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This could be the Google Home Mini

There have been rumors for weeks about Google nearing the release of a smaller version of the Google Home. DroidLife just posted what it claims is the upcoming Google Home Mini. If true, the design sp

Nobody is going to ask Cortana to talk to Alexa

The future of conversational AI is not a league of anthropomorphic voice assistants that we address by name to handle our problems. We will not unlock our iPhones and ask for Alexa when we need to dim

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

How do you teach people 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.

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, th

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 capabilit

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 a

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

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-

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 ca

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&#

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 an

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 vers

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

The aptly named <a target="_blank" href="http://ok-google.io/">Ok-Google.io</a> is the big ol' massive list of "Ok, Google" commands that Google is too proud to build right into Android. It's gorgeous

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 ap

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 i

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 acce

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.

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&#82

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 m

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 relea
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