10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning.

1. All eyes were on Trump’s tax plan. Here’s all you need to know about that, including a proposed cut in the corporate tax rate to 20% from 35%. Here are three ways it could benefit Donald Trump. US stocks climbed and the greenback rose again. Despite that, the Aussie found some technical support at 0.7836 overnight, but is still on the way down. Across the ditch, the RBNZ kept rates on hold at 1.75% this morning as expected.

2. Amazon went nuts and announced tons of new hardware overnight, as well as dropping the fact it now had 5,000 people working on Alexa products. Here’s the new lineup:

  • “All New” Echo: Shorter than its predecessor, looks a bit nicer and has better sound.
  • Echo Plus: Silver, with better sound and a dedicated hub for your smart home devices.
  • Echo Connect: Lets you use a traditional phone service on the smart speaker.
  • Echo Buttons: Buttons that let you interact with your Echo speakers. Board games!
  • New Fire TV: It’s an update of the old streamer that supports 4K and HDR formats.
  • The Best For Last: And Alexa will be featured in future versions of the popular wall-mounted talking fish.

Oh, and Alexa will also be in new BMWs. Stock is up, even more.

3. A few years ago, a $US96 billion hedge fund made an AI program to see how well it fared on the stock market. It fared so well they shut it down and locked it in a closet. “You wanted to wash your hands every time you looked at it,” Man Group CEO Luke Ellis said. But now they’ve dusted it off again and given it a “small portfolio”.

4. Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith goes alright for a 34-year-old. Better than everyone else in the NRL, actually, after he took out last night’s Dally M award. The first time he won it was before iPhones were invented. His coach Craig Bellamy won Coach of the Year, and fans picked out Kyle Feldt for Try of the Year, which included a mark better than the AFL’s Mark of the Year:

5. Floyd Mayweather is Troll of the Year for buying a $US26 Beverly Hills mansion with a tiny portion of the cash he won by embarrassing beating UFC champion Conor McGregor. And installing this magnificent piece of objay dar:

6. Your iPhone X will know everything about you, so Apple want you to know not just anyone can unlock it with a picture of your face. Here’s all the locks Face ID will slap on your phone if it senses something is wrong. Kids under 13 and going to be very annoyed. And here’s why our own Antonio Villas-Boas won’t trade in his iPhone 6s for either an iPhone 8 or iPhone X.

7. A drug-resistant malaria superbug is on the rise in Asia. We need to worry about why 26 different antibiotics failed to save a woman’s life in Nevada. And if you’re one of millions of Aussies swearing that this year’s winter bug was the worst ever, here are four heartbreaking crowdfunding campaigns trying to help young Australians out of comas and fight organ failure after this year’s influenza outbreak.

8. Sergey Brin is one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in tech. But back in 1996, he had a fairly ordinary resumĂ©, just like you. Except he was a coder, so he could hide his dreams for what kind of a job he really liked in the document’s HTML code:


Now he owns eight jets and is building himself an airship.

9. It’s almost summer. It’s certainly hot enough some days to go to the beach and let all your winter hang out. But if you had a couple too many casseroles and hot chocolates, consider BeyoncĂ©’s 22-day diet. Kevin Reilly did – and lost 7 kilos. And if you live in Forster/Tuncurry on the New South Wales mid north coast, you might want to hold off for 22 days anyway:

10. James Cameron said he started filming the four Avatar sequels, then doubled down on the bad news by confirming his statement that Wonder Woman was “a step backwards” for Hollywood leading ladies. Things got a little TMI when Cameron continued to dig, saying he actually liked how Diana “sexually…had the upper hand with the male character, which I thought was fun.”

BONUS ITEM: It wouldn’t be an Ashes series if there wasn’t a player involved in a nightclub incident before it all kicked off. This time it’s England’s Kiwi vice-captain Ben Stokes, in the green shirt, allegedly throwing “15 punches in a minute”:

Have a great day.

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