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17 January 2018 7:44 PM Alexa gets Aussie accent as Amazon launches smart speakers down under

Amazon's talkative Alexa smart assistant is officially on her way to Australia as the online retail giant opens preorders for its Echo smart speakers, in preparation for an "early February" local launch. Rival to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, Amazon's smart assistant has been localised for Australia. Along with sounding like an Aussie, Alexa will also recognise 10 1

16 January 2018 4:10 AM Markets Live: Bellamy's surges in weak ASX

Afterpay Touch shares have hit a record high after the-buy-now-pay later service revealed its underlying annual sales are on track to reach more than $2 billion and a possible move into the US market. In the three months to December 31, underlying quarterly sales hit $551 million, up from $367 million the previous quarter, while sales for the first half of the current 9

13 January 2018 8:48 AM 'Inspiring': assault victim Matt Pridham married in Canberra ceremony

But almost five years later, on Saturday afternoon Mr Pridham married his long-time girlfriend and his carer, Danielle Poulet. ​Ms Poulet had only known Mr Pridham for three months before the assault and she has stuck by him ever since. The couple were sharing their happy ending to let others know there are good outcomes for people who have a disability 7

13 January 2018 4:40 AM Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff says Donald Trump book is 'all factual'

Author Michael Wolff has hit back at claims his book about US President Donald Trump's first year in office stretches the truth, saying it gave the clearest picture of the President's administration. In an interview with ABC Radio, Wolff said his book was "all factual" and people should read it themselves to make up their own minds about it. Not afraid 9

12 January 2018 9:30 AM Australian Diamonds use indoor GPS to help locate Commonwealth Games gold

It's all part of looking for every single percentage of advantage the Diamonds can muster to retain their grip on the gold medal they won in Glasgow four years ago. "In the position that we are at the Diamonds, we are currently No.1 in the world so we are being hunted, but we've got to make sure we find a way every time," Australia midcourter Liz Watson 10

11 January 2018 6:55 AM Man jailed for drunken Queen Street Mall rape

A man who raped a drunk woman on the verge of passing out in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall has been sentenced to five months behind bars. Mohamed Husein Mohamud was interrupted by police after he was caught on the city council's CCTV digitally penetrating the 18-year-old on a bench in August 2015. The Brisbane District Court heard Mohamud joined the woman 13

10 January 2018 8:52 AM Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals

And the 69kg rising star didn't let up in the second set, breaking Dzumhur twice before his opponent succumbed to the hamstring injury, much to the displeasure of the crowd. They had cheered on every de Minaur winner prior to that, delighted with the tenacity and precision of their newest hero who could do no wrong on Ken Rosewall Arena. Davis Cup captain 14

10 January 2018 2:03 AM Female players benefit from new rugby union CBA

Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for Test matches for the first time under a new collective bargaining agreement. In another boost for the women's game, professional sevens players' base pay has been raised to a similar level to their male XV-a-side colleagues. The deal may allay some concerns about the treatment of female players by Rugby 14

7 January 2018 9:44 PM Republicans defend Donald Trump's mental stability as Stephen Bannon issues apology

Washington: Republicans and Trump allies rushed to defend US President Donald Trump's mental stability on Sunday, as former White House aide Stephen Bannon issued an apology for his role in the furore that's followed the release of a controversial new book. Bannon provided a statement to the political website Axios expressing "regret" for comments attributed 18

7 January 2018 7:40 PM Mark Philippoussis's father Nick suffers massive stroke in US jail

Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis has suffered a massive stroke in a US jail and will likely never face trial on charges he sexually assaulted two young girls he trained in California. A San Diego judge was told on Thursday 68-year-old Philippoussis, the father of former world top 10 Australian player Mark Philippoussis, is catatonic after the stroke 20