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Linux Foundation initiative advocates open standards for voice assistants

Organizations are beginning to develop, design, and manage their own AI-powered voice assistant systems independent of platforms such as Siri and Alexa. The transition is being driven by the desire to manage the entirety of the user experience and integrate voice assistance into multiple business processes and brand environments, from call centers to stores. In a recent survey of 500 IT and business decision-makers in the U.S., France, Germany, and the U.K., 28% of respondents said they were using voice technologies and 84% expect to be using them in the next year.

First Look At The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Bordeaux”

While it’s no secret that the Air Jordan 1 has become one of the most-coveted sneakers on the marker over the last two years, what might come as a surprise to the casual collector is the model’s recent penchant for non-original, non-story-driven colorways. Case in point: a “Bordeaux/White/Metallic Silver” option first rumored in November 2020.

You Can Now Sign Up to Join ‘The Masked Singer’ Live Audience for the First Time in Over a Year

The Masked Singer is looking for a live studio audience for the first time in two seasons. The show has been using footage of audiences from the past few seasons to make it seem like there is a full studio audience present. Season 6 will return to the show’s roots and finally give us the energy of a live audience that we have been craving since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Medway students compete in virtual Special Olympics activities

MEDWAY — Medway Public Schools students recently competed in Special Olympics activities in a new, virtual format. A total of 20 Medway students of all ages — from elementary to high school — took part in the virtual Special Olympics in April. Throughout May and June, athletes who participated received medals, provided by Special Olympics of Massachusetts, for their hard work and accomplishments.

UAE’s Capital Apparently Offering COVID Vaccines To Tourists

(AP) — The capital of the United Arab Emirates has apparently started offering free coronavirus vaccines to tourists flying into emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revive the country’s struggling tourism industry. While Abu Dhabi has made no official announcement on the matter, the health authority’s phone...

Where DC ranks for mosquitoes

Summer means mosquitoes, and they are always plentiful in the D.C. area. Terminix ranks D.C. No. 4 on this year’s annual list of Top Mosquito Cities. The pest control company bases its list on internet search trends for mosquito mitigation from 2020. Florida had the highest search frequency for ways to get rid of mosquitoes, with six cities in the top 25. Five cities in Texas are in the top 25, and four are in California.
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Governor Abbott Submits to Gun Lobby Pressures and Endorses Constitutional Carry of Handguns in Texas From September 1st

The abandonment of permits and training may come at a cost. On June 16th Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1927 which eliminates the requirement for residents of the state to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing one already. They're also not required to have received any training in the safe or legal handling of a firearm.
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Fire unions target private EMS firms to pad pensions

California’s cities and counties are awash in pension debt, as skyrocketing retirement costs for public employees consume a larger share of their budgets and mandate the cutbacks in community services. One of the biggest cost-drivers is firefighting given that local firefighters receive average compensation packages that top $200,000 annually. In...

Parkville Man, Brandon Beshore, Charged In Fatal East Baltimore Stabbing

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — A 24-year-old Parkville man was arrested and charged in a fatal stabbing in east Baltimore Monday. Baltimore Police said an off-duty officer was on the 1900 block of Belair Road at 8 a.m. when he came across an unconscious man who had been stabbed several times. The officer called for on-duty backup, and then saw the suspect, identified as Brandon Beshore, fleeing the scene on a bicycle.