Assistant

  • 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

  • Google Photos Introduces “Rediscover This Day” To Help You Reminisce

    Google Photos Introduces “Rediscover This Day” To Help You Reminisce

    Google Photos wants to be home to all of your photos (and videos). Whether you have a thumb drive, CD, DVD or undeveloped film laying around, the team wants you to consider uploading them to the service. Why? Because that’s when they can make the “magic” happen. Right now, Google Photos will wade through all of your treasured visuals and turn them into animations and stories… Read More

  • Apple Job Posting Seeks Creative Individual To Breathe More Life Into Siri

    Apple Job Posting Seeks Creative Individual To Breathe More Life Into Siri

    A new job description spotted by 9to5Mac’s Jordan Kahn this morning suggests Apple wants to do something with Siri that makes the digital personal assistant a more fleshed out, relatable character. The posting is seeking someone with creative skills to help “evolve” Siri. Do you have what it takes to make Siri into the terrifying AI with an uncanny human semblance we all know… Read More

  • Magnifis Debuts An Upgraded Robin, The KITT-Like Android Virtual Assistant App For Drivers

    Magnifis Debuts An Upgraded Robin, The KITT-Like Android Virtual Assistant App For Drivers

    Robin, a virtual assistant application for Android that’s a bit like KITT in app format, is out with its first major update since its public beta launch in June. Not meant as a Siri clone, Robin is focused primarily on assisting users while driving – that is, it helps keep their eyes on the road by offering support via its voice and gesture interface. Robin currently offers… Read More

  • Is iOS5’s Assistant Going To Be Voice Control On Steroids?

    Is iOS5’s Assistant Going To Be Voice Control On Steroids?

    “Remind me to watch the Doctor Who season finale this Saturday.” If new reports are to be believed, then the iPhone 5’s new Assistant functionality can take voice input like that and automagically convert it into an entry in iOS 5’s Reminders app. 9to5Mac’s sources have come forward with boatloads of new details about Apple’s attempts to shoehorn voice… Read More