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Google Voice Search Gets Smarter, Now Understands Complex Questions And Their Meaning

If voice-based assistants are to become the primary way we interact with our devices now and in the future, then Google has just upped the ante in the battle between its own voice search functionality and that of rival mobile assistants like Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana. While Google’s app …

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19-year-old dropped newborn from high-rise after hiding pregnancy: prosecutors

An Uptown woman dropped her newborn girl from an eighth-floor window late Wednesday, killing the baby, because she feared discovery by her family, prosecutors said Saturday.<p>Mubashra Uddin, 19, was ordered held without bail on a first-degree murder charge Saturday after a hearing in Cook County Bond …


Rhymefest: Spike Lee owes Chicago an apology for 'Chi-Raq'

Chicago rapper Rhymefest says director Spike Lee owes Chicago an apology for Lee's upcoming film "Chi-Raq" because the movie is not authentic nor helpful to the South and West Side communities experiencing violence.<p>"I think it's irresponsible," Rhymefest told the Tribune by phone Thursday. "The …

Antarctica is gaining ice, NASA study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Antarctica is gaining more ice than it has lost, according to a new study by NASA.<p>A NASA team came to this conclusion after scientists examined the heights of the region's ice sheet measured from satellites.<p>The new methods used by scientists to come to this study's conclusion, such as …

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North Dakota Legalizes Armed Police Drones

With the passage of a new law earlier this year, North Dakota has become the first state to legalize law enforcement use of armed drones.<p>Though the law limits the type of weapons permitted to those of the "less than lethal" variety — weapons such as tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper spray …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

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Google Maps now lets you revisit your location history in a detailed timeline

It’s inspiring — in a crazy sort of way — to consider how efficient Google can be in keeping track of information about you.<p>Today, Google announced the launch of “Your Timeline,” a tool in Google Maps that shares with you all the places you have been. It works if you chose to store your Location …