Jan 8, 2018

Amazon Alexa will soon arrive on Windows PCs

Amazon Alexa devices. Photo: Daniel Berman / Bloomberg via Getty Images

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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Coronavirus stress tests drug industry's dependence on China

A Hong Kong commuter wears a face mask. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's unclear whether the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus will actually result in prescription drug shortages, but it has undoubtedly highlighted the potential vulnerabilities of having the supply chain for American drugs so dependent on China.

Driving the news: About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, per two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Bernie's path to the presidency

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks yesterday during a rally at Houston University. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Lots of Democrats are in full panic that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination and get clobbered in the general election — and bring the party down, too. But the evidence, particularly the polling, doesn't back those doomsday warnings.

Why it matters: Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating President Trump.  And, unlike every rival, he has a huge base of fervent, unshakable supporters he can only grow.

These swing voters don't like Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Swing voters in four battleground states decisively oppose President Trump’s sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations — but it’s unlikely to sway their votes.

Why it matters: It’s voters living in states like these, including Florida and Pennsylvania, who fill pivotal roles electing America’s presidents, so we should listen.