Automation

How Marc Andreessen got Cisco's John Chambers to invest in a startup that's conquering 'the next interface'

"I viewed voice as the past, where it's really the future," says Cisco Executive Chairman and former CEO John Chambers.<p>That's why he's made a personal investment in hot voice security and fraud-fighting startup Pindrop, and it's why he's joining the company's board of directors, Chambers tells …

Startups

5 Reasons to Use Automated Trading Software

Automated Trading Software has gained a lot of popularity in the financial domain. They make a thorough analysis of the different market factors. In …

Technical Analysis

People Don't Want Chatbots and Virtual Assistants To Help Them Shop, Here's What Tech They Prefer

Shoppers throughout the U.K. took advantage of Boxing Day sales both online and in person, causing a spike in retail revenue.Retailers are pushing …

eCommerce

Facebook Chatbots Hit 70% Failure Rate As Consumers Warm Up To The Tech

by @lauriesullivan,<p>Facebook released an API late last year aimed at developers wanting to build a chatbot for Messenger, but the company's ambitions …

Chatbots

Tested: the Pizza Express chatbot

Pizza Express are embracing chatbots in their social media - how easy was it for us to book a table and what are the implications for other …

Digital Marketing

Robotic PLEN Cube Portable Personal Assistant (video)

Following on from the development of their first portable robot PLEN2 back in 2015 by Japanese-based PLENGoer Robotics. The company has created a new …

Gear & Gadgets

Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate

So it begins.<p>Facebook has scaled back its ambitions and refocussed its application of "artificial intelligence" after its AI bots hit a 70 per cent …

Facebook

Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring back oilfield jobs

Just as with coal, oil jobs are decreasing due to automation and advanced machinery, not regulations.<p>Industry experts have some news for the …

Oil

Need a Doctor? Just Ask Alexa

Now, if you need to talk to a doctor, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home. Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa is no longer just for checking the weather, playing music or shopping online. With a new app, you can now talk to Alexa about any health issues you may have. HealthTap CEO Ron Gutman …

Health Care

Chinese-made speaker dares Amazon, Google

Dingdong A1, a made-in-China voice-activated smart home speaker brand, is squaring up to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.Similar to Echo and …

China

This Startup Just Raised $8 Million to Let You Use Your Voice to Shop Your Favorite Sites

If you use Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, you likely command the voice-based platforms to do things like play music, turn on the lights, or set a …

Startups

Amazon Adds Cloud Gems Framework To Lumberyard, GameLift Service Now Available With Any Game Engine

A new version of Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine is now available to developers. Version 1.8 adds a new framework to make it easier to add new …

Game Development

Content Technologies: How to Realize the Promises and Avoid the Pitfalls

Content technologies. Can’t live with ’em; can’t live without ’em. How can marketers take advantage of the promises while avoiding the pitfalls – or …

Content Marketing

Yokogawa to Collaborate on Industrial Internet of Things Architecture

Yokogawa’s view of a connected industrial plant, as described in a white paper on process automation and the Internet of Things. (Image courtesy …

Internet of Things

Accenture: The Era of the Intelligent Enterprise

Accenture: The Era of the Intelligent Enterprise<br>Accenture published their annual prediction of the technology trends that will shape the future of …

Seven Ways Amazon Echo Can Make You a Better Cook

Cierra Pedro | Vegas Seven<p>Illustration by Cierra Pedro<p>If she’s not in your life already, chances are you’ve heard of Alexa. She’s the one who moved …

Amazon Echo

Automation prefers man to the machine

Work experts and researchers believe that if jobs are going to become more automated in the future while shifting the role of humans in the …

Australian News

Budweiser and Bud Light enable voice-based age verification

Consumers tired of typing in their birthdays on booze sites are in luck: Anheuser-Busch In-Bev has enabled voice recognition technology for age …

Advertising

Amazon resists request for Echo info in Arkansas slaying

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Amazon says Arkansas prosecutors looking to obtain potential recordings from a slaying suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker haven't established that their investigation is more important than a customer's privacy rights.<p>The issue comes in the investigation into the death of …

Technology (UK)

Alexa does make us happy … some of the time

How much excitement can one tech product – the voice-activated Amazon Echo and its smaller siblings Echo Dot and Tap – generate before the …

Amazon Echo

Ask, and your high-tech headphone shall serve you A-Z

Smart hearables-you read it right. No typo there, by the way. You may own or have heard of smart wearables, multipurpose gadgets in the form of …

Headphones

Autodesk backs Israeli IoT startup Jumper.io

The investment stems from Autodesk's $100 million Forge Fund.<p>Autodesk's Forge Fund is backing Israel-based IoT startup Jumper.io. Financial details …

Internet of Things

Automation may radically redefine transport

Automation in the workplace has been one of the looming existential threats to Australian workers for years now. And with each new study published, …

Australian News

Voysis raises $8 million to help it become the the Twillio of voice AI

Voice-powered artificial intelligence is not something that’s easy to set up for just any business, even if it might have real benefits in terms of driving sales or improving customer experience. Voysis is a startup that wants to change that, with an AI platform that can parse natural language …

Technology

Smart voice tech dawns

Education, homes, healthcare, driving ... turn intelligentImagine this: you ask "someone" around you to book a hotel room in a nearby suburb. And …

Smart Homes

Smartphones to find their voice again at MWC in Barcelona

The mobile industry may have almost lost its voice in recent years, in the age of the data-focused smartphone, but next week’s Mobile World Congress …

Mobile World Congress

Mark Cuban Says Basic Income Would Be the ‘Worst Response’ to Automation

Business mogul Mark Cuban found himself in a Twitter feud this week over how best to deal with future job losses caused by automation.<p>The tech …

Basic Income

Automated cafe sets up shop in tech-crazy, fancy coffee-loving San Francisco

As Katy Franco waited for her morning coffee, passersby pulled out their phones and snapped photos and video of her barista.<p>A man in his 20s did a …

Coffee

Capricoast.com Launches India’s First Home Automation Solutions Marketplace

With Series A funding from Accel Partners India and RB Investments, Singapore, Capricoast.com, is India’s first and only online marketplace targeting …

Home Automation

​MYOB reverses loss to report full-year profit of AU$54m

The accounting software company has reported AU$54 million in after-tax profit on revenue of AU$370.4 million.<p>MYOB has released its results for the …

Innovation