• Microsoft Developing Bing Concierge Bot

    Microsoft Developing Bing Concierge Bot

    The Bing assistant sounds as though it will function similarly to the Google Assistant bot, which was announced at this week's Google I/O conference.News of the Bing Concierge Bot originally came from a recent Microsoft job posting, spotted by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.
  • Apple May Open Up Siri, Make Echo-Like Speaker

    Apple May Open Up Siri, Make Echo-Like Speaker

    Similar to the Echo, Apple's home speaker will be able to turn on music playlists, set timers and alarms, and read back the news.A source with direct knowledge of Apple's plans told the publication the device will also be able to interact with Apple's Homekit platform, allowing it to turn appliances on or off via voice commands.
  