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Alexa, l'assistant d'Amazon, arrive en France avec Echo, son enceinte connectée
C'est assez rare que le leader se lance après l'outsider. Amazon a annoncé ce mercredi 6 juin le lancement en France de son enceinte connectée Echo, dirigée par un assistant personnel dopé à l'intelligence artificielle nommé Alexa.

Ce majordome virtuel, qui se commande à la voix, sera disponible le 13 juin. Il suffit théoriquement de lui donner des ordres (par exemple mettre de la musique) ou de lui poser une question pour qu'il s'exécute. Aux Etats-Unis, plus de 40 millions d'Américains possèdent une enceinte connectée. Et Amazon, premier à avoir sorti un objet de ce type, est le leader du marché.

En France, en revanche, la société de Jeff Bezos n'est pas arrivé en premier. En effet, Google a lancé Home, son enceinte connectée fait maison, en août dernier. Et Apple lancera son HomePod le 18 juin, quelques jours après Amazon Echo.

Alexa est disponible dans trois appareils différents vendus par Amazon: Echo (100 euros), une véritable enceinte connectée. Une version avec écran, Echo Spot, est disponible pour 130 euros. Moins cher, il y a Echo Dot (60 euros, l'équivalent, mais avec une qualité sonore basique).

Le HuffPost proposera, dès le 13 juin, deux formats audios d'information destinés aux utilisateurs d'Echo.

Le premier, "Quoi de neuf Le Huff?", proposera tous les jours une information surprenante, sous la forme d'un dialogue entre un journaliste et un robot, baptisé "Huffie".
Alexa  HuffingtonPost  lancement  amazon  echo 
17 days ago by sentinelle
The Lottery Hackers
So perhaps it was only fitting that at age 64, Jerry found himself contemplating that most alluring of puzzles: the lottery. He was recently retired by then, living with Marge in a tiny town called Evart and wondering what to do with his time. After stopping in one morning at a convenience store he knew well, he picked up a brochure for a brand-new state lottery game. Studying the flyer later at his kitchen table, Jerry saw that it listed the odds of winning certain amounts of money by picking certain combinations of numbers.

That’s when it hit him. Right there, in the numbers on the page, he noticed a flaw—a strange and surprising pattern, like the cereal-box code, written into the fundamental machinery of the game. A loophole that would eventually make Jerry and Marge millionaires, spark an investigation by a Boston Globe Spotlight reporter, unleash a statewide political scandal and expose more than a few hypocrisies at the heart of America’s favorite form of legalized gambling.
lottery  article  huffingtonpost 
march 2018 by NightOwlCity
New Hampshire Rejects Massive $500M Hydro-Quebec Project
Regulators in the state of New Hampshire on Thursday rejected a major electricity project being piloted by Quebec's hydro utility and its American partner, Eversource.
HuffingtonPost  SEC  decision 
february 2018 by northernpass
New Hampshire Rejects Massive $500M Hydro-Quebec Project
Regulators in the state of New Hampshire on Thursday rejected a major electricity project being piloted by Quebec's hydro utility and its American partner, Eversource.
huffingtonpost  northernpass  sec  decision 
february 2018 by eversourcenh
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
All of these trends—the cost of education, the rise of contracting, the barriers to skilled occupations—add up to an economy that has deliberately shifted the risk of economic recession and industry disruption away from companies and onto individuals. For our parents, a job was a guarantee of a secure adulthood. For us, it is a gamble. And if we suffer a setback along the way, there’s so little to keep us from sliding into disaster.
Millennials  finance  decline  insecurity  employment  casualisation  uncertainty  poverty  healthcare  incomeinequality  inequality  racism  retirement  housing  regulations  zoning  USA  HuffingtonPost  Highline  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
A Black Kid In A Hoodie Brings Tidings Of Comfort And Joy | HuffPost
"When the presidential debate facilitators of the future begin the discussions by asking, “Name your favorite children’s book?” which titles will the candidates reel off?"
HuffingtonPost  Snowy-Day  stamps 
december 2017 by jschneider
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
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"There are millions of Scotts in the modern economy. “A lot of workers were just 18 at the wrong time,” says William Spriggs, an economics professor at Howard University and an assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Labor in the Obama administration. “Employers didn’t say, ‘Oops, we missed a generation. In 2008 we weren’t hiring graduates, let’s hire all the people we passed over.’ No, they hired the class of 2012.”
You can even see this in the statistics, a divot from 2008 to 2012 where millions of jobs and billions in earnings should be. In 2007, more than 50 percent of college graduates had a job offer lined up. For the class of 2009, fewer than 20 percent of them did. According to a 2010 study, every 1 percent uptick in the unemployment rate the year you graduate college means a 6 to 8 percent drop in your starting salary—a disadvantage that can linger for decades. The same study found that workers who graduated during the 1981 recession were still making less than their counterparts who graduated 10 years later. “Every recession,” Spriggs says, “creates these cohorts that never recover.”" "Thirty years ago, she says, you could walk into any hotel in America and everyone in the building, from the cleaners to the security guards to the bartenders, was a direct hire, each worker on the same pay scale and enjoying the same benefits as everyone else. Today, they’re almost all indirect hires, employees of random, anonymous contracting companies: Laundry Inc., Rent-A-Guard Inc., Watery Margarita Inc. In 2015, the Government Accountability Office estimated that 40 percent of American workers were employed under some sort of “contingent” arrangement like this—from barbers to midwives to nuclear waste inspectors to symphony cellists. Since the downturn, the industry that has added the most jobs is not tech or retail or nursing. It is “temporary help services”—all the small, no-brand contractors who recruit workers and rent them out to bigger companies.""For young people trying to find work, moving to a major city is not an indulgence. It is a virtual necessity.
But the soaring rents in big cities are now canceling out the higher wages. ""Any attempt to recreate the economic conditions the boomers had is just sending lifeboats to a whirlpool.""Attach benefits to work instead of jobs. The existing proposals vary, but the good ones are based on the same principle: For every hour you work, your boss chips in to a fund that pays out when you get sick, pregnant, old or fired. The fund follows you from job to job, and companies have to contribute to it whether you work there a day, a month or a year."
HuffingtonPost  structural-disadvantage  Millenials  outsourcing  contracting  inequality  economics  housing  HTML-storytelling-examples 
december 2017 by jschneider

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