Bill urges family-friendly in-flight movie zones

first_imgThe bill calls for the creation of sections on commercial flights where there would not be any publicly viewable movie screens. It would still allow airlines to show the movies they choose on big screens in other sections, or on individual seatback screens. “How do you tell a 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-year-old, `Don’t look at the screen,’ when it’s basically all over the cabin?” Shuler said. One of the parents who complained to Shuler was Katie Kelley, who said she was on a plane last February when an R-rated movie with “a lot of nudity” was shown. She said she was traveling without her children, ages 4 and 7, but was still bothered by the situation. She said she was not satisfied with the airline’s response to her complaint, even though she was told the movie should have not been shown as it was. “My point was that children can’t make that decision if they’re on an airplane and the scenes are before them,” she said. “They are naturally drawn to the screen.” It’s up to the airlines to determine which movies to show, said David Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, a trade group. Jesse Kalisher, a 45-year-old photographer from Chapel Hill, also has lobbied airlines to self-regulate movie content and created a Web site, www.kidsafefilms.com. Kalisher said he got involved after “King Kong” was shown on a flight, though his own two youngsters were sleeping at the time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RALEIGH, N.C. – Prompted by parents’ complaints about sex and violence in inflight movies, two congressmen introduced legislation Tuesday calling for airlines to create kid-friendly zones on planes. “The airlines have chosen to put our children in a situation that I don’t feel comfortable with,” said Rep. Heath Shuler, a North Carolina Democrat. He and Republican Rep. Walter Jones, also from North Carolina, call their proposal the Family Friendly Flights Act. “This legislation will be one avenue to help parents take back their right to determine the appropriateness of the content to which their children are exposed,” Jones said. last_img

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SCOIL CHOLMCILLE BOYS LOOK DAPPER ON FIRST COMMUNION DAY

first_imgTHEY dress to impress at Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny.And the boys’ school pupils certainly looked the part for their First Communion at the weekend.They are pictured with their teachers and Fr Eamon McLaughlin at St Eunan’s Cathedral after the Mass. Send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com SCOIL CHOLMCILLE BOYS LOOK DAPPER ON FIRST COMMUNION DAY was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Scoil Cholmcille Letterkennylast_img read more

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CYCLING: DONEGAL BAY CYCLING CLUB NEWS

first_imgDonegal Bay Cycling Club News(Send your club news and pix to info@donegaldaily.com)QUIZ NIGHT The club is holding its annual quiz night on Friday the 22nd of February in Dom’s, Donegal Town at 9pm sharp.It will be a great night’s enjoyment with a raffle and refreshments. €5 per person!Donegal Bay Cycling Club is a non-profit organization. All proceeds go towards further development of our youth club members, safeguarding courses, and other programmes.Our club is always open to new members. Our weekly Spins depart on alternative Sundays, from Donegal Town and Ballyshannon which include groups of all abilities and ages. We have a thriving Youth club for ages between 12 and 16 years old which depart every Saturday from Donegal Town. For more information please visit our website: www.donegalbaycyclingclub.com or www.facebook.com/donegaltowncyclingclubQuiz night is open to everyone!!!  CYCLING: DONEGAL BAY CYCLING CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYLCLING: DONEGAL BAY CYCLING CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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Chelsea and Liverpool rivals in race to sign Barcelona ace

first_imgThe Netherlands international wants more consistent minutes, and Barcelona are ready to grant Cillessen his wish as long as they receive a suitable bid. The Catalans are against the idea of selling the keeper, but they do not want to refuse him the chance to further his playing prospects.And according to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool, Chelsea and Napoli are all showing an interest in Cillessen. 2 Cillessen has managed only 21 appearances in two seasons at Barcelona 2 Chelsea and Liverpool are set to go head to head in the race to sign Jasper Cillessen from Barcelona, according to reports.Cillessen, the goalkeeper, is considering his future at Camp Nou due to a lack of playing time; the 29-year-old made just 11 appearances last season as understudy to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Cillessen did play every minute of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey campaign, including the 5-0 final defeat of Sevilla The same report indicates Barca have already started scouting potential replacements for Cillessen, with Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels, Koln’s Timo Horn, and Jiri Pavlenka, the Werder Bremen keeper, all on the LaLiga champions’ shortlist.last_img read more

