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Apple makes Siri smarter, rolls out software improvements

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Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors’ recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services. The tech giant kicked off its annual software conference by announcing new software features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well, while unveiling a new design for the Apple Music service. It’s also extending Apple Pay to the web, so users can pay for purchases made…

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South Dublin Mayor and Ireland Consul General come to Tampa for new trade and cultural opportunities

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Seizing on the sister-city arrangement made with Tampa and Hillsborough County officials last September, South Dublin Mayor Sarah Holland and Ireland Consul General Shane Stephens are in Tampa all week, meeting officials from the business and education community to seek potential business opportunities in Ireland. “We have so much in common, and so much to learn from each other,” said Mayor Holland, speaking at City Hall after meeting with Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “You have a thriving business community, a thriving educational community, an…

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Tampa panel talks all about the upcoming future of driverless cars and how they’ll adapt to it

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Is Tampa and the state of Florida on the cutting edge of transportation that is about to transform the world in the next decade? Though Tampa frustrated with the Florida Department of Transportation might think otherwise, that’s not the viewpoint espoused on Tuesday by Ray LaHood, the former Secretary of Transportation in Barack Obama’s first term in office. “We’re in a revolution in the automobile industry,” LaHood said, speaking to an audience at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Tampa. “We’re in…

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Today on Context Florida: Solar regulation, rule of law, financial literacy and Apple & the FBI

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Today on Context Florida: Jim Kallinger and Dick Batchelor wrote in Context Florida last week that voters should support “Amendment 1,” which seeks to regulate solar energy in Florida. They disclose at the end of the article that they work for “Consumers for Smart Solar.” Julie Delegal reminds voters that they may not know “Consumers for Smart Solar” is a bankrolled front for Big Energy, which wants to control solar energy in Florida, and is looking to suppress competition from rooftop…

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Apple starts a busy week with new iPhone launch

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Apple is kicking off a busy week: Today the giant tech company will host reporters and analysts at its Silicon Valley headquarters for a product launch event. On Tuesday, its lawyers will square off with authorities in federal court over the FBI’s demand for help unlocking a San Bernardino killer’s encrypted iPhone. The tech giant’s dispute with the government has commanded headlines for weeks, but it may get scant mention at the company’s product event. Instead, CEO Tim Cook is…

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio’s failure, Credit Education Month, Apple versus the FBI and Key West bus parking

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Today on Context Florida: The most common formulation for political failure in a presidential campaign is this: It was too little, too late. But in the case of Marco Rubio, Peter Schorsch says it was too little, too soon. Rubio withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, another patch of bloodstained pavement on Trump Boulevard. Our self-described favorite son managed to lose 66 of the 67 counties in Florida to a bloated, orange buffoon with genetically engineered hair. How did Rubio achieve…

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In St. Pete, Patrick Murphy is asked about his father’s financial contributions to his campaign

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With the control of the U.S. Senate on the line this fall, the contest to succeed Marco Rubio as Florida’s junior senator will be one of the most watched in the nation later this  year, but it certainly isn’t capturing the attention of Floridians at the moment. A Public Polling Policy survey published earlier this week indicated that nearly a majority of both Republicans (47%) and Democrats (45%) in the Sunshine State have no preference at all among the now seven major candidates on the…

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