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Siri can now read out your WhatsApp messages

The latest WhatsApp update adds the ability to have Siri read aloud your WhatsApp messages.<p>You can also use the virtual assistant to compose and send replies, so urgent conversations can continue while you’re busy or driving, and you don’t even need to touch your iPhone.<p>Siri might be falling behind …

iOS

Celebrating Barbra Streisand with a Look Back at Funny Girl

Streisand celebrates her birthday April 24.

Apple

Barbra Streisand's Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

As Barbra Streisand celebrates her 75th birthday Monday (April 24), we<i></i> celebrate with a look at the trailblazer's biggest songs on the Billboard Hot …

Barbra Streisand

Siri is Google’s nearest mobile search competitor [Report]

According to a survey from Fivesight Research, Siri had a larger share of mobile search than Bing or Yahoo.<p>A new study from Fivesight Research, “US …

Google

Anthony Bourdain Offers Honest Answers to Questions About Specific Culinary Trends

In a web exclusive for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the often irascible Anthony Bourdain offered very honest answers to off-camera questions …

Anthony Bourdain

Choose from Alexa or Google Assistant in your new Mercedes

In the future, it'd be nice to expect our smart home will just know when we're on our way home and prepare for our arrival. In the meantime, voice assistants from Google and Amazon let us control our devices without all of that fiddly button pressing. Mercedes Benz, which already pledged to bake …

Mercedes-Benz

Here’s the real reason Samsung forces you to use Bixby

On the new Galaxy S8, Samsung debuted a brand-new intelligent assistant, called Bixby. It’s the same kind of smart AI that we’ve all come to know and …

Samsung

Google’s AI Assistant Can Identify Your Voice but Will Still Take Orders from Anyone

OK, Google: can you tell who I am?<p>Until today, the answer to that question from the AI assistant nestled in Google’s Home smart speaker would have …

Google

WhatsApp Users Can Now Ask Siri to Read Out Their Latest Messages

WhatsApp users on iOS can now ask Siri to read to them their latest messages when they go handsfree, following the latest update to the chat app.<p>Version 2.17.2 brings the feature to users running at least iOS 10.3 on their devices, along with some other tweaks and updates to the messaging …

iOS

Voice getting louder in travel search and it's all about brand

Travel searches by voice are on the up according to some figures from Microsoft-owned Bing Ads.<p>The company reveals that Britons are increasingly …

Apple

Educating Alexa: Feds Look to Make Public Service Info Available Through AI Personal Assistants

The federal government’s sometimes arcane and esoteric storehouse of knowledge and services could soon be voice-activated.<p>That’s because the General …

Government Technology

5 Siri tricks you never knew existed

But Siri is much more than just a comedic companion. The virtual assistant has many helpful tricks up her sleeve that you probably don't know.<p>That's …

Apple

Siri rumor roundup: What's coming next!

What will Apple's next-generation Siri voice assistant offer come WWDC 2017?<p>Siri… is complicated. Originally available on the App Store, Apple bought …

iOS

Google Home Just Got a Whole Lot Better

Google just fixed its home assistant's biggest flaw.<p>Google Home launched with one big flaw. Its coolest personal assistant features—like keeping track of your appointments, or predicting the length of your commute—were limited to just one person because the smart speaker wasn't smart enough to tell …

Google

15 Apps that Work Great with Cortana Voice Commands

When you use Windows 10, it comes with a fully integrated personal assistant which is known as Cortana. Cortana can understand almost all voices and …

Apps

European mobile carriers team up to build new Siri competitor ‘Djingo’

While even the original Siri creators have unveiled their own competitor to the built-in iOS virtual assistant, another new player will soon enter the market. As detailed in a report from <i>Bloomberg</i>, European mobile networks Orange SA and Deutsche Telekom are building an artificial intelligence …

Apple

Hey Siri, please check on Cher

And definitely unplug the microwave. And maybe consider going to <i>Settings > Siri</i> and turning off the switch for “Allow Hey Siri.”Best of luck, Cher, …

Apple

By Djingo, there's a new virtual assistant

How many virtual assistants can you fit in one smartphone? European network operator Orange is hoping there's room to squeeze in one more.With the …

Artificial Intelligence

You can now buy the brains behind Amazon’s Alexa

The deep neural networks that power Amazon’s popular voice assistant are up for sale.<p>Developers will now be able to build their own virtual personal assistants for platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack with a tool called Amazon Lex, the company announced at its Amazon Web Services Summit …

Amazon Web Services

5 things you can do with the new Google Assistant | One Page

How in the world did we manage to survive for a millennium without voice-activated virtual assistants? I mean, it wasn't that long ago that we drove …

Apple

Actions on Google (third-party services for Assistant) will come to languages other than US English... one day

If you bought a Google Home in the UK, you may be wondering why your new gadget feels less powerful than what you had expected. Sure, you can ask it …

Google

Consumers Trust Apple, Amazon Over Google, Microsoft For Voice Payments

Voice assistants are gaining consumer trust for making payments.<p>While most consumers have yet to make a payment by voice, such as through Amazon …

Apple

Lutron syncs your lights up with Google Assistant

You can already ask Siri or Alexa to turn your Lutron smart lights on and off -- starting today, you can use Google Assistant, too.<p>Lutron's smart switches already let you turn things on and off by talking to Siri or Alexa, but today, the brand is going for the voice control trifecta by adding in …

Home Automation

Rumored next-gen Ecobee thermostat has built-in Alexa smarts

An upcoming Ecobee thermostat will have built-in Alexa voice control capabilities, a report claims.<p>The Amazon Echo and other standalone voice control devices are currently staples for controlling connected smart home gadgets. But that might change soon with the rumored Ecobee4 thermostat, according …

Apple

How to Turn Off Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone/iPad

Siri became a part of the iOS device with iOS 5 back in 2011. With every passing year, the personal assistant is improving and is becoming capable of …

iOS

There’s finally an Alexa-enabled thermostat that costs less than $100

There has been a huge boom in smart thermostat sales lately, and there’s one reason and one reason alone for all the new interest: Alexa. Amazon’s …

Smart Homes

Forget Burger King’s Google Home Gag. Here’s the Real Way to Win Voice

Maybe it’s spring fever? Mercury in retrograde?<p>Whatever the case, Punxsutawney Phil couldn’t have forecasted the self-serving brand decisions we …

Automation

Facebook M chatbot still being tested with limited users, but is getting more intelligent

Facebook is quietly developing the most useful virtual assistant ever that may outshine Jarvis — the artificial intelligence (AI) assistant its CEO …

Artificial Intelligence

How Apple created Siri’s personality from Susan Bennett’s original voice work

Voice actress Susan Bennett revealed tidbits about becoming the voice of Siri in an interview with CNN back in October 2013.In a new interview …

Apple

Facebook's AI Assistant Shows Incredible Platform Promise

Facebook transformed its AI assistant, M, into a recommendation engine for Messenger, which shows promise as a platform.<p>Last week, Facebook launched an updated version of its AI assistant, M, which is now empowered to suggest Messenger features as users exchange messages.<p>The original version of M …

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