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LIGHTS, CAMERAS BUT NO ACTION AT LYIT JUNCTION

first_imgThey were due to light up the lives of students attending the LYIT in Letterkenny.The LYIT campusBut new traffic lights planned to come into operation last Friday have suffered a few teething problems.The lights were due to compliment a new car park opposite the college campus on the Port Road. But it would appear that there have been difficulties getting the green, amber and red lights working in order.A spokesperson for Donegal County Council told Donegal Daily “There was a technical issue with the sequencing of the lights and this is currently being addressed. The lights have been turned off again as a safety precaution.”The lights have since been covered up with bright orange jackets – ready once again to be unveiled to the waiting students.  LIGHTS, CAMERAS BUT NO ACTION AT LYIT JUNCTION was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilLYITtraffic lightslast_img read more

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STUNTMAN TO THE HOLLYWOOD STARS IN DONEGAL VISIT

first_imgHollywood stuntman and Christian minister John Alden is coming to Donegal.Alden has worked on more than 150 feature films and television shows performing as a stuntman, stunt-actor or stunt coordinator.For years he was the stunt double for Harrison Ford, working on films such as “Clear and Present Danger,” “Air Force One” and “Six Days Seven Nights.” Alden is a guest of the LYIT Christian Union at An Dalann on the campus on Thursday at 7pm. STUNTMAN TO THE HOLLYWOOD STARS IN DONEGAL VISIT was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HollywoodJohn AldenletterkennyStuntmanlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES V CLARE LADIES

first_img PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES V CLARE LADIES was last modified: February 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClaredonegalGabrielle Gallagherpicture special IT was the third win in three outings for Donegal’s Senior Ladies today as they travelled to Clare and came home tonight with an excellent 5-12 to 1-03 victory.All pictures by Gabrielle Gallagher. last_img read more

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Science Supports Traditional Values

