Microsoft is pulling the plug on Cortana for Android, iOS, and the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker

Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant software isn’t exactly dead, but it’s not exactly living its best life either. Earlier this year Microsoft announced that it was killing off some key features including support for third-party Cortana skills and support for using Cortana to control music playback and smart home devices. Now Microsoft has confirmed that all […]

Microsoft Cortana is losing music and smart home features (in shift to productivity aid)

Cortana started off looking like Microsoft’s answer to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. These days it’s looking… a lot less useful. Microsoft has announced a few new scheduling and task management features for voice and keyboard users… but the company has also revealed that it’s pulling the plug on a whole bunch of other features. […]

Microsoft is killing its standalone Cortana apps for Android & iOS (in some regions, at least)

Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Cortana apps for Android and iOS according to supports pages on the Microsoft Australia, Canada, and UK websites. It’s possible the app will live on in the US and other markets, but I’m not holding my breath. Does this mean Microsoft is giving up on supporting the smartphone […]

Amazon Alexa coming to more smartphones, headphones in 2018

Amazon’s Alexa voice service made its debut with the company’s Echo line of smart speakers, but these days it’s also available on tablets, TVs, and other gadgets from Amazon and third-party companies. A few companies have built Alexa into wearables like smartwatches and headphones in the past. But we’re probably going to see a lot […]

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0 virtual assistant platform

Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant is growing up… a little bit. First unveiled along with the Galaxy S8 earlier this year as a way to control your phone with your voice, Samsung’s virtual assistant has only been available in the US for a few months. Now Samsung says Bixby is available in more than 200 countries […]

Samsung launches Bixby voice assistant Early Access program in the US

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ may have dedicated keys for the company’s Bixby virtual assistant software. But the full version of Bixby wasn’t ready to go when the phones first launched… at least not in the United States. While South Korean customers could use Bixby to speak to their phones, customers in the US could […]

Cortana now supports third-party “skills,” HP and Intel working on Cortana-enabled speakers

Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant software is baked into Windows 10, and it’s expected to power the upcoming Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker. But at the start of this week’s MS Build conference, Microsoft made a few more Cortana-related announcements. First up, HP and Intel are also planning to launch Cortana-enabled devices. Or rather, HP is… and […]

Viv is a new virtual assistant from creators of Siri

Before Siri was a virtual assistant built into the operating system that powers iPhone and iPads, the software was a standalone app developed by a team including Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer. Apple bought the company and the rest is history… except that Kittlaus and Cheyer weren’t finished coming up with new ways for your device […]

Amazon Tap and Echo Dot: Alexa voice-assistant speaker gadgets for $90 and up

The Amazon Echo is a $180 internet-connected speaker that can answer your questions, stream music from the internet, add items to your shopping list, and much more. People who have them seem to love them: the Echo has over 33,000 reviews and an average rating of about 4.5 stars. But $180 is a lot of […]