first_imgBiles fights through kidney stone at world championships Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Kosmos is headed by Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, who is hoping fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal will play in the upcoming event.Novak Djokovic has said he will give precedence to the ATP’s intended re-launch of the defunct World Team Cup in January 2020, at various Australian venues.Major players feel that a big event in late November combined with one in January before the Australian Open will mean too much tennis and too little rest.Federer said earlier this month in Shanghai in that his chances of playing the Davis Cup were all but non-existent.“I highly doubt it, of course. We’ll see what happens,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “They only left me three days to decide,” Federer said. “I didn’t to have time to consult with all the people I had to consult.“I could not make a decision in that time, so I told them to do what they wanted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 20-time Grand Slam champion has voiced doubts about the wisdom of the one-week format to be introduced by organisers Kosmos, who have promised the International Tennis Federation up to $3 billion in prize money over the next quarter-century.The competition is set to feature 18 countries in the November 18-24 finals in Madrid next year, and will replace the classic home-and-away ties played four times per year for decades. “I don’t think this was designed for me, anyhow. This was designed for the future generation of players.” Argentina and Britain received wild cards to the new-look event, and will compete along with the four 2018 semi-finalists and the 12 teams who win qualifying rounds next February.“I don’t like being under that kind of pressure,” Federer said of the deadline Kosmos handed him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a training session at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELERoger Federer has revealed that organizers of the re-launched and condensed Davis Cup gave him three days to decide if he would commit to the controversial competition.Speaking at the Swiss Indoors tournament where he will play in Sunday’s final against Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, the world number three said that given the impossibly short time frame to make a decision, he opted out of any commitment.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVirgin Australia today announced it has become the first airline outside North America to launch voice check-in through Amazon Alexa, allowing passengers to check in to their flight with the power of their voice.From next week, passengers who have linked their Velocity membership to Alexa can say, “Alexa, ask Virgin Australia to check me in,” enabling a seamless start to their journey with Virgin Australia. Guests will then be sent their boarding passes to a nominated mobile number.Virgin Australia Chief Information Officer, Cameron Stone said: “Since Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled devices launched in Australia, Virgin Australia has been exploring new ways to make it easier for our customers to travel with us through emerging technology.“Allowing our passengers to check in for their flight with Amazon Alexa is a very exciting addition to our existing skill in the Alexa Skills Store. Using technology to streamline the customer journey is a huge priority for us and we look forward to announcing some new initiatives in this space in the near future,” Mr Stone said.In addition to the new voice check-in capability, the Virgin Australia Alexa skill expands the information available to guests who have linked their Velocity accounts. Passengers travelling can now obtain their flight departure time, Velocity number, flight number and booking reference, for example:“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia what time my flight departs”“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia what my membership number is”“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia what my flight number is”“Alexa, ask Virgin Australia for my booking reference”Amazon Country Manager, Alexa Skills, Kate Burleigh said: “We’re thrilled by the continued collaboration with Virgin Australia.“The ability to check in to a flight by simply asking Alexa is a great example of an engaging voice-first experience that is genuinely helpful to Virgin Australia’s customers.”Virgin Australia first launched in the Alexa Skills Store in February this year and, since then, the most-used feature has been guests finding out their flight status, followed by asking about their Velocity Points balance.More information on how to use Alexa with Virgin Australia can be found here.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more