Virtual Assistants

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Virtual Assistant Business

A virtual assistant is a business owner who supports other small business owners or entrepreneurs in a variety of industries by providing …

Small Business

Beyond the Barista: Unique Survival Job Ideas

There’s a recurring theme for most actors: how to earn a decent living while actively pursuing an acting career. Restaurant work is often a go-to …

Voice Assistants Move Toward Corporate Roles

Voice-activated personal assistants like Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Alexa, Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) Siri and Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Cortana are growing in …

Automation

Facebook Messenger's Virtual Assistant M Learns New Tricks

In the near future, M will be able to remind you to save content in your Messenger conversations, jog your memory about people's birthdays, and …

Facebook

Busy? Get that app to schedule your meeting

The workplace is constantly evolving—from the time landline phones ruled in the 1990s, to the adoption of the email around the same time, to the …

to-do list

How Bixby's Incompleteness Pushes its Voice Assistant into Functional Redundancy

How Bixby’s Incompleteness Pushes its Voice Assistant into Functional Redundancy<p>Around 3 months ago, Samsung took the stage at Unpacked 2017 to …

Google Assistant

As a disabled person, Siri changed my life. Then I lost the ability to speak.

Two years ago, I abruptly lost my ability to speak.<p>I was battling myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a …

iOS

Yes, for AI, it really is all about the data

<i>Editor’s note</i>: This post has been removed after a reader alerted us that it violated our ethics policy. We regret the error.

Big Data

Heuritech, SAS: Private Company Information - Bloomberg

Company Overview<p>Heuritech, SAS provides an Ai virtual assistant solution for fashion and beauty. Its algorithm identifies items and people in text or …

5 Daily Tasks You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

If you’re a Girl Boss or Boss Dude, I’m sure your daily tasks list is about as long as mine, or maybe, even longer. Mine just so happens to be one of</b> …

What Are Virtual Assistants and What Can You Do With Them?

Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant execs discuss what voice-activated contextual artificial intelligence (AI) can do for business, and how the …

Chatbots

Chatbots to humans: Move aside, I got this

The chatbot at DBS’s digital bank in India handles most customer service questions but can also sense when it is time to hand something off to a real …

Chatbots

Rumors: Apple is Said To Allow Google Assistant To Replace Siri As Default Virtual Assistant In Future iPhones

The competition in the field of virtual assistant is becoming more and more intense, and major tech giants have launched their own virtual assistant …

Apple

Amazon Releases $20 Dash Wand with Alexa Inside, Free to Prime Members

Amazon has just unveiled to public its new device called Alexa what is a $20 version of its Amazon Dash Wand. The new instant-ordering gadget hasthe …

Amazon

AI-powered virtual assistant wins LVMH Innovation Award at Viva Tech

Heuritech was selected by a panel of judges from a shortlist of 32 startups, all exhibiting at Viva Tech.<p>The judges included: Angela Ahrendts, senior …

Innovation

Bixby Voice Assistant Release Date: Galaxy S8 Owners Can Now Sign Up, Here's How | International Business Times

Owners of a Samsung Galaxy 8 or Galaxy S8+ can now try the smartphones’ much-awaited virtual assistant, Bixby -- if you sign up.<p>Bixby has not been …

Samsung

System Share

<b>Step-by-step Process:</b><p><b>Step 1: Identify the guests you want to interview in your podcast</b><p><b>Example:</b> Create a list of guests that will be of interest to …

Digital Marketing

How to Write the Organization and Management Section of Your Biz Plan

The Organization and Management section of your business plan summarizes the information about your business' organizational structure, participating …

Small Business

Apple takes on Facebook with its own Messages Bots

A few weeks ago, I suggested that it should be possible to contact your bank to arrange a loan using your AirPods. Apple at WWDC 2017 announced a key …

Chatbots

Smart Cloud Lamp Is a Virtual Assistant That Can Perform a Light Show to Your Favorite Music

A group of Ukranian engineers and artists have come together to develop the 2cha, what they are calling “the smartest lamp in the world.” This cloud lamp is full of functionality and they've recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the product to market.<p>What makes this smart lamp so …

Met

One year later, here’s the state of the chatbot economy

“What’s the state of the global chatbot economy today?”<p>That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot lately and one that I’m hoping to get more answers to by attending the second edition of Chatbot Summit in Berlin at the end of the month. Since bot mania took over the tech world nearly a year and a half …

Artificial Intelligence

Which Virtual Assistant Will Help You Get Ahead?

These A.I.-powered assistants pack plenty of punch. Which will improve your productivity the most?<p>Virtual assistants have been around since 2011, when Apple introduced Siri into its iPhones. At the time, Siri was in a class by itself; now, Google, Amazon and Microsoft have all released …

Google Assistant

Stephanie | Virtual assistant at your service

Gets weather updates in accordance to your location.<p><b>You:</b> Hey Stephanie, what's the weather update today?<p><b>Stephanie:</b> Today weather at kanpur is sunny. …

Apple brings 'Business Chat' to Apple Messages

The tool enables customers to connect with businesses on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.<p>Apple this week announced Business Chat, a tool that …

Customer Service

Apple Messages will soon let you talk to customer service chatbots

At WWDC today, Apple said its Messages app is catching up to rivals like Facebook Messenger by <b>letting users connect to customer service chatbots</b>. The capability comes courtesy of Nuance, the speech recognition and virtual assistant provider that already integrates with several other messaging …

Customer Service

We need virtual assistants that talk to each other

Everybody talks about (and often to) the Big Four virtual assistants — Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant. But many other companies are …

Artificial Intelligence

With HomePod, Apple Makes Belated Entry Into Smart Home Market

Apple is counting on the HomePod to be a hot seller when it's released in December in time for the holiday shopping season. But the Amazon Echo and …

Automation

Microsoft might be rethinking how users interact with Cortana

Cortana might be getting a makeover. Two separate reports today from <i>Thurrott</i> and <i>Windows Central</i> mention the possibility of a changed UI for Cortana that’ll make it more conversational. Generally, both stories allude to the idea that Microsoft is trying to make it easier to both discover and …

Microsoft

The inside story of how Apple’s Siri lost its lead over rivals

Siri may have been the first virtual assistant, but Apple failed to turn it into a leader. Google came out with Google Now and then Google Assistant, …

Apple

Kakao CEO: Next Messenger Will Be a Virtual Assistant

Chatbots