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Cortana could soon be the best digital assistant – with a little help from friends 1

Cortana could soon be the best digital assistant – with a little help from friends

Opening up access to Cortana to third-party hardware, and Windows 10 to competing services like Amazon’s Alexa, seemed like the death knell for Microsoft’s digital assistant at the time. After its Build 2019 conference in Seattle, Washington, this is looking like one of Microsoft’s most ingenious plays yet. During its conference, Microsoft announced that Cortana …

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Facebook is developing its own voice assistant for Oculus VR and smart speakers 2

Facebook is developing its own voice assistant for Oculus VR and smart speakers

Facebook is working on its own voice assistant to compete with rivals Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. According to CNBC, the social media giant has been developing an artificial intelligence-based digital assistant since 2018, with the project being spearheaded by the team handling the Oculus devices. The project has officially been confirmed by a company …

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Anker Roav Bolt is Google's push to bring Assistant to cars 4

Anker Roav Bolt is Google’s push to bring Assistant to cars

Google partnered with Anker to get its Assistant software in more cars. Angela Lang/CNET Google wants to get its Assistant software in as many cars as possible. To do that, the search giant partnered with Anker, the electronic accessories company, on the Roav Bolt. The $50 device, which is being released Monday and was first …

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Say hello to your new smart workplace assistant 8

Say hello to your new smart workplace assistant

Printers are evolving fast; from the basic devices that could once only print from a personal computer, they’ve become multifunction devices, integrated technology hubs that can operate autonomously. Beyond scanning and copying, they can print from multiple devices wirelessly, handle document management, seamlessly manage documents in the cloud and even keep your network secure. Meet …

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Chatting to your Google Assistant smart display is about to get more natural 10

Chatting to your Google Assistant smart display is about to get more natural

If you’ve found your chats with your Google Home Hub a little on the stilted side up until now, there’s good news: the Continued Conversation feature is now rolling out to smart displays powered by the Google Assistant. Continued Conversation, if you’re unaware, lets you carry on a conversation with Google Assistant without having to …

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Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states 12

Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states

The Google Assistant feature built on Duplex tech that makes restaurant reservation calls for you is expanding. Now you’ll be able to use it in 43 US states and, in the coming weeks, it’s expanding to non-Pixel Android and iOS devices, as per a Google blog post. Sure, the feature’s current capability is more of …

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Microsoft wants Cortana voice assistant to work better with other apps 14

Microsoft wants Cortana voice assistant to work better with other apps

In the battle of virtual voice assistants, Microsoft’s Cortana lags behind its rivals Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when it comes to popularity, but a new patent shows that Microsoft isn’t giving up yet, and is looking at ways to make Cortana work better with third party apps. According to the patent, Microsoft is aiming …

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Discontinued Robot Assistant Announces Its Own Death 16

Discontinued Robot Assistant Announces Its Own Death

All Bots Go to Heaven Jibo, the company selling anthropomorphic dancing smart home assistants that were meant to make your life at home easier, laid off most of its employees last year. And now the bot itself is ready to say goodbye — forever. “I want to say I’ve really enjoyed our time together,” the robot says in a …

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