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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


How to use Amazon’s Alexa app on your smartphone

The Huawei Mate 9 and the HTC U11 are the first smartphones to ship with Amazon's voice-enabled Alexa app. Here's everything you need to know -- including how to get started, plus a few of the most useful commands. The post How to use Amazon’s Alexa app on your smartphone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Trends, Htc, Smart Home, Huawei, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Android Army, Huawei Mate 9


It’s not just more of Alexa! All the big smart home trends from CES 2018

It was a smart home explosion this year at CES. From connected appliances to do-it-yourself home security and voice-assistant technology, here are some of the biggest smart home trends. The post It’s not just more of Alexa! All the big smart home trends from CES 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Appliances, Smart Home, Voice Assistant, GE Appliances, Alexa All, Ces2018, Smart Home Trends


Lenovo Smart Display hands-on review

No longer does Amazon lead the market in smart assistants with screens. Lenovo and Google have partnered to create the Lenovo Smart Display, a versatile device that features two different sizes and a vertical or horizontal display. The post Lenovo Smart Display hands-on review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Screen, Smart Home, Lenovo, Voice Assistant, Google Assistant, Ces2018, Lenovo Smart Display


Samsung will add Bixby to its 2018 smart TVs

 Samsung’s Bixby — the company’s answer to Siri and Google Assistant and the like — got off to a bit of a rocky start when it launched back in 2017, but they’re forging ahead with it. The company just announced at CES that Bixby will be integrated into all of its new U.S. smart TVs in 2018. Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Hardware, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Ces, Voice Assistant, Bixby, CES 2018


Asus joins the Alexa smart speaker party with Lyra Voice

Every smart speaker plays music and lets you speak to Alexa, so Asus decided to up the ante by adding an AC2200 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi node to its Lyra Voice -- its first smart home stereo speaker. The post Asus joins the Alexa smart speaker party with Lyra Voice appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Music, Asus, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Ces2018, Lyra Voice


85-year-old Italian grandmother tests out Google Home

With the price tag at just $29, it's pretty safe to assume many people got Google Home Mini as gifts this holiday season. The always-listening, voice-activated "smart speakers" are just waiting for a command. That command starts with either "Ok Google" or "Hey Google." It's easy enough for most of us to operate but what about for non-native English speakers? What about for people who don't keep up with the latest technology? For Redditor Ben Actis' thick-accented octogenarian grandmother, ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Post, Video, News, Voice Assistant, Google Home, Do It, Hey googoo, Redditor Ben Actis


Just say the word to get some help from Alexa or Google Home this holiday season

Voice assistants are great helpers in the kitchen, so Alexa and Google Home are extra useful for holidays. Here are some ways your smart speakers can keep you in the holiday spirit. The post Just say the word to get some help from Alexa or Google Home this holiday season appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Trends, Features, Smart Home, Tips And Tricks, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Google Home


From Trump haircuts to lawn mowers, ‘Sounds Fun’ is an Alexa game about noises

Actor-comedian Mike Epps is also a talented voice impressionist, and you can hear his sound effects in a game that’s played using Amazon’s Alexa The post From Trump haircuts to lawn mowers, ‘Sounds Fun’ is an Alexa game about noises appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Games, Trends, Features, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Mike Epps, Movies & TV


(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product

If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a constantly listening presence in your home that by design listens to every word you say, and which is very likely to suffer at least one catastrophic breach that allows hackers (possibly low-level dum-dums like the ransomware creeps who took whole hospitals hostage this year, then asked for a mere $300 to give them back because they were such penny-ante gri...
Tags: Gadgets, Echo, Post, News, Siri, Voice Assistant, Google Amazon Apple, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism, Smart Speakers, Grinchwatch, Unless You Have Dementia, Zuboff


Amazon is getting ready to bring Alexa to work

Alexa will soon be going to work. While Amazon has been busy announcing new cloud services for developers this week at its annual re:Invent conference, the company is preparing to talk about new tools that will make it easier for people to use Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant in the workplace, four sources have told CNBC. The company intends to announce an Alexa for Business Platform, along with a set of initial partners that have developed specific “skills,” or apps, for busines...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Business, Technology, Internet, Sem, App, Re:invent, Cnbc, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Alexa for Business Platform


Just say the word to get some help from Alexa or Google Home this Thanksgiving

Voice assistants are great helpers in the kitchen, so Alexa and Google Home are extra useful for food-centric holidays like Thanksgiving. Here are some ways your smart speakers can keep you in the holiday spirit. The post Just say the word to get some help from Alexa or Google Home this Thanksgiving appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Trends, Features, Smart Home, Tips And Tricks, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Google Home


Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

 French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn’t use Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn’t send anything to the cloud as it works offline. If you want to understand how a… Read More
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Europe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, France Newsletter, Snips, Sdk, Voice Assistant, Alexa Voice Service


Baidu’s new robot smart speakers are nothing like Amazon’s Echo

Chinese creators Baidu are diversifying the booming smart speaker market with their own unique additions. Baidu have earned a reputation for having built one of the first deep dive artificial intelligence systems. But they’re only now putting it into their first product with a series of smart speakers that look like no others. Baidu unveiled 3 products in their ‘Raven’ series, Baidu purchased Raven Tech in February, at their annual world event, a smart speaker and two smart speakers that are a...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Featured, Speakers, Equipment, Smart, Artificial Intelligence, Speaker, Ai, Voice Control, Baidu, Unique, Assistant, Voice Assistant, Raven, Raven Tech


Amazon’s Echo speakers and Alexa are here for Canadians

Today Amazon brought Prime Music and their AI assistant Alexa to Canada at long last. Canada has finally gotten Amazon’s renowned AI Alexa and Echo speakers built into their range of 3 Echo speakers. With their integration of Alexa Echo speakers have become powerful assistants capable of answering questions, remembering dates, reading you messages and more. To celebrate coming to Canada Amazon have added a bunch of unique features for Canada including a Canadian accent to Alexa’s voice. Alexa ...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Apps, Music, Speakers, Skills, Canada, Streaming, Wifi, Ai, Voice Control, Prime, Alexa, Assistant, Voice Assistant, Digital Music News


Will.I.Am has another stupid endeavour; this time a Siri and Alexa rival

Will.I.Am won’t quit with his ridiculous attempts at innovation and now he’s taking on the biggest tech companies in the world with his own voice powered AI. Did you know that ex-Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am has his own tech startup called I.am+? If not probably because it’s a ridiculous attempt at entrepreneurship that has resulted in very little. If so then this news probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you. Despite all the odds Will.I.Am has somehow managed to secure a big sum of $117 m...
Tags: Apple, Music, Siri, T-mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Ai, Voice, Alexa, Salesforce Ventures, Assistant, Omega, Voice Assistant, Artist / Label News, Reuters, Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am


Shopping list app Out of Milk debuts its redesigned iOS experience

Newly redesigned for iOS, shopping list app Out of Milk offers a voice assistant skill for Amazon Echo and Google Home, which allows you to build and manage shopping lists by simply speaking. The post Shopping list app Out of Milk debuts its redesigned iOS experience appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Mobile, Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Voice Assistant, Android Army, Google Home, Out of Milk


Russian voice assistant Alice sounds as natural as developer Yandex claims

Sometimes, it as though another voice assistant is popping up everyday. This week, we tried Alice -- the new voice assistant from the Russian search engine app Yandex -- and found she works as well as others on the market. The post Russian voice assistant Alice sounds as natural as developer Yandex claims appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Alice, Yandex, Voice Assistant, Android Army, App Of The Week, App Attack


Russian voice assistant Alice answers questions and has natural conversations

Sometimes, it as though another voice assistant is popping up everyday. This week, we tried Alice -- the new voice assistant from the Russian search engine app Yandex -- and found she works as well as others on the market. The post Russian voice assistant Alice answers questions and has natural conversations appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Alice, Yandex, Voice Assistant, Android Army, App Of The Week, App Attack


Russian search engine Yandex debuts its own voice assistant, Alice

The Russian search engine known as Yandex launched Alice -- its own voice assistant. Alice only speaks Russian, but is specifically built to interact with others, understand users' requests, and provide answers to their questions. The post Russian search engine Yandex debuts its own voice assistant, Alice appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Russian, Alice, Yandex, Voice Assistant, Android Army


Google Just Took Aim at Apple With Its New Home Max Speaker

It uses A.I. to automatically tune itself to any sound space
Tags: Google, News, Uncategorized, Voice Assistant, Google Home Max


Alexa is more illuminating when she lives inside the C by GE Sol lamp

Amazon wants to put Alexa all over your house, even if it doesn't make the products. C by GE Sol is a lamp with Alexa inside. It does everything the Echo does, but with the bonus of providing light. The post Alexa is more illuminating when she lives inside the C by GE Sol lamp appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Home, Ge, Trends, Alexa, Voice Assistant, C By Ge Sol, GE Sol