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

Analysis: Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent, Las VegasShe’s the star of CES even though her creator isn’t exhibiting on the show floor. Amazon’s Alexa was the first voice assistant to turn up in a compelling consumer product, the Echo speaker, rather than just on a smartphone.

Trump Has Made Enriching Sheldon Adelson a Top Goal of U.S.-Japan Relations

For years before Trump’s election, casino magnates had been eyeing that nation with unrequited lust: Thanks to its stringent anti-casino laws, Japan was one of the last untapped markets for exploiting gambling addicts on planet Earth. One month after Trump painted the Rust Belt red, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe pushed a bill legalizing casinos […]

Volvo to install cameras in new cars to reduce road deaths

“When it comes to safety, our aim is to avoid accidents altogether rather than limit the impact when an accident is imminent and unavoidable,” says Henrik Green, Volvo’s senior vice president for research and development. “In this case, cameras will monitor for behaviour that may lead to serious injury or death.”

Despite Talks With China, Trump Is in No Rush to Call Off His Trade War

This is a hefty slate of demands, but significantly pared down from the completely unreasonable proposal U.S. negotiators put forth in May, which would have compelled China to cut its trade surplus by $200 billion, abandon its industrial policies, and refrain from contesting U.S. lawsuits against it at the World Trade Organization. That was never […]

South Africa’s Eskom could need 20 years to meet new emissions rules

Deidre Herbst, Eskom’s environmental manager, said in an interview that installing abatement technology like flue gas desulphurisation (FGD), low nitrogen oxide burners and fabric filter bags on all Eskom’s coal plants that won’t be decommissioned before 2030 was a huge undertaking.

Comcast lists all the ways a merger with Time Warner is “pro-consumer”

“If Comcast takes over Time Warner Cable, it would yield unprecedented gatekeeper power in several important markets,” wrote Public Knowledge Senior Staff Attorney John Bergmayer. “It is already the nation’s largest ISP, the nation’s largest video provider, and one of the nation’s largest home phone providers. It also controls a movie studio, broadcast network, and […]

The Latest: Soros unveils $1B university plan, blasts Trump

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland (all times local): 10:15 p.m. George Soros says he’s injecting $1 billion into a new university network that the 89-year-old billionaire investor calls the “most important and most enduring project of my life.” “And I would like to see it […]

‘We can’t scale humans’: Why startups are raising millions to build AI avatars

raised $40 million in a Series B round after being featured in a YouTube Originals documentary and counting Procter & Gamble and The Royal Bank of Scotland among its clients. Samsung revealed that it’s incubating an AI avatar effort called Neon. (One Neon interaction, as captured by CNet, comes off about as naturally as a […]

Vakrangee Kendras are leading the country towards a digitally inclusive future

Keeping in trend with the government’s focus on digital payments, Vakrangee Kendras are a one-stop shop for availing various services and products. The Narendra Modi government’s thrust on inclusive banking and digital transactions has made it clear that this policy will continue to dominate the governance arena. Key government initiatives like Jan Dhan Yojana, Direct […]