In this file photo, Air Force Lt. Col. David Hanson, of Chicago, takes a phone call from a child in Florida at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Where is Santa Claus right now? Thanks to a few high-tech trackers, we have an idea. Government workers, Google and even some local drone groups have their eyes on the sky this Christmas Eve looking for Santa's sleigh and his flying reindeer. Not even a partial government shutdown is stopping the North American Aerospace Defense Command from reporting Santa's last seen location, and anticipated route, the agency announced. NORAD's Santa Tracker: The agency will be tracking Santa for the 63rd year using satellites and radar.
Being a child must be terribly confusing--hence all of the "why" and "how" questions. With no guidebook, no references, no context--no understanding of history and how society came to be, or of reproduction and how they came to be--the world is mystifying for its newest members, and growing up is a gradual process of demystification. It's no wonder kids have so many questions. It's also no wonder that they are enthralled by Alexa, the disembodied know-it-all on hand to answer their stream of queries. Smart speakers are the perfect players for their game of Twenty Million Questions.
A festive update for the Amazon Echo has enabled a brand new set of Christmas features for its Alexa voice assistant. Owners can ask the smart speaker to sing a Christmas carol, tell a Christmas story, or even find out if Alexa believes in Santa Claus. A number of other Alexa Skills available for download include Christmas Radio, Christmas Sounds, and Christmas Countdown - all of which are free to enable. An Alexa Skill from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) allows people to ask their Amazon Echo device for the whereabouts of Santa Claus. "Just try saying'Alexa, where's Santa'," the Skill's description states.