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Expect to see more Alexa-enabled PCs soon

Acer’s latest laptops come with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. And Asus and HP announced plans to bring Alexa to some of their PCs earlier this year. Now Amazon says it’s working with ODMs (original design manufacturers) too. The company has unveiled four new PC designs that feature microphones for far-field voice recognition that […]

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Google Assistant is getting 6 new voices, plus new features

Google is kicking off its annual developer conference by talking up several changes rolling out soon to Google Assistant. The company says its voice assistant service is now available on 500 million devices and by the end of the year it will support 30 different languages in 80 countries. Google says most people interact with […]

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Android now supports Alexa, Cortana, or Google as default assistant

Long-press the home button on most recent Android devices and it’ll bring up Google Assistant, allowing you to search by voice, ask questions, set reminders, play voice games, and perform many other tasks. But Android also lets you disable the feature if you don’t use it… or use a third-party assistant if you’d prefer. Up […]

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Report: Facebook still wants to put mic and camera (I mean smart speakers) in your house

Rumor has it that Facebook has been working on a smart speaker system to compete with Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, and whatever it is Microsoft thinks it’s doing with Cortana. And rumor also has it that in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, Facebook officials thought better of their original plans […]

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Report: Amazon working on AI chip for on-device Alexa voice processing

Amazon’s Alexa voice service lets you ask questions or issue voice commands to a wide range of devices including smart speakers, tablets, and TV boxes. But one thing they all have in common? They need an internet connection to process inquiries, because Alexa works a lot of its magic in the cloud. It sounds like […]

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Mycroft Mark II: Smart Speaker with an open source voice assistant (crowdfunding)

Amazon has Alexa. Apple has Siri. Microsoft has Cortana. And Google has Google Assistant. Voice assistants are everywhere these days, with each of those companies working to get their virtual assistant software running on as many speakers, phones, PCs, and other gadgets as possible. And then there’s Mycroft. It’s a voice assistant platform that’s designed […]

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Acer, Asus, and HP are bringing Alexa voice service to Windows PCs

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant may have started out on the company’s Echo speakers, but soon it’ll be in all the things. It’s already available in Amazon’s own Fire tablet lineup and the company’s Fire TV products. And there are a bunch of third-party devices including speakers and watches that use Amazon’s developer tools to incorporate […]

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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 […]