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Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Technology
Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work.It said the HomePod would be ready to go on shop shelves in the US, UK and Australia "early in 2018". The news is a blow to its plans to take on rivals Amazon and Google in the growing market for home devices that use AI to help consumers.'Not surprising'In a statement sent to news organisations, Apple said the wireless speaker needed "a little more time before it's ready for our customers".The delay will mean Apple misses the lucrative holiday season during which many consumers buy gadgets as gifts. The gadget was first unveiled in June this year when Apple said it would go on sale in the US for $ 34...
NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt

NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt

Science
Nov. 14 (UPI) -- NASA is preparing for another launch attempt of JPSS-1, NOAA's latest weather satellite.The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 was supposed to be carried into orbit in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, but the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket's blastoff was delayed after a vehicle alarm sounded just prior to countdown.The launch has since been rescheduled for Wednesday morning at 4:47 a.m. ET. The rocket will liftoff from Space Launch Complex-2 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.JPSS-1 is the first of four next-generation weather satellites to be launched on behalf of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.The polar-orbiting satellite will cross the equator 14 times everyday and complete two scans of the entirety of Earth every 24 hours. Its instruments...
Stray plane forces last-minute space launch delay

Stray plane forces last-minute space launch delay

Technology
A space launch has been aborted just moments before lift-off after a small aircraft strayed into the rocket's hazard area.Commercial shipper Orbital ATK was within two minutes of launching its unmanned Antares rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia when the aircraft appeared six miles offshore, flying at around 500ft.It prompted the postponement of the launch, which will now take place on Sunday morning.Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is set to carry a capsule holding 7,400 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), supplying six astronauts with fresh fruit, vegetables, ice cream bars and equipment for experiments.Image:The rocket is raised into position at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in VirginiaThe cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's mic...
Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Science
Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Orbital OTK rescheduled Saturday's Antares rocket launch after another aircraft flew into restricted airspace near NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.The rocket was expected to carry the Cygnus aircraft into orbit and deliver 7,400 pounds of supplies, equipment and science experiments to the International Space Station.Within 2 minutes of the scheduled launch time of 7:37 a.m., Orbital OTK scrapped the launch saying a "small aircraft" was flying at about 500 feet some 6 miles offshore."We were working no issues until an aircraft flew into restricted airspace," the aerospace company said on Twitter. "We are currently de-tanking and will be ready to go tomorrow morning."Orbital OTK rescheduled the launch for 7:14 a.m. Sunday.Should skies remain clear, it was predicte...
Harvey Weinstein: US and UK police launch investigations

Harvey Weinstein: US and UK police launch investigations

Entertainment
US and UK police have launched investigations into sexual assault allegations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein.The New York Police Department is looking into an allegation dating from 2004 and is reviewing whether there are any additional complaints.London's Met Police has received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.The New York Police Department said it was "looking to speak" to an individual who had made an allegation dating from 2004.Assistant Commissioner J Peter Donald said: "Based on information referenced in published news reports, the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter."No filed complai...