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Spotify's First Hardware 'Car Thing' Brings A Voice Assistant To Your Ride

Spotify has announced its first hardware dubbed 'Car Thing.' However, it's only for testing purposes, and the company doesn't have any plans to make it commercially available.

Gadgets May 19, 2019

Google Assistant's 'Tell Me A Story' Feature Makes Bedtime Stories Available Anytime, Anywhere

Google Assistant can now read stories from a phone or tablet with 'Tell Me a Story.' Previously, the feature was available only on Google Home speakers.

Google April 27, 2019

Amazon Listens To Your Alexa Conversations: Here's How To Stop It

A recent report found out that Amazon workers listen to users' conversations with Alexa. Good thing there's a way to stop them from doing so or at least limit what they can access.

Security April 13, 2019

Heads Up, Amazon Alexa Users: You Can Now SMS Any Phone, But There’s A Catch

Amazon has finally enabled SMS texting to any Android phone via the Alexa app. However, only Android users are getting the new feature for now, with no hints as to when iOS folks will receive the same treatment.

Apps/Software January 31, 2018

Meet Ubisoft Sam: The Gaming Company’s Virtual Assistant For Gaming

Ubisoft is taking on the digital assistants with its very own chatbot. The new service called Sam will have a main focus and will act as a personal gaming assistant.

Video Games January 26, 2018

Google Assistant For Android Now Responds To 'Hey Google'

You can now call Google Assistant on your Android phone using the hotword 'Hey Google.' That means you're no longer stuck with using the arguably awkward trigger phrase 'OK Google.'

Google December 19, 2017

Google Trains Home How To Multitask, Teaches Assistant How To Contact Local Home Services

Google Assistant just keeps getting better by the day. On Home, the virtual assistant can now take two commands at a time, and on every platform, it can connect you with local home service providers, such as plumbers and electricians.

Google December 1, 2017

Need Help Troubleshooting Your Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL? Ask Google Assistant

If you're having some minor problems with your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, then you'll be glad to know that you can soon ask Google Assistant to troubleshoot your phone.

Google November 18, 2017

Google Assistant Now Lets You Turn Your Home Devices Into An Intercom System

Google is giving the Assistant a new feature that'll save you from wearing out your voice. Now you can broadcast a message to your family throughout your house filled with Home devices.

Smart Home November 14, 2017

Samsung Really Wants The Bixby Button To Take Off, Plans To Equip Galaxy A (2018) With The Feature: Rumor

A new rumor says that the Samsung Galaxy A (2018) lineup, which are presumably the A3, A5, and A7, may get one of the company's flagship features: a dedicated Bixby button.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech September 25, 2017

Apple Picks Craig Federighi As The New Head Of Siri As The Voice Assistant Race Heats Up

Apple has now put Craig Federighi as the head of Siri in an attempt to integrate the voice assistant across its other products and platforms. The move comes amid heated competition in the voice assistant race.

Apple September 2, 2017

Microsoft And Amazon Join Forces So You Can Use Cortana On Echo, Alexa On Windows 10 Devices

Microsoft and Amazon have decided to partner up in the voice assistant race. Pretty soon Windows 10 users can summon Alexa, and Echo users can call for Cortana on their smart speakers.

Apps/Software August 31, 2017

Amazon Wants To Make Sure Alexa Responds Only When You Actually Call Her

Amazon wants third-party devices equipped with Alexa to only respond when users actually say 'Alexa.' To that end, it’s porting over the so-called cloud-based wake word verification system to make these devices better at determining the accuracy of wake words.

Apps/Software May 16, 2017

Google Assistant To Share In Siri's iPhone Space As iOS Version Reportedly In Tow

Google will reportedly bring its Assistant over to iOS, possibly under a chat-style interface similar to Allo. If true, it could share a space with Siri, and eventually threaten it, too.

Apps/Software May 15, 2017

Samsung's Bixby Raps If You Ask, Disses Apple's Siri Too

The voice command of the Samsung’s AI assistant Bixby has rolled out in Korea this week. A video posted online showed the AI’s skills, including busting out some rhymes.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 4, 2017

Marriott Hotel Deciding Between Amazon’s Alexa And Apple’s Siri As Digital Assistants For Its Hotel Rooms

You could soon find Alexa or Siri in a hotel room as a digital assistant. Marriott is currently testing which technology it’ll use for many of its hotel rooms, hoping it could turn into a global platform down the line.

Gadgets March 23, 2017

HTC Sense Companion Virtual Assistant Now Available From Play Store, Borrowed From HTC U Ultra And U Play

HTC has released a virtual assistant called Sense Companion with its recent U Ultra and U Play smartphones, and now it's expanding the assistant's availability. The HTC Sense Companion app is now available on Google Play for other HTC devices as well.

Apps/Software March 15, 2017

Microsoft Cortana On iPhone Gets Major Update: What's New?

Cortana for iOS has received a massive update, sporting a fresh redesign and some new features. The update rolled out on March 10, and here's what it brings.

Apps/Software March 11, 2017

OnePlus 3 Starts Receiving Google Assistant As OTA Update

OnePlus 3 users have received or will very soon start receiving Google Assistant on their phone. OnePlus will be pushing out Google’s AI in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) update.

Apps/Software March 7, 2017

Huawei Reportedly Working On Its Own Voice Assistant, But Don’t Get Excited Yet

Huawei is cooking up its own voice assistant to rival Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant. However, the technology could only find its way to the Chinese market, reports suggest.

Apps/Software February 16, 2017

Amazon Echo: How People Use The Virtual Assistant?

The Amazon Echo speaker deploys the voice assistant Alexa to carry out several tasks. A new survey reveals that people use Alexa for simpler tasks for the home such as setting a timer, rather than enlisting its help to shop.

Apps/Software February 14, 2017

Starbucks' New Virtual Assistant Lets You Order Coffee Via Voice Command And Messaging

Starbucks has rolled out a new voice-ordering feature for select iOS users, which stands as a natural enhancement of its digital ecosystem. Soon, customers will be able to place their orders via a Siri-like chatbot.

Apps/Software January 30, 2017

Samsung Job Listing Confirms New Bixby AI Virtual Assistant To Be Major Feature Of Galaxy S8

A recent job listing from Samsung confirms a major feature coming to the Galaxy S8. The company confirmed it will launch an enhanced AI assistant on the Galaxy S8.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 28, 2017

Cortana Coming To A Lock Screen Near You (Your Android Phone, To Be Exact)

Android users will soon have access to Cortana via their phones' lock screens, which makes getting help from the virtual assistant a whole lot quicker.

Apps/Software January 19, 2017

Gatebox Virtual Assistant Is The Holographic Anime Companion For Lonely People: Can It Compete With Amazon Echo?

Gatebox has announced the preorder of a limited number of its Gearboxes featuring hologram virtual assistant Azuma Hikari. It is said to compete with Amazon Echo's Alexa but with a more visual appeal.

Gadgets December 19, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S8 May Have Dedicated AI Button: Enough To Appeal To Consumers After Galaxy Note 7 Recall?

Samsung Galaxy S8 is reportedly going to sport a dedicated AI button that will launch the company's virtual assistant that's possibly named Bixby, but can it save the smartphone maker after the Galaxy Note 7 recall?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 7, 2016

Amazon Alexa Skills: Here Are Some Of The Best To Make The Most Out Of The Virtual Assistant

Amazon recently opened up a host of new functionalities for its voice-enabled virtual assistant Alexa called Skills. Here are some of the best Alexa skills you can try right now.

Gadgets November 7, 2016

Yahoo Bots App Is The Company's Virtual Assistants Bundle, And It's Now Available For Download On Android And iOS

Yahoo has released Yahoo Bots for iOS and Android, a messaging app that lets users connect to Yahoo's Chatbots. There are different bots for different areas of discussion such as news, finance, weather, sports and even a pet monkey.

Apps/Software October 31, 2016

Siri vs. Google Asssistant: Apple's Notable Steps To Beat The Bubbly AI So Far

The competition between Siri and Google Assistant is kicking off as Google's bubbly AI is rolling out on a strong note, but that doesn't mean Apple's out, as it has already taken steps to improve its virtual assistant.

Apps/Software October 31, 2016

Amazon Alexa Officially Hits Mobile: Here's What The Voice Assistant Can Do On Fire Tablets

Amazon Alexa has officially hit mobile, rolling out to select Fire tablets. Here's what the voice-controlled assistant can do on a slate.

Apps/Software October 26, 2016

Google Starts Getting Rid Of Any References To Google Now: Brand-New Assistant On The Way?

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

iOS 10 Update Coming Sept. 30 With Siri Improvements In Tow, Says Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is about to add another accolade to her resume: the improvement of iOS 10. The star has appealed to Tim Cook himself to make sure that iOS 10 Siri pronounces her name correctly.

Apps/Software August 23, 2016

Apple's $200 Million Turi Acquisition To Challenge Google, Amazon And Facebook In Pervasive Computing

Apple continues its march toward better virtual assistants with the purchase of Turi, an AI startup. The race is on against rivals such as Google, Amazon or Facebook, but Apple lately bought itself some aces to keep up its sleeve.

Apple August 6, 2016

Siri Creators Showcase Viv, And The AI Town Ain't Big Enough For All The Virtual Assistants

Viv debuts at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, showing off its many impressive capabilities. It looks like the virtual assistant competition just got a lot more interesting.

Apps/Software May 10, 2016

Siri And Cortana Are Not That Reliable When Facing A Health Crisis

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

Hound Virtual Assistant App Launches To Take On Siri And Google Now

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

Cortana Is Witty Enough To Push Back When Sexually Harassed

Cortana will never tolerate conversations that have sexual indications. Microsoft said that its virtual assistant will certainly get mad if the user would start saying things that would expose Cortana to sexual harassment.

Apps/Software February 9, 2016

Gatebox Hologram Communication Robot Banks On VR And IoT To Rival Siri, Cortana And Amelia [Video]

The landscape of AI assistants is pretty crowded, but Japanese startup vinclu Inc. showcased a compelling idea. Enter Gatebox, a gadget containing a holographic feminine AI which can communicate with humans and electronic devices alike.

Apps/Software January 22, 2016

Virtual Assistant Cortana Is Officially Available For iOS And Android

After a period of beta testing, Microsoft's answer to Siri is now available for download via the App Store and Google Play.

Apps/Software December 9, 2015

Facebook Wants To Leverage AI To Beat Humans At 'Go', The One Game Computers Can't Master

Facebook announced that it's working on an AI development program that relies on deep learning and visual pattern recognition. One of its uses? Creating a bot 'Go' player so advanced that it can beat a human at the ancient game.

Internet November 4, 2015

Siri And Cortana, Meet 'Moneypenny': Facebook Experiments On Virtual Assistant That Can Help You Shop And Research

Facebook is working on a virtual assistant called Moneypenny. The service is expected to be a part of Facebook Messenger.

Apps/Software July 14, 2015

Be Careful What You Say To Siri Or Other Virtual Assistants: Others Might Be Listening

What you tell Siri or Google Now is not just between you and your choice of virtual assistant. Someone else will be in on your voice commands.

Apps/Software March 16, 2015

Cortana in Windows 10 Is Multilingual, Leaked Screenshots and Video Suggest

Leaked screenshots and video acquired by blog WinBeta show an early look at virtual assistant Cortana running on the Windows 10 operating system by Microsoft.

Apps/Software December 6, 2014

Amelia just may be the brainiest AI assistant yet, sorry Siri and Cortana

Most people are familiar with Siri, Cortana and Google Now, but there's another virtual assistant on the block. Amelia is primarily used in businesses and could be the smartest virtual assistant ever.

Apps/Software September 30, 2014

Siri creators building advanced human-like assistant named Viv

The creators of Siri are looking to develop something even better. That's what Viv Labs is doing, developing a virtual assistant that can perform and understand complex questions and tasks.

Apps/Software August 12, 2014

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