Four years after Amazon initially launched the Echo smart speaker and the Alexa voice assistant, Alexa continues to gain new capabilities, add skills by the tens of thousands, and work with a growing multitude of third-party devices, now numbering in the thousands. The Alexa team highlighted 2018’s developments including support for additional languages, new partnerships, and a growing emphasis on visual features in a blog post by Toni Reid, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa experience. This was a busy year for Alexa and the Amazon’s Echo devices. Amazon doesn’t reveal unit sales, but reports that both the number of customers who engage with Alexa on a daily basis and who own more than one Echo device doubled in 2018. In addition to the U.S., Amazon now sells Echo devices in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. Alexa picked up new languages along the way, including the ability to converse in the Spanish … [Read more...] about Like a proud parent, Amazon recounts everything Alexa achieved in 2018
France uk inheritance tax treaty
2019 Porsche Cayenne S first drive “After 15 years, the Porsche Cayenne still sets the standard for performance SUVs.” Superb handling Makes light off-roading easy Comfortable cabin, for driver and passengers Most features are pricy options Could be more breathtaking to look at Porsche didn’t invent the concept of the sporty SUV, but when the performance-dedicated automaker decided to venture into the uncharted territory of sport-utility and four doors, the world took notice. It’s safe to say that the Porsche Cayenne was a success, so much so that SUV-adverse brands like Rolls Royce and even Lamborghini are getting in on the action. For 2019, the Porsche Cayenne begins its third generation with a leaner look and a new bag of tricks that further blur the line between utility vehicle and sports car. What’s new In true Porsche fashion, the new Cayenne’s exterior tweaks are subtle, yet significant. The divided … [Read more...] about 2019 Porsche Cayenne S first drive review
The best thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing other things: Washing dishes, going for a run, coloring, and especially, driving. But there are so many podcasts these days that it’s simply impossible to keep up. New ones are debuting all the time, and it’s hard to know whether they deserve a spot in your feed. Every week, we highlight new and returning podcasts we couldn’t put down. Whether you’re looking for the latest and greatest or you’re just dipping your toe into the vast ocean of podcasts, we’ll find you something worth listening to. This week, we’ve got podcasts about healthcare, Reno, Toronto, the UN, Biggie and Tupac, and Mr. Rogers. News podcast Tradeoffs Elizabeth Warren released her Medicare for All plan on November 1, along with a calculator that’s supposed to tell you whether you’ll save money if it went into effect. To pay for it, she would tax billionaires; companies would … [Read more...] about The best new podcasts for the week of November 2, 2019: Finding Fred and more
The best thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing other things: Washing dishes, going for a run, coloring, and especially, driving. But there are so many podcasts these days that it’s simply impossible to keep up. There are new ones debuting all the time, and it’s hard to know whether they deserve a spot in your feed. Every week, we highlight new and returning podcasts we couldn’t put down. Whether you’re looking for the latest and greatest or you’re just dipping your toe into the vast ocean of podcasts, we’ll find you something worth listening to. This week, we’ve got podcasts about superheroes, growing up, trains, a book of etiquette, and a URO (unidentified rolling object). Science podcast The Biology of Superheroes In an episode of The Simpsons, an Itchy and Scratchy fan wonders why, when the cartoon mouse plays the cat’s skeleton like a xylophone and strikes the same rib twice, it makes two … [Read more...] about The best new podcasts for the week of October 12, 2019: Moonface and more
View this post on Instagram ‘Imagine this…’ (2019) Mark Zuckerberg reveals the truth about Facebook and who really owns the future… see more @sheffdocfest VDR technology by @cannyai #spectreknows #privacy #democracy #surveillancecapitalism #dataism #deepfake #deepfakes #contemporaryartwork #digitalart #generativeart #newmediaart #codeart #markzuckerberg #artivism #contemporaryart A post shared by Bill Posters (@bill_posters_uk) on Jun 7, 2019 at 7:15am PDT A video of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg proclaiming his power over “millions of people’s stolen data” as the billionaire stoically gestures on camera is garnering tens of thousands of views on Instagram. The problem? The video is generated entirely by artificial intelligence — and the real Zuckerberg had nothing to do with the video or the words it contains. Deepfake videos circulating on social media are nothing new — the most famous was a recent fake of House Speaker … [Read more...] about Will this deepfake of a power-hungry Zuckerberg make Facebook rethink fake news?