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Anti-immigrant rhetoric: is it an echo of the 1930s?

PARIS: Hardline rhetoric about immigration in Europe and the United States underlines a resurgence of nationalism and has some commentators comparing the current era to the 1930s. Is the parallel justified? From Donald Trump to Italy's Matteo Salvini, Hungary's Viktor Orban to Belgium's Theo Francken, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have repeatedly demonised illegal immigrants in their public statements. Trump has warned they want to "pour into and infest our country", Orban says Africa "wants to kick down our…

Apple pushes launch of HomePod smart speaker to early 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has pushed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker to early next year from December, the company said on Friday. "We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod ... but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018," an Apple spokeswoman said via email. Apple introduced the voice-controlled HomePod in June. The speaker, which can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, takes aim at Amazon.com’s Alexa…

Amazon challenges Apple and Spotify with new music streaming service

Amazon on Wednesday launched a full-fledged music streaming service with low subscriptions for owners of its Amazon Echo speaker, accelerating the industry trend toward more flexible pricing.  The new streaming service, called 'Amazon Music Unlimited,' lets users access a vast catalog of songs on demand, similar to Spotify and Apple Music. Subscriptions to play music on the Echo cost $3.99 per month, but for access beyond that device, subscriptions cost $7.99 a month for members of Amazon's Prime shipping and video service…