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Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant becomes a platform with dev tools, third-party hardware support

Amazon is opening up the Alexa voice service that powers its Amazon Echo connected speaker thingamajig, and it’s doing it in a big way. First, the company has launched a software developer kit that lets anyone create apps that can tap into the cloud-based voice service, which could bring new functionality to the Echo. Second, […]

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Report: Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant heading to Android, iOS

Apple’s phones and tablets have Siri. Google Android has “OK Google.” And Windows Phone has Cortana. But the lines might get blurry soon. Reuters reports that Microsoft plans to launch Cortana apps for Android and iOS. Cortana is Microsoft’s voice assistant software which lets you search the web, set reminders, initiate phone calls, and much […]

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Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant now speaks 6 languages

Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone devices is sort of the company’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Google’s voice search feature. You can ask a Windows Phone device questions, make notes, set reminders, and more. Up until recently Cortana has only supported English and Chinese, but now Microsoft is adding initial support for four more languages. […]

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Amazon Echo is a $199 connected speaker and voice assistant for your home

Amazon has just launched a new device that’s kind of like Apple’s Siri… but it’s for your home, not your smartphone. Amazon Echo is an internet-connected speaker can play music, answer questions, set reminders, and answer questions you ask. The Echo has a list price of $199, but for a limited time Amazon Prime members […]

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Lilbits (12-18-2013): Dolphin Zero emphasizes private browsing

Over the past few years, private browsing or “incognito mode” has become a standard feature in most web browsers. It lets you surf the web without saving your history or passwords and can come in handy in a few different situations. Want to use someone else’s phone, tablet or PC to check your email without […]