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Eric Mack

Around The Home

One year on, Amazon's Alexa is quietly ushering in the smart home of the future

Throughout the 20th century, visions of the future imagined living rooms with screens used for video calls and smart homes that could listen and respond to all our requests using voice. Somewhere around 2005 it became clear that Skype had quietly made easy video calling a reality and now Amazon's Alexa, with little fanfare, is doing the same for home voice assistants.Read More

Science

Volcanoes: The prophetic silence before the violence

We often think of volcanoes as sleeping giants that could erupt in a rain of fire with little notice. But it turns out that restless volcanoes do, in fact, give us some notice about when they're going to blow – and it's not quite the kind of warning you'd expect. Scientists from around the world intensively monitored an active volcano in central America and say they've begun to crack the code.Read More

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