Jan 8, 2018

Amazon Alexa will soon arrive on Windows PCs

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Amazon Alexa will soon be available on Windows PCs, creating a new challenge for Microsoft's built-in digital assistant, Cortana, reports GeekWire.

Why it matters: Digital assistants are being integrated into a wide range of devices, from your smartphones and TVs to your toasters and refrigerators. Amazon's move to take on Microsoft's power in the PC market would give it another edge in its quest to be the dominant digital assistant.

What's next: Hardware makers HP, ASUS, Acer and others all plan to integrate Alexa into several Windows 10 computers set for release this year. HP is set to introduce Alexa to its Pavillion Wave PC, which doubles as a speaker. Lenovo is also bringing Alexa to its laptops.

The backdrop: The integration is separate from the partnership that Microsoft and Amazon announced last year, under which Alexa and Cortana will work together. The rollout of the partnership is expected to start soon.

Go deeper: The proliferation of digital assistants is a big trend at this year's CES in Las Vegas.

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Live updates: SpaceX to launch historic crewed mission for NASA

The Falcon 9 rocket with a Crew Dragon atop. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX will attempt to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station today.

Why it matters: If all goes well, this launch — expected to happen at 4:33 p.m. ET — will mark the first time a private company has successfully launched people to orbit and the first crewed, orbital rocket launch from the U.S. in 9 years.

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Pompeo tells Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that he has certified to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and does not warrant special treatment under U.S. law.

Why it matters: Revoking Hong Kong's special status would hasten its economic and financial decline, already set in motion by China's growing political grip on the city. The preferential status that the U.S. has long granted Hong Kong has made the city a top U.S. trading partner.

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