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  • Puerto Rico Feb 25

    Puerto Rico Gov. Says Fatal Shooting of Transgender Woman Is Hate Crime

    The recent killing of a person believed to be a transgender woman that has shocked and angered many in Puerto Rico is likely a hate crime, Gov. Wanda Vázquez said Tuesday. While no one has been arrested, she said the investigation into the fatal shooting of a person identified as Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, also known as Alexa, is making...

  • Amazon Dec 25, 2019

    Here Are a Bunch of Fun Tips and Tricks to Help You Get the Most Out of Your New Amazon Echo

    You may have just received a new Amazon Echo for the holidays. Maybe it’s your first one, or maybe it’s the second or third you’ve ever owned. Echos range in price from around $25 (when the Echo Dot is on sale) up to $199.99.The speaker gets better as you go up in price, but the stuff Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa can...

  • Congress Sep 13, 2019

    Lawmakers Ask 4 Big Tech Companies for Documents in Probe

    Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress’ bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee on antitrust, which has been conducting a sweeping investigation...

  • Amazon Aug 20, 2019

    Amazon Accuses Littleton Startup of Copyright Infringement for Their Smart Alex

    A Massachusetts-based startup could end up having to change the name of its product after it caught the attention of Amazon. The online retail giant is challenging the family business in Littleton, arguing the name is too similar to its own product, Alexa. Cousins George and Bob Colantuoni started Lifestyle Evolution nearly a year ago with the goal of helping...

  • Facebook Aug 14, 2019

    How to Opt Out of Facebook Messenger Audio to Protect Your Conversations

    If you’ve used Facebook’s popular Messenger app, there’s a chance that someone working for Facebook has listened to recordings of your audio chats. A report by Bloomberg found that Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from its users, citing “people with knowledge of the work” who were told to transcribe the audio without...

  • Massachusetts May 16, 2019

    Sentimental Items Stolen From Child's Grave

    Jaeden Robinson of Webster, Massachusetts, was just 6 when he suddenly died after battling leukemia for 3.5 years. “About a month after remission, he contracted meningitis and got very sick and passed away within a day,” said Jadeen’s mom, Samantha Robinson.

  • United States Dec 26, 2018

    Holiday Return Policies: Some Naughty, Some Nice

    U.S. retailers expect to handle about $72 billion worth of holiday returns this year, according to estimates from the National Retail Federation. That’s 10 percent of their total holiday sales. An analysis of current holiday return policies by ConsumerWorld.org, a consumer education website, finds that most major retailers are nice, and a few are even innovative. “My number one tip...

  • Facebook Dec 24, 2018

    NORAD Tracks Santa for 63rd Year Despite Possible Govt. Shutdown

    NORAD Tracks Santa, the military-run program that fields phone calls and messages from children around the world eager to ask when Santa will arrive, begins December 24 through Christmas Day, December 25. Despite the threat of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue this holiday tradition thanks to military personnel and some 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible year after...

  • CEO Sep 17, 2018

    Amazon Plans to Release at Least 8 New Alexa-Powered Devices, Including a Microwave

    Amazon is doubling down on its Alexa-powered devices, with plans to release at least 8 new voice-controlled hardware devices before the end of the year, CNBC has learned. The devices include, among others, a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget, people familiar with the matter said. All of the devices will be Alexa-enabled, meaning...

  • Amazon Aug 23, 2018

    Apple CEO to Get Hefty Raise on Friday

    Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is looking forward to an extra $120 million for his contributions to the company. A start-up called “GetAround” is looking to rent out your car. The new company just received $300 million in funding to get started, so it may soon hit your streets. Amazon’s Alexa offers kid-friendly answers for common questions thanks to a new…

  • Apple Aug 7, 2018

    Huawei Passes Apple in Second Quarter

    The smart world phone is buzzing with Samsung’s upcoming announcement of its latest addition. Huawei shipped more phones than Apple in the second quarter. Consumers are not taking advantage of Alexa to go shopping.

  • Amazon Jun 21, 2018

    Banking With Virtual Assistants

    Banks, financial companies and credit card companies are beginning to try out voice command services and features through virtual assistants created by Amazon, Apple and Google.

  • Amazon Apr 4, 2018

    Alexa in Ambulances

    Our society has gone from having information at your fingertips to now commanding it with your voice. Paramedics can now use Amazon Echos inside ambulances.

  • CEO Apr 1, 2018

    Cambridge Energy Startup Sense Hires Amazon Alexa Manager

    Cambridge-based startup Sense, which develops a device that monitors home energy usage, has hired a former manager of the Amazon Alexa team who’s an expert in the field of speech recognition.

  • Facebook Dec 25, 2017

    NORAD Tracks Santa for 62nd Year, Continues to Embrace Technology

    Alexa, where’s Santa? Amazon’s diligent, computerized know-it-all is the latest technology to enlist in NORAD Tracks Santa, the military-run program that fields phone calls and emails from children around the world eager to ask when Santa will arrive. Now entering its 62nd year, NORAD Tracks Santa will go live Sunday, with about 1,500 volunteers answering calls and emails at Peterson...

  • Danielle Abreu Aug 24, 2017

    Sears Holdings to Close Another 28 Kmart Stores as Sales Continued to Fall in 2Q

    Sears continued to struggle in its second quarter with declining sales amid heightened competition from the likes of Walmart to Amazon. It now says it will close even more stores. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois retailer, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, has been trying to cut costs by closing stores, including 180 this year and already had plans to cut...

  • United States Apr 1, 2017

    Tech Companies Roll Out Gags for April Fools' Day

    Global tech companies take a break from churning out profits once a year to have fun with their customers on April Fools’ Day, NBC News reported. This year, Amazon introduced “Petlexa,” a gag that would ostensibly allow pets to interact with the company’s Alexa product. T-Mobile, which likes to talk about its complete network coverage, touted a wearable magenta onesie...

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