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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Samsung says it will delay the consumer launch of its folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, after reviewers reported their review units malfunctioning. Samsung says it will announce the new release date in the coming weeks. Tesla kicked off a special event on Monday to show off its robo-taxi tech. Some experts have warned that CEO Elon Musk's previous comments about Tesla's self-driving software could be unsafe and even unethical. El...


Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub get huge price cuts

If you act today you can get an amazing deal on the first-gen Amazon Echo Show on Woot or the current generation Google Home Hub on Rakuten. The Echo Show works with Alexa and the Google Home Hub with Google Assistant. The post Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub get huge price cuts appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Deals, News, Smart Home, Amazon Echo Show, Google Home Hub, Smart Displays


Facebook Takes Another Stab at the Virtual Assistant Market

But it sounds more like an internal operating system for its hardware products than a potential rival for Alexa or Siri.
Tags: Facebook, Finance, Article, Alexa, FBN, Motley Fool, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, Bca8cba6-2ceb-5774-a7bd-968aa5e3cf1e


Google brings ad-supported YouTube Music to its Google Home speakers

Hot on the heels of Amazon's announcement that it's adding a free version of its Amazon Music service to Alexa-powered speakers, Google is adding a free, ad-supported version of YouTube Music to Google Home smart speakers. The post Google brings ad-supported YouTube Music to its Google Home speakers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Trends, Home Theater, Alexa, Youtube Music, Google Assistant, Google Home


Why an AI’s personality is more complicated than Alexa’s

When we think of Alexa having a personality, we’ll describe it as her responding to certain things in a certain way – what she does or doesn’t do based on a question or request. That’s because Alexa doesn’t really have a personality. Almost every single AI or voice-based product doesn’t have one. When The Food Network discusses how Rachael Ray’s “personality” will come through the voice of Alexa, what they mean is that they’re adding expressions in her voice. Expressions are what we’re substitut...
Tags: Startups, Food Network, Alexa, Rachael Ray, Podium


Sonos One review

To compete in smart speaker space, Sonos could have just made a better-sounding Alexa speaker, but the company has a reputation to uphold, and went much further. Our Sonos One Review reveals how Sonos does Alexa better than Amazon. The post Sonos One review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Home Theater, Sonos, Alexa, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Sonos One, Bluetooth Speaker Reviews


August smart locks add convenience and safety to your home, and they're $50 to $70 off until April 27

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. A smart lock is a great way to add convenience and security to your home, and August has been a leader in the smart lock industry for some time. August's locks are well designed and compatible with a range of deadbolts, plus, they work...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Walmart, Alexa, Walmart Best, Insider Inc


Amazon’s free Spotify competitor is here. Just ask Alexa

Just ask Alexa to play your favorite song. Amazon has launched a free, ad-based music streaming service to compete with Spotify's free tier on its popular Echo devices, aiming to bolster subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited. The post Amazon’s free Spotify competitor is here. Just ask Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Spotify, Music, News, Trends, Home Theater, Music Streaming, Alexa


How to use and customize Google Assistant on your phone or Google Home

Google Assistant is a smart assistant designed to help you answer questions and perform numerous tasks. Google Assistant comes pre-installed on most Android phones and Google Homes, but can be installed on other systems as well, such as the iPhone. You can go into your device's settings to customize your Google Assistant, allowing it to automate even more tedious tasks. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. It's safe to say that we're in the midst of a smart assistant revolution....
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Siri, Spain, Google Voice, Android Auto, Alexa, Pixel, Microsoft Amazon, Google Now Google, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Homes


I completely gave up using the internet for 5 days — and it was way harder than I could have ever imagined

I stopped using the internet for five days to see how hard it would be. By the end of the five days, I had realized how seamlessly the internet had crept into every aspect of my life, from exercising to driving to choosing a restaurant. I won't completely give up the internet for good, but I did learn to balance out my internet usage better. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. My name's Dave, and I have an addiction. I am powerless against the lure of the internet. That...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spotify, La, Trends, Dave, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Hulu, Don Draper, Facetime, Mapquest, Alexa, Andy Samberg, SMBC


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Facebook said that it has "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them. Four reviewers of Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone have said that the phone's display broke after just two days of use. The company said the Galaxy Fold's display is durable eno...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, India, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Silicon Valley, Alexa, Madras, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Mountain View California, Amazon Alexa


Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating a voice assistant to rival Alexa

Facebook hasn't been a big player in the smart speaker market, but that may be changing: The social media giant is reportedly working on a digital assistant to compete against Alexa and others. The post Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating a voice assistant to rival Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Facebook, News, Trends, Social Media, Oculus, Smart Home, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Zuck


Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating own voice assistant to rival Alexa

Facebook hasn't been a big player in the game of the smart speaker market, but that may be changing now that the social media giant is reportedly working on a digital assistant to compete against Alexa and others. The post Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating own voice assistant to rival Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Facebook, News, Trends, Oculus, Smart Home, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Zuck


There will be 200 million smart speakers by year’s end, analysts say

A new report by the research and analysis firm Canalys predicts that more than 200 million smart speakers will be engaged by users by the end of 2019, which is a growth of over 82% from last year. The post There will be 200 million smart speakers by year’s end, analysts say appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Facebook, Business, News, Trends, Siri, Smart Home, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Canalys, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Analysts say there will be 200 million household smart speakers by year’s end

A new report by the research and analysis firm Canalys predicts that more than 200 million smart speakers will be engaged by users by the end of 2019, which is a growth of over 82% from last year. The post Analysts say there will be 200 million household smart speakers by year’s end appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Facebook, Business, News, Trends, Siri, Smart Home, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Canalys, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Amazon has discounted a lot of its best devices, including the Echo, Kindle, and Fire TV

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Amazon's hardware is smart, powerful, and affordable even when it's not on sale. For a limited time, Amazon is discounting almost all its devices, so you can get them for an even better price. Whether you're looking for an Amazon Echo ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Philips, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Fire, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV Cube, Insider Inc, Echo Kindle and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Deals The Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick Amazon Fire TV Cube, Amazon Fire Tablet Deals Amazon, Kindle Store Kindle


The best Amazon Echo tips and tricks to use around the house

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa has plenty of neat skills. So many, in fact, it seems like new ones appear every day. We've rounded up the top Echo tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your virtual assistant. The post The best Amazon Echo tips and tricks to use around the house appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Home, Trends, Tips, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa


Facebook working on voice assistant to rival Amazon's Alexa

Facebook Inc is working to develop a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon.com Inc's Alexa, Apple Inc's Siri and Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Money, Siri, businessNews, Alexa, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Alexa Apple Inc


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Netflix posted its biggest quarter ever for paid subscriber growth, adding 9.6 million net paid subscribers globally. But the company's guidance for subscriber growth was weaker for the second quarter than Wall Street expected, sending the stock sliding. Apple and Qualcomm settled their patent dispute, sending Qualcomm's share price up. The pair have agreed to drop all litigation, and Apple will buy Qualcomm chips for the iPh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, UK, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Nbc News, Trends, Intel, Netflix, Alibaba


Facebook working on voice assistant to rival Amazon's Alexa: CNBC

Facebook Inc is working on a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon.com Inc's Alexa, Apple Inc's Siri and Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing several people familiar with the matter.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Money, Siri, businessNews, Cnbc, Alexa, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Alexa Apple Inc


Logitech’s new Harmony Express is a universal remote powered by Alexa

Universal remotes can be a godsend if you have a myriad of individual controls for different devices. Logitech has long made some of the most popular universal remotes with its Harmony family of products, but the new Harmony Express adds a decidedly 2019 feature: Alexa. It’s immediately obvious the Harmony Express is quite different to the universal remotes we’re used to, even Logitech’s own. Rather than having buttons for virtually every feature imaginable – or a touchscreen, when buttons don’t...
Tags: Startups, Logitech, Harmony, Alexa, Insider, Plugged, Harmony Express


Logitech’s Harmony Express commands a steep price for simplicity

Thanks to its built-in Alexa support, Logitech's latest remote, the Harmony Express, eliminates huge button layouts with voice commands to control all of your smart home gadgets. But at $250, is it worth it? The post Logitech’s Harmony Express commands a steep price for simplicity appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Home Theater, Logitech, Harmony, Voice Commands, Alexa, Universal Remote, Harmony Express


Logitech’s Alexa-powered Harmony Express commands a steep price for simplicity

Thanks to its built-in Alexa support, Logitech's latest remote, the Harmony Express, eliminates huge button layouts with voice commands to control all of your smart home gadgets. But at $250, is it worth it? The post Logitech’s Alexa-powered Harmony Express commands a steep price for simplicity appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Home Theater, Logitech, Harmony, Voice Commands, Alexa, Universal Remote, Harmony Express


Why Microsoft's rumored AI earbuds will struggle (MSFT)

This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. Microsoft is planning to make its entrance into the smart earbud market this year, according to  Thurrott.com . The company's product would reportedly fit within its Surface lineup — which consists primarily of the Windows giant's tablets and laptops but also includes a branded pair of AI-equipped over-e...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Cortana, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Alexa, Business Insider Intelligence, Bixby


Operating at an Elite Level

Some stuff from this week’s all hands meeting inside Ritholtz Wealth Management, including a discussion about what it means to be operating at an elite level.   Talk to us about your portfolio or financial plan here: http://ritholtzwealth.com/ Subscribe to the mini podcast on iTunes or Spotify Enable our Alexa skill here – “Alexa, play the Compound show!” ...
Tags: Finance, Uncategorized, Alexa


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Multiple YouTube viewers tracking the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris reported that live streams and news videos were displaying an information panel related to the September 11 terror attacks in the US. The information panels were automatically triggered as the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral captured global attention. A New York Times investigation into how Google furnishes law enforcement with phone data e...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Pinterest, Microsoft, India, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, New York Times, Paris, Times, Foxconn, Alexa


Vizio is discounting a handful of great 4K TVs up to 75 inches — save up to $200 this week

Insider Picks   writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Vizio is known for offering great TVs at affordable prices, and for a limited time its prices are even more affordable thanks to a series of deals. TVs range from the 55-inch E-Series TV, to the much larger 75-inch P-Series TV, which...
Tags: Google, Trends, Walmart, Best Buy, Vizio, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Dolby Vision HDR, Insider Inc, 4K TV Vizio


Microsoft is reportedly working on its own AirPods-style earbuds, codenamed 'Morrison'

Microsoft is said to be developing its own AirPods-style wireless earbuds, according to a new report.  Little is known about Microsoft's rumored wireless earbuds so far, but they could have similar functions as the company's larger Surface Headphones that were released last year.  Meanwhile, Apple is also said to be developing its own Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones that won't have the Beats branding.  Microsoft is developing its own wireless earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods, acc...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Cortana, Samsung, Trends, Alexa, Morrison, Jim Morrison, Thurrott, Galaxy Buds Amazon, Jabra Sennheiser J Buds


Amazon workers reportedly listen to what you tell Alexa — here's how Apple and Google handle what you say to their voice assistants

Amazon employees and contractors manually review and transcribe clips of conversations from Alexa interactions, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Here's a closer look at how companies like Apple and Google handle the voice recordings that its devices capture. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. When Amazon introduced the Echo in 2014, questions and concerns arose about the level of privacy users should expect by inviting a device that's designed to listen into the home. Now, mor...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Siri, Bloomberg, Alexa, Google Google, Amazon Google, Watch Google, Voicebot, Voiceify, Voice Audio Activity


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Hackers were able to gain access to people's Microsoft emails accounts by abusing a weakness in the help portal. Microsoft told TechCrunch the hackers could not read users' emails, but Motherboard reports otherwise. Facebook's activist shareholders are making another dramatic bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg and abolish the firm's share structure. Investors will vote on two proposals to overhaul Facebook's governance at the social ne...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Britain, Ford, New York Times, Muslim



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