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    New iPhone Innovations Keep Apple On Top, For Now

    The much anticipated iPhone 11 was released to the general public on September 20th. Consistent with standard Apple practice, the phone is accompanied by two different models: the Pro and Pro Max. Each is available in an array of colors, with the regular iPhone 11 having the boldest and most diverse range of options the company has ever presented. Outside of this exciting new pastel variety, some of the phone’s innovative functionalities have contributed to the buzz surrounding it. From a dual-camera system to the A13 Bionic chip, the device is tangible proof that Apple is adamant about being a front-runner in the race to create the most capable smartphone…

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    PSC’s long haul fight for higher adjunct pay

    The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) started negotiating collective bargaining agreements for CUNY staff in 2000, but the most recent fight for higher adjunct professor salaries has been an uphill battle since 2017.  The PSC is a local labor union that represents 30,000 CUNY staff members. The union fights for the protection and livelihood of its members, standing up to CUNY when it fails to cater to its staff’s professional needs. Through grievance arbitration, a process that allows for the final settlement of a dispute between an employer and its unionized employees, involvement in political matters, and the advocacy of special benefits provided to its members, the PSC participates in all…

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    Is Giving Up Your Privacy Worth the Latest Technology?

    There has been an air of controversy surrounding the logistics involved in the software manufacturing process ever since the inception of voice assistance technology. While many are thrilled by the impact smart speakers have had on their daily lives, others remain conflicted about whether or not owning them means sacrificing their privacy. In 2014, Amazon made waves in the tech world when they released the first ever smart speaker called “Echo.” The product is activated by wake words like “Alexa,” “Echo,” or “Computer,” although in an effort to humanize the interaction, “Alexa” has become the most popularly used. From setting alarms to streaming music, the voice interaction feature of the…

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    Ilhan Omar attacked for controversial statements deemed anti-semitic

    IRepresentative Ilhan Omar has once again made headlines after several of her controversial tweets about Israel and its relationship with the U.S were found to be offensive.   After making history during the 2018 midterm elections and being voted into Congress as the first Somali-American Muslim to represent Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in the U.S House of Representatives, the headlines that once praised Omar’s historic appointment quickly turned sour. The backlash against Omar began after her response to the House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who had insisted that Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Omar be punished for their criticism of Israel’s right- wing government. Omar fired back: “It’s all about the…

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    Trump declares A national emergency

    After two years in office, President Donald Trump has yet to give up on his dream of building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border, going as far as to declare a national emergency to get the funding he needs. Ever since the inception of President Trump’s campaign for office, he made colossal promises for what he planned to accomplish during his first term. From ending the funding of sanctuary cities, to repealing the Affordable Care Act, there are many vows Trump has either failed to fulfill or has not attempted to conduct. However, one thing Trump consistently stands by is his fight for building a 234-mile wall along the border…