Researchers carried out a study to determine how the latest voice-activated smart assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Google assistant react to queries about depression, rape, and domestic violence. Here’s what they found:
Apps/Software June 7, 2018
Samsung could be carrying two A.I. assistants in its flagship phone this year. Aside from Bixby, the tech company has also filed a patent for 'Samsung Hello.'
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 12, 2017
A survey found that consumers are using Alexa more frequently than Google Now. It also revealed that participants perceived Cortana as the most accurate smart assistant while Siri trailed all three in this area.
Smart Home February 10, 2017
Google will reportedly pull the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store before Q1 2017 ends. The launcher, however, will still be functional, but don’t expect major updates moving forward.
Apps/Software February 3, 2017
Google app has been refreshed with new features to push it further into your life. It becomes more useful by displaying personal content pulled from other Google services separate from the news feed.
Google December 7, 2016
Samsung is not only developing one but two virtual assistants to challenge the likes of Google Now and Siri. These technologies will likely ship with the upcoming Galaxy S8, possibly even determining the handset's gender identity.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 27, 2016
AOL's new Alto email app aggregates email accounts in one place. It can organize mail according to content and not based on the sender, presenting users with timely, chronological and actionable information in the process.
Internet September 30, 2016
Google dropped any mention of Google Now in its recent beta release of its mobile search app, speculated to make way for Google Assistant. Now cards and Now on Tap now refer to as Feed and Screen Search, respectively.
Google September 21, 2016
Google Maps may get a new Explore interface, suggests Google Maps beta testers. The interface in the works has a card-like design as found in Google Now.
Apps/Software September 12, 2016
Google is testing a new feature for Google Now that would allow users to ‘explore’ their interests to make the personal assistant more personal.
Google August 9, 2016
Ultimate Ears rolled out a neat new update to its Boom 2 and Megaboom Bluetooth speakers, adding a highly useful feature. Voice integration is now in the mix, inviting Siri and Google Now to the party.
Apps/Software June 21, 2016
The beta version 6.0 of the Google app has been updated with useful shortcuts. The update to Google Now on Tap will now make it easier for people to carry out common tasks.
Apps/Software June 18, 2016
Google is secretly working on a new travel app dubbed Trips. The rumored app is said to combine features of Google Maps and Google Now.
Apps/Software April 29, 2016
Siri was updated to offer proper support for victims of sexual or domestic abuse. Apple was the first to implement an improvement after a JAMA study showed how poorly equipped virtual assistants are in handling dramatic human situations.
Apps/Software April 4, 2016
Users can now block specific sources of news within Google Now. Now those pesky, unreliable, clickbait-y news cards that always seemed to pop back up on our Google Now feeds can be dealt with by telling Google that such stories don't interest you at all.
Apps/Software March 22, 2016
Researchers found that smartphone digital voice assistants are ill-equipped in dealing with crisis questions referring to mental health, physical health and interpersonal violence. Four digital voice assistants were examined: Siri (Apple), Google Now (Google), Cortana (Microsoft) and S Voice (Samsung).
Life March 15, 2016
Researchers found digital assistants like Siri, Cortana, S Voice and Google Now were not consistent in guiding users to seek help when facing a health emergency such as when feeling depressed or when a victim of sexual assault.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 14, 2016
Google has filed some intriguing documentation, detailing some great changes for its digital assistant. Google Now may soon get real offline support, in addition to other neat features.
Apps/Software March 12, 2016
SoundHound launched its digital assistant app, called Hound, for iOS and Android on Tuesday, which allows users to speak more naturally and provides quick results.
Apps/Software March 1, 2016
Google will now be posting flood alerts in India through Google Public Alerts. The alerts, which will utilize data from India's Central Water Commission, will be shown on Google Now cards, Google Maps and Google search results.
Internet February 10, 2016
Google engineer Max Braun created an Android-powered smart bathroom mirror. This tech-forward mirror offers the date, time, weather and news, and it supports voice searches to boot.
FUTURE TECH February 3, 2016
Ex-Googler Peter Isemann discovered a new design overhaul for Google's weather card. The new design seems to be a small trial run to gauge the reactions of users to the more cartoonish look and weather-sensitive background of the card.
