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South Korean activists voice support for Hong Kong protesters

South Korean activists voice support for Hong Kong protesters

World
SEOUL, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- South Korean activists on Friday demanded Hong Kong police apologize for the recent shooting of a teenager and stop suppressing protesters, voicing support for the democracy protests amid an escalating stand-off between authorities and protesters. Earlier this week, Hong Kong high school student Tsang Chi-kin was severely injured after a police bullet narrowly missed his heart. Hong Kong police acknowledged that an official fired the weapon but defended him, saying he did so in fear of his life. The shooting, the first time a demonstrator had been hit by live fire, has heightened tensions in the city. News reports that the government is considering imposing a ban on wearing face masks at protests further fueled anger. Around 65 civic organizations and Hong Kong res...
Apple ‘sorry’ that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

Apple ‘sorry’ that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

Business
Apple has apologised following revelations that it paid third-party workers to listen to voice recordings of Siri users.The practice known as "grading" has been used by several tech firms as a way of improving the quality of speech recognition.However, Apple, Google and Microsoft all halted such work recently, following public outcry.Apple said it plans to resume grading - but only for Siri users who opt in.The firm added that in the future only its own employees will be able to access recordings, not third-party workers at contracted firms.Earlier this month, the company said it had halted grading following reports that workers had heard recordings containing intimate remarks made by Siri users.Such recordings can be made accide...
Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey to lead voice cast of Pixar’s ‘Soul’

Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey to lead voice cast of Pixar’s ‘Soul’

Entertainment
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Disney has announced Ray Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and 30 Rock Emmy winner Tina Fey will lead the voice cast of its next Pixar animated movie, Soul. The film is set for release on June 19, 2020. Questlove, Daveed Diggs and Phylicia Rashad will also play characters in the movie, which will feature new music from Jon Batiste, and an original score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The casting and music news were revealed Saturday at Disney's D23 Expo. The project was announced in June. A synopsis said it would "take you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life's most important questions." Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com
Russi Taylor: Minnie Mouse voice actress dies aged 75

Russi Taylor: Minnie Mouse voice actress dies aged 75

Entertainment
Russi Taylor, the voice of Disney's Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, has died aged 75. The actress died in Glendale, California on Friday, the Walt Disney Company has said. Since 1986, Taylor provided voice-overs for animated TV series, films and theme parks featuring Mickey Mouse's high-pitched and giggly partner Minnie.She also played characters in The Simpsons, including Bart's dorky classmate Martin. Mirroring the character she played, Taylor married Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey until his death in 2009. Bob Iger, Disney's chairman and chief executive, paid tribute to Taylor in a statement released on Saturday."For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked...
Jessie J on The Voice Kids and surviving fame

Jessie J on The Voice Kids and surviving fame

Entertainment
For most people, sitting in a big red chair on TV means you're about to be tipped backwards by Graham Norton. For Jessie J, however, it's the chance to potentially make a significant difference to the career of an aspiring young singer. She is one of four coaches on the current series of ITV's The Voice Kids, which is airing seven years after she first appeared on its sister show The Voice UK. Jessie sits on the panel alongside Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and Will.I.Am, in a contest where all the competitors are aged seven to 14.But its third series comes at a time when questions are being raised about how TV contestants are cared for, after the recent deaths of former participants of Love Island and The Jeremy Kyle Show.Given how yo...