Spotify is testing its own voice assistant to control your music

Spotify is experimenting with a voice-control interface, looking to free itself from reliance on Siri and Alexa and pave the way for the company’s forthcoming smart speaker. Users of the service have spotted the new feature hiding in the search bar of Spotify’s iOS app. After tapping the magnifying glass to search for a track …

Cora Staunton, the Gaelic footballer who switched continents and sports to go pro in AFLW

Cora Staunton, one of Ireland’s most decorated Gaelic footballers, is finally getting to grips with a red Australian leather football in Sydney. The 36-year-old is a famed athlete, leader and veteran in Ireland but she only took up Australian rules football in October so is happy to be a hard-working foot soldier on the oval. …

Shocking, raw and fun: Smilf and TV’s new generation of single mothers

From the beginning Smilf lays itself bare, quite literally. After lead character Bridgette makes a thwarted attempt at flirting during a basketball game, there’s some Girls-style matter-of-fact nudity during a bath scene. It serves as a decent indication of the type of comedy that’s to come, as does the frank title – that Smilf means …

Cheltenham Festival 2018: Stayers’ Hurdle and Ryanair Chase day – live!

Greg Wood Rain returned to Cheltenham overnight after two dry days of racing on the Old Course, but since the action moves to fresh ground on the New Course for the second half of the Festival, the official going this afternoon is unchanged. “The rain that we’ve had overnight is hopefully petering out and we’re …

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: One Thing Donald Trump Would Like Is Freedom From the Press

President Trump speaking to the news media outside the White House on Tuesday. Tom Brenner/The New York Times More than any president in living memory, Donald Trump has conducted a dogged, remorseless assault on the press. He portrays the news media not only as a dedicated adversary of his administration but of the entire body …

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Tell the Truth About Our Longest War

Paige Vickers The nearly 17-year-old Afghanistan conflict, the longest war in United States history, will not end on the battlefield. It can be resolved only at the negotiating table. So, the bold offer last month from President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to negotiate with the Taliban “without preconditions” is a welcome initiative. But it faces …

Overlooked No More: Alison Hargreaves, Who Conquered Everest Solo and Without Bottled Oxygen

Hargreaves sent her children a message from the apex: “I am on the highest point of the world, and I love you dearly.” She perished months later while descending Earth’s second-highest peak, K2. When asked if a female climber needed to be tougher than a man, Alison Hargreaves, in her last known interview, said: “I …