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CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon's Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that it no longer sees its Cortana smart assistant as a competitor to Amazon's Alexa.  Instead, Nadella says that he wants Cortana to be thought of as a skill, or app, for Amazon's Alexa — something that Alexa users can already try for themselves.  But Nadella doesn't want to stop there: He says that there's no reason why Cortana shouldn't be available on Google Assistant, too.  Rather than fighting Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft wants to be friends — in...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Cortana, Trends, Earth, Silicon Valley, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Harman Kardon, Javier Soltero, Amazon Alexa, Nadella, Google Home


NPR turns comedy game show ‘Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!’ into an Alexa and Google voice app

NPR is turning its popular game show program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” into a voice application for smart speakers, including both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered devices. The new app lets listeners play along at home by answering the fill-in-the-blank questions from this week’s news – just like the players do on the NPR podcast and radio show, that’s today aired on more than 720 NPR Member stations. Also like the NPR program, the new smart speaker game includes the voice talent o...
Tags: Google, Apps, Game, Tech, Npr, Voice, Alexa, Bill Kurtis, Amazon Alexa, Peter Sagal, Smart Speaker, Voice Apps, VaynerSmart NPR


Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directl...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Audio, Tech, Dolby, Soundcloud, Alexa, Audio Recording, Dolby Labs, Augmented Audio


The Henn na Hotel in Japan is firing most of its robotic workforce and hiring humans instead — highlighting the limits of automation

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. T he Henn na Hotel in Japan, which from 2015 has employed almost 250 robots to meet guests’ needs, is cutting back on automation after its experiment failed to reduce costs or workload for employees, reports  The Wall Street Journal . The hotel will reduce its robotic workforce by more than half and return to more trad...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Japan, Trends, Lg, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, UBTech, Business Insider Intelligence, Henn na Hotel, Henn ha Hotel, Brookings Institution Though


7 Essential Trends That Will Shape Product Design in 2019

The pace of change has accelerated. Gone are the days when fashion trends could be measured in decades. Or a telephone was a one-time, long-term purchase. Now, new technologies supplant older ones every single year; and, in some cases, even faster. Today’s successful products have an even greater need to differentiate than in prior years. Today’s consumers want the newest technologies. But, they also want products that are environmentally responsible as the debates over climate change rage. The...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Internet Of Things, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Sales, Lego, Innovation, Nintendo, Cnet, Alexa, Product Design, Sustainable Design, Self-care, Mackenzie Brown, DIGA


7 Technological Innovations That Will Shape the Future of E-commerce

By Smith Willas A new wave of innovation is poised to disrupt the business yet again, especially the e-commerce sector. It’s opening up new channels and giving online businesses better ways to interact with customers. They are creating opportunities for new products, new markets, and new business dimensions. The rapid advancements in gadgets, internet access, bid data, and cutting-edge research are paving a way for a more interactive relationship between businesses and consumers. Thus the upcomi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alibaba, Voice, HubSpot, Alexa, Right Now, AR VR, Smith Willas, Apple Siri Amazon Alexa


Echo Input now available in India; Add Alexa to your existing speaker

Echo Input lets you easily add Alexa to your existing speaker through a 3.5mm audio cable (included in the box) or via Bluetooth. It features a four-microphone array so you…The post Echo Input now available in India; Add Alexa to your existing speaker appeared first on NextBigWhat..
Tags: Business, India, Tech, Alexa


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Federal prosecutors are investigating the Chinese electronics giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US companies. One such incident includes Huawei supposedly stealing robotic technology that T-Mobile uses to test its smartphones, according to the report. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly made millions of dollars by renting office space in buildings that he partially owns to his company, according to a Wall S...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Tim Cook, Evan Spiegel, Lenovo, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Adam Neumann, Niantic, Amazon Alexa, John Hanke


Are you in good voice?

When I think about the trends that are facing marketers and business owners in 2019, the one that I believe is going to be most significant is the influence of voice on search and content. Not only do I think it’s critical, but I think it is growing faster and stronger than anyone could have imagined. Let’s define the term, so we’re all on the same wavelength. When we talk about voice what we mean is all voice-activated or operated devices, apps, and the Internet of Things accessories that you ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, Siri, Ppc, Ibm, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Branding, Cubs, Search Engine People, Google Home, Amazon Echo Google Home Apple


The best robot vacuums you can buy

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Vacuuming is a real pain, but robot vacuum cleaners can suck up the dust for you. Of all the robot vacuum cleaners we tried, the iRobot Roomba 690 proved to be the best for most people with its easy-to-use app, smart features, great suction, and affordable price. Nobody likes household chores, but they have to be done. Unfortunately...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Roomba, Alexa, Business Insider, Electrolux, Deebot, Ecovacs, James Brains, Malarie Gokey, Lulu Chang, Smart Navi Mapping Technology


Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable “parasite”

What do you get when you put one Internet connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite'” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to whisper sweet nonsense into Alexa’s (or Google Home’s) always-on ear so it can’t accidentally snoop on your home. Project Alias from Bjørn Karmann on Vimeo. Alias wi...
Tags: Google, Tech, Instructables, Alexa, Knudsen, Karmann, Google Home, Bjørn Karmann, Project Alias, Alexa Bezosallseeingeye


You can tell Pandora what to play with your voice now

Pandora, play music for my workout. Pandora, play more music like this song. Pandora, thanks for letting me use my voice to tell you what I want. Tell Pandora what you want it to play and now it will play it with a new Voice Mode making music streaming simpler than ever on their mobile app. Their smart assistant works like many of the voice controlled AI’s we’ve become accustomed to in recent years like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa but entirely based around controlling your music streamin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Music, Siri, App, Pandora, Streaming, Ai, Voice, Recognition, SoundHound, Alexa, Assistant, Digital Music News


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. 1. Huawei's CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei broke a years-long silence to deny that his company spies for the Chinese government, and to say he misses his daughter, arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 'very much.' Ren hasn't spoken to the international press for three years. 2. Ren Zhengfei tried to dispel the narrative that Huawei is a victim of the US-China trade war, calling President Donald Trump a great president. Ren called f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Ipo, US, Trends, Netflix, Tencent, SEC, Airbnb, Donald Trump, Huawei, Costco, Pewdiepie, Alexa, Cto, Deliveroo


Pandora Adds In-App Voice Control

[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app. Users do not need a Premium account to access Voice Mode. Pandora will start rolling out access to select listeners on iOS and Android today, with general availability for all mo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Music, Pandora, Voice Control, Alexa, Amazon Music, Bruce Houghton, Chris Phillips, Voice Mode, Voice Mode Pandora, Alexa Pandora


Project Alias Hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home To Protect Your Privacy

fahrbot-bot writes: The gadget, called Alias, is an always-listening speaker, designed to fit on top of an Amazon Echo or Google Home, where it looks like a mass of melted candle wax. It's composed of a 3D-printed top layer, a mic array, a Raspberry Pi, and two speakers. It only connects to the internet during the initial setup process. Alias stays "off the grid" while you're using it, preventing your conversations from leaving the device. When the Alias hears its own (customizable) wake word, i...
Tags: Google, Tech, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Project Alias Hacks Amazon Echo


The Sims gets its own in-game Alexa-style assistant, Lin-Z

There’s nothing like The Sims to log off from reality for a bit. Getting away from the increasingly ubiquitous world of smart assistants, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. EA announced this week that the perennial favorite life simulation series is getting its very own smart assistant. Lin-Z is a lot like an in-game version of Alexa — or, for that matter, Google Assistant or Siri or Bixby or Cortana, et al. Accessed via a smart speaker with a familiar glowing green diamond, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gaming, Siri, Tech, EA, Alexa, The Sims, Lin Z. There, Lin Z, Australia Canada India


Pandora Is First Streamer To Add In-App Voice Control

Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, Pandora is the first to offer it native within its own app. Users do not need a Premium account to access Voice Mode. Pandora will start rolling out access to select listeners on iOS and Android today, with general availability for all mobile us...
Tags: Google, Music, Pandora, Voice Control, Alexa, Bruce Houghton, Chris Phillips, Voice Mode, Voice Mode Pandora


Roku explains why it allowed Infowars on its platform

Roku has just made a bad decision with regard to its growing advertising business by associating its brand with the toxic conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. As Digiday first reported this morning, Roku has chosen to add the Infowars live show hosted by Jones to the Roku platform as a supported channel, much to the disgust of customers now hammering the company on its social media platforms. The company, apparently, is opting for the “we’re a neutral platform” defense in the matter, despite the ...
Tags: Amazon, Media, Tech, New York Times, Roku, Ban, Fire TV Stick, Hulu, Sandy Hook, Amazon Fire TV, Jones, Alexa, Streaming Media, Platforms, Alex Jones, Nra


How to Find Hidden Keywords to Double Your Organic Traffic

By Kedy Semark SEO is all about getting your website up in search engines. Tracking keyword ranking is as old as SEO industry itself, you have various options to track ranking as of now. But do you have any idea you have so many hidden keywords which are getting traffic to your website and you are not even aware of it? For all that you do in SEO like keyword research, Content creation, link building and much more you need software to track, maintain and streamline your work. You can get many sof...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alexa, Google Search Console, Right Now, CSV, Kedy Semark SEO, Alexa Tool Alexa, RankWatch, Kedy, Twitter Keywords, WindNight Shutterstock


Amazon upgrades its Fire TV Stick with the new Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon is giving its Fire TV Stick an upgrade. The company announced today it will now ship the Fire TV Stick with the new version of the Alexa Voice Remote launched last fall. The remote allows users to control other devices besides their Fire TV, thanks to its support for both Bluetooth and multi-directional infrared. However, the upgraded remote won’t impact the Fire TV Stick’s price, which remains $39.99. The new Alexa remote was arrived alongside the $49.99 Fire TV Stick 4K in October. I...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Ces, Streaming, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Voice, Amazon Fire TV, Cord Cutting, Alexa, Streaming Media Player, Voice Assistant, Alexa Voice Remote


Tencent take Siri on with their own voice assistant

Watch out Siri, you may be about to launch in China in the shape of Apple’s smart speaker but Tencent are looming with their own artificial intelligence on the way. As Apple build up to the launch of their HomePod speaker in China this week on the 18th, native tech giant’s Tencent have announced the readying of their very own powerful artificial intelligence. China’s most notorious tech company Tencent have revealed that they are preparing the launch of their own smart-assistant called Xiaow...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, China, US, Siri, Tencent, Alexa, Baidu Inc, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China Tencent, Xiaowei, Mini Programs Mini Programs


Project Alias by Bjørn Karmann + Tore Knudsen...

Project Alias by Bjørn Karmann + Tore Knudsen is a 3D printed open source “parasite” that gives you more privacy from Alexa and Google Assistant. Alias speakers feed white noise for privacy, and allow commands thru with a new code word. (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com) [Author: submitted]
Tags: Google, Design, Alexa, Submitted, Bjørn Karmann Tore Knudsen


Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android

Pandora today announced the launch of its own, in-app voice assistant which you can call up at any time by saying “Hey Pandora,” followed by a request to play the music or podcasts you want to hear. The feature will allow you to not only control music playback with commands to play a specific artist, album, radio or playlist, but will also be capable of delivering results customized to you when responding to vague commands or those related to activity or mood. For example, you’ll get personal...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Music, Media, Tech, Pandora, Streaming, Personalization, Voice, Amazon Echo, Streaming Service, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Phillips, Chris Phillips, Google Home


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Facebook's business model is under scrutiny in Germany, where a local regulator will reportedly order the social network to stop collecting certain user data. German authorities don't like the way Facebook collects information about people via WhatsApp and Instagram and third-party sites. 2. Norwegian authorities are investigating allegations that Tidal's streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums were inflated. Play...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Beyonce, Instagram, Microsoft, Mexico, Germany, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Intel, Kylie Jenner, Qualcomm, Jeff Williams, Alexa


Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review: Alexa's bigger, brighter smart display

The latest smart speaker with screen looks better, sounds great and has built-in smart hubThe new second generation Echo Show is bigger with a better display, but is size enough to keep Amazon ahead of stiff competition from Google?Since the original Echo Show launched last year the software has been refined, but the experience is broadly the same. The Show is a voice-first Alexa speaker, with touch interactivity as an additional input rather than the core experience. If you never wanted to touc...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Smart Homes, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers, Echo Show


This little speaker-cap hacks your smart speaker to give you back your privacy

Project Alias looks and behaves like a parasitic fungus, in the sense that it latches onto its host, feeding off it and inhibiting its functions for its own gain. It may sound a little extreme, but it does it all for the sake of privacy. Smart speakers now sit in one out of three American homes… and while they’re great in terms of convenience, they’re a privacy nightmare. Smart speakers are always listening in on everything you say or do around your home, and companies create databases and pro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home, Echo, Design, Audio, Speakers, Popular, Alexa, Product Design, Brad, Now, Smart Speaker, Google Home, Bjørn Karmann, Project Alias


IT pros in Washington DC are ready to ditch their current jobs and flock to Amazon's HQ2, says a new survey (AMZN)

Washington DC IT professionals are happy that Amazon is opening up one of its HQ2 campuses in the area, a new poll indicates.  Almost three-quarters of them said they would be willing to leave their current job to work for Amazon. Many are hoping that Amazon will pay higher salaries. But there are other reasons they like the idea of working for the tech giant, too. While Amazon has faced a slew of protests over its decision to hire up to 25,000 people for its new HQ2 offices in New York, it c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, San Francisco, Trends, Washington Dc, Pentagon, Dc, Seattle, Alexa, Trump, AMZN, Crystal City Virginia, Amazon Many, Virginia Washington DC


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Apple is planning three new iPhone models in 2019, including a successor to the iPhone XR. One of the new models will include a triple camera, while the others will include a double rear camera, according to the Wall Street Journal. Wang Weijing, an executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been fired following charges of espionage in Poland. It's the second arrest of a Huawei executive in two months after Meng Wanzhou, the co...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, China, US, Trends, Siri, Iran, Tencent, Poland, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Epic Games, Unity


2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Just Call Me “Mercedes”

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA is like a personal assistant on wheels. The MBUX interface can recall the latest football scores and stock prices. An overhaul in the suspension department should make for a smoother ride too.   Mercedes is still making these things, eh? The latest iteration of the CLA “Coupe” is here, and it seems to be just as nice as its predecessor, which is good, considering Merc has been getting grief from some quarters. The only real complaint I have with the 2020 Mercedes-Ben...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Texas, Microsoft, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Stuttgart, Alexa, Mercedes Benz CLA, Merc, CLA, Car News, Tony Borroz, CLA Coupe, Mercedes Benz CLA Coupe


THE VOICE APPS REPORT: The top issues with voice discoverability, monetization, and retention — and how to solve them

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. The voice app ecosystem is booming. In the US, the number of Alexa skills alone surpassed 25,000 in January 2018, up from just 7,000 the previous January, in categories ranging from music streaming services, to games, to connected home tools. As voice platforms continue to gain footing in homes via smart speaker...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Ai, Alexa, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider Intelligence Business Insider



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