first_img Sexually explicit songs:  Liberals scream free speech whenever supporters of traditional values complain about the raunchiness of pop music lyrics, but researchers at Brigham Young University analyzed pop music and concluded that “degrading and sexualized music can have a deleterious effect on teens.”  Isn’t that what conservatives have been warning for decades?  PhysOrg quoted one of the researchers, who said, “Popular music can teach young men to be sexually aggressive and treat women as objects while often teaching young women that their value to society is to provide sexual pleasure for others.” Preventing malaria:  Environmentalists have succeeded in forbidding poor African countries besieged by malaria to spray pesticides to kill the mosquitoes that carry the disease (see American Council on Science and Health article from 2000 by Dr. Thomas R. Gregori).  A report on Science Daily now says that insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) could reduce child deaths by 23%. Spreading the misery:  Science Daily posted a self-explanatory headline, “Couples Who Receive Government Assistance Report Less Marital Satisfaction, Commitment, U.S. Study Finds.” Liquor license:  Another self-explanatory headline on Science Daily sounds like something an inner-city preacher might say, not researchers at UC Riverside: “Liquor Store Density Linked to Youth Homicides, U.S. Studies Find.”  Indeed, “Violent crime could be reduced significantly if policymakers at the local level limit the number of neighborhood liquor stores and ban the sale of single-serve containers of alcoholic beverages,” the researchers concluded. War as environmental disaster:  Hardly anyone would think World War II was a boon to the ecology, and certainly no one would recommend war to help the planet.  Apparently fish don’t realize this, however; according to Live Science, “WWII Shipwrecks [Are] Swimming in Marine Life.”  Unexpectedly, the wrecked hulls of ships sunk by U-boats off the coast of North Carolina have become boom towns for marine biology and diversity.  (There must be a better way to achieve this result, though.) It takes a two-parent family:  Hillary Clinton famously quoted the maxim that “It takes a village to raise a child” in speeches and in a 1996 book to promote liberal welfare programs.  Apparently not.  “Raising a child doesn’t take a village, research shows,” PhysOrg reported.  Beverly Strassman of the University of Michigan, who studied the Dogon tribe, found, “There’s a naïve belief that villages raise children communally, when in reality children are raised by their own families and their survival depends critically on the survival of their mothers.”  She explains her findings in a video clip embedded in the article. Totalitarian utopia:  Some in the far left look at China as a model of a planned society.  Why, then, do they have the highest suicide rate in the world?  Medical Xpress reported that one reason is the extreme pressure put on students and young adults to perform well, but other causes need to be explored. Fetus humanity:  Babies start making facial expressions in the womb around the 24th week of gestation, reported Live Science.  This is the first time ultrasound has probed the progression of facial movements in the womb.  Babies also start to feel pain before birth, another Live Science article reported.  While some researchers may quibble about when an unborn baby distinguishes pain from touch, there is no question that partial-birth abortion, defended by every Democrat in past Congressional votes, must be an extremely painful ordeal for the child based on these findings. Abortion law revisited:  Liberals almost monolithically support abortion as a woman’s reproductive right.  But even in the left-leaning UK, according to Medical Xpress, there is a “rare debate on abortion law” going on, asking “whether clinics that are paid to carry out abortions should also be allowed to give advice to women unsure how to handle an unwanted pregnancy.”  The problem is that abortion clinics tend to place women on a “conveyor belt to the operating theater” – a clear conflict of interest since that is what brings the clinic money.  A nurse and a member of the liberal Labor Party are recommending a change: “They demand that women must have access to independent advice and suggest that clinics that carry out abortions should no longer be the only option for those seeking pre-abortion counseling.”  That this is not a move by the religious right is clear from the former nurse’s comment, “No organization which is paid for carrying out abortions, and no organization that thinks it’s appropriate to bring God into a counseling session with a vulnerable woman should be allowed anywhere near the counseling room.” It is well known that liberals outnumber conservatives in academia (see 12/02/2004), but sometimes, scientific studies support traditional values, not leftist ideology.  Imagine the surprise of some of these researchers who went looking and found that conservative Christian family organizations have evidence to support their views. Lisa Grossman on New Scientist continued the myth that conservatives don’t care about science.  “Americans and the rest of the world may have to prepare for US president who gives science an even lower priority than George W. Bush did,” she said.  Maybe it’s not the science conservatives object to, but the liberal ideology that directs the scientific institutions and their lobbyists. So no one thinks it’s appropriate to bring God into a counseling session.  This is a measure of the hatred of religion by today’s secularist societies.  Only decades ago bringing the grace of God into any and all discussions would have been thought a wise and caring thing to do.  Not any more; this is the age of “science” – meaning, godless science.  Ann Coulter made the claim in her book Godless that, contrary to public perception, liberals hate science – despite their image as the pro-science party.  They only use it when it can be twisted to support their ideology. It’s not science that supports liberalism; it is liberals using “scientific consensus” as their tool for power.  (David Berlinski recently explored this theme in an instructive interview by Peter Robinson posted on PowerLine.)  As these articles reveal, scientific data can support traditional values and conservative principles.  Simplistic ideas of what “science” is and what it can do lead can lead to disastrous social consequences.  Think about it whenever a politician appeals to “science” to support a policy position, and has a dozen experts in white lab coats standing beside to give an image of legitimacy to the proposal.  Somewhere, sooner or later, another scientific study will debunk it.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Soweto, heartbeat of the nation

