Alexa Is Going to Start Sounding Different...#BrightBytes

With Katie Bright

September 26, 2019

Stephen Brashear


Katie has all your Thursday news with Bright Bytes!

Amazon announced new features to their widely popular Echo Dot, 'Alexa.'

  • A new, more natural-sounding voice; support for simultaneous, bilingual requests; a new “frustration mode”; celebrity guest voices — starting with none other than Samuel L. Jackson. 
  • Amazon will offer both explicit and clean versions of Jackson’s voice, and launch later this year for a “special price” of $0.99 for anyone who purchases it in 2019.
  •  Amazon is also promising that more celebrities will arrive next year, too!

Great news for parents in Illinois!

  • Insurance companies must now pay for EpiPen injectors for children who suffer from allergies.
  • Hopefully, more states will take notice and get on board. 
  • Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison said no child should suffer because they can't afford an EpiPen.
  • The cost of the EpiPen jumped from $57 in 2007 to about $500 in 2016.

Illinois based Jimmy John's is being sold to Arby's. 

  • The first Jimmy John's opened in 1983 in Charleston, Illinois; now, there are 2,800 locations in 43 states.
  • Arby's is Atlanta-based and the company that owns it has a portfolio that includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and SONIC Drive-In locations.
  • Following its acquisition of Jimmy John’s, it is expected to be the fourth-largest restaurant company in the United States.

When it comes to Halloween people are not only spending more, but they are decorating earlier this year...

  • Researchers have found that people are spending 9 billion dollars total on Halloween this year, which is 85 bucks a person!
  • People are spending $25 on candy
  • AND $31 on costumes

In Sports: 

  • The Cubs are eliminated from the playoffs after losing to The Pirates last night.
  • The White Sox beat the Indians 8 to 3.
  • And The Bears prepare to face the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday.