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Two Sonos One speakers now cost $349 – the same as one Apple HomePod

Sonos is offering a special limited deal for its new Sonos One smart speaker, which works with Amazon’s Alexa right now, and is gaining support for Google Assistant in a future update: You can b

Siri’s podcast-promoting ‘Give me the News’ feature is now out of beta

A few weeks back, Apple added “Give me the news” to Siri’s repertoire of tricks in the latest beta version of iOS. The feature comes as the company is readying its smart assistant for the immine

Kohler wants to make your bathroom smarter with Konnect

Kohler, a name you may recognize from the faucet, or commercials about a faucet, is delivering a new line of smart bathroom and kitchen appliances called Kohler Konnect. Because why not? With the help

Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief

The HomePod had a bit of a notable production setback, back in December, but Apple’s high-end smart speaker is still on track for an “early 2018” release. As it preps for the release of its firs

Kia and Hyundai cars will include AI assistants starting in 2019

Vehicles made by Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia will include built-in virtual assistants with AI-powered smarts beginning in 2019 (via Engadget). The plan to build smart assistants into vehicles wil

Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

Amidst narratives of machine learning complacency, Apple is coming to terms with the fact that not talking about innovation means innovation never happened. A detailed blog posting in the company's ma

Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big

Crunch Report | Apple’s Siri Embraces Google

Looking at Instagram's growth numbers, SAP is buying Gigya for $350 million, Apple's Siri switches from Bing to Google for web searches and Google and Levi's connected jackets now on sale. All this on

Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac

Apple is switching the default provider of its web searches from Siri, Search inside iOS (formerly called Spotlight) and Spotlight on the Mac. So, for instance, if Siri falls back to a web search on i

Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple's ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went

Hackers send silent commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound

Security researchers in China have invented a clever way of activating voice recognition systems without speaking a word. By using high frequencies inaudible to humans but which register on electronic

Nobody is going to ask Cortana to talk to Alexa

The future of conversational AI is not a league of anthropomorphic voice assistants that we address by name to handle our problems. We will not unlock our iPhones and ask for Alexa when we need to dim

Alexa and Google Assistant HomePod competitors are coming from Sony, Harman and more

Berlin’s big IFA trade show doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, but the announcements have already started pouring out of the show that’s come to be known as the “CES of Europe.” The eve

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will discuss the future of artificial intelligence and more at Disrupt SF

From smart assistants like Alexa and Siri to the latest bleeding edge advancements in robotics, there’s no buzzier buzzwords in the tech world than artificial intelligence. The topic of AI has been

New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri

How do you teach people to use an interface that’s invisible? That’s been the marketing communications problem for Apple since the day Siri became the first big mass-market voice assistant.

Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew

Siri remains the most popular virtual assistant with 41.4 million monthly active users in the U.S., according to a new report from measurement firm Verto Analytics out this morning, but it has seen a

At this month’s WWDC, Apple unveiled refined accessibility tools

Steven Aquino Contributor Share on Twitter Steven Aquino is a freelance tech writer and iOS accessibility expert. More posts by this contributor Apple Watch Series 5’s banner feature needs to be

Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a hoard of papers that underscore a deep interest in dialog

Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

Apparently Apple knows Siri kinda sucks, because it was the last thing mentioned in the unveiling of the new HomePod speaker. That's why it's dumpily named as a successor to the iPod, not Apple's old-

Siri gets language translation and a more human voice

Siri is getting less dumb and a little bit more human. That's not a contradiction. Apple’s voice assistant is getting a more clear, human voice in both female and male intonations alongside some new
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