Assistant

  • Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams

    Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams

    Clara Labs is announcing a $7 million Series A led by Basis Set Ventures. Slack Fund also joined in the round, alongside existing investors Sequoia and First Round. The startup will be looking to further differentiate within the crowded field of email-centric personal assistants by building in features and integrations to address the needs of enterprise teams. Read More

  • Lighthouse tells you what happens in your home when you’re not there

    Lighthouse tells you what happens in your home when you’re not there

    A thief, your kids skipping school or paranormal activity? That’s the question that Lighthouse aims to answer with its new interactive assistant. By combining sophisticated sensors with computer vision technology, the Lighthouse team hopes to deliver an experience that brings more day-to-day value than a mere home security solution. Coming out of Stealth today, the company is… Read More

  • Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tech Execs Are Matching Donations to ACLU

    Tech execs are matching donations to the ACLU, Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant, Dropbox touts a $1 billion revenue run rate, robots are making coffee and Fitbit cuts six percent of its workforce. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

    Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

    On the heels of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv just a week ago, a new AI assistant has risen into the spotlight and is jockeying to fill the shoes of its now well-known rival. Ozlo, the Greylock- and Jerry Yang-backed independent entrant to the personal assistant race, is launching today on iOS and the web in an effort to give stalwarts like Siri, Alexa and Cortana a run for their… Read More

  • Actions on Google opens Assistant to third-party developers

    Actions on Google opens Assistant to third-party developers

    On the face of it, today’s big Google event in San Francisco was all about hardware, but let’s be real here – there’s always something bigger going on with Google below the shiny glass and metal exterior. Much of the event was devoted to the company’s play for the smart home – a direct shot Amazon’s Echo/Alexa offerings, and to a lesser extent (for… Read More

  • Google lands in hot water after backtracking on earlier Allo privacy promise

    Google lands in hot water after backtracking on earlier Allo privacy promise

    When Google first announced Allo, its newest chat app, there was some controversy around why the service didn’t use end-to-end encryption by default and only in its Incognito mode. The reason for this, Google has always said, was that it needed access to your messages in order to offer services like the Google Assistant and smart replies, all of which depend on knowing what you are… Read More

  • Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

    Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

    Google first announced Allo and Duo, its new messaging and video chat apps, at its I/O developer conference earlier this year. Duo launched about a month ago and today it’s Allo’s turn. With Allo, Google is combining everything it has learned from its previous messaging products with the company’s machine learning smarts. Indeed, Allo marks the first time you’ll be… Read More