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Smart Speakers Are a Great Tool for the Visually Impaired 

Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren’t great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision…Read more...
Tags: Science, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Smart Speakers, HomePod


Looks Like Nobody Wants to Buy Apple’s HomePod

Surprise, surprise, turns out Apple’s debut foray into the world of voice assistant-enabled speakers isn’t quite living up to the company’s initial expectations. According to a Bloomberg report, the company has lowered the number of Homepods being manufactured by one of its partners, Inventec Corporation, and is…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Siri, Bloomberg, Voice Assistants, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Inventec Corporation


Apple poaches Google's AI chief in push to save Siri

Scottish-born John Giannandrea joined search firm in 2010 and helped it become market leader Apple has poached Google’s AI chief, John Giannandrea, to run its machine learning and AI operations, in the clearest sign yet that the iPhone creator is attempting to fix the problems that saw its early lead in the field crumble.Scottish-born Giannandrea, who joined Google in 2010 after his startup, Metaweb, was acquired, has led the search firm’s push to become market leader in AI and machine learning....
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, Science, Technology, Siri, UK News, World news, US news, Technology sector, Computing, Consciousness, Alphabet, Giannandrea, John Giannandrea, Artificial intelligence (AI


IoT devices could be next customer data frontier

At the Adobe Summit this week in Las Vegas, the company introduced what could be the ultimate customer experience construct, a customer experience system of record that pulls in information, not just from Adobe tools, but wherever it lives. In many ways it marked a new period in the notion of customer experience management, putting it front and center of the marketing strategy. Adobe was not alone, of course. Salesforce, with its three-headed monster, the sales, marketing and service clouds, was...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Internet Of Things, Enterprise, Adobe, Big Data, Marketing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Sensors, Las Vegas, Connected Cars, Ron Miller, iBeacons, Smart Speakers, Salesforce Integration Cloud


Google Mercifully Now Lets You Pair the Home Mini With Better Bluetooth Speakers

Loving your new Google Home Mini? Hating its tinny sound and lack of auxiliary output options? Well Google appears to have heard your lo-fi cries of anguish, and responded by adding a way to control your third-party Bluetooth speakers using your Google Home device. Nice work! It only took a whole year.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Bluetooth, Audio, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Home Mini


Facebook: Yeah, Maybe Now Isn't the Best Time to Launch Our New Speaker Designed to Spy on You

Facebook “has decided not to unveil” its line of connected home speakers, which boast digital assistant and video-chat capabilities, at its developer conference in May because too many people have wised up to the fact said products will probably turn their homes into Mark Zuckerberg-surveilled Panopticons, Bloomberg…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Privacy, Voice Assistants, Cambridge Analytica, Smart Speakers, Home Speakers, Wonder Why


Google's Smart Speakers Are Ready to Sell You a Bunch of Crap

Devices like the Google Home are billed as AI-powered assistants that can help make your life easier, but that doesn’t mean Google’s intentions are entirely altruistic. That little speaker sitting in the corner is listening to you, and sending at least some of that data back to Google, which is now using that info to…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home Depot, Science, Alexa, Google Express, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Adding More Retailers To Voice Shopping


Spotify is testing its own voice assistant to control your music

Streaming service’s voice recognition system seeks to free it from reliance on Siri and Alexa, paving way to launch its own smart speakerSpotify is experimenting with a voice-control interface, looking to free itself from reliance on Siri and Alexa and pave the way for the company’s forthcoming smart speaker.Users of the service have spotted the new feature hiding in the search bar of Spotify’s iOS app. After tapping the magnifying glass to search for a track or playlist , testers see a micropho...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Technology, Siri, Culture, Music Streaming, Digital music and audio, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Smart Speakers


Spotify tests native voice search, groundwork for smart speakers

Now Spotify listens to you instead of the other way around. Spotify has a new voice search interface that lets you say “Play my Discover Weekly,” “Show Calvin Harris” or “Play some upbeat pop” to pull up music. A Spotify spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that this is “Just a test for now,” as only a small subset of users have access currently, but the company noted there would be more details to share later. The test was first spotted by Hunter Owens. Voice control could make Spotify easi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Entertainment, Siri, Tech, Streaming Music, Voice Control, Voice Search, Alexa, Calvin Harris


