voice assistant

There have been many attempts at open source AI-powered voice assistants (see Rhasspy, Mycroft and Jasper, to name a few) — all established with the goal of creating privacy-preserving, offline…

This German nonprofit is building an open voice assistant that anyone can use

After years of fierce brawling, Google Assistant and Alexa are finally playing nicely together. Harman today announced new additions to its JBL Authentics speaker lineup that integrate both Google Assistant…

Google Assistant and Alexa finally play nicely together — but only on one speaker lineup

Alongside news of its brand-new Pixel 7 smartphone line and Pixel Watch, Google today also announced a number of ways it’s improving the technology running on its new devices, powered…

Google Assistant gets an upgrade on Pixel 7 with voice typing, calling and transcription improvements

Skullcandy announced at Amazon’s Alexa live event today that is partnering with Native Voice — a voice service provider for hardware devices — to make multiple voice assistants available on…

Skullcandy is partnering with Amazon to offer dual smart assistants

Today during an event focused on Alexa developer and partner news, Amazon announced new features and integrations, including a collection of APIs and software development kits (SDKs) aimed at making…

Amazon debuts new Alexa developer tools, including support for multiple voice assistants

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Why SoundHound is valued at 5 Shazams

To find out why voice AI company SoundHound is set to go public via a SPAC at a nearly $2.1 billion valuation, let’s have a closer look at its history, and the case for its double unicorn valuation.

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Why SoundHound is valued at 5 Shazams

After already targeting verticals like hotels and apartment complexes, Amazon announced today it’s now rolling out new solutions for healthcare providers and senior living centers. The solutions, which are a…

Amazon brings Alexa to hospitals and senior living centers

Amazon, for the first time, is making another voice assistant available on Echo devices. The company at its fall event today announced a new voice assistant, “Hey, Disney,” developed by…

Disney and Amazon partner on a custom voice assistant, ‘Hey, Disney!’ and Echo rollout to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

“Conversational AI” startup PolyAI, based out of London, has raised $14 million in a funding round led by Silicon Valley’s Khosla Ventures, with participation from existing investors (Point72 Ventures, Amadeus…

AI-driven voice assistant PolyAI raises $14M round led by Khosla Ventures

The voices on Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and others still lack the rhythms and intonation that make speech human. NVIDIA has unveiled new tools that can capture those natural speech…

NVIDIA’s latest tech makes AI voices more expressive and realistic

The European Union has been digging into the competition implications of AI-powered voice assistants and other Internet of Things (IoT) connected technologies for almost a year. Today it’s put out…

Voice AIs are raising competition concerns, EU finds

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The battle for voice recognition inside vehicles is heating up

Once a feature only for luxury vehicles, voice recognition has moved into the mainstream as manufacturers promise a seamless connection between vehicles, homes and personal devices.

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The battle for voice recognition inside vehicles is heating up

In 2019, Spotify began testing a hardware device for automobile owners it lovingly dubbed “Car Thing,” which allowed Spotify Premium users to play music and podcasts using voice commands that…

Spotify stays quiet about launch of its voice command ‘Hey Spotify’ on mobile

Apple is adding two new voices to Siri’s English offerings, and eliminating the default “female voice” selection in the latest beta version of iOS. This means that every person setting…

Apple adds two brand new Siri voices and will no longer default to a female or male voice in iOS

The voice assistant that can personalize podcasts and help listeners search, sample and discover content through shareable bite-sized pieces will win the voice wars.

White-label voice assistants will win the battle for podcast discovery

The goal of Sight Tech Global, a virtual, global event on December 2-3, 2020, is to gather the world’s top experts who are applying advanced technologies, notably AI, to the…

Here’s the curtain raise on the Sight Tech Global agenda

Cortana may have failed as a virtual assistant for consumers, but Microsoft is still betting on it (or at least its brand) for business use cases, now that it has…

Microsoft launches new Cortana features for business users

Amazon wants to bring Alexa to property managers. The company this morning launched a new service, Alexa for Residential, that aims to make it easier for property managers to set…

Amazon launches an Alexa service for property managers

It’s a new world, and voice tech is shaping it.

Where is voice tech going?

After launching a number of new developer tools for Alexa last week, Amazon today is introducing an updated version of its Alexa mobile app for consumers. The new app aims…

Amazon revamps its Alexa app to focus on first-party features, more personalization

Pandora is launching interactive voice ads into wider public testing, the company announced this morning. The music streaming service first introduced the new advertising format, where users verbally respond to…

Pandora launches interactive voice ads into beta testing

Teaser images and leaked photos of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class suggested the automaker was moving toward a more digital-centric interior. That might have been an understatement. Mercedes-Benz revealed Monday its…

Mercedes opts for more screens and fewer buttons in the 2021 S-Class

Amazon is making it easier for mobile users to access its Alexa virtual assistant while on the go. The company announced today it’s making it possible to use Alexa “hands…

Amazon adds ‘hands-free’ Alexa to its Alexa mobile app

Back in August 2019, the BBC made some waves with the news that it was developing a voice assistant called Beeb, an English language “Alexa” of its own that could…

BBC releases first beta of its Beeb voice assistant to UK Windows Insider members

Amazon is no longer content trying to dominate the home. The ecommerce giant made several announcements Monday ahead of CES 2020 that target the car, including partnerships with Lamborghini and…

Amazon drives deeper into cars with new Alexa partners, Echo Auto expansion

Rivian will integrate Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa into the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, the company’s first electric vehicles that are set to debut at the end of the year.…

Amazon-backed Rivian will integrate Alexa into its electric pickup and SUV

When it comes to smart home stuff, once you start, it’s hard to stop. As soon as you’ve got one light that you can turn on and off from your…

Gift Guide: 10 gadgets for a smarter smart home

At its annual Dreamforce mega-conference in San Francisco, Salesforce today introduced the next steps in its Einstein Voice project, which it first announced last year. Einstein Voice is the company’s…

Salesforce wants to bring voice to the workplace

At Microsoft’s Ignite conference this month, the company announced a new vision for its personal productivity assistant, Cortana — one which aimed to make it more useful in your day-to-day…

Microsoft winds down its bigger plans for Cortana with mobile app shutdown

It’s Microsoft Ignite this week, the company’s premier event for IT professionals and decision-makers. But it’s not just about new tools for role-based access. Ignite is also very much a…

The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite