Johnson Controls is removing Microsoft's Cortana from the GLAS thermostat

Credit: Johnson Controls A year after quietly adding support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (alongside Microsoft’s Cortana) to its Windows 10-powered GLAS smart thermostat, Johnson Controls is dropping Cortana. Johnson Controls is notifying users this week that an upcoming software update will remove Cortana support from the device. According …

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 18-24

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 18-24: Aug. 18: Movie director Roman Polanski is 86. Actor Robert Redford is 83. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 76. Singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 74. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 67. Country singer Steve Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 64. Comedian-actor Denis Leary is …

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Hong Kong protests: Police defend use of 'disguised' officers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHong Kong police were filmed making an arrest with the help of a suspected undercover officer Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as anti-government protesters during mass unrest that rocked the city on Sunday. Some officers disguised themselves as “different …

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Kate Markgraf Hired as G.M. of U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Kate Markgraf, who as a player helped the United States win two Olympic women’s soccer gold medals and the 1999 Women’s World Cup, was named the first general manager of the United States women’s national team on Monday. Markgraf’s responsibilities will include overseeing the search for a new coach to …

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Kyle Lowry withdraws from USA FIBA World Cup team due to thumb injury

Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has withdrawn from the pool of candidates USA Basketball is considering to take to the FIBA World Cup later this month. Lowry said his surgically repaired thumb isn’t ready to allow him to participate in on-court workouts. He had surgery last month …

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Verizon will sell off a porn-free Tumblr for 'nominal amount'

Tumblr’s future is finally clear: Verizon is selling the blogging platform, which Yahoo once valued at more than a billion dollars, for a “nominal amount,” according to The Wall Street Journal.  Verizon announced Monday that it planned to sell Tumblr to Automattic, the San Francisco company that owns WordPress.  “WordPress.com …

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Australian travellers stranded in Hong Kong after protesters shut down airport

Australian travellers are facing major delays after thousands of pro-democracy protesters descended on Hong Kong’s international airport, forcing authorities to shut it down. Qantas cancelled three flights to Australia on Monday night. Five outbound services due to leave on Tuesday have also been cancelled: QF97 out of Brisbane, QF29 out …

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Cricket Could Make Olympic Debut In 2028: Mike Gatting

Cricket could make its Olympic debut in 2028, MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting said. The former England batsman said that ICC’s new Chief Executive Manu Sawhney in an address to the MCC Cricket Committee said that strong progress has been made on the subject, especially after the Board …

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Gears 5: Everything we know so far

Microsoft’s dedicated Gears studio The Coalition is back with the second arc of its new trilogy, Gears 5. That’s right, the “of War” is out. Forget it, don’t need it. With Gears of War 4 under its belt, The Coalition is doing a lot more experimenting with Gears 5. At …

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