Maurice Barnett

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CES 2017: Amazon's virtual aide Alexa shouts above rivals

<b>Virtual assistants are everywhere at CES this year - but one speaks louder than the rest. Amazon's Alexa has popped up in a bewildering list of devices including fridges, cars and robots.</b><p>Manufacturers are clearly interested in making their appliances voice-operable, and many see Alexa as a great …

Smart Homes

Trump that: the failure and farce of American politics

There is something very odd and bizarrely impressive about Donald Trump’s approach to democratic politics: it is quite obviously undemocratic. …

Political Science

Google is giving non-profits its latest satellite maps

Non-profit groups don't often have the luxury of using satellite maps to gauge their progress clearing landmines or saving trees. Getting fresh imagery is typically expensive, if it's an option at all. Google's recent acquisition Skybox wants to fix that with Skybox for Good, a new program that …

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

Author: Adrian Chen. Adrian Chen Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.23.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><b>The campuses of</b> the tech industry are …

How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results.<p>Do you think you can find the lowest …

eCommerce

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Some merchants hope to launch their own mobile payments system next year<p>There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, …

How The iPhone And Oil Prices Are Propelling The Best U.S. Economy In Years

In our minds, the price of gas has an outsized impact. It’s hard to go more than a day or two without seeing what it costs to fill your car at a nearby station given the prominent price display. And lately that price has been headed in only direction — down. Thanks almost entirely to the roughly …

Android Exec Says Google Will Loosen Reins on Watches, TVs and Cars Over Time

Restrictions may ease as Google sees how new areas use its technology.<p>Google is taking its versatile Android operating system into new places, like cars and watches and TVs. As part of that process, it’s also severely curtailing the degree to which hardware makers can tinker with the core parts of …