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Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. Read More

Veteran virtual assistant maker Next IT opens data libraries to developers

Longtime digital assistant maker Next IT today announced it will open its data libraries and toolsets to businesses and developers interested in building richer conversational experiences. Whereas many companies — including leaders like Google and Amazon — have been offering AI assistants or bots for a few years, Next IT has been working with large […]

End-of-life chatbot can help you with difficult final decisions

A virtual assistant helps people who are terminally ill feel less anxious about death and more ready to complete their last will and testament

GE’s futuristic Sol is the first smart lamp with Alexa, and it was finally just released

It seems like each day brings us closer to a future where anything and everything around us features integration with Amazon’s virtual personal assistant, Alexa. Today, it’s GE that inches us toward that future with a product like you’ve never seen before. Show More Summary

Samsung finally lets Galaxy S8 users disable the Bixby button, here’s how

Samsung is at long last getting a bit less stubborn about the dedicated Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Redditors have spotted that the latest software update for Samsung’s own virtual assistant finally makes it possible to disable the dedicated physical button for Bixby. Show More Summary

Feeling down? Soon you'll be able to skip the shrink and ask Siri

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Conversations with Siri are about to become a whole lot deeper and likely much more unsettling as users begin seeking personal guidance from the voice assistant. Apple is preparing Siri to become iPhone customers’ virtual therapist, according to the International Business Times. Show More Summary

5 Things Bixby Voice Can Do (and One Thing It Can’t)

While Samsung’s initial rollout of its virtual assistant left many users underwhelmed, the full launch of Bixby Voice has piqued the interest of consumers once again. The company promises that its artificial intelligence (AI) assistant is a different breed from the others, thanks to contextual awareness and the ability to learn. Show More Summary

Smart mirrors serving as virtual shopping assistants found to increase sales

Mirrors that offer suggestions for what to try on in the fitting room have great potential to accelerate the shopping process and increase sales, according to a study in the Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology.

Apple seeks Siri engineer with psychology background to build out deep human-computer interactions

A recent post to Apple's corporate job listing website suggests the company is looking to build out deeper, more meaningful human-computer interactions for Siri, features that delve far beyond the virtual assistant's current capabilities.

Apple's Greg Joswiak says privacy and smart AI are not mutually exclusive

Though many think Apple's commitment to user privacy is holding Siri back, Apple's VP of Marketing disagrees. Many big tech companies, such as Google and Amazon, train and develop their virtual assistants by analyzing as much data about...Show More Summary

Some Questions You Can Ask Me Instead of Siri

Ann Beattie imagines a humorous list of questions one can ask her instead of Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant.

Here’s How Having a Virtual Assistant Can Save You Gobs of Time

What is a virtual assistant? Ah, the wonders of technology: A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who offers a variety of business services from a remote location—it’s one of the ways people can make money working from home. A VA can be useful to entrepreneurs, online businesses, bloggers, authors, or anyone that wants help without...

Major virtual assistants found to respond to silent ultrasonic voice commands

Virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can be abused, but you’d know if someone was telling your virtual assistant to do something like order products or open your house door. Unfortunately, researchers at Zheijiang University in China found that these assistants can understand commands converted to [...]

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can be controlled silently, without you even realizing it

The smarter our gadgets become, the more likely hackers will try to exploit them at any cost. With virtual assistants being all the rage these days, it's not surprising that someone would find a way to control them remotely without the...Show More Summary

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

If Apple can make Siri sound less like a robot and more like someone you know and trust, it can make the virtual assistant great—even when it fails.

New Amazon Alexa Functionality Will Suggest Third-Party Skills

Amazon is making it much easier for Echo and Alexa-powered devices to find and use voice apps designed to extend their virtual assistant functionality. More Power to Alexa When you ask Alexa a question it doesn’t know the answer to, the digital assistant is typically forthcoming with its “Hmmmm, I don’t know that” answer. Show More Summary

The Future of AI in Retail – From Digital Transformation to Virtual Transformation

Some years ago, the idea of talking to a device and having it handle tasks autonomously seemed like something out of science fiction. Today, curious consumers embrace virtual assistants: unique active virtual assistant users will grow from 390 million in 2015 to 1.8 billion worldwide by the end of 2021. Show More Summary

As robots edge into workplace, free money idea takes hold

HONOLULU (AP) — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.

Siri summons Coast Guard to save sick girl from Harvey flooding

Most of us will (hopefully) never be in a situation where we have to rely on virtual assistant to save the lives of our entire family, but if that unfortunate circumstance ever does arrive, it's nice to know that Siri can step up to the plate. Show More Summary

Fear of robots taking jobs spurs a bold idea: guaranteed pay

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that … Click to Continue »

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