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Apple brings Siri to Macs and lets it talk to apps

Apple has announced that it is bringing its virtual assistant Siri to the next Mac operating system. It can be used to find information on its computers, carry out web searches and send messages to acquaintances. The move lets the firm catch up with Microsoft, which offers a similar facility – Cortana – on Windows 10. Apple also announced it would be opening up Siri on its iOS mobile operating system...

Life, Animated director Roger Ross Williams finds true colors on the autism spectrum

For generations, Disney animated films have offered reliable escape from the real world. For Owen Suskind, these movies were the way into it. Suskind demonstrated signs of autism when he was 3 years old and spent much of his youth in silent isolation, away from other children and even apart from his family. Then Owen’s father, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind (The One Percent Doctrine), noticed...

“This isn’t your grandmother’s kind of poetry”

U of O alumnus participates in OG 500 slam poetry contest With so many different communities and clubs on campus, it’s easy for an art form like slam poetry to get lost in the shuffle. This is especially true here in Ottawa, where there are so many subcultures to indulge in. Despite this, the annual OG 500 Poetry Slam was still going strong in its most recent edition at the Gladstone Theatre on Aug. 25. In...

End of the Road review – the sweetest festival of the season

Early Sunday evening, and Broken Social Scene – sometimes prone to tediously epic meandering – are tearing up End of the Road’s main stage, in what turns out to be the hit of the sweetest festival of the season. Four guitarists and a five-piece horn section give the sprawling Canadian music collective a sense of implacable, magisterial power, like an alt-rock E-Street Band, without sacrificing the delicacy...

Steve Addazio Press Conference Transcript: September 26, 2016

As always, the transcript of Steve Addazio’s weekly press conference is provided courtesy ofBCEagles.com. What did Coach Addazio have to say this week as his team begins preparing for the Buffalo Bulls? Opening Statement “Another week. It’s amazing how fast the football season goes. Great to get a win. I think it was good for our team to feel that positivity. I think defensively – some of these things...

From the other side: Kansas

1) Kansas ends the losing streak (15 games) last week and students rush the field. It came against Rhode Island. Did the fan base at large feel that was a bad look (rushing the field), or does this fall into the any win is a good win category? A couple things on this: — It wasn’t really the traditional field rush. The students who stuck around I felt went onto the field to enjoy the win with the players...

Mick Fleetwood brings his blues band to Bay Area

Mick Fleetwood has toured the world, sold millions of records and played on some of the most beloved pop-rock records of all time. Yet, that doesn’t mean his 14-year-old twin daughters want him hanging around them – in public! “Especially at 14, they don’t want you coming into the mall with them,” says the 69-year-old Fleetwood Mac co-founder, reached by phone after dropping off his daughters off...

Will Yahoo breach finally get us past the password?

Last week’s Yahoo hack — the largest breach of user account data in history — has focussed attention once again on the password’s inherent vulnerabilities. And some cybersecurity experts say we might be nearing the point at which large numbers of consumers finally stop relying on them. “I believe we are approaching a tipping point,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the...

Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud

You no longer need an always-on PC or any other network-attached hardware in order to use Plex’s media player. The popular service, which allows you to watch TV and movies from your own collection, including those you’ve recorded via an attached digital antenna, is making itself more accessible to mainstream users via a new online option, called Plex Cloud. Instead of installing Plex software on a local...