Alexa is no longer "new." The smart-tech revolution is now in full swing, and Amazon Echo is at the heart of it. According to Edison Research, nearly 40 million people own voice-activated speakers, which is about one in six U.S. adults. Echo changed the game, and millions of households have integrated Alexa into their daily lives. For many technophiles, it's not a question of whether to invest in smart technology, but what kind.
A car is never just a car. Yes, there's the engine, windshield, and axle; these parts have been fundamental to cars since they were known as "horseless carriages." But the modern automobile is heavily computerized, with oxygen sensors, a stability controller, a powertrain module, and a vast network of other functions. Now, cars are more sophisticated than ever: Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, and zoned temperature controls are standard features in 2018 models. Too many people don't think about the vast amount of data collection that happens.
Q: I value my privacy. I hate all the tracking that happens online. Is there any way I can stop it for good? A: In many ways, I'm glad that major digital crimes have grabbed so many headlines the past few years – not because I want people to face-off with hackers or lose their banking information, but because so many people are finally taking cyber security seriously. Even your browser and search engine may seem to be conspiring against you, announcing your IP address to anyone with access.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays L3-37 in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (Lucasfilm) Is the newest droid in the "Star Wars" universe the future of modern robotics? In the recently released film "Solo: A Star Wars Story," the droid L3-37, also known as L3 or Elthree, showcased a unique set of traits among "Star Wars" robots. The intelligent pilot droid is always changing, improving and repairing itself with found scraps from other bots. L3 is also one of the first bots in the "Star Wars" franchise to bring feminine programming to a major role. L3 is a hodgepodge of various droids and astromechs, which are robots typically used for repairs aboard starships in "Star Wars."
More than any other device, Alexa has become our closest approximation of artificial intelligence. She has a voice and personality, and if you ask the right question, she'll even get sassy with you. Users even refer to Alexa as "she." We usually prefer to say her name, rather than the name of the device itself, Amazon Echo. Recently, Alexa has made the news as it was reported that a Portland, Oregon couple's Echo recorded their conversation and sent it to a friend on their contact list.
Tristram Buckley says the benches in the Forbidden Journey ride gave him "shaken adult syndrome." It's safe to say Tristram Buckley wasn't swept up in the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Buckley, a former visitor to the Universal Studios Hollywood location of the Potter-themed park, claims in a new lawsuit that one of the rides -- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey -- left him in pain after causing severe injury to his spine, TMZ reported Monday. According to the suit, Buckley took a seat on the ride's Enchanted Bench, which is suspended from a mechanical arm that moves along a track. The seats also pivot and sway to give riders the sensation of flying through the scenarios presented on a wrap-around screen.
When Amy\'s parents and Sheldon\'s family arrive for the wedding, everybody is focused on making sure all goes according to plan -- everyone except the bride and groom, on the 11th season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, May 10 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. It's all been leading to this, after proposing at the top of the Season, Sheldon and Amy's wedding date finally arrived in Season 11, Episode 24. Fans finally learned how it all ended in the big wedding-day finale titled "The Bow Tie Asymmetry." The episode opens with the gang in full strategy mode. Family are coming into town from all over the place and it's up to them to facilitate getting them together in time for the wedding.
Model Blac Chyna arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015. Blac Chyna is pregnant with her 18-year-old rapper boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay's baby, a source tells Page Six. Jay says the pair met on Christian Mingle in an interview with No Jumper in March and comments on the possibility of having a baby. "I don't wear condoms. . . I would not want to f--- a b---- I did not want to get pregnant," he says.
Film director Michael Anderson is seen in this undated photo. LONDON – British director Michael Anderson, whose films included war epic "The Dam Busters" and sci-fi classic "Logan's Run," has died at age 98. Anderson's family said Sunday that he died of heart disease April 25 in Canada, at his home on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Born into a theatrical family in London in 1920, Anderson served in the army during World War II and made his feature debut in 1949 with "Private Angelo," co-directed by Peter Ustinov. His 1955 adventure "The Dam Busters" told the story of a daring wartime bombing raid on Germany's industrial heartland. Its visual flair and stirring score helped make it one of Britain's best-loved war films, and its thrilling climax helped inspire the attack on the Death Star in the first "Star Wars" movie.
Actor Matthew Morrison arrives at the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, on Nov. 23, 2014. Matthew Morrison's new film, "Crazy Alien," has been accused of animal abuse on set. During the filming of the Chinese science fiction film, a set member sent PETA a video of a German shepherd allegedly being mistreated while shooting a stunt. The video and an account of the alleged incident by the crew member was made public by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday. "On November 28th, 2017, I witnessed firsthand one of the worst animal cruelty acts I have ever seen," the staffer-turned-whistleblower told PETA, per a log the group released.