Samsung’s Galaxy Home is here at CES, and you can (sort of) talk to it

By AI, av, Bixby, ces2019, engadget, galaxyhome, gear, hands-on, impressions, preview, Samsung, smartspeaker, speaker, virtualassistant

When Samsung revealed its oddly shaped, Bixby-powered Galaxy Home last year, many of expected the company to launch it immediately. That, uh, didn’t happen. It’s been five months since then, and Samsung still refuses to discuss when its first sma…

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Microsoft patent suggests you inhale whisper to your voice assistants

By digitalassistant, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, Internet, Microsoft, patent, tomorrow, virtualassistant, voicecommand, whisper

While voice assistants have grown in popularity over recent years, many people still hesitate to use them in public spaces, and that’s a problem Microsoft is looking to tackle. In a patent filing, the company notes that for a number of reasons — not…

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Google-backed startup’s chat bots turn ads into conversations

By adlingo, advertising, area120, bots, Business, chatbots, engadget, gear, google, Internet, marketing, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, virtualassistant

AdLingo, a marketing platform fresh out of Google’s Area 120 incubator program, is making advertisements “conversational” with the help of AI. AdLingo doesn’t build its own chatbots, but instead connects third-party chatbot tools with a company’s mar…

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Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

By alexa, Amazon, arianagrande, blockbuster, engadget, entertainment, facebook, gaming, gear, googleassistant, Internet, markzuckerberg, primeday, pushat, recommendedreading, virtualassistant

The accent gap
Drew Harwell,
The Washington Post

Smart speakers (and the virtual assistants they house) offer voice control for so many connected devices it’s hard to keep count. Those audio gadgets can also assist with a range of questions — tha…

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Apple’s Shortcuts app lets Siri do everything

By apple, applesiri, digitalassistant, engadget, gear, Internet, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, services, shortcuts, siri, virtualassistant, wwdc, wwdc2018

It’s no secret that Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, doesn’t have the best reputation — especially when you compare it to Google’s incredibly smart counterpart. But, the company has been working hard recently to make Siri more useful for those of yo…

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Oprah will be Alexa’s first celebrity-voiced shopping assistant

By alexa, Amazon, amazonapp, amazonspark, android, arview, Business, echoshow, engadget, gear, Internet, oprah, oprahsfavoritethings, services, shopping, virtualassistant

Alexa is getting its first celebrity voice. To go along with the Oprah’s Favorite Things storefront on Amazon, users of Alexa-enabled devices can have Oprah herself guide them through this year’s 102 favorite things. To do so, you’ll just have to say…

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Google Assistant for Android now supports Spanish and Italian

By alexa, Amazon, android, apple, Bixby, Cortana, engadget, gear, google, googleassistant, iPhone, language, Microsoft, Mobile, Samsung, services, siri, virtualassistant

Google announced today that its virtual assistant will now support two new languages — Spanish for users in the US, Mexico and Spain as well as Italian for those in Italy. These languages will be rolling out over the next few weeks, according…

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Sonos One hands-on: Betting on voice control to evolve

By alexa, Amazon, amazonalexa, av, echodot, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, gear, google, googleassistant, hands-on, home, interview, services, sonos, sonos1, sonosone, speaker, virtualassistant, voiceassistant, voicecontrol, voicerecognition

After months filled with teases, rumors and speculation, Sonos has finally introduced its first speaker with built-in support for voice commands. Today, at an event in New York City, the company unveiled the Sonos One, a device billed as “The Smart S…

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Line’s cute AI speakers are unimpressed by your mindless requests

By AI, applenews, assistant, engadget, gear, Japan, Line, Messaging, personal computing, personalcomputing, smartspeaker, Software, speaker, virtualassistant

We knew Japanese messaging giant Line was working on an AI assistant called Clova, and that it would first inhabit a clever-looking smart speaker called the Wave. What we only just discovered, however, is that Clova’s next physical avatars would incl…

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Samsung’s virtual assistant might live in your fridge

By AI, applenews, appliances, assistant, Bixby, engadget, familyhub, familyhub2.0, fridge, gear, home, household, refrigerator, Samsung, virtualassistant

Whatever you think of the Bixby assistant in Samsung’s Galaxy S8, you’re about to see a lot more of it. According to Pulse, the company is outfitting its Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators with the AI helper, including both newly shipping fridges and exist…

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The Engadget Podcast Ep 34: Intergalactic

By AI, akg, android, Bixby, cellphones, Culture, debate, design, dex, engadget, event, gadgetry, Gadgets, galaxys8, galaxys8plus, gear, home, Mobile, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, Podcast, Samsung, smartphone, theengadgetpodcast, touchwiz, video, virtualassistant

On this special all Samsung edition of the Engadget Podcast host Terrence O’Brien is joined by executive editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Chris Velazco. First all three will debate some of the most burning questions surrounding South Korea’s big…

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Motorola’s Alexa mod is just the start of an important AI plan

By AI, alexa, Amazon, assistant, engadget, gear, machinelearning, Mobile, mobileworldcongress, motorola, motoz, mwc, mwc2017, virtualassistant

Motorola might have lured people to its MWC press conference with the promise of new phones, but the real talking point came toward the end of the event. After hyping a pair of mid-range devices and some fun Moto Mod concepts, the company conf…

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Starbucks’ iPhone app lets you order by talking to it

By AI, artificialintelligence, digitalassistant, engadget, gear, Mobile, mystarbucks, mystarbucksbarista, personal computing, personalcomputing, services, starbucks, virtualassistant

Starbucks is continuing its efforts to stay on top of technological trends by adding new voice-ordering functions to its iOS app and Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. Called “My Starbucks barista” on iOS, the service is being rolled out to select cus…

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