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Amazon is addressing one of the most irritating things about Alexa, and it could be critical to maintaining dominance over Google

Amazon says its Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to memorize a question it can't answer and then come back to you once it's fetched an adequate response. The new Answer Updates is being rolled out over the coming days, and it could help solve one of the most frustrating things about Echo smart speakers. It could also ensure Amazon maintains its dominance over Google Home.

Amazon says its Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to come back to you with a response to a question it can't initially answer.

The company is rolling out an update to Echo smart speakers that is essentially meant to allow Alexa to memorize a question it can't answer and then come back to the user once it's fetched an adequate response.


New tests of automatic braking systems found a worrying flaw — and 2 Tesla models did the worst

Five cars with automatic braking systems were stress tested by research group the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Tesla Model 3 and Model S performed the worst, behind a BMZ, a Volvo, and a Mercedes. They were required to drive toward a stationary item with their adaptive cruise controls turned off, and only automatic braking on. The two Teslas were the only cars which failed to stop in time, and hit the object. In other parts of the test, the Teslas performed better, and were even over-cautious when braking.

New tests of automatic braking systems in cars found some worrying problems with the technology, and two Tesla models were the worst performers.

Test carried out by research group the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)  found that some braking systems may not notice stopped vehicles, and could even steer cars into a crash rather than away from it.


Here's how Amazon's and Apple's new smart speakers stack up with consumers (AMZN, AAPL)

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'National Treasure' franchise director wants to make a third movie, but fears it would only appear on Disney's new streaming service

"National Treasure" director Jon Turteltaub said there are no definite plans for a third movie in the franchise, but he believes if it ever happens the movie would likely be on Disney's upcoming streaming service and not be a theatrical release. He explained to Business Insider why that is his biggest fear.

 

Before Disney got obsessed with superhero movies and "Star Wars," the studio had a strong interest in making family-friendly action movies. 

One of its surprise moneymakers in the aughts was the Nicolas Cage-starring action franchise "National Treasure." 

Both the 2004 original and 2007 "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" earned over $300 million worldwide (over $450 million for the sequel) and were the second highest grossing movies domestically in both years for Disney. 


Modern technology is slowly killing the mood in the 'happiest country in the world'

Bhutan measures success not by gross domestic product, but by "Gross National Happiness." Although Bhutan is sometimes thought of as the happiest nation in the world, modern problems are hurting its reputation. Technology and outside influences are slowly changing the traditional way of life in Bhutan.

For years, the small Asian nation of Bhutan has defined success not through its economy, but through happiness.

The Buddhist nation pioneered the idea of "Gross National Happiness" to measure the country's well-being, and supposedly, its prime minister once touted Bhutan as the "happiest nation in the world."

But Bhutanese people are discovering that perception doesn't always equal reality. Despite the government's efforts, Bhutan ranked just 97th out of 156 countries in the most recent edition of the United Nations' World Happiness Report list.


NASA's biggest-ever hunt for alien planets is finally underway — and the agency expects to discover 'strange, fantastic worlds'

NASA launched a new planet-hunting space telescope in April using a SpaceX rocket. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), as the spacecraft is called, could discover thousands of worlds fairly close to Earth. Scientists also expect to find about 50 small, rocky planets that may be habitable to alien life. TESS began its two-year mission to hunt for exoplanets on July 25 and may reel in its first candidates for new worlds this week.

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'Better Call Saul' is inching closer to 'Breaking Bad' in its fourth season, and is one of the best shows on TV

"Better Call Saul" is inching closer the "Breaking Bad" timeline in season 4, and it just keeps getting better. Jimmy McGill's slow transformation into Saul Goodman is becoming more clear, but the show is still one of the best on TV on its own terms. Rhea Seehorn steals the show as Kim Wexler. Even if you aren't familiar with "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" is worth checking out. But fans of "Breaking Bad" are in for a treat.

 

Warning: This post contains mild spoilers for the season 4 premiere of "Better Call Saul."

"Better Call Saul" is a product of a different time in television.


One of the best-selling games of 2018 is nearly five years old — and the makers say 'there's plenty more content to come'

Last month, like nearly every month before it, "Grand Theft Auto 5" was on the top 20 list of best-selling video games in the United States. 

It appeared in third place, below "Mario Tennis Aces" and "God of War," and above "The Crew 2" — a trio of games that came out in 2018. "Grand Theft Auto 5" didn't come out in 2018, though: It came out in September 2013.

Next month, "GTA 5" turns five. For most games, that amount of time would make it a distant memory. 

Instead, in a twist befitting a game centered on heists, "Grand Theft Auto 5" is on the verge of crossing 100 million units sold. "Grand Theft Auto 5" has made somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 billion according to one report


Chinese state media tentatively welcomed Google back to China, then deleted all trace of its invite

Chinese state media ran a comment piece on Monday welcoming Google back to China — as long as it plays by Chinese rules. But all versions of the People's Daily post were abruptly deleted from the internet as of Tuesday. The post followed reports that Google was planning to relaunch a search service in mainland China, complete with government censorship. The writer of the piece also said that Google had missed out on "golden chances" to gain a foothold in mainland China when it pulled its search services out of the country in 2010.

Chinese state media published, and later deleted, a comment piece saying that Google was welcome to return to China as long as it complied with Chinese rules.

The post, published on People's Daily newspaper on Monday, responded to a recent report by The Intercept that Google, which pulled out of mainland China in 2010, was 


A CEO who sold his company for $800 million has helped build four $1 billion companies — here’s why he thinks investors should get in early on one of tech’s unsexy, neglected markets

Bryan Johnson, who sold his company Braintree to PayPal for $800 million in 2013, has created a fund called OS Fund to invest in "deep tech" companies centered on the areas of science and technology. Of the 28 companies OS Fund has invested in since 2013, 26 saw an increase in their valuation, two were acquired, and four are now valued at $1 billion or more. Now, Johnson has raised a second fund, OS Fund II, to further more science-backed pursuits.

"If you go to someone with money, and say, 'Hey, why don’t you invest in science stuff?,' they'll probably say no," says Bryan Johnson. "They'll say that it takes longer, that it's harder to assess risks, and that it isn't worth it."

Johnson is the co-founder of OS Fund, a venture fund that specializes in what Johnson calls "deep tech": technologies centered at the crossroad of science and tech.


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