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Microsoft Revenue From Bing Search Ads Rose In 2017

Advertising on Microsoft properties such as Bing, LinkedIn and its network of partner sites and devices rose in 2017, according to the company's 10-Q …

Google Assistant Will Soon Beat Alexa in One Big Way

If you use Google Assistant, your options to get its attention are pretty limited: either "OK Google," or "Hey Google." But soon you'll be able to …

Google is launching an AI research center in France and expanding its office

Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a blog post about Google’s investments in France. There are three different pieces of news in this announcement.<p>First, Google is going to expand its office in Paris. If you already know Google’s current office in Paris, that building is going to stick around. The …

Artificial Intelligence

Bing Hotel Ads moving out of beta to general release with Koddi

After running its Hotel Ads offering in beta last year, Bing Ads is going to be rolling them out in general release. Bing Ads’ initial partner is …

AdWords

Google Assistant Now Has 1,830 Actions: Here They Are - PCMag India

Alexa is still in the lead when it comes to third-party service support on a voice assistant platform, but Google is catching up.<p>Google recently …

The Google Assistant can now read you audiobooks from Google Play

Google discounted a number of popular titles for the launch.<p>It's surprising to realize that the Google Play Store hasn't sold audiobooks until now. …

Amazon Echo Spot launches in the UK, Germany, and Austria

First locations outside the US<p>After launching in the US a little over a month ago, Amazon’s Echo Spot is starting to ship internationally. Its first stops are the UK, Germany, and Austria, where the small new Alexa device goes on sale today.<p>The Echo Spot is Amazon’s second Echo device with a …

DuckDuckGo launches Privacy Browser App on Android, iOS and Extension

Today DuckDuck GO launches fully privacy focused Browser Extension and mobile app for Android and iOS. DuckDuck Go Promises the people that it will …

Privacy

Google experiments in local news with an app called Bulletin

Google is testing a tool called Bulletin that would allow anyone to publish local news stories and events, according to a report from Slate, which Google later confirmed. The company described Bulletin as a way for others to communicate information of local interest, like bookstore readings, high …

Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients

Some of Google’s top AI researchers are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital.<p>A new research paper, published Jan. 24 with 34 co-authors and not peer-reviewed, claims better accuracy than existing software at predicting outcomes like whether a patient …

Medical Technology

Why Apple HomePod May Be a Strong Amazon Echo Competitor

Apple rumors didn’t stop coming this week, but they all took second place to HomePod, the company’s upcoming smart speaker.<p>Apple on Friday started …

Microsoft and Google prepare for big leaps in quantum computing | Financial Times

The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology that has been a dream of physicists and computer …

Is Bing Maps next on the chopping block? Latest Bing Android app update suggests yes

Recently we reported that Microsoft has rolled out an update for Bing App on Android. The app brought a couple of changes including Better Map …

Maps

Analyst firm: Google Home gains ground on Amazon Echo, now 44M total devices sold

According to new survey-based data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Google Home has gained some ground on Amazon’s Alexa device …

Google Home

Survey: People becoming less inhibited about using voice search in public

Alexander Supertramp / Shutterstock.comPeople are less inhibited about using voice search and talking to their phones in public than they were just a …

Text Messaging

Google Bulletin: Hyperlocal news, Nextdoor competitor or both?

Google is testing a new local service called Bulletin. The company describes it as a “lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video …

Audiobooks are now available in Google Play for Android, iOS, and Google Home speakers

No subscription necessary and discounts on some titles<p>Google has announced that it’s now selling audiobooks on the Google Play Store, filling out its offerings of movies, music, TV, and ebooks. The new titles are available on Android, iOS, and the web. They’re also available via the Google …

Google Assistant can now open your personal Netflix profile with your voice

Netflix has supported Google Assistant for a while, but as it only started up the main user profile, the hands-free benefits of the voice assistant …

Google Assistant

LG ThinQ smart speaker with Google Assistant announced ahead of CES 2018

LG has announced a new ThinQ smart speaker, which the company says its first to be powered by Google Assistant.<p>By: | New Delhi |<p>LG has announced a …

Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business

Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the …

Amazon Echo

Bots are about to get better at customer support than humans

In 2018, AI-enabled bots will provide a better customer experience than human-to-human chat exchange, following the explosion of messaging services …

Study: 80% of Google Home results come from snippets

Digital agency ROAST has released a Voice Search Ranking Report (registration required), which seeks to categorize and understand how Google …

Google Home

Survey: Smart speaker ownership steals time from smartphones, TV, radio

In a follow-up to mid-2017 research on US smart speaker ownership, NPR and Edison Research have released new findings indicating that nearly 40 …

Google Home

Bizarre review schema implementation spotlights gaps between Google’s guidelines & how rich results really work

Review snippets, in which review stars appear next to your SERP listing, have long been among the most coveted rich results sought out by SEOs. …

Data Modeling

Smart speaker sales grew 103% last year

The latest in a growing number of studies on voice search and virtual assistants, Adobe Digital Insights (ADI), found that sales of “voice …

Looking back at 2018 in search: A time traveler’s year in review

Greetings from the future! I’m writing to you from January 2019. Since search is such a dynamic space, with every year bringing unexpected …

Machine Learning

It’s Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa at CES in the battle for the voice ecosystem

Last week Google announced that the Google Assistant was available on 400 million devices. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this …

Google Assistant

Google removes addiction treatment ads from UK search results

Google has removed search ads related to addiction treatment in the UK, following an investigation by The Sunday Times (registration required).The …

AdWords

Google says Assistant now on more than 400 million devices

Google said in a blog post this morning, “The [Google] Assistant is now available on more than 400 million devices.” When Google says “devices” it’s …

Google My Business dashboard showing video upload section for some business owners

Google seems to be testing the ability of business owners to upload videos to their local listings within the Google My Business dashboard.Colan …

Google Maps