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Alexa and Siri Escalate Battle of Virtual Assistants

Alexa and Siri Escalate Battle of Virtual Assistants

Apple and Amazon.com are bolstering the teams that run their Siri and Alexa virtual assistants, part of a string of recent moves by technology giants to step up competition in an area seen by many as the future of computing.

Published 4 months ago

Trump Drafted Letter on Why He Wanted Comey Out

Trump Drafted Letter on Why He Wanted Comey Out

The weekend before he fired FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump drafted a letter to him laying out the reasons why he didn’t want him to stay in the job, a senior Trump administration official said Friday.

Published 4 months ago

U.S. Readies Plan to Increase Patrols in South China Sea

U.S. Readies Plan to Increase Patrols in South China Sea

The Pentagon for the first time has set a schedule of naval patrols in the South China Sea in an attempt to create a more consistent posture to counter China’s maritime claims there, injecting a new complication into increasingly uneasy relations between the two powers.

Published 4 months ago

Tight Labor Market Eases Disparities

Tight Labor Market Eases Disparities

When the recession began, black and Hispanic unemployment rates soared. Now they're finally coming down.

Published 4 months ago

Flooded Again, a Houston Neighborhood Faces a Wrenching Choice

Flooded Again, a Houston Neighborhood Faces a Wrenching Choice

After three floods in three years, Meyerland, a thriving community of 2,300 homes, weighs deep ties against risks of rebuilding.

Published 4 months ago

Apple Shifts Leadership of Siri Amid Rising Competition

Apple Shifts Leadership of Siri Amid Rising Competition

Apple has shifted oversight of its Siri voice-assistant team to Craig Federighi, putting the product in the hands of the technology giant’s top software engineer as it contends with rising competition from rivals such as Alphabet and Amazon.com.

Published 4 months ago

The Romance of the American Road Trip

The Romance of the American Road Trip

No other travel experience, especially today, can beat the sense of freedom it brings.

Published 4 months ago

Insuring Coastal Cities Against the Next Hurricane Harvey

Insuring Coastal Cities Against the Next Hurricane Harvey

Americans don’t like being forced to buy flood coverage, but it may be the best way to protect the booming economies most at risk.

Published 4 months ago

Analysis: Jobs Report Won’t Alter Immediate Fed Plans, but Doesn’t Solve Inflation Puzzle

Analysis: Jobs Report Won’t Alter Immediate Fed Plans, but Doesn’t Solve Inflation Puzzle

A solid if slightly weaker hiring report for August is unlikely to change the Federal Reserve’s plans to initiate the slow runoff of its $4.5 trillion portfolio of bonds and other assets. But the internals of the report could magnify the debate over how aggressively the central bank should move forward with rate increases.

Published 4 months ago

Senate Push on Bipartisan Health Proposal Signals Deeper Rift Between GOP, Trump

Senate Push on Bipartisan Health Proposal Signals Deeper Rift Between GOP, Trump

A number of Senate Republicans are gathering behind a bipartisan push to shore up the Affordable Care Act, reflecting a growing divide between President Donald Trump and many GOP senators.

Published 4 months ago

Why Alabama Is Even Better Than You Think

Why Alabama Is Even Better Than You Think

The Crimson Tide have won three of college football’s last six national titles. This is how close they were to a six-peat.

Published 4 months ago

U.S. Hiring Slows in August, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

U.S. Hiring Slows in August, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

The pace of hiring slowed in August while the U.S. unemployment rate edged up. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 156,000, while the unemployment rate increased to 4.4% from 4.3%. And wages maintained a modest growth rate.

Published 4 months ago

If Trump Ends DACA, Issue Falls to Congress

If Trump Ends DACA, Issue Falls to Congress

If President Trump ends the DACA program, which provides protections and work permits for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, will GOP leaders in Congress be willing to give them similar protections?

Published 4 months ago

Gas Prices Jump Amid Storm-Related Refinery Closures

Gas Prices Jump Amid Storm-Related Refinery Closures

Gasoline futures continued to soar as the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey heralded potentially fundamental long-term shifts in global oil and gas markets.

Published 4 months ago

Amazon Seeks to Defend Alexa’s Lead as Competition Heats Up

Amazon Seeks to Defend Alexa’s Lead as Competition Heats Up

Amazon is pouring more resources into Alexa to try to maintain its edge as competition heats up among artificial-intelligence assistants.

Published 4 months ago