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

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

    How do you teach people how 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. They’ve taken stab after stab at it. The splash page that offers Siri suggestions if you activate it and don’t say anything. TV spots; tool tips; App Store promotions and… Read More

  • Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

    Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

    The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS. The rather stunning looking… Read More

  • Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

    Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

    After much delay, Samsung has begun rolling out its Bixby smart assistant to users in the U.S. The company said today that an update will allow owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to gain voice capabilities for the service. Read More

  • Microsoft Maluuba is teaching machines to ask questions

    Microsoft Maluuba is teaching machines to ask questions

    Microsoft Maluuba, the research team of PhDs that Microsoft acquired back in January, has been hard at work exploring the nexus of machine learning and question generation with the aim of delivering an intelligent personal assistant that surpasses the limited capabilities of today’s market leaders. Read More

  • Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google’s flagship mobile application is getting a big makeover today, with a focus on making it easier to separate the things you need to know about – like upcoming appointments or flights -from the things you’re interested in, like news, sports, and entertainment. The app still maintains its previous card-style design, but it now offers two different sections to better… 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

  • The race to be the all-in-one app Crunch Network

    The race to be the all-in-one app

    There’s no denying that app fatigue is posing a challenge not just for new app discovery, but for new behavior discovery. So why don’t the most popular apps just enable the latest, greatest use cases and create an “open loop,” networking their existing apps? This article examines how the big players are campaigning to be the all-in-one app — and who stands a chance… Read More

  • Google tests a more personalized version of its virtual assistant, Google Now

    Google tests a more personalized version of its virtual assistant, Google Now

    Google Now, the intelligent personal assistant bundled into Android and Google’s search application, is already adept at bringing you the information you need at the right time, whether that’s traffic alerts, event reminders, sports scores, stock updates, weather, flight info, and much more. But one area where Google Now falls a little short is in customizing the assistant… Read More

  • Powering the golden age of audio Crunch Network

    Powering the golden age of audio

    Audio, the spoken word, is humanity’s primary means of sentient communication: the sounds a fetus hears in utero; a lover’s whisper; a marriage proposal… all leave deep imprints on our hearts and minds. We use sound to accentuate and transmit our emotions; our aural ability is a primary sense that is deeply connected to emotion. Read More

  • Google’s Now on Tap gets even smarter

    Google’s Now on Tap gets even smarter

    Now on Tap was one of the marquee features of Android Marshmallow when Google first announced this update to its mobile operating system last year (which is now already being eclipsed by the next version: Android Nougat). It allows you to quickly find more relevant information and context about what’s currently on your phone’s or tablet’s screen when you press and hold the… Read More

  • Here’s a big list of all the “Ok, Google” commands you’ve probably forgotten

    Here’s a big list of all the “Ok, Google” commands you’ve probably forgotten

    The aptly named Ok-Google.io is the big ol’ massive list of “Ok, Google” commands that Google is too proud to build right into Android. It’s gorgeous, it’s easy to navigate, and it’s pretty much guaranteed to teach you at least one trick you didn’t know Google Now could handle. Read More

  • Apple finally opens Siri to third-party developers

    Apple finally opens Siri to third-party developers

    As widely expected, Apple is lavishing TLC on its voice assistant, Siri, at this year’s WWDC. The company has just announced it will be letting developers bake Siri’s voice functionality into their apps — so users will be able to tap into third party services just by saying ‘Hey Siri…’. Read More

  • The battle for the post-digital world Crunch Network

    The battle for the post-digital world

    Marketing in a post-digital world was a major theme of the 2016 Forrester Research Marketing Forum. At the event, analyst Carl Doty defined the post-digital world as one in which digital is embedded in our daily lives. In that context, he described the evolution of marketing: pre-digital marketing meant using mass media in a one-to-many approach; digital marketing was about data-driven… Read More

  • How to listen to, and delete, your Google Now voice history

    How to listen to, and delete, your Google Now voice history

    Google might be eavesdropping more than you had originally imagined, though not on purpose. Since June 2015, Google has been storing personal data on its users on a website, where users only have access to their own information. The feature works a bit like a digital diary, storing web searches, YouTube history, and (you guessed it!) Google Voice Search history. The issue with Voice Search is… Read More

  • Welcome to the post-app world? Crunch Network

    Welcome to the post-app world?

    As instant messaging and voice control takes off, it increasingly seems that apps are not the solution for everything. Read More

  • Microsoft restricts Cortana on Windows 10 to Bing and Edge

    Microsoft restricts Cortana on Windows 10 to Bing and Edge

    Cortana is Microsoft’s version of Google Now and Apple’s Siri digital assistant. It’s built right into Windows 10 and, while I’ve generally not found it all that useful, it’s a core component of Microsoft’s attempt at making its operating system smarter. Starting today, whenever you use Cortana to do a search on Windows 10 that would typically take you to… Read More

  • Microsoft envisions Cortana as your best digital friend

    Microsoft envisions Cortana as your best digital friend

    Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant competes against the likes of Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and the unnamed mystery voice behind Google Now. It’s part of a new wave of services that are slowly making talking to computers mainstream, but because of Microsoft’s weak position on mobile, it hasn’t quite had the same impact as some of its competitors. Read More

  • Hound, a voice-powered virtual assistant app, launches publicly

    Hound, a voice-powered virtual assistant app, launches publicly

    Keyvan Mohajer is hoping the past nine years of research and work building a digital assistant at SoundHound will be worth the wait. Today, SoundHound CEO Mohajer said the company is publicly releasing its Hound app, a tool that lets users search for answers to questions and complete some tasks through voice commands. Some examples include searching for restaurant results on Yelp or summoning… Read More

  • Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App

    Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App

    We’d been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an “assistant” within Messenger (along with others), but today we’ve gotten the details that pull it all together. This puts the company squarely in competition with Apple, Google and Microsoft in the digital personal assistant space. In a Facebook post, Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus spoke a bit about… Read More

  • Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

    Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

    Google Now has been expanding the range and variety of its Google Now cards, with 40 third-party partners unveiled in January. Seventy are being added to the Google app on Android today, bringing the total pool of Now partners up to 110. Some marquee partners from the new group include Zipcar, which will now display upcoming end times for reservations so that you can remember to get it back… Read More

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