Apple apologises, and makes changes to Siri’s privacy policy

In a statement, the tech giant announced new plans aimed at improving its digital-assistant services. Multinational technology company Apple Inc on Wednesday said it would quit its default practice of retaining audio recordings of the requests users make to its Siri personal assistant. The company also pledged to limit human review of what audio it does collect so only its employees – and not its contractors – can hear these recordings. The changes come after Apple earlier this month put a hold on a programme called Siri grading, in which humans…

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These are the world’s safest cities to live in right now

Asia Pacific cities continue to dominate the list, but the region also includes some of the lowest-scoring metropolises. There’s a new surprise member of the world’s safest cities club. Washington D.C. has entered the top 10 in the Safe Cities index for the first time, while Hong Kong is a noticeable no-show after plummeting down the rankings. Tokyo took the No. 1 spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking for the third time running, while Singapore and Osaka maintained their respective footholds in second and third place. Hong Kong dropped…

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California: A leading state in child poverty

A lack of affordable housing is making it worse as President Donald Trump’s administration aims to slash funding for subsidised housing for the poor. The United Nations says a billion children in the world live in poverty. In the United States, California has one of the highest rates of any state. And a lack of affordable housing is making it worse. by Rob Reynolds Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from the town of Watsonville, just south of San Francisco.

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