Tag: Google Assistant

Google Assistant and Alexa can now answer questions about U.K. passports, bank holidays, more

Wondering how to apply for a new passport, which organizations offer free childcare, or when the next bank holiday might be? If you’re based in the U.K. and you’ve got a speaker, smartphone, or smart display powered by Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, you’ll be able to get answers to those questions hands-free starting this […]

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Facebook Wants To Challenge Amazon, Apple, Google With Their Own Voice Assistant

At the moment, most of the major tech companies have their own digital voice assistants. Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, Google has Google Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana, and Samsung has Bixby. Unsurprisingly, Facebook now wants in on the action and according to a report from CNBC, they have heard from their sources that the […]

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Most businesses are not ready for voice searches

Amazon ushered in a new era of voice-first computing in mid-2015 when it launched the first Amazon Echo. Four years later, voice-activated assistants on myriad devices have proliferated widely, but Uberal, a location marketing company, found that few local businesses are ready to take advantage. In fact, only 4% have correct, up-to-date information on all […]

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Facebook is reportedly developing an AI assistant to take on Alexa and Google Assistant

Facebook is reportedly in the process to create its own AI assistant akin to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, former employees told CNBC. The virtual assistant project is reportedly being managed by employees out of Facebook’s Redmond, Washington office and started last year. The first consumer electronic device made in-house by Facebook, Portal made its […]

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How to keep Alexa, Cortana, Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby from recording you

At their best, voice assistants from the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Amazon empower us to be more productive. They queue up our favorite songs, give us previews of our weekly agendas, and place phone calls to friends and loved ones. But they’re also recording the commands we utter for posterity (and in […]

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How Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung treat your voice data

Alexa. Cortana. Google Assistant. Bixby. Siri. Hundreds of millions of people use voice assistants developed by Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Apple every day, and that number is growing all the time. According to a recent survey conducted by tech publication Voicebot, 90.1 million U.S. adults use voice assistants on their smartphones at least monthly, […]

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G Suite gets Google Assistant integration for calendars, native Microsoft Office editing

G Suite, Google’s ever-expanding portfolio of cloud computing, productivity, and collaboration tools, is getting supercharged with a slew of new features, all of which were detailed at the Mountain View company’s annual Cloud Next conference in San Francisco. Perhaps the headliner is Google Assistant integration with G Suite — specifically with Calendar (in beta). Now, […]

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LG says V50 ThinQ 5G will customize AI services using on-device data

LG’s upcoming V50 ThinQ 5G is about to hit stores as a more affordable alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, but it will have more than just aggressive pricing on its side. According to the Korea Herald, the company said today that the V50 will include new, personally tailored AI services that rely on the […]

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10 ways Google Assistant can make people’s lives easier

Amid sharp competition from popular AI assistants like Siri and Alexa, Google Assistant arguably has a major advantage — the Android mobile operating system. Smartphones are still the number one way people speak to their assistant, and as the smart display market grows, the assistant that interacts with YouTube, Google Maps, Google Photos, and Gmail […]

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You Can Now Make Table Appointments Using Google Duplex on Your iPhone

Back at I/O 2018, Google demoed Google Duplex — an AI-powered system which allows Google Assistant to call businesses to make hotel reservations and more. When Google first demoed Duplex, everyone was amazed at what Assistant was capable of. Now, almost a year later, Google is bringing Duplex to iPhones. Google initially announced that it […]

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Google Assistant can now talk — and sing — like John Legend

Singer John Legend is bringing his melodious voice to Google Assistant users in the United States. Starting today, users will be able to access Legend’s voice on any Home smart speaker, smart display, or smartphone. The likeness of Legend’s voice will only be available for a limited time, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft needs to make the case for Cortana — or leave her to Halo

There wasn’t that much Cortana news this week, but then again there never is. While Microsoft’s plans for Cortana haven’t changed, they are still incredibly puzzling. We know the company has somewhat lost interest in Cortana for consumers and is pushing Alexa instead, so discontinuing the Cortana bot in Skype this week was no surprise. […]

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Google’s Smart Displays Get Continued Conversations

In the early days of digital assistants, whenever you wanted to ask the digital assistant something new, you’d have to launch it again. This is very unnatural because in real life, do you keep calling out your friend’s name whenever you have a conversation? Chances are you don’t, which is why many digital assistants still […]

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Google Duplex is Rolling Out to iOS Devices in The ‘Next Few Weeks’

Google Duplex is designed to help people book a table at a restaurant without actually talking to anyone. Google first showed off Duplex at the company’s developers conference, Google I/O, in 2018. There was some initial hesitation at first, even with the on-stage demo that seemed to work pretty well. However, Google assured folks that […]

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Android Messages gets Google Assistant suggestions

Google Assistant is coming to Android Messages, one in a series of major updates introduced today at the start of Mobile World Congress Barcelona. Contextual integration of Google Assistant will be made available in Android Messages over the course of the coming months. A preview of what may be introduced will be shown before being […]

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Nest Guard gains support for Google Assistant

Good news if you’re the proud owner of Nest’s eponymous, puck-shaped security system controller: Nest Guard. It now responds to voice commands, specifically those of the Google Assistant variety. Starting today, Guard can preheat ovens, toggle off connected lightbulbs, lock smart deadbolts, and more — entirely hands-free. “Let’s face it: Getting out the door can […]

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