Cortana wants to be your personal executive assistant and read your emails to you, too

Only a few years ago, Microsoft hoped that Cortana could become a viable competitor to the Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. Over time, as Cortana failed to make a dent in the marketplace (do you ever

Sonos announces Alexa-controlled wireless speakers

Alexa is officially the first voice assistant to be available on Sonos, a move that turns the wireless speaker product into a voice-controlled sound system. Originally announced a year ago, Sonos has

Amazon Alexa is now available on first device not made by Amazon

Amazon is spreading the Alexa love. The voice service is now available on the Triby. This small, family-focused message board, internet radio and VoIP device is the first device available for purchase

Amazon Is Expanding Its R&D In Cambridge, U.K., With A Focus On Prime Air Drones And Speech Tech

Amazon is expanding its R&D operations in Cambridge, U.K., with a plan to staff out a large research lab -- expanding on the foothold it acquired when it bought Cambridge-based speech tech startup

Sources Say Amazon Acquired Siri-Like Evi App For $26M – Is A Smartphone Coming?

When Siri <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/23/evi-arrives-in-town-to-go-toe-to-toe-with-siri/">arrived</a> on the iPhone 4S it seemed like a magic piece of software. The future had arrived

Siri’s Nemesis Evi Relaunches, Recruits Berkowitz From Wolfram Alpha, Opens US Office

We saw what happened yesterday with the Siri announcements from Apple. Clearly they see it as core to their strategy and its deep integration inside iOS reflects its increasing importance. Plenty of o

Another Siri-Like App, Voice Answer, Hits The App Store For Those Of Us Without The iPhone 4S

Looks like Apple might be loosening its grip even more on voice recognition apps? Or, it simply just feels that the competition is not as good as its own native Siri. We've just gotten word from Nethe

Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

Only yesterday we <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/02/26/apple-prepares-to-pull-evi-from-app-store-did-it-slap-down-siri/">reported</a> that <a href="http://www.evi.com/">Evi</a>, a new iPhon

Apple Prepares To Pull Evi From App Store. Did It Slap-Down Siri?

Last month we <a href="http://eu.beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/23/evi-arrives-in-town-to-go-toe-to-toe-with-siri/">reported</a> on the launch of <a href="http://www.evi.com/">Evi</a>, a new iPhone (<a h

Technology progression chronicled by GM's vehicle battery packs

Battery pack on the left belongs to the Chevy Volt and the one on the right, to the ’97 Chevy EV1. The Volt’s battery utilized lithium-ion cells to produce the same 16kWhrs as the older,