Alexa hits the desktop in new HP Envy PC

HP is hoping that Alexa will make one of its newest desktop computers the envy of the PC world. Make that the “Envy” of the PC world. On Monday, HP unveiled a new 34-inch model of its Envy Curved AiO (all-in-one) desktop that comes pre-installed with Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant technology. HP says the Envy is the world’s widest all-in-one computer, and also the first to have Alexa built into the device. Alexa is the most well-known of the current slate of home voice assistants. By speaking the name “Alexa” into one of Amazon’s Echo devices, a person can get answers to all kinds of questions, play music, and even control… Read More

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Raspberry Pi Foundation picks Seattle’s Living Computers Museum + Labs as one of four US sites for ‘Picademy’

An early Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer. (GeekWire Photo / Frank Catalano) The value of Pi will be usually high this summer at Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, the UK nonprofit behind the incredibly popular and inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer, has chosen Seattle as one of only four US cities to host its official “Picademy” this summer. Picademy is the Foundation’s free training event for teachers to help them jump start their digital making efforts. Taking place August 6-7 and again August 9-10 at Living Computers, Seattle joins Denver, Atlanta, and Jersey City, NJ as cities hosting Picademy in 2018. It’s also a first… Read More

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Vinci sheds tears as she concludes career at Italian Open

ROME — Former U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci has bid an emotional farewell following the final match of her career at the Italian Open. Having already announced that this would be her final tournament, the 35-year-old Vinci was beaten by Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the first round Monday. Vinci says “I’m crying now but I’m happy, I’m happy for what I’ve accomplished.” Vinci embraced her support crew and parents and was presented with 21 roses — one for each year of her career — by Italian Tennis Federation president Angelo Binaghi. At the 2015 U.S. Open, Vinci upset Serena Williams in the semifinals to prevent the… Read More

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Drafting a Pac-12 All-Century Team with the duo behind ‘Podcast of Champions’ (and with a twist)

We’ll take time out from examining the Pac-12’s labyrinthine finances to address a topic of incredibly deep and lasting significance: A mock draft of players from the 21st century. Why bother writing about $100+ million in seemingly missing revenue when you can pair Joey Harrington and Marshawn Lynch in the same backfield. A few weeks ago, Ryan Abraham and David Woods, the brains behind the highly-entertaining ‘Podcast of Champions,’ published their All-Century teams. Except it wasn’t a typical all-century team, and their approach was intriguing enough that I … well, I barged in and joined the festivities. Abraham and Woods didn’t merely picked from all the players in the conference… Read More

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Goldman Sachs just handed its securities division over to one of its youngest ever partners

Isabelle Ealet and Pablo Salame, coheads of Goldman Sachs’ powerful securities business, are retiring. That leaves Ashok Varadhan, who had been cohead, as sole head of the bank’s trading businesses. Varadhan was named partner at Goldman Sachs in 2002. At the time, he was 29, making one of Goldman Sachs’ youngest-ever partners. And then there was one. Isabelle Ealet and Pablo Salame, coheads of Goldman Sachs’ powerful securities business, are retiring in June, according to a memo seen by Business Insider. That leaves Ashok Varadhan, who had been cohead, as sole head of the bank’s trading businesses. In that role, he will work with Jim Esposito and Justin Gmelich, co-chief… Read More

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