Mar 23, 2017

Ford owners can now order Starbucks through Amazon's Alexa

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At its annual shareholders meeting in Seattle Wednesday, Starbucks announced that Ford vehicles, equipped with the lastest Sync3 infotainment technology, will be able to order and pay for their coffee by connecting to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, per GeekWire.

In January, Starbucks announced that customers could start making their orders by saying, "Alexa, order my Starbucks." Ford also began rolling out its interactive relationship with Amazon in January by allowing hybrid and electric car owners to control their vehicles from inside their homes using Alexa-enabled devices.

Why it matters: It's another example of Alexa's expanding reach as Amazon tries to find new ways for consumers to engage with the digital voice assistant technology. This summer, the automaker will expand the integration by adding Alexa to its SYNC 3 in-car technology — allowing drivers to press a button to ask for driving directions, sports scores and anything else Alexa would normally do.

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Trump considers quarantine for states near epicenter of U.S. coronavirus outbreak

President Trump speaks to the press on March 28 in Washington, DC. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — areas congruent with the New York metro area, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the U.S.

Reality check: These states have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing to combat COVID-19. The governors of New York and New Jersey issued statewide stay-at-home orders last week, and non-essential businesses in Connecticut were ordered to close as of this Monday.

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New York — the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. — has moved its presidential primary to June 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.

Why it matters: 23 other states and the District of Columbia haven't held primaries yet. The White House is recommending, for now, that Americans practice social distancing and gather in groups of no more than 10 people — while many states have issued stay-at-home orders.

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