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So you've just bought your new Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap (or some other device with Alexa built in), and you're wondering how to make the most of the smart assistant features? Well you've come to the right place, as we've got plenty of suggestions.

If you're not already aware, Amazon is updating Alexa all the time just like Google updates Gmail - whenever you power up your device you have the latest version of the app. That means every day it's getting more capable, and learning more skills and commands.

Have you been hunting for a Nintendo Switch with no luck? You're not the only one. Stores have been selling out of the $300 system as soon as shipments come in. Demand for the console is far outpacing supply, but that's about to change. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo intends to double how many units it produces.

An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications.Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it.

AUSTIN — Autonomous cars don’t come more cozy or crazy than the NIO Eve and EP9, two candy-colored vehicles that want you to believe the automotive future is almost here.

 

Technology firms will get “exclusive access” to details of the CIA’s cyber-warfare programme, Wikileaks has said. The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of the US spy agency’s secret documents, including what it says are the CIA’s hacking tools. Founder Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he had decided to give the tech community further leaks first.

Just a day after its historic initial public offering, shares of Snap Inc. (SNAP) are up over 60% from their IPO price and still climbing. As the parent company of Snapchat watches its market cap climb well above $30 billion, it now has the pressure of thousands of new investors who are curious as to whether Snap can justify this valuation.

Staff at social media company Twitter have donated more than $1m (£790,000) to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has pledged to fight President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The civil rights group has reportedly raised more than $24m in online donations in the past few days.

Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users. The world's largest social media network said it plans to integrate its existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts into its live-streaming feature, Facebook Live, and its Messenger service.

Artificial intelligence will be used to help spot users with suicidal tendencies, the company said in a blogpost on Wednesday.

In January, a 14-year-old foster child in Florida broadcast her suicide reportedly on Facebook Live, according to the New York Post.

Facebook is already using artificial intelligence to monitor offensive material in live video streams.

The company said on Wednesday that the updated tools would give an option to users watching a live video to reach out to the person directly and report the video to Facebook.

Facebook Inc will also provide resources, which include reaching out to a friend and contacting a help line, to the user reporting the live video.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds.

Suicide rates jumped 24 percent in the United States between 1999 and 2014 after a period of nearly consistent decline, according to a National Center for Health Statistics study.

|Reuters

Home appliances are a lot safer than they used to be, but cooking still accounts for nearly half of all house fires. A new product on Kickstarter aims to lower that number: Not only does it tell you when you left your burner on, but it also lets you shut it off remotely from your smartphone.

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