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Anker Roav VIVA Pro review

Vocal assistants have become an integral part of our lives and have now found their way into our cars. The Roav VIVA Pro looks to seamlessly integrate Alexa into your car charger and we've decided to ask it a few questions. The post Anker Roav VIVA Pro review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Technology, Cars, Trends, Automotive, Anker, Alexa, Car Charger, Voice Assistant, Phone Charger, Anker Roav


Nielsen: U.S. smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers – like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices – grew to 24% in the U.S., up from 22% the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices. The firm found that 4 out of 10 smart speaker owners have more than one device – a sizable percentage that points to consumers finding enough value in their...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, Nielsen, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, MediaTech Trender


Nielsen: US smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers — like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices — grew to 24 percent in the U.S., up from 22 percent the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices. The firm found that 4 out of 10 smart speaker owners have more than one device — a sizable percentage that points to consumers finding enough ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, US, Tech, Nielsen, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, MediaTech Trender


Amazon Alexa may bite your head off if asked to play that darn ‘Baby Shark’ song

Amazon's Alexa will do what you ask of it, but that doesn't mean it likes it. The voice assistant will go on a little rant if it is asked to play the irritatingly catchy kid's song Baby Shark. The post Amazon Alexa may bite your head off if asked to play that darn ‘Baby Shark’ song appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa


You can now use Alexa and Cortana to control your Xbox

You can now control the Xbox from Alexa and Cortana. Microsoft announced his morning it’s introducing a new way to interact with Xbox One using voice commands, by way of an Xbox Skill that works with both Alexa and Cortana, across platforms. The skill will allow users to launch games, adjust the volume, start and stop their broadcasts to Mixer, capture screenshots and more. For example, players will be able to say to their Echo speaker, “Alexa, start Rocket League,” and the console would power o...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gaming, Microsoft, Cortana, Tech, Xbox, Console, Voice, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Harman Kardon, Cortana Microsoft, Rocket League, Netflix Microsoft, PC Amazon Echo


More Alexa ‘blueprints’ arrive, offering customizable voice apps for families and roommates

Earlier this year, Amazon rolled out a new feature that allowed Alexa device owners to create their own custom skills using preconfigured templates. Today, Amazon is expanding Alexa Blueprints, as the service is called, to include a handful of new templates designed for families and roommates. These include a chore chart template, a house rules template for roommates, and others. The Chore Chart template allows families to schedule and track children’s weekly chores, and even lets multiple kids ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Kids, Families, Parents, Children, Tech, Skills, Voice, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Alexa Alexa, Blueprints, Alexa Blueprints


Say “Aloha”: A closer look at Facebook’s voice ambitions

Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution. It has no voice assistant, its smart speaker is still in development, and some apps like Instagram aren’t full equipped for audio communication. But much of that is set to change judging by experiments discovered in Facebook’s code, plus new patent filings. Developing voice functionality could give people more ways to use Facebook in their home or on the go. Its forthcoming Portal smart speaker is reportedly designed for ea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Developer, Bloomberg, Facebook Messenger, David Marcus, Alibaba, Speech Recognition


Pandora Premium comes to Google Assistant-powered devices

Pandora Premium is coming to Google Home, Mini, and Max devices, and other smart speakers and screens with Google Assistant built-in, the company announced this morning. The integration means listeners who pay for Pandora’s on-demand music service will be able to search and play any song, album, or playlist, just by asking Google, and can even search by lyrics, play their personalized “mood” playlists, and take other actions using their voice. For example, Google Assistant users will be able ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Apps, Spotify, Hardware, Media, Tech, Pandora, Tim Cook, North America, Streaming Service, Alexa, Amazon Music, Voice Assistant, Spotify Pandora


Amazon launches an Alexa Auto SDK to bring its voice assistant to more cars

Amazon this morning announced the launch of a toolkit for developers that will allow them to integrate Alexa into cars’ infotainment systems. The “Alexa Auto SDK” is available now on GitHub, and includes all the core Alexa functions like streaming media, smart home controls, weather reports, and support for Alexa’s tens of thousands of third-party skills. It will also add new features just for auto users, like navigation and search, Amazon says. The source code and function libraries will be ...
Tags: Amazon, Auto, Tech, Developers, Automotive, Ford, Logitech, Toyota, Alexa, Sdk, Voice Assistant, Voice Computing, Alexa Auto SDK, Anker Muse Speak Music Garmin, SDK Amazon


Siri Remains The Most Used Mobile Voice Assistant

Even though Android is the dominant operating system on the smartphone market, Apple’s Siri leads the U.S. market for voice assistants on mobile phones with 45.65 percent. Even though available on most Android devices, the Google Assistant only has a market share of 28.9 percent while Samsung’s Bixby even ranks below Amazon’s Alexa, a voice assistant which is not native to any Smartphone.
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Samsung, Siri, Infographic, Radio, Voice, Alexa, Assistant, Voice Assistant, Statista, Cell, Bixby, General Interest


#AI and #VoiceSearch and #Chatbots, oh my at the #TTRA2018 conference!

