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Gadget Makers Offers Voice Controls Through Amazon’s Alexa

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas but its Alexa voice control software seems to be everywhere. Whirlpool is adding Alexa voice control to its suite of smart-home appliances, including a stove and refrigerator, launching in 2017. Jason Mathew, senior director of global connected […]

Driverless Electric Shuttle Being Tested in Downtown Vegas

By Ken Ritter LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Jan. 10 as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying […]

Tracking Snow: Springfield Testing Road-Condition Software

By Mary Hansen | The (Springfield) State Journal-Register SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Phil Jones, a snow inspector for the city of Springfield, drove a public works pickup down Laurel Street Thursday morning, Jan. 5. After a few blocks, he pulled over and grabbed the laptop off the mount on the dashboard. Jones clicked the stretch […]

IU Students Still Figuring Out New Engineering Major

By Michael Reschke | The (Bloomington) Herald-Times BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — If you don’t understand exactly what Indiana University’s new intelligent systems engineering major is all about, you’re not alone. “At this point, a lot of us aren’t sure,” said Anthony Tugman, a freshman from Schererville, Ind. He and his peers have just completed their […]

Apps for Haggard Parents With a Wailing Child on a Flight

By Barbara Ortutay ABOARD JETBLUE FLIGHT 669 (AP) — There are few things worse than getting on a plane and discovering a wailing child and a haggard parent sitting next to you. Few things, that is, except being that haggard parent of the wailing child. As a parent who flies alone with a baby regularly, […]