Virtual Assistants

How Facebook is turning M Suggestions, its AI virtual assistant in Messenger, into a real-time conversation translator, currently supporting Spanish and French

Salesforce

Samsung makes its virtual assistant Bixby a little less annoying for Note 9 users

Take a deep breath, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users. Bixby is about to annoy you a little less.<p>Samsung is giving its Note 9 customers the ability to …

Galaxy Note

Siri Shortcuts: Opening up Siri’s next chapter

In 2011, Apple announced that its newest iPhone would incorporate a brand new virtual assistant, based on an app developed by a company that Apple …

Apple

Amazon Echo Input brings Alexa to non-smart speakers

Amazon has launched its first speaker-less Echo, the new Echo Input, offering a way to pipe music and the virtual assistant to third-party speakers. …

Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa can now act on ‘hunches’ about your behavior

Amazon’s big hardware event isn’t <i>all</i> about hardware —although there are plenty of those too. Amazon also talked about how it’s making its virtual assistant Alexa smarter and more intuitive about human behavior, particularly when there are lots of connected smart home devices to tap into.<p>Amazon …

Smart Homes

Amazon made a $30 wall clock with its Alexa assistant built in

What time is it? Maybe time to get a new wall clock, powered by Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant.<p>The wall clock, somewhat unimaginatively called the Echo Clock, is Alexa-enabled and is capable of setting multiple timers at once. The clock is analog, but it has a built-in motor, so it's capable of …

Daylight Savings Time

Amazon rolls out more Echo devices, but they could make you spend more money

Amazon said Thursday it’s rolling out new Echo devices that feature its Alexa virtual assistant.<p>Amazon AMZN, +0.93% unveiled a new slate of Echo …

Amazon Echo

Saykara inks $5 mln

Seattle-based <b>Saykara</b>, a voice and AI-powered virtual assistant for physicians, has secured $5 million in funding.<b> SpringRock Ventures</b> led the round …

Investing

Amazon to Launch 8 New Alexa-Powered Devices: Report

Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN) reportedly plans to launch at least eight new voice-controlled smart home devices at some point this year. People familiar …

Google Assistant

This App Organizes Your To-Do List Like a Virtual Assistant

Most organization tools focus on only one element, like to-do lists, tasks, notes, or project deadlines. It’s impossible to stay truly organized when …

News (U.S.)

Amazon said to release eight new Alexa devices before year’s end

An Alexa "in-car gadget" could be one of many revealed at an event later this month.<p>The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is …

Google Assistant

Is it time to hire an author virtual assistant (VA)?

Ever wish there were two of you?<p>There’s so much more to being an author than writing and publishing a book. The behind-the-scenes work – getting …

Social Media

Google Assistant now supports Danish and Norwegian

Google Assistant is constantly being updated and evolving. Whether it’s new features or new languages, Google is working hard on making the virtual …

Android News

Bixby Voice Forever - Samsung Virtual Assistant to Keep Voice Alive | Samsung India

Let voices of love live forever<p>Even today, there are a few diseases that have no cure. One such disease is the Motor Neurone Disease (MND). It slowly …

Motor Neurone Disease

#eWEEKchat Sept. 12: Why Voice UI Eventually Will Enable Everything

Voice UI is that big red “easy” button, as popularized by OfficeMax, and easy is always best. How are we going to handle the proliferation of …

Enterprise Tech

Motorola patents a robocop autonomous car that brethalyzes, mirandizes, calls your lawyer and collects your bail payment

In Patent 10049419, "Mobile law enforcement communication system and method," Motorola engineers describe "A communication system, comprising: a …

Motorola

Epic EHR Now Includes Nuance Voice-Enabled Clinical Workflows

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Digital Health

Apple is cleared to buy Shazam in boost for Apple Music and Siri

The European Union commission opened a full-scale investigation into the deal in April. Shazam identifies music with just a short sample of the audio …

Apple Music

Vahan's virtual assistant piggybacks on WhatsApp to help recruit blue-collar workers

<i>Delhi-based Vahan lets job-seekers and blue-collar workers chat with its AI-driven virtual assistant on WhatsApp in local languages, and get access</i> …

Employment

SSA seeks virtual assistants to help with boomer retirements

To modernize its customer service operations and ease the workload on an already overtaxed staff, the Social Security Administration wants to …

Customer Service

How to Find and Use a Virtual Assistant?

Posted by Arnab on August 16, 2018<p><b>The quest for the right one</b><p>It isn’t always easy trying to find the right people to work for you. The best talents …

Eastern Europe

Aren't we giving too much power on Virtual Assistants? by Paul Nathanael Ang

I have never hired a virtual assistant before so correct me if I'm wrong.If you want your assistant to help you out with fulfilling orders then won't …

Virtual Assistants

Meet the man behind Google Assistant's personality – Ryan Germick

Google has a small team of creatives responsible for making users feel emotionally attached to its artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant Is Now Bilingual

The virtual assistant can now understand and speak any pair of the following six languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. …

Google Assistant

International Virtual Assistant Company Exicon Assistant is Open for Business

LONDON and GLASGOW, Scotland, August 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --<p>Exicon Assistant plans to deliver an extensive range of remote professional services<p>Exicon Group, a 360° marketing, brand communications, and event management solutions provider, announced the opening of its direct-to-consumer operations …

Small Business

Virtual Assistant for Marketing

Hire Kit, Your Virtual Employee<p>Kit is your virtual marketing employee that runs Facebook ads, sends thank you emails to drive repeat sales and so …

Marketing

Chat with Bixby to buy tickets from Ticketmaster

Ask the virtual assistant to find events by artist, location or date.<p>Ticketmaster has partnered with Samsung's Bixby, allowing users in North America to find and purchase event tickets through the virtual assistant. The feature is powered by Ticketmaster's API and Galaxy Note 9 users can now ask …

Galaxy Note

The Note 9 Has a Big Bixby Problem

Samsung wouldn't allow you to remap the button to activate another feature there, but by turning it off, you could at least stop yourself from …

Galaxy Note

Intelligent Virtual Assistant Market Size is Projected to be Around US$ 2000 Million by 2022

Aug 26, 2018 (Heraldkeeper via COMTEX) -- New York, August 27, 2018: The report also offers a competitive landscape of the overall market with …

Text-To-Speech

Virtual Assistant Options for Any Company -- From Startups to High-Flyers

VAs can cover your bookkeeping, social media, writing, customer service and programming needs, as much or as little as you want them to.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While the Beatles may have gotten by by with a little help from their friends, you may not be so …

Small Business