47.3 million U.S. adults have access to a smart speaker, report says

 Nearly one in five U.S. adults today have access to a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from Voicebot.ai. That means adoption of these voice-powered devices has grown from around 1 percent reach among U.S. adults to nearly 20 percent in just two years – or 47.3 million U.S. adults. To clarify, “access to a smart speaker” means the adults have one in… Read More
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Amazon Echo, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, Voicebot


Alexa, stop being so creepy! Unprompted laughter is freaking out owners

Amazon's popular helper, Alexa, has been chuckling in a rather alarming way, apparently unprovoked by its users. The company has now explained why it's been happening and what it's going to do about it. The post Alexa, stop being so creepy! Unprompted laughter is freaking out owners appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, News, Trends, Smart Home, Laugh, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Smart Speakers


‘Alexa, stop being so creepy’: Unprompted laughing is freaking out owners

Amazon's popular helper, Alexa, is apparently chuckling in a rather alarming way, entirely unprovoked by their users. No one entirely understands what's going on, and folks can't get it to stop. The post ‘Alexa, stop being so creepy’: Unprompted laughing is freaking out owners appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, News, Trends, Smart Home, Laugh, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Smart Speakers


How to Use Google Home or Amazon Echo to Control What's on Your TV

Your smart speaker is getting smarter—and part of that involves taking over what’s on the big TV screen sat in the corner of your living room. You can buy Google Homes and Amazon Echos with screens built-in, but here’s how to use them with a separate display, whether you want to watch movies or see the weather…Read more...
Tags: Science, Amazon Echo, Amazon Fire TV, Consumer Tech, Amazon Alexa, Google Chromecast, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Homes and Amazon Echos


The best smart speakers

Stuck talking to yourself? Get an A.I. assistant to keep you company! Whether you put your stock in Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, we've picked out the best smart speaker for any smart home ecosystem. The post The best smart speakers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Cortana, Trends, Siri, Home Theater, Amazon Echo, Alexa Google, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Stop Alexa with a wave of your hand with Elliptic Labs’ ultrasound technology

We visited Elliptic Labs to get a demo of its ultrasound gesture technology working with a smart speaker. You can activate Alexa, change volume, or stop it all with a wave of your hand. The post Stop Alexa with a wave of your hand with Elliptic Labs’ ultrasound technology appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Trends, Elliptic Labs, Alexa, Smart Speakers, Mwc2018, Ultrasound Gestures


Sonos One’s Alexa support comes to Canada

 Sonos One users in Canada can now join their peers south of the border in yelling requests at their connected speakers – a free update issued today enables Amazon Alexa on the Sonos One. The One launched with Alexa support in the U.S., but while the speaker has been available to Canadian buyers since late last year, Alexa voice commands are new with the update. That means Canadians will… Read More
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, California, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers


Microsoft and Xiaomi team up to produce smart speakers, laptops, and more

We may soon see a new Cortana-powered smart speaker as Microsoft and Xiaomi have announced a partnership to create a new line of smartphones, speakers, and laptops powered by Microsoft services. The post Microsoft and Xiaomi team up to produce smart speakers, laptops, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Microsoft, Trends, Computing, Xiaomi, Ai, Smart Home, Smart Speakers


How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Smart Home Devices

Smart speakers are cool, convenient and fun to use, but when it comes to privacy, they leave a lot to be desired. If you own an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or a HomePod, there are a bunch of settings and features to tweak if you’re worried about protecting your personal data.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart Speakers, HomePod


How the HomePod Stacks Up Against Other Smart Speakers

It seems like every new wireless speaker on the market comes with a voice assistant now. Since 2014, when Amazon announced the Echo, the idea of a smart speaker has taken the gadget world by storm. Apple has finally thrown its hat into the ring with the release of the HomePod, leaving us to wonder which smart speaker…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Science, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Battlemodo, HomePod, Google Home Max, Sonos One, Ue Blast, Ue Megablast


Spotify is working on its first hardware product, but what could it be?

