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Alexa’s routines can now play music, podcasts and radio shows

Alexa’s routines are getting a musical upgrade. First launched last year, routines allow Alexa device owners to string together a series of actions that kick off with a simple command — like “good morning” or “I’m home,” for example. Until today, the feature included support for news, weather, …

Bill and Melinda Gates Share How to Work and Live Together Successfully

The power couple has been married for over 25 years.<p><b>Power couples don't come much stronger than Bill and Melinda Gates.</b>• <b><br>They jointly run their charitable foundation that has an endowment of $40.3 billion while also raising three kids.</b>• <b><br>By their own admission it's an 'intense' setup, but it 'works</b> …

Why a millionaire poker player quit gambling to become an intern at a tech startup in London

If you were to choose which hobby to pursue to get into technology startups, chances are gambling wouldn't be your first choice. But Ludovic "Ludo" Lacay made a career as a professional poker player, became a millionaire in the process, and then used his poker skills to join a London startup as an …

Startups

The new CEO of super-private messaging app Wire, which is backed by Skype's cofounder, explained why it's taking on Slack

Last time Business Insider wrote about Morten Brøgger, he had just quit as chief executive of Dropbox rival Huddle, shortly after overseeing its sale to private equity firm Turn/River.<p>As of December, Brøgger is chief executive of Wire, the encrypted video and messaging app backed by Skype cofounder …

Ivanka Trump’s Relationship to Her Brand Is Under Ethical Scrutiny Again

A legal group is pushing for the Office of Government Ethics to investigate possible violations.<p>Ethical concerns about Ivanka Trump’s ties to her namesake clothing line have haunted the first daughter ever since she started working in the White House as an advisor to President Trump, and once more, …

Donald Trump

People Around the World Approve of Company CEOs More Than World Leaders | Best Countries | US News

People are generally more satisfied with business executives than some of the most powerful leaders of the free world.<p>That's according to data from …

North Africa

Snow bomb hits Britain as Storm Fionn sparks mountain rescue on M74 motorway

Motorists and lorry drivers have been stranded overnight on the M74 after snow and ice brought treacherous driving conditions to Scotland.<p>Mountain …

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Wait, Snowden built an app?<p>Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses …

Bitcoin buyer beware: US SEC warns 'extreme caution' over cryptocurrency investments

The head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission has warned bitcoin and other cryptocurrency investors to beware of scams and criminal activity in the sector.<p>In the financial regulator’s strongest statement yet, SEC chair Jay Clayton said: “If a promoter guarantees returns, if an opportunity …

Cryptocurrency

New app allows passengers to bid for last-minute upgrades on planes

Passengers will soon be able to win upgrades to business and first class seats on planes shortly before departure by entering a bidding war on their phones.<p>Seatfrog already allows rail travellers on Virgin Trains’s east coast line to bid for last-minute upgrades, starting from £5, but now the …

Spending Time By Yourself Makes You More Creative, Says Study

Have you noticed the positive side of 'me time'?<p>If you've ever felt a huge sense of relief when a friend cancels plans at the last minute and you get …

Psychology

6 ways you can protect yourself from illness during cold season

“At the theatre last week, I found myself surrounded by coughs and sniffles, and got an idea of just how many colds there are around at the moment,” says Professor John Oxford, a virologist at the Queen Mary School of Medicine. “November always tends to be the month when we all start coughing and …

The science behind why you shouldn't take your kids on holiday until they're five

As The Telegraph’s family travel editor, I hear this argument all the time. “It’s a waste to take a young child on holiday. They won’t even remember it.”<p>Leave the kids at home, some parents say. Don’t take them on any long-haul trips till they’re teens, say others.<p>Now, hear this: parents keen to …

Family Travel

WhatsApp update lets friends track your location in real time

WhatsApp is launching a new feature that will let contacts track one another in real time.<p>The messaging app has announced its live location tracking feature, which will allow users to share their movements if they're trying to find their friends or let them know they're safe.<p>The feature, which …

Apps

Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying

Government’s internet safety green paper includes voluntary levy on web giants and social media code of practice<p>Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures to combat and raise awareness about online bullying and other web dangers, under a UK government …

Internet

Amazon’s Alexa messaging and calling now available in the UK and Germany

Amazon is updating its Alexa app to add support for messaging and calling in the UK, Germany, and Austria today. The retail giant revealed last week that the company would be expanding its Alexa communications service to the UK and Germany, and it’s now rolling out this morning.<p>Alexa’s voice …

HoloLens 2 will have a custom AI chip designed by Microsoft

In the race to build faster on-device AI, more companies are creating their own silicon<p>Today, Microsoft announced that the next generation of its mixed reality HoloLens headset will incorporate an AI chip. This custom silicon — a “coprocessor” designed but not manufactured by Microsoft — will be …

Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a bioprosthetic ovary using 3D-printing technology and produced living, breathing mouse offspring from them.<p>Northwestern’s Feinberg school of medicine and McCormick school of engineering came together for the project using 3D-printing …

Here’s why Facebook Messenger isn’t building a voice-controlled assistant like Alexa or Siri

Messenger’s assistant, M, is only text-based for now.<p>Facebook Messenger is building an AI-powered personal assistant, called M, to help its users complete all kinds of tasks, like ordering an Uber or sending money to a friend.<p>Unlike other AI assistants, though, M is text-based only. It won’t reply …

Pink Power Ranger Naomi Scott Packs a Serious Punch

Naomi Scott had never filmed a fight scene before she signed on to play Kimberly Hart, the pink Power Ranger, in the upcoming reboot of the beloved ’90s action series. Facing off against a stunt double during a screen test, she underestimated her strength—and whacked him in the face.<p>“They say …

Power Rangers

The new robot revolution will take the boss's job, not the gardener's

Advances in artificial intelligence mean a second wave of change is approaching – and it is not the low-paid service sector where jobs are most at risk<p>Guy Ryder is an old hand at Davos. The director general of the International Labour Organisation has seen it all: the years when the global business …

Economics

How Twitter bots played a role in electing Donald Trump

Key to democracy is public engagement – when people discuss the issues of the day with each other openly, honestly and without outside influence. But …

Social Media

Microsoft looks to reinvent the desktop PC

Microsoft's Panos Panay is a veritable Santa Claus. Once a year he appears with magical creations that he and his Surface team have been producing in their labs in Redmond, Washington. Later today, Microsoft's Santa Claus is expected to deliver his latest gift: a Surface PC. Panay has a history of …

RBS destroyed customers' businesses for profit suggests leaked files

The Royal Bank of Scotland has come under increased scrutiny today after leaked files emerged which show it deliberately destroyed customers' …

Finance

Energy That's Out of This World: NASA Just Found a Gamma Ray Star System

A Dance Between Two Stars<p>An international team of scientists has found the brightest gamma-ray binary ever seen, and it’s the first to be seen …

Disability and illness test U-turn is a small victory but the fight goes on

It has finally happened: the government has announced it will scrap the retesting of chronically ill and disabled benefit claimants.<p>Instead of being forced to prove their illness or disability every six months, many will now continue to receive the out-of-work sickness benefit, employment support …

Disability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled

<i>Editor's note, October 11th, 2016, 10:30AM ET: On September 2nd, 2016, Samsung issued a recall on the Galaxy Note 7 because of a safety concern with the battery. The company halted sales and recalled all 2.5 million devices it manufactured. It then issued replacement devices that were deemed to be</i> …

Scientists have discovered a new kind of fire, and it's beautiful

Engineers have discovered a brand-new, bright-blue fire tornado that behaves unlike any flame ever created.<p>When a fire burns yellow, it's unclean. The warm colors are signs of an incomplete combustion reaction coughing up soot, smoke, and other emissions. When a flame glows blue, it's a sign of a …

MI5 resisting independent oversight of bulk data collection

The security service MI5 has been repeatedly resisting independent oversight of its decision to collect communications data from tens of thousands of individuals, previously secret documents have shown.<p>Four letters over the course of 2015 from the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, to the then home …

Surveillance

Here's How You Should Be Charging Your Phone, According to Science

We've been doing it wrong.<p>Yes, we know. Our smartphone batteries are bad because they barely last a day.<p>But it's partially our fault because we've …