Apps/Software January 10, 2016
Apple and Google took their rivalry to the smart car industry with the release of the CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems. Here is a quick rundown of the specs and features of the two systems to help you choose the one that suits your needs.
FUTURE TECH January 5, 2016
Google Now has received a makeover with new handy voice commands to help you control your Android phone. Here is a list of the new voice commands Google added into the app.
Apps/Software December 27, 2015
Microsoft earlier promised that the public version of Cortana could be released sometime later within the year. In this Cortana vs. Siri faceoff, let us check out which of the two is a better A.I. assistant.
Apps/Software November 30, 2015
Google made its own Star Trek communicator but the device never left testing phase. Google already has an intelligent personal assistant that can perform task based on a user's voice instructions.
Apps/Software November 24, 2015
Google has finally released an updated app for iOS, and trust us; it is a beautiful sight to behold. It also comes with the "OK Google" ability.
Apps/Software November 20, 2015
Consumers are more satisfied with Siri than other digital assistants, a new study found. Beyond customer satisfaction, Siri is more accurate than Google Now and Microsoft's Cortana, the study concluded.
Apps/Software November 10, 2015
Microsoft’s Cortana app beta for Android just received a major upgrade. Users who have Microsoft’s personal assistant installed can now activate voice commands by saying ‘Hey Cortana.’
Apps/Software October 24, 2015
Google rolled out its beta testing program for the Google app. Users who want to get their hands on the newest features and security updates can now sign up to be beta testers.
Apps/Software October 20, 2015
Siri and Google Now are convenient but the convenience they offer doesn't come without a compromise. French researchers have shown that both Siri and Google Now can be hacked remotely and be set commands to through radio waves.
Apps/Software October 15, 2015
Google has wiped out the notification center for Windows, Mac and Linux on Chrome's upcoming version. Google claims it wishes to provide Chrome users an efficient desktop experience.
Apps/Software October 15, 2015
Android 6.0 Marshmallow may be more of an evolutionary update compared to Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, it does come with a handful of interesting features, the most useful of which is Google Now on Tap.
Apps/Software October 13, 2015
Amit Singhal, SVP of Google Search, revealed more than half of Google users are performing searches using their smartphones, thanks to voice search capabilities and Google Now.
Internet October 12, 2015
Apple confirmed that it purchased UK-based startup VocalIQ. While the company did not specify what it plans to do with VocalIQ’s technology, all hints point to making Siri converse with you like a real person.
Deals October 3, 2015
Google has commenced enabling offline voice commands on Android smartphones and tablets. Users can use a small set of voice commands even with no connection to the Internet.
Apps/Software September 29, 2015
Google app version 5.3 has been rolled out to enable Now on Tap for Android M Developer Preview 3 devices. Now on Tap allows the user to search and access information without leaving their current app.
Apps/Software September 19, 2015
Following an earlier announcement of a partnership between Microsoft and Cyanogen, Cyanogen chief Kirt McMaster says Microsoft's smart personal assistant Cortana will be baked into Cyanogen OS.
Apps/Software September 12, 2015
Baidu, which is often described as the Google of China, unveiled Duer at the Baidu World conference. The digital assistant is now integrated in the Baidu search app for Android.
Apps/Software September 11, 2015
Can Microsoft’s Halo-branded digital personal assistant take over Google Now’s home turf?
Apps/Software August 10, 2015
T-Mobile is cutting down the price of the BlackBerry Classic, giving customers a $70 discount on the device’s original price of $430 and undercutting BlackBerry’s online store’s price.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 1, 2015
Users can now use Google Now to dictate messages that they want to send out through popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram and NextPlus.
Apps/Software July 30, 2015
Siri is well-known for her sass, but Google Now is not about to let you down either. Take a look at this new Google Maps Easter Egg to find out what we mean.
Apps/Software July 25, 2015
Google has released its official stock Android app to the Google Play store, allowing users who don't have a device with stock Android to enjoy the simplistic and Google Now-friendly version of Clock.
Apps/Software June 20, 2015
SoundHound has unveiled its new voice search app, Hound, which is gearing up to rival Siri, Google Now and Cortana. Hound combines Language Understanding and Speech Recognition.
Apps/Software June 3, 2015