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Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it's still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and devices.<p>Cortana lags behind some of its peers in …

How Exactly Do You Get Rich Off the Hot New Cryptocurrency?

With the meteoric rise in popularity of Ethereum, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are back in the news again. Graphics card prices have soared with …

Payments is the 'killer app' for chatbots

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Integrating payments capabilities into messaging apps could be the key to making chatbots the next big platform, according to Kik CEO Ted Livingston.<p>The popular North …

Chatbots

Mobile payment systems have stagnated, unless you have Samsung Pay

It's been about a year since the last time I used Samsung Pay, and the service has continued to grow without me. But it hasn't grown in a vacuum, and …

How AI Is Changing the World of Advertising Forever

For how much Hollywood loves remakes, I’m curious to see what a futuristic Mad Men is going to look like. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not expecting to see robotic Don Draper, who writes poignant lines of copy aggregated from data points all over the world (that’d be cheesy and boring). Rather, I’d be …

You can now link your iCloud calendar to Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa now plays nicely with your iCloud calendar.<p>Once the two are linked, you can ask Alexa to check your schedule for the day, add appointments using your voice, and more.<p>Alexa has long supported other calendars, like Gmail, Outlook, and Exchange — but it was always lacking iCloud. Amazon …

Smart Homes

Report: Being Snarky On Social Media Isn't A Winning Play For Brands

Wendy’s certainly has been setting the bar for snarky and witty comebacks on social media. I, for one, was a huge fan and thought they were paving the way for brands that would propel engagement and social growth to even higher heights. Then tack on their epic #NuggsForCarter tweet that shattered …

Public Relations

Julie Desk, an ‘AI virtual assistant’ that helps you schedule meetings and more, scores €2.5M funding

Julie Desk, a French startup that’s developed an AI-driven “virtual assistant” to automate the scheduling of meetings, appointments, and more, has picked up €2.5 million in new funding — money it plans to use to further develop the technology. Backing the company this time around are previous …

Startups

SoundCloud has launched an Xbox app that you can control with AI assistant Cortana

The music streaming service announced the new app in a blog post on Wednesday, saying that it will allow gamers to listen to music as they play.<p>"Whether you're playing a first person shooter, the newest racing game, or your favorite sports title, you can beat your opponents with your music tastes …

Apps

Online lender Zopa raises £32 million to launch a bank

Indian financial services group Wadhawan Global Capital and European venture capital fund Northzone led the round, both investing in separate deals in recent months.<p>The investment means Zopa has raised over £80 million in equity funding to date. The company's last funding round came in January …

Venture Capital

Bitcoin is taking off after China's biggest exchanges allow withdrawals

The cryptocurrency trades up 4.1% at $2,407 a coin following news that China's three largest bitcoin exchanges are allowing customers to withdraw bitcoins from their accounts.<p>The news follows months of uncertainty for customers of the exchanges, who back in February were told they would be unable …

Cryptocurrency

How Brands Can Leverage AI to Improve the Customer Journey

The other week, I was on Amazon looking for a present for my mother for Mother’s Day. I ended up ordering her a teapot, to make up for breaking her previous one. As soon as I completed the transaction, I decided to click back to the Amazon homepage to see what other deals I might be able to snag. …

Customer Experience

LG launches a mobile payment service in Korea

LG announced plans for its own mobile payment service way back in November 2015, and today it finally went official with the launch.<p>The LG Pay service is initially limited to the G6, LG’s flagship smartphone, via a software update, but it is only available in Korea. There is launch support for …

Mobile

Besides asking Bixby to call your mom, now you can send her money, too

You could be one step closer to asking your voice assistant to do your banking chores.<p>Samsung is partnering with three of South Korea's largest banks …

Self-driving cars could create a massive new $7 trillion economy

The race to create self-driving cars is on—but what happens when they’re everywhere and nobody has to drive?<p>That could lead to a “passenger economy” …

Car Tech

Amazon wants social media influencers to sell you products

Amazon's always kicked a few cents the way of its unpaid salespeople if they convince family and friends to purchase something. Now, however, the company is making a big play for people and companies with large social media followings. The retailer has launched an "influencer program" that enables …

Public Relations

WhatsApp's digital payments push will begin in India

Three years after buying WhatsApp, Facebook still hasn't quite figured out how to make money off of messaging service's massive user base. According to a report from India-based media company <i>The Ken</i> and confirmed by <i>Bloomberg</i> WhatsApp will be jumping into the digital payments space, starting with …

India

Monzo is now a proper digital bank

UK banking startup Monzo has been given the green light by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority to operate, well, like an actual bank. Until now, the company has been working with a restricted banking licence, which meant you had to have a connected, external bank …

Banking

Facebook's AI assistant is ready to hang out in Messenger

A couple of years ago, Facebook introduced M, an AI-powered personal assistant for Messenger. The idea behind M is that you could ask it to do pretty much anything -- book flights, cancel your cable service and even find a plumber -- and it'll do it for you, with the occasional help from human …

San Francisco

Adobe shows how AI can work wonders on your selfie game

Adobe has been focused on making its mobile apps powerful photo-editing tools for quite some time. At its annual MAX design conference last fall, the company debuted Sensei: a collection of AI and deep learning tools that can analyze an image before applying some pretty hefty edits. To show off …

Tough water-repellent coating could lead to faster ships

You've no doubt seen footage of water-repellent coatings that seemingly defy the laws of nature. However, they have a catch: they're often too fragile to be useful in situations where they're likely to face a lot of abuse, whether it's the clothes on your back or a ship on the ocean. Researchers …

Singapore’s Saleswhale, which uses AI to automate sales emails, raises $1.2M

Saleswhale, a Singapore-based startup that uses artificial intelligence to let companies automate their sales emails, has raised a $1.2 million seed round.<p>The capital was provided by VC firms Monk’s Hill Ventures, Gree Ventures and Wavemaker Partners with a number of angel investors. Those include …

Artificial Intelligence

YouTube’s live TV streaming service goes live in five US cities for $35 per month

Back in February YouTube announced YouTube TV, a $35 TV streaming service it hopes might kill your cable box. At the time, they didn’t say exactly when it’d launch — just that it’d be “soon.”<p>“Soon,” it seems, means today. YouTube is rolling out the service in five major US cities this …

Televisions

Telegram introduce le chiamate vocali

Circa due anni fa, la software house russa aveva comunicato che le <b>chiamate vocali</b> erano in sviluppo. Anche il CEO Pavel Durov aveva confermato a metà …

Ethereum, cos’è e come acquistare la moneta virtuale pronta a scalzare i Bitcoin

All’interno dello scenario delle criptovalute va facendosi strada un altra valuta digitale e si chiama Ethereum, il valore unitario della valuta si …

Apps

This ambitious U-shaped skyscraper could soon loop over NYC

This spectacular U-shaped concept skyscraper from Oiio studio could be built in New York City.

Architecture

How Assistant differs on Android, Android Wear, Google Home and Allo

You can now access Google Assistant from many different places. But where and how you access Assistant will determine what you can do with it.<p>Google Assistant, the brains behind the Google Home ($129.00 at Dell Home) speaker and the virtual assistant found on Android phones and watches and within …

Android News

This company is using AI and robots to sort and scan paper

A solution for a really boring problem<p>If you’ve ever stayed up late watching cable TV, you’ve probably seen an ad for desktop scanners that promise to organize your clutter and help you cut down on paper. I’ve seen them so many times I assumed that, even if they didn’t work that well, bigger and …

Imaging