first_imgInfused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists who are looking for more than sun, sea and the big five.Graffiti on Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates lived – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (Image: South African Tourism)With heritage sites, restaurants, shebeens and budget accommodation options aplenty, Soweto is well worth visiting, whether on a day tour or for a longer period to experience the real Soweto – a place of friendship, vibrancy and contrasts.Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in the country, with Census 2001 putting its population at close to a million. Thanks to its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, it is also the most metropolitan township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language.Chilling at Chaf Pozi bar and restaurant at the base of the iconic Orlando Towers in Soweto. (Image: South African Tourism)The making of SowetoSoweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for “South Western Townships”. A cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area 20 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg, Soweto was, from the start, a product of segregationist planning.It was back in 1904 that Klipspruit, the oldest of a cluster of townships that constitute present day Soweto, was established. The township was created to house mainly black labourers, who worked in mines and other industries in the city, away from the city centre. The inner city was later to be reserved for white occupation as the policy of segregation took root.In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from “black spots” in inner city Johannesburg – black neighbourhoods which the apartheid government then reserved for whites.It was not until 1963 that the acronym “Soweto” was adopted, following a four-year public competition on an appropriate name for the sprawling township.Soweto’s growth was phenomenal – but unplanned. Despite government attempts to curb the influx of black workers to the cities, waves of migrant workers moved from the countryside and neighbouring countries to look for employment in the fast-growing city of gold.The perennial problems of Soweto have, since its inception, included poor housing, overcrowding, high unemployment and poor infrastructure. This has seen settlements of shacks made of corrugated iron sheets becoming part of the Soweto landscape.Apartheid planning did not provide much in terms of infrastructure, and it is only in recent years that the democratic government has spearheaded moves to plant trees, develop parks, and provide electricity and running water to the township.Soweto is a melting pot of South African cultures and has developed its own subcultures – especially for the young. Afro-American influence runs deep, but is adapted to local conditions.Inside the Mandela Museum on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Once the family home of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and their children, the house is now a major tourist attraction. (Image: South African Tourism)Rich political historySoweto’s rich political history has guaranteed it a place on the world map. Those who know little else about South Africa are often familiar with the word “Soweto” and the township’s significance in the struggle against apartheid.Regina Mundi Church became home to numerous anti-apartheid organisations and hosted the funerals of scores of political activists.Since it came into being, Soweto was at the centre of campaigns to overthrow the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising, also known as the Soweto Uprisings, began in Soweto and spread from there to the rest of the country. Other politically charged campaigns to have germinated in Soweto include the squatter movement of the 1940s and the defiance campaigns of the mid to late 1980s.Soweto – melting pot of South African urban culture, rich with the history of the struggle against apartheid. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)The area has also spawned many political, sporting and social luminaries, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – two Nobel peace price laureates, who once lived in the now famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.Other prominent figures to have come from Soweto include boxing legend, Baby Jake Matlala, singing diva Yvonne Chaka Chaka and soccer maestro Jomo Sono. Others include mathematician Prof Thamsanqa Kambule, medical doctor Nthato Motlana and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste.The township has also produced the highest number of professional soccer teams in the country. Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows all emerged from the township, and remain among the biggest soccer teams in the Premier Soccer League.There are plenty of politically significant landmarks, including the houses of some world-famous anti-apartheid activists.Just a few kilometres drive from Diepkloof is Orlando, home to Nelson Mandela’s first house, not surprisingly a popular tourist attraction. Mandela stayed here with his then wife, Winnie, before he was imprisoned in 1961 and jailed for 27 years.The house is now a museum, run by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and contains memorabilia from the short time they lived there together before Mandela went into hiding. Mandela now lives in Houghton, a suburb several kilometres north of Johanneburg’s city centre, with his third wife, Graca, widow of the late Mozambican president Samora Machel.One can also glimpse the high-security mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West.Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house, the residence of ANC stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisula, and the Hector Pieterson memorial museum are in the same neighbourhood. The recently renovated museum offers a detailed account of the events of 1976, including visuals and eye-witness accounts.When you visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, you’ll see Nzima’s legendary photograph showing the unconscious Hector being carried by Makhubo, with Hector’s sister – now Antoinette Sithole – running alongside. (Image: Brand South Africa)Hector Pieterson, who was shot dead by police during the student uprisings which spread around the country and changed the course of history for South Africa, and the famous picture of his lifeless body being carried by mourning youths, have come to symbolise the 1976 Uprisings.In Kliptown, you can visit Freedom Square, a place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the Congress Alliance – a broad alliance of various political and cultural formations to map a way forward in the repressive climate of the 1950s. The charter was the guiding document of the African National Congress and envisaged an alternative non-racial dispensation in which “all shall be equal before the law.”Soweto’s brightly painted Orlando Towers – once the cooling towers of a power station – are now connected by a footbridge and bungee-jump platform. (Image: South African Tourism)Mansions and ‘match-box’ housesSoweto is a place of contrasts: rows of tin shanties abut luxurious mansions; piles of garbage and pitted roads offset green fields and rustic streams.Soweto has the same vibrant, racy feel of Johannesburg, of which it is an integral part. Despite the high unemployment rate there is a cheerful energy, a bustle of activity, with informal traders plying their wares on every corner.From the footbridge of the world-renowned Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, one has a panoramic view of Soweto. In the immediate vicinity of the bridge many people mill around – hawkers peddling a variety of goods, shoppers looking for bargains, and of course the ever-present commuters hurrying to board taxis.Further afield, the barrenness that comprises much of the old Soweto comes into view – the small brown houses of Old Diepkloof and Orlando townships, in stark contrast to the colourful shades and tree-lined streets of the newer parts like Diepkloof Extension, home to the relatively affluent.In Diepkloof the grey, four-roomed dwellings, cynically called “matchbox houses” by locals, abound. These are the original dwellings constructed to accommodate the first black migrants to the city. Although they are small, locals take pride in their houses, and put much effort into making them habitable and cosy.In contrast to these symbols of poverty, there are the various “extensions” that have been established to accommodate the relatively affluent. One example is Pimville Extension, home to the emerging black middle class. The suburb boasts beautiful houses, the roads are good, playgrounds and schools are in mint condition.Migrant hostels, squatter campsSoweto offers plenty of other less aesthetically pleasing sights for the visitor. For instance, there are the hostels: monstrous, prison-like buildings designed to shelter male migrant workers from the rural areas and neighbouring countries.These workers were used as cheap labour, and their stay in the city was considered temporary; historically, they always lived on the fringes of Soweto communities. The new government is busy converting the hostels into family units, but they remain unbending in their ugliness.Then there are the squatter camp communities, euphemistically called “informal settlements”, where poverty is palpable. These camps are home to many of the unemployed, who use corrugated iron sheets to build shelters. Despite their poverty, these shackdwellers have managed to build a strong sense of community. They remain in Johannesburg in search of the elusive “gold”.A place to partyRecent years have seen Soweto become a site of massive development projects and a major tourist attraction in the country.For those looking for a night out in the ghetto, Soweto offers some popular joints for relaxation. There are plenty of venues that offer a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant music (both dance and ballads) and a jolly good time.Perhaps the most popular of these joints is Wandie’s Place in Dube. It is a cosy restaurant-bar-lounge popular with tourists and it offers great service. Other taverns in the area are Pallazo Distella in Dube, Club 707, a restaurant and bar or Ubuntu Kraal, both in Orlando West.You may prefer to visit one of the popular shebeens of the township. Shebeens are local drinking joints. They have survived the attempts of the authorities to shut them down and the condemnation from the pulpits of local churches to become thriving informal social centres patronized by local socialites.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Microsoft to turn Windows 10 PCs into smart home hubs