It’s hard to beat a lizard laden, sun shiny, ocean retreat like the Biltmore Hotel in Miami, but add in the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) conference and you’ve got my attention. I quite enjoyed a number of the talks. Michael Rodenburgh from IPSOS Canada spoke about behavioural data and offered some fascinating tidbits about […]
Tags: Speaker, Miami, Lgbtq, Ai, Conference, Branding, Voice Assistant, Market Research, Chatbot, Ipsos, Biltmore Hotel, Marketing Research, Csj, Ttra, TTRA2018, VoiceSearch


Google Home can now handle three queries at once

In November, Google Home gained the ability to multitask with added support for a feature called “multiple queries,” which allows you to combine two requests into one voice command. For example, “OK Google, turn up the volume and play music.” Now, Google Home is getting even smarter about multitasking by enabling support three requests at once. The new feature was announced on Google’s @madebyGoogle Twitter account on Monday, where users quickly discovered its limitations. Unfortunately for Goog...
Tags: Google, TC, Australia, Tech, Alexa, Eta, Voice Assistant, US UK Canada, U S U K Canada, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing


This DIY smart mirror is small, stunning and full of features

Several years ago Google X engineer Max Braun published a medium post on a smart mirror he made and now he’s back with a new version that’s smaller and smarter. This is a smart mirror I can get behind though I still find smart mirrors completely frivolous. He published his project on Medium where he explains the process and the parts a person would need to build their own. This isn’t a project for everyone, but Max gives enough instructions that most enterprising builders should be able to...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Tech, Engineer, Mirror, Max, Voice Assistant, Max Braun


Amazon will now directly pay top Alexa ‘kid’ skill developers in the U.K. and Germany

Amazon is expanding its program that pays developers directly for their top-performing Alexa skills, by now offering these “developer rewards,” as they’re called, to those based in the U.K. and Germany who publish “kid” skills. This emerging skill category was one of the last to be included in the developer rewards program, which already offered payments for top skills in over half a dozen other categories, including Education & Reference; Food & Drink; Games, Trivia & Accessories; Health & Fitn...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, TC, Echo, Germany, Skills, Developers, Volley, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Canalys, Google Home, Voice Computing, March Amazon, Voice Apps


Here’s how to change Google Assistant’s voice on your Google Home device

If you'd like to hear what Google Assistant sounds like speaking in a male voice, or a female voice that's different from the default voice, you can easily make the switch using the Google Home app. The post Here’s how to change Google Assistant’s voice on your Google Home device appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Trends, Smart Home, Voice Assistant, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Home Mini


Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review

With a perky voice and positive reinforcement for saying please, The Echo Dot Kids Edition gives kids the tools to learn, listen, and grow. It also gives parents the ability to monitor and control their interactions with the voice assistant. The post Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition


How to change Amazon Alexa’s voice

If you live in a country where English is not the primary language, or you're learning a second language and want to get all the practice you can get, you can set Alexa's default language to one of nine other languages. The post How to change Amazon Alexa’s voice appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, How-to, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa


Fewer parents name baby girls ‘Alexa’ after Amazon Echo debut

'Alexa' was never a top ten U.S. baby girl name. After Amazon used the name for the Echo smart speaker voice assistant, today even fewer parents choose it for their newborns. 'Siri' has also seen a big decline as a U.S. girl's name. The post Fewer parents name baby girls ‘Alexa’ after Amazon Echo debut appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Siri, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Echo Alexa


Duplex! You better get gargled up for…

From the good, the gothic to the gross; a whole new swathe of ways can erupt to put to use the suave, nuanced and discreet Don Draper of a Voice-Assistant that Google has just pulled out of its hat. Kids can finally hear Santa Claus sussing out how good they were all year and making […] More The post Duplex! You better get gargled up for… appeared first on NextBigWhat..
Tags: Google, Business, Ai, Don Draper, Voice Assistant, Chat Bot, Duplex, Artificial Intelligence Industry


Google Assistant adds digital subscriptions and more ways to engage with Actions

Google Assistant is catching up with – and in some cases, passing – Alexa on a variety of fronts, with a wealth of new features announced today at Google’s I/O developer conference. The company is launching support for digital subscriptions in Actions (Google Assistant’s voice apps), as well as a variety of tools to help developers promote their Actions, and engage their users. With the new support for digital subscriptions, users can purchase access to premium content through an Android appl...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, TC, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Google Assistant, Voice Computing, Brad Abrams, Google I/o 2018


Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally, and automatically launch skills

Alexa will soon be able to recall information you’ve directed her to remember, as well as have more natural conversations that don’t require every command to begin with “Alexa.” She’ll also be able to launch skills in response to questions you ask, without explicit instructions to do so. The features are the first of what Amazon says are many launches this year that will make its virtual assistant more personalized, smarter, and more engaging. The news was announced this morning in a keynote pre...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Germany, Tech, Skills, Portland, Seattle, Voice, Conversations, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Virtual Assistant, Sean, Procter Gamble, Lyon France


Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond to questions with answers they design – like “Who’s the best mom in the world?,” for example. You could also create a skill that includes helpful information for the babysitter, which could...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Echo, Apps, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Skills, Anna, Voice, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Burns, Amazon Alexa


In a bake-off between Alexa and Google Assistant, the real winner is flavor

Google Home and Amazon's Alexa are supposed to be voice assistants from the smart-home future, wo we put them to work in the kitchen, seeing which delivered a better chocolate-chip-cookie-baking experience. The post In a bake-off between Alexa and Google Assistant, the real winner is flavor appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Baking, Smart Home, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Smart Kitchen, Google Home


The two surprising impacts that intelligent voice assistants are having on customer experience

Over the last few months I’ve been thinking about the emergence and development of intelligent voice assistants and the impact that they are having, and will have, on the overall customer experience. Right now their impact may be limited but, according to Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca, voice assistants are set to become mainstream in about 18-24 months driven by increasing consumer acceptance, falling prices and fierce competition. This is particularly true in the US, where he believes that the m...
Tags: Business, US, Business Growth, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Artificial Intelligence, Voice Assistant, Virtual Assistant, Call Centre, Business Development, Invoca, Customer Journey, Consumer Behaviour, Gregg Johnson, Intelligent Voice, Call Volume


‘Alexa, give me a cookie!’ Are digital assistants ruining my son?

My four-year-old son tries to buy monster trucks and asks for the time via our Amazon Alexa device. Are these cute interactions with the voice assistant somehow harming him, or am I overreacting? The post ‘Alexa, give me a cookie!’ Are digital assistants ruining my son? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Opinion, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Kids And Technology


King’s Cup, anyone? The best games to play with Alexa

If you're looking to get more use out of your Amazon Echo device, there are lots of games to play with Alexa. From storytelling games to trivia to games for kids, these are some of the best skills to make Alexa more fun. The post King’s Cup, anyone? The best games to play with Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Games, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Alexa Skill, Alexa From


The role of voice in the future of customer experience – Interview with Gregg Johnson

Today’s interview is with Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca, a provider of call intelligence software that allows marketers to drive, track and automate inbound calls for better leads, greater marketing insight, and more customers. Gregg joins me today to talk about a recent report they have released, the impact of voice assistants on customer experience and the role of both intelligent voice assistants and the contact centre in the future of customer experience. This interview follows on from my rec...
Tags: Business, Interviews, Marketing, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Innovation, Branding, Customer Relationship Management, Voice Assistant, Call Centre, Gregg, Business Development, Invoca, Customer Journey, Gregg Johnson, Anne Bahr Thompson


Authentic HAL-9000 virtual assistant could actually open the pod bay doors

The malevolent A.I. from sci-fi could find a place on your wall with an authentic HAL-9000 voice assistant. The officially licensed collectible will be released on the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The post Authentic HAL-9000 virtual assistant could actually open the pod bay doors appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, 2001, Smart Home, Voice Assistant, Emerging Tech, Space Odyssey, Hal-9000


Designed for enterprise, PullString Converse lets anyone create Alexa apps

 PullString, the voice technology company that began its life as ToyTalk, and counts among its customers brands like Mattel, Activision, and Samsung, is today publicly launching software that allows non-technical creative professionals the ability to design, prototype and publish voice apps for Amazon Alexa. Originally focused on helping companies build voice-enabled toys like Hello Barbie… Read More
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Samsung, Tech, Skills, Alexa, Toytalk, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Pullstring, Voice Computing, Voice Apps, PullString Converse, Mattel Activision


Voicelabs launches Alpine to bring retailers to the voice shopping ecosystem

 Voicelabs, a company that has been experimenting in the voice computing market for some time with initiatives in advertising and analytics, is now pivoting its business again – this time, to voice-enabled commerce. The company is today launching its latest product out of stealth: Alpine.AI, a solution that builds voice shopping apps for retailers by importing their catalog, then layering… Read More
Tags: Ecommerce, Tech, E-commerce, Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, VoiceLabs, Voice Computing, Voice Shopping, Voice Commerce, Voice Assistance