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  • 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

  • How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

  • The Virtual Assistant Could Be The Next Interpreter Of Enterprise Data, Starting With Google Now

    The Virtual Assistant Could Be The Next Interpreter Of Enterprise Data, Starting With Google Now

    You can ask Siri, Google Now and Cortana about movies, weather and sports, but you can’t yet ask them about your company’s budget for the fiscal year, or your department’s sales performance last quarter. That may be about to change, however, as Google is said by The Information to be in talks with HP about giving Google Now access to enterprise data, effectively creating… Read More

  • Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

    Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

    Google’s I/O keynote may have been a bit of a jumble of different product announcements — many of which won’t be available until later this year — but Android Wear was what most people in the audience wanted to hear about. While there is plenty of Android in Google’s smartwatch operating system and while developers will be able to develop apps specifically for… Read More

  • A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

    A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

    Google is giving its apps and platforms, including Android, a big redesign, according to a recent report posted on Android Police, which backs up some things we had been hearing as well, but hadn’t fleshed out until now. According to the new report, Google is working on a new design language focused on giving all Google apps a more unified look-and-feel across the web, Android… Read More

  • Google’s Push Past Search Crunch Network

    Google’s Push Past Search

    As a recent analysis indicated, Google’s traditional search is not working on mobile as well as it did on the desktop web. Sifting through organic search results on a mobile device is a sub-optimal experience, especially when compared to the push notifications and personalized streams of cards that have made mobile apps from Facebook, Twitter and Tinder so habit-forming and successful. Read More

  • Google Now Comes To Chrome On The Desktop For Windows And Mac

    Google Now Comes To Chrome On The Desktop For Windows And Mac

    Google has released its Google Now notification integration for its desktop Chrome browser, and the update will begin rolling out today and continue to percolate over the coming weeks. The new feature allows users to receive Google Now notifications on their desktop, synced the Now notifications on their phone. To enable them, users need only to be logged into Chrome on the desktop with the… Read More

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