• Alexa June 24, 2022 10:58 am

    Amazon's Alexa Could Soon Mimic Voice of Dead Relatives

    Amazon’s Alexa might soon replicate the voice of family members – even if they’re dead.

  • American Song Contest May 9, 2022 11:11 pm

    Find Out Which State's Singer Won ‘American Song Contest'

    In addition to the title and trophy, the winner has also earned a performance spot on the Billboard Music Awards alongside artists like Ed Sheeran, Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion.

  • Puerto Rico February 25, 2020 4:17 pm

    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 December 25, 2019 5:42 pm

    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 September 13, 2019 5:42 pm

    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...

  • Congress August 14, 2019 11:33 am

    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...

  • United States December 26, 2018 2:13 pm

    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 December 24, 2018 7:24 am

    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 September 17, 2018 5:41 pm

    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 June 20, 2018 11:26 pm

    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.

  • Facebook December 25, 2017 12:40 am

    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...

  • Illinois August 24, 2017 6:46 pm

    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 April 1, 2017 9:32 am

    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...

  • Connecticut May 4, 2017 2:03 pm

    NBC Connecticut on Echo and Dot: ‘Alexa, Tell Me The News'

    There’s a new way to find out what’s going on in Connecticut: Ask Alexa. Amazon Echo and Dot owners can now listen to top stories from NBC Connecticut through Alexa’s Flash Briefing. Just opt in to NBC Connecticut in your Alexa app, then ask your echo to tell you the news.

  • New York February 9, 2016 8:13 pm

    US Senator Calls for Investigation of Cruise Ship in Storm

    Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.

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