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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 […]

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Amazon unveils new ways for developers to make money through Alexa, expands Alexa’s global reach

Amazon’s Alexa voice service is about three years old at this point, and developers have created thousands of “skills” that let you play games, control smart home gadgets, book a ride on a car share service, get recipes, and more. But Amazon’s been slow to actually give developers ways to get paid… which sort of […]

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Amazon takes another baby step toward paying Alexa skill developers

Mobile app stores are filled with a combination of free and paid apps and games, with many of the free titles subsidized by ads or optional in-app purchases. But so far we haven’t really seen that replicated in the brave new world of third-party apps or “skills” for smart speakers and voice interfaces. You can […]

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Sony Xperia Hello is like a $1300 Amazon Echo on wheels (for Japan)

Part of the appeal of Amazon Echo and Google Home-style speakers is that you can place them anywhere in your home and interact with them just by talking. Sure, you can use Siri, Gooogle Assistant, or Cortana on your phone. But not having to actually pull out and unlock your phone makes the feature a […]

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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 […]