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Camp Fire death toll rises to 63, sheriff says

Investigators in California revealed Thursday night that another seven sets of human remains have been found in the northern part of the state's Camp Fire, ...

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Doubling Down on Mueller

With the midterms over, Washington returns to its regular programming: Russia. Trump critics should consider the risk of betting their political fortunes on special ...

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When will air quality improve in the Bay Area?

As air quality measures dance near all-time-highs around California, Bay Area residents are looking for relief from smoky skies. "The air quality will likely be ...

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Need to Know: How bad air quality affects you

Hazardous levels of smoke built up Thursday afternoon from the Camp Fire in Butte County, causing many places in the Sacramento Valley to reach levels well ...

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Democrats would be nuts to oust Nancy Pelosi

As the effort to vote down Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker gains steam, it's worth taking a step back to acknowledge one thing: House Democrats would ...

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Don't Dump Nancy Pelosi

She isn't popular. But she's still one of the best party leaders of the modern era.

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Kamala Harris draws comparison between ICE and KKK

Sen. Kamala Harris compared ICE, the federal deportation agency, to the Ku Klux Klan Thursday, drawing a fierce retort from the agency's acting director who ...

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The Brutal Reality Of Brexit

Theresa May's chickens are coming home to roost. The deal she agreed with Brussels is unravelling fast, and her premiership along with it. So far, seven of her ...

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View full coverage View morekeyboard_arrow_up View full coverage View morekeyboard_arrow_up Khieu Samphan, left, former Khmer Rouge head of state, stands at the dock in a court room during a hearing at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Friday.Nhet Sok/AP/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia View full coverage View morekeyboard_arrow_up Defense Lawyer Suggests a Thong Equals Consent — and Ireland Erupts - The New York Times View full coverage View morekeyboard_arrow_up

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More Technology A dedicated app for music and the smart home: The current Home and Alexa apps are bloated and unusable for daily use. I suspect that's by design, as it forces the users to use the speaker for most tasks. The Echo and Home deserve better. Right now, Amazon and Google seemingly want users to use voice to set up these devices. And that's fine to a point. If a user is going to use these speakers for listening to Spotify or controlling a set of Hue lights, the current app and voice setup works fine. But if a user wants an Echo to control a handful of smart home devices from different vendors, a dedicated app for the smart home ecosystem should be available -- bonus points if there's a desktop app for even more complex systems. Look at Sonos. The Sonos One is a fantastic speaker and arguably the best sounding multi-room speaker system. Even though Alexa is built into the speaker, the Sonos app is still useful as it would be for the Echo and Home, too. A dedicated music app would let Echo and Home users more easily browse music sources and select tracks and control playback on different devices. The smart speakers can be the center of complex smart home ecosystems and deserve a competent companion app for setup and maintenance. Logitech's Harmony app is a good example here as well. This desktop app allows users to set up multiple universal remotes. The same should be available for Echo and Home devices. For example, my kids have their own Spotify accounts and do not need voice access to my Vivint home security system or the Hue bulbs in the living room. I want a way to more easily customize the Echo devices throughout the home. Setting up such a system is currently not possible and would be clunky and tiresome to do through a mobile app unless it's dedicated to the purpose.

Tidal arrives on the Amazon Echo

One key thing the HomePod has on the competition: streaming service synergy. It's an important advantage at the heart of the premium smart speaker.

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‘Green Book’ Review: Trying to Get Along

'Green Book” warms the heart, then numbs the mind. It's a broad-brush lesson in racism, a sermon on the power of empathy, a user's guide to tolerance ...

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Silver: Packers might be approaching end of an era

The Packers seemed on the verge of an early blowout before succumbing to a Seahawks rally. Michael Silver writes how the defeat left the Green Bay locker ...

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Where could Carmelo end up after his time in Houston?

Carmelo Anthony is officially parting ways with the Houston Rockets, so what lies ahead for the crestfallen former superstar? He head down to the Miami to play ...

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Houston QB D'Eriq King carted to locker room

Late in the first half of Thursday's game between Houston and Tulane, Cougars quarterback D'Eriq King had to head to the sideline with an apparent leg injury.

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Coffee or tea? The answer may lie in your genes

Would you like a cup of tea or coffee? As if your answer to this question did not already convey enough cues about class, age and social status, a study has ...

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Meditation helps veterans with PTSD

Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of ...

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