A motorcycle helmet? Yep, that works with Alexa. The Rachio 3 sprinkler controller? That, too. How about that guy over there playing a Roland keyboard? OK, we're going to be here all day if we keep doing this.Amazon's Alexa booth at last week's CES tech show in Las Vegas emphasized one point to death: If electricity runs through it, it can work with the Alexa voice assistant. The centerpiece of the bathed-in-Alexa-blue booth was an Audi e-tron sedan beneath a giant circular billboard filled with voice commands, including "Alexa, how's the traffic to the airport?" and "Alexa, buy air freshener for my car."Just around the corner in the Sands Expo, in a far less flashy meeting room, Pete Thompson, vice president of Alexa Voice Service, outlined some of Amazon's plans for the digital assistant in the new year, including making Alexa a default feature in new devices and appliances."I think about the kid that walks up now to any screen and touches it because they just assume it's a … [Read more...] about What Amazon’s Alexa will tell us in 2019
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When I moved to Williamsburg in August, I knew that sooner or later, I would have to map out a plan on how to commute once the area’s main Subway lifeline shutters service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. My Honda S2000 wouldn’t save me. Neither would my Subaru WRX STI. So here’s how I’m fighting New York’s worst traffic nightmare: A Moto Guzzi. Basically, I convinced myself that I needed to get into riding because the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s L train subway line service between Manhattan and Brooklyn will be shutting down temporarily for 15 months, starting in April 2019. The line serves as the primary underground transit artery to and from Williamsburg and has around 275,000 riders relying on it daily. While I realize most of you don’t give two shits, or even one, about New York’s transit woes, take a moment to realize what a nearly unprecedented disaster this is for any city. The motorcycle option was attractive to me for a few … [Read more...] about I Bought a Motorcycle to Defeat the Subway
Joe Ricketts, personal net worth $2.2 billion, is a private man. With less name recognition than some dark money donors, yet a comparable interest in trading wealth for political influence, the 77-year-old conservative takes great pains to keep himself out of the press. He does not grant many interviews, preferring to furnish potential profile-writers with a list of confidants (many of whom share his last name) to praise him for his grit and excellent business sense. And those family members providing glowing quotes are rather influential themselves: One Ricketts son, Pete, has served as the governor of Nebraska since 2015. Eldest son Tom Ricketts is the chairman of the Chicago Cubs, a franchise the family collectively purchased in 2009. In 2012, daughter Laura Ricketts, a Democrat, started LPAC, a Super PAC, aimed at lesbian women; she was a top bundler for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. And this year, the youngest Ricketts boy, Todd—who withdrew his … [Read more...] about The Billionaire’s Inbox: Joe Ricketts on Unions and The Media Biz
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. The 2018 BMW X2 crossover came out to mixed reactions from the enthusiast community, I still think the roundel badge on the C-pillar is a little much. But after doing a few hundred miles in one of these, I’ve decided the X2 is actually kind of awesome if you can appreciate what it is: a faster, fancier Subaru Crosstrek. (Full disclosure: BMW had an X2 left at the Newark Airport for me to get around in for a few days. I gave it back to them eventually.) What Is It? This pug-snouted high riding hatchback is, like most other mass market cars, a crossover between what a car and SUV are supposed to be–small footprint with rough road and substantial cargo capability. Plus, of course, a dash of performance driving pretenses. That’s what the extra BMW badge is there to remind you of. Don’t let the number fool you—this isn’t a crossover version of our beloved rear- and all-wheel … [Read more...] about The 2018 BMW X2 Actually Surprised Me
AVQ&A Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences. Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d like us and the readers to answer? Email us at [email protected] We wrap up our coverage of 1998 Week today with the following question, which addresses our list of 1998’s 20 best films: What film should’ve made our list of the best movies of 1998? Mike D’Angelo Two middling, unnecessary sequels may have tarnished its luster a bit, butHenry Fool remains one of Hal Hartley’s finest efforts, as … [Read more...] about What films deserved to make our “best of 1998” list?