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Wireless CarPlay is coming to more cars

Apple’s CarPlay is a terrific piece of technology that we like quite a lot. But perhaps the biggest annoyance with CarPlay (aside from its persistent bugginess) is that you have to plug in your phone in order to make it work. Sometimes, particularly for short drives, pulling my iPhone out of my …

Amazon’s music service for Echo users will launch in the next few weeks

A $10 a month on-demand service is also coming by early 2017<p>Amazon is planning to launch its long-rumored on-demand music service, which will compete with Spotify and Apple Music, by the beginning of next year, according to a source close to the situation. The company will also launch its …

Alexa, when will you work well outside the home?

Alexa won CES, but didn’t win my heart<p>CES 2017 isn’t over yet, but it’s obvious that the person who stole the show this year isn’t even a person — it’s a virtual assistant. Amazon’s Alexa has popped up in everything from copycat speakers to humanoid robots to connected fridges. Put it this way: you …

Amazon's voice-controlled Echo is now available to anyone that wants it

'Alexa, play 'Finally,' by Cece Peniston'<p>Late last year, Amazon announced the Echo, a wireless speaker with a voice-controlled personal assistant built in. We called it "Siri in a box" in our review, and that's a pretty apt description. The Echo can be a standard Bluetooth speaker, but it's real …

Now anyone can make an Amazon Echo

Amazon is making the Alexa virtual assistant open to better compete with Siri<p>Amazon wants to take voice control to new heights. Just two days after making the Echo wireless speaker available to the masses, the retail giant now wants hardware developers to incorporate Alexa, the Echo's cloud-based …

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Show Notes: The telecom industry isn’t the tech industry, dammit

February 23rd, 2017<p><i>Before every episode of The Vergecast I sit down, read through a bunch of news, and take a bunch of notes. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my week, and I started thinking it might be fun to do every day on the site. So, every day this week I’m sitting down and writing</i> …

Eero is cutting the price of its router pack by $100

$399 for the three-pack<p>Eero is slashing the price of its whole-home router system by $100 in an attempt to fend off competition from companies like Google and Netgear. The company will cut the price of its three-pack of routers from $499 to $399 today at 11AM ET, as reported by <i>Fast Company</i>. This …

Amazon’s Alexa now has 10,000 skills

‘Alexa, start counting’<p>Amazon’s Alexa has passed a milestone: there are now 10,000 app “skills” working with the digital assistant, according to <i>Wired</i>. To put that in some perspective, Alexa had about 1,000 skills last June but grew the catalog of integrations to 7,000 by the time CES rolled around …

Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment

Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data …

Why Matt Damon Hasn’t Re-united with Casey and Ben Affleck on the Big Screen

The star also reveals why he hasn’t been in a Ben-directed movie yet: “He keeps on giving himself the best roles!”<p><b>Casey Affleck’s</b> Golden Globe win Sunday was also a big moment for <b>Matt Damon</b>. Watching his longtime friend get recognized for his moving performance in <i>Manchester by the Sea</i> made even the</i> …

Donald Trump’s Biggest Wall Street Cheerleader Lands a White House Job

Anthony Scaramucci, come on down!<p>In a move the <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> foretold earlier this week, <b>Anthony Scaramucci</b> on Thursday officially accepted a job in <b>Donald Trump’s</b> White House. According to Bloomberg, the fund of hedge funds manager, who has not yet sold his SkyBridge Capital but is looking …

How often does it snow in the UK, and is it getting rarer?

The United Kingdom is expected to be hit by some snowy weather over the next few days with temperatures plunging below freezing.<p>However, data from the Met Office reveals that snow is a fairly rare occurrence in the south of England in January, with snow or sleet falling on an average of 2.5 days in …

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WEF 2018

Credit Suisse is a long standing strategic partner of the World Economic Forum and regularly contributes to its annual meetings in Davos. This year's …

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Kitchen Knife Storage Gets Interesting

Going beyond the basic knife block<p>Knife storage can be a challenge for many home cooks. Since I last wrote about knife blocks and wall racks back in …