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Connected Devices#featured#HomeHub#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#PC#smart home#top#Windows 10 center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into smart home hubs in next major update, scheduled for September. According to internal documents seen by The Verge, HomeHub will support devices from Philips Hue, Nest, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink.The update is aimed primarily at ‘kitchen-PCs’ that are used by all the family, and Microsoft is reportedly working with HP and Lenovo to create PCs similar to Amazon’s Echo Show, announced a few days ago.See Also: Microsoft not throwing in towel on wearables yet; introduces new smartwatchShared calendars, to-do lists, notes, and apps will also be part of the update.Users will be able to change settings on smart home devices from across the room with Cortana, Microsoft’s own virtual assistant. Even though it will be available to all PCs, the company is definitely shooting in a similar direction to Amazon.Microsoft is digging IoTMicrosoft made major strides in the enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) market last year, with impressive growth in cloud, IoT, and enterprise computing sales. This is the company’s first major dip into the commercial side of IoT, and it comes later than its enterprise rivals.Amazon has already taken a chunk of the commercial market with the Echo and its Web Services (AWS) platform. Google has also moved into both enterprise and commercial, launching the Home hub last year.Microsoft has an event on May 23 in Shanghai, where it is expected to unveil the HomeHub feature. The company may call on developers and hardware manufacturers to begin buildings products tailored for those types of experiences at the event.last_img read more

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