Written By: Rachel Antony
From Apple's WWDC to James Comey's testimony, here's what everyone's talking about this week.
1. Apple WWDC
Apple's annual conference to announce new products, technologies and updates didn't disappoint. They announced the launch of their new product, HomePod which will directly take on Google and Amazon as a house assistant with of course Siri baked into it. iOS 11 will roll out this fall and include updates like money transfers through iMessage, Maps that include airport and mall floor plans, in-device learning for Siri, and a do not disturb feature for distracted-free driving. They presented the new iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac so far that will be released in December for a mere $5,000. The new computer packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering; a designer's dream.
Apple also has announced they will be distributing their cracked-screen fixing machines to over 400 third-party stores to make it quicker and more convenient for people to get their screen fixed. It might not seem like a big deal, but screen fixing has become a multi-billion-dollar global business.
2. James Comey Testifies
James Comey, former director of the FBI, delivered a written testimony yesterday and a live testimony today; the first time he has spoken publically after being abruptly fired by Trump. Throughout his testimony, Comey said he distrusted Trump to tell the truth about their one-on-one conversations so took notes for proof. He states that Trump demanded his loyalty and pushed him to declare that Trump was not the target of the FBI's Russian investigation. Comey confirmed that Trump made him drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. When asked why he didn't tell the President that it was wrong, Comey said he was so stunned by the conversation that he just took it in. He also added in that he has no doubt Russia did interfere with the 2016 US election.
3. Clooney Twins
George and Amal Clooney welcomed twins to the world on Tuesday morning in London. Ella and Alexander are healthy and doing great, according to sources. Not only are the babies cute, of course, but the internet is overjoyed that the couple has picked normal, classy names. Isn't it a rule for celebrities to pick the most obscure, life-wrecking names? But George and Amal are classy celebrities, so we wouldn't expect anything less. Grandpa Nick Clooney was wowed at the "picture-postcard perfect" twins after meeting them over Skype.
4. Brian Burke
Things got a little heated when Flames president of hockey operations, Brian Burke, threatened the Calgary Flames could get up and leave the city if there wasn't a new arena popping up in the near future. Burke addressed the Canadian Club of Calgary last night, with the discussion mainly focused on the new arena. CalgaryNext was too expensive and is now on the backburner, so the Flames and the city are looking for an alternative space and still facing concerns about where the money to pay for it will come from. Burke used examples like Edmonton's arena for the Oilers that opened last year, as well new football stadiums in Regina, Winnipeg and Ottawa for their CFL teams to prove his point. Ken King is optimistic that the Victoria Park option for the new arena will be able to reach a deal soon, putting Calgarians and Brian Burke at ease.
5. Tehran Terrorist Attacks
Yesterday, Iran's Parliament and the tomb of the republic's revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini were simultaneously attacked by ISIS, killing 16 people and injuring many others. All six attackers died in the assault and have all been identified; five of them have previously fought with ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa. Iran's Revolutionary Guards are saying Saudi Arabia supported ISIS in the deadly twin attacks. Donald Trump tweeted out his reaction, adding the "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks "repugnant" in a tweet sent out by the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday. He also tweeted that "Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship."