What they have done, specifically the iPad Air, is adopt tech

  nology like the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which used to be exclusive to the iPad Pro,” Stant

on said. “Now that iPad Pro has been redesigned with slim bezels and rounded-edges, its previous exclu

sive features can trickle down to cheaper price points. This is especially savvy of Apple because it stands to bene

fit from greater revenue from accessories as products like Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil become more accessible.”

  Apple was widely expected to tease the iPads ahead of its spring event on March 25, indicati

ng the company is more open to unveiling non-critical hardware updates without so much spectacle.

  ”Apple wants to get the iPad out of the way so it can hold its first event truly focused on streaming,” Lauren Guenveur, senior research analyst at IDC told

CNN Business. “If Apple announced new Pads, it would turn into a hardware event, and that’s not what it wants.”

  Tablet shipments have declined in the past few years, especially among devices that don’t come with a keyboard. “Per

haps what’s the point for having an event for a declining category?” Guenveur added.

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Ardern also impressed — both inside New Zealand and ov

  verseas — with her quick action following the attack.

  She was quick to label the incident a terrorist attack, a designation that can be lacking fo

r far-right killings, and within hours had vowed to change the law to prevent future atrocities.

  ”Our gun laws will change,” she said, evoking memories of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard who clam

ped down on guns within two weeks of the 1996 massacre at Port Arthur in Tasmania, which killed 35 people.

  True to her word, New Zealand’s cabinet met Monday and agreed on “in prin

ciple” changes to be detailed next week. They’re expected to include a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

  The move has proved popular on the streets of Christchurch wher

e heavily armed police stand guard at roadblocks heaped with flowers in remembrance of the dead.

  ”I think a lot of us in New Zealand have watched what’s happened in America and we sure as hell don’t want to see th

t here,” said Trish Jamieson, a social worker who was laying flowers near the Linwood mosque on Sunday.

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I think Chinese basketball needs to get to a place where they

say playing well at one tournament isn’t enough, we want more,” said the Los Angeles Lakers legend, a frequent visitor to China since 1997.

“Now you have to take it to another level … can’t just be comfortable

being here. It’s time to push the next generation to try to get on the medal podium.”

Rescheduled from 2018 to avoid a clash with FIFA’s soccer World

Cup, this year’s tournament has expanded from 24 to 32 teams, who emerged from a revamped quali

fication system that lasted 18 months and aimed to involve as many countries as possible.

“This allows us to go into more markets and to create long-lasting excitement around th

e event,” said FIBA secretary-general Andreas Zagklis, who was appointed in December.

Zagklis is also confident that the joint efforts between FIBA and the CBA will leave a lasting legacy for Chinese basketball after the World Cup.

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Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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hina offers tax relief to overseas talent working in Greater

  China’s Ministry of Finance Saturday announced a favorable tax policy for overseas talent working in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and Ho

ng Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will

get subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.

  The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.

  The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdon

g — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.

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ppetite for high-end products rising, says Mengniu

Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd, China’s major dairy maker based in Inner Mo

ngolia, said high-end dairy products tailored to local preferences will be a leading future tren

d in China’s dairy industry, to meet the increasingly diversified demand from quality-conscious consumers.

The dairy maker said it has witnessed remarkable growth in sales of its yogurt, low-temperature milk and cheese produ

cts in the past few years. Products with high added value in terms of flavor, nutrition, packaging and convenience are fav

ored by Chinese consumers, spurred by growing incomes and purchasing power, the company found.

For example, the popularity of Tetra Pak’s eight-sided packaging, which is easy to hold, and boxed dairy products that c

an be consumed directly from the pack, show the demand for more convenient products from consumers.

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First, he claimed that the former President had predicted

  2016 that British voters would reject leaving the European Union in a

referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.

  Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons

they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.

  Then Trump claimed — wrongly — that the EU was unwilling to “negotiate with the Obam

a administration” about trade. In fact, the previous administration sought to conclude a Tran

satlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the

line. Trump’s own talks on trade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.

  Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a President who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.

  He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.

  ”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Tr

ump, who was forced into a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.

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Police Commissioner Bush said 41 people were killed at the

  Noor mosque on Deans Avenue. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hosp

ital. Both of the mosques targeted in the attacks are in Christchurch city center. Police placed the two locations on lockdown.

  Two improvised explosive devices were attached to a vehicle as part of the attack. One device has been disabled and authorities are working on the other.

  ”This goes to the seriousness of the situation,” Bush said.

  A number of weapons were also recovered at both the Linwood and Deans Avenue locations.

  Police were still treating the incident as ongoing into Friday evening local time and u

rged Christchurch residents to stay indoors and monitor the police website and social media.

  Mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

  The situation was also considered not limited to Christchurch, and Bush asked “anyone who

was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. To close your doors until you hear from us again.”

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Xi urges military to meet goalsing, also general secretary of

This year crucial for realizing five-year plan on development of the armed forces

President Xi Jinping urged the military on Tuesday to make all-out efforts to ensure its goals for 2020 are fully realized in a timely manner.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Milit

ary Commission, told national legislators from the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Forc

e that this year is crucial to fulfilling the armed forces’ 13th five-year development plan, from 2016 to 2020.

He asked all military personnel to understand the significance and urgency of the plan’s realization and spare no effort to turn its goals into reality.

Xi ordered the military to focus on improving its com

bat readiness and capability. It should also deepen its reform, foster innovation and present new ach

ievements for the coming 70th birthday of the People’s Republic of China in October, he added.

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e said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military must stren

engthen planning and coordination, concentrate resources on its priorities and enhance its accountability system.

More attention should be given to projects that concern the military’s combat readine

ss efforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in na

tional defense. The military should gear up such projects and make sure they are of high quality, according to Xi.

Policies pertaining to military buildup and troop management should be refined to lay a solid foundation for the realization of the goals.

Xi ordered the military to intensify its internal supervision and inspection to prevent and u

proot the practice of formalities for formalities’ sake and bureaucratism. Funds should be used whe

re they are truly needed, and the virtues of hard work and thrift should be promoted. Management and scrutiny o

ver the use of funds should be strengthened to eliminate misconduct and corruption, he said.

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