior vice president, at a conference the company held in Las Vegas Wednesday. The goal is to “make the memories last” after “so many of us have lost someone we love” during the pandemic, Prasad said. Amazon declined to share when it would roll out such a feature. T… Read More “Amazon has a plan to make Alexa mimic anyone’s voice”

TheStreet.com’s AAP Team Discusses Apple and More

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By Dan Weil Apple reportedly more than doubled (up 155%) May iPhone shipments from China. The rise for smartphones overall was 16%. TheStreet.com’s Action Alerts PLUS team on June 22 offered commentary about several stocks. First, the team’s Chris Versace analyzed news about Apple’s (AAPL) – Get Apple Inc. Report iPhone. In May, Apple more than doubled (up 155%) iPhone shipments from China, while the rise for smartphones overall was 16%, according to UBS, as cited by Barron’s. “While that is positive for Apple, we do have to be a little careful,” Versace said. “We would love to see sustained d… Read More “TheStreet.com’s AAP Team Discusses Apple and More”

Fed’s Powell: committed to inflation fight, not trying to trigger recession

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By Ann Saphir and Lindsay Dunsmuir (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve is not trying to engineer a recession to stop inflation but is fully committed to bringing prices under control even if doing so risks an economic downturn, U.S. central bank chief Jerome Powell said on Wednesday. “We are not trying to provoke, and I don’t think we will need to provoke, a recession,” Powell said at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, although he acknowledged that a recession was “certainly a possibility” and events in the last few months around the World had made it more difficult to reduce infl… Read More “Fed’s Powell: committed to inflation fight, not trying to trigger recession”

Bigger than Mariel: 140,000 Cubans have arrived at US borders since October

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Miami Herald

MIAMI — The number of Cubans fleeing poverty and oppression on the island surpassed the Mariel exodus of 1980, as U.S. government data reveals that more than 140,000 Cubans have been detained at U.S. borders between October last year and May. The staggering figure surpasses the 125,000 Cubans who departed from the Port of Mariel near Havana between April and October 1980, also fleeing the deteriorating economic conditions and the lack of freedoms after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. Just in the past two years, which coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe economic crisis on the … Read More “Bigger than Mariel: 140,000 Cubans have arrived at US borders since October”

Cathie Wood Watch: Ark Buys Autonomous-Truck Developer

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By Dan Weil The asset manager Cathie Wood also purchased and sold shares of well-known companies for her funds. Hotshot investor Cathie Wood, chief executive of Ark Investment Management, bought an autonomous-vehicle stock and a digital-products maker’s stock Tuesday. She also purchased a couple familiar names for her funds and sold shares of two well-known companies. All the valuations below are as of Tuesday’s close. Ark Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF (ARKQ) – Get ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF Report snagged 146,700 shares of TuSimple (TSP) – Get TuSimple Holdings Inc. Repor… Read More “Cathie Wood Watch: Ark Buys Autonomous-Truck Developer”

Draymond Green’s Championship Parade Shades Were the Real MVP

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By Paolo Sandoval You just can’t hate the Golden State Warriors. (Unless you are a Boston Celtics Fan or Lebron James — then you really, really hate the Golden State Warriors.) The recent NBA champs — who maintain their inexplicable perennial-underdog status despite their dynasty-level success — took to Market Street in downtown San Francisco Monday, celebrating their fourth title win in eight years, with a raucous, adoring crown of thousands; there were water guns, dropped rings and most noticeably, a smattering of sick shades. Much like their deep shooting and dizzying ball movement, the Dub… Read More “Draymond Green’s Championship Parade Shades Were the Real MVP”

Reborn Subaru Impreza costs a small fortune to buy

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A road-going restomod which pays tribute to the legendary 1990s Subaru Impreza rally car comes with an eye-watering price tag to match. Buyers will need to fork out £520,000 ($635,000) for the Prodrive P25 and supply a donor car too. Half the production of just 25 examples has already been sold, said Prodrive, based in the central English town of Banbury. The Subaru has become a true modern classic, achieving cult status as the ultimate turbocharged four-wheel-drive car when first released as the two-door, street legal Impreza 22B. Complete with distinctive bonnet air scoop and rear spoiler, t… Read More “Reborn Subaru Impreza costs a small fortune to buy”

Teyana Taylor creates new JuJuBeez fashion line

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BANG Showbiz English

Teyana Taylor joined forces with her daughter to create her new fashion line. The 31-year-old singer turned to her six-year-old daughter Junie for help and inspiration for her new fashion venture, which is called JuJuBeez. Teyana – whose new line matches adult and children’s activewear styles for parents to match with their kids – said: “I’ve always wanted to create a World for Junie that shows there are no limits, fear isn’t real and you can do whatever you dream to do. “This is one of many steps in an effort to change the narrative that is placed on women while growing up and being told what… Read More “Teyana Taylor creates new JuJuBeez fashion line”

Air tickets set to keep climbing from pandemic low: experts

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Propelled by inflation, the price of air tickets has begun to take off again after tumbling during the pandemic, a reversal that looks set to intensify due to environmental pressures, experts say. For members of the International Air Transport Association, gathered in Doha for their annual meeting this week, minds are focused on how far such increases risk undermining passenger growth targets. The IATA is also pleading for government support in reconciling the long-term commitment to net zero carbon emissions with those ambitious targets. The aviation industry has just gone through two years w… Read More “Air tickets set to keep climbing from pandemic low: experts”

Swimming To Votes To Restrict Transgender Athletes From Women’s Competitions

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The governing boy for World swimming, FINA, has voted to restrict transgender swimmers from participating in women’s competitions. FINA voted 71.5% in favor to restrict swimmers who have transitioned after the age of 12 from participating in women’s competitions. The vote came amidst the increasing controversy surrounding transgender athletes partaking in women’s sports as some say that due to an “advantage” that they have over biological women. The controversy surrounding transgender athletes was brought to the forefront due to the success of University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who… Read More Swimming To Votes To Restrict Transgender Athletes From Women’s Competitions”