Apple unveils watch, larger iPhones in bid to retake innovation crown

CUPERTINO, Calif., (Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payments service yesterday as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeks to revive the technology company’s reputation as a wellspring of innovation.


The first new product to be developed and introduced under Cook’s reign is a timepiece tethered to the iPhone that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications. It will price at $349 and go on sale in early 2015.

First impressions were mixed. Some expected Apple to blow away the current competition but others warned the fact that it requires a paired iPhone may limit its sales.

Starting at $349 – $50 more than the cheapest version of the iPhone 6 with a contract, the lofty price tag may also keep some consumers on the sidelines. It could go up to more than $1,000 for higher-end editions, IDC analyst Danielle Levitas said.

The Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet to pay for goods and monitor heart rates via special sensors. The watches will come in three collections, including a sport edition and an upscale line coated in 18-karat gold.


Putin wins another six years at Russia’s helm in landslide victory

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory yesterday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.

U.S. Republicans to Trump: Let Mueller do his job

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Republican senators warned President Donald Trump yesterday not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and said the president must let federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the U.S.

China’s “silver fox” foreign minister promoted

BEIJING, (Reuters) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi retained his job and was also promoted to a state councillor yesterday, meaning he now has the country’s two top diplomat roles, in a vote of confidence for his strong defence of China’s interests.

Maduro challenger shakes up Venezuela’s presidential vote

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – At each other’s throats for two decades, militants of Venezuela’s socialist state and opposition seldom agree on anything.

Former FBI No 2 McCabe fired; says Trump administration targeted him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI’s former No 2 official Andrew McCabe on Friday, prompting McCabe to say he was targeted for being a witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


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