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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- In tonight's consumer alert, look out Apple's Suri. Here comes Cortana. Microsoft showed off its new virtual personal assistant named after the artificial intelligence character in the Halo video game. Cortana replaces the search function in Microsoft's updated Window 8.1 software. It is voice activated and lets users issue commands to search for information, set alarms and make calendar appointments.

Amazon will roll out a new service that will make it easier for you to return purchases. It's similar to the pick up service the company already offers, but now you can place unwanted items in an Amazon locker to be returned. The online retailer will send you a code to open the locker so you can leave the package. The costs to customers is the same as if they were shipping the returns from a UPS store.

And, we have some good news for job seekers. A new survey by CareerBuilder says manufacturing, IT, financial services and health care industries will create the most jobs within the next 3 months. More than 2100 hiring managers and human resource professionals participated in the survey.

CareerBuilder is owned by the Gannett, the parent company of WUSA.


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