New job listings show that Spotify is working on its first-ever hardware, and while it could be any number of things, the most obvious answer is a smart speaker to compete with Amazon, Apple, and Google. The post Spotify is working on its first hardware product, but what could it be? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Spotify, Trends, Home Theater, Smart Home, Amazon Apple, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers


Spotify is working on its first hardware product — an Amazon killer?

New job listings show that Spotify is working on its first-ever hardware, and while it could be any number of things, the most obvious answer is a smart speaker to compete with Amazon, Apple, and Google. The post Spotify is working on its first hardware product — an Amazon killer? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Home Theater, Smart Home, Amazon Apple, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers


Spotify job listing hints the company’s ‘first physical products’ are coming

 Spotify so far has been content to partner far and wide on hardware, via its Spotify Connect platform, which allows anyone building a connected speaker, mobile device or piece of AV equipment to turn their gadget into a Spotify speaker. But a new job listing suggests it will soon build hardware of its own, and it’s looking for people to help make that happen. The job listing, spotted by… Read More
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Spotify, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Software, Xbox, Spotify Connect, Smart Speakers


Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which is best?

How does Apple's HomePod compare to the like-minded Amazon Echo and Google Home? Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the three smart speakers in detail and choose a winner. The post Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which is best? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Home, Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart Speakers, HomePod


Apple’s HomePod Can Apparently Damage Your Furniture

While it produces fantastic audio, Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker has also annoyed early users with obtuse software limitations, a lack of real Bluetooth connectivity, and missing multi-room playback support that won’t come until later this year. And now there’s one more irritation to add to that list, as it seems…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Science, Siri, Apple Music, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Homepod Woes


HomePod Is the Ultimate Apple Product—in a Bad Way

Sometimes, years pass before Apple creates a completely new product like the HomePod. During that parade of iPhone redesigns and MacBook upgrades, it can be easy to forget that when Apple enters a new space, the company does it with swagger. The products are beautiful. They work well. But they are also usually…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Science, Consumer Tech, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Apple Homepod Review


Got a HomePod? These videos from Apple show how to use one

Following on from a new microsite offering a slew of tips on how to get the most out of your HomePod smart speaker, Apple has just launched three short videos featuring additional guidance. The post Got a HomePod? These videos from Apple show how to use one appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Smart Home, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Video Tutorial Homepod Setup


HomePod: New videos from Apple show how to use its smart speaker

Following on from a new microsite offering a slew of tips on how to get the most out of your HomePod smart speaker, Apple has just launched three short videos featuring additional guidance. The post HomePod: New videos from Apple show how to use its smart speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Smart Home, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Video Tutorial Homepod Setup


As the HomePod hits stores, Apple shares tips to get the most out of it

Apple's long-awaited HomePod smart speaker is finally here, and to ensure new owners get the most from it, the tech giant has posted an official user guide offering lots of useful tips and tricks. The post As the HomePod hits stores, Apple shares tips to get the most out of it appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Siri, Smart Home, Smart Speaker, User Guide, Smart Speakers, HomePod


A four-sentence HomePod review (with appendices)

 Apple’s HomePod delivers superior sound quality and solid Siri performance but still lags behind competition on breadth of voice commands. Read More
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Technology, Siri, Tech, Computer Hardware, United States, Computing, Speaker, Sonos, Apple Inc, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers, HomePod


Alexa now lets you send SMS messages, but you’ll need an Android phone

As the smart-speaker wars heat up, Amazon has introduced another Alexa talent that lets you use the digital assistant to send SMS messages. But read on to learn about the limitations. The post Alexa now lets you send SMS messages, but you’ll need an Android phone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Echo, Messaging, Trends, Sms, Smart Home, Alexa, Android Army, Smart Speakers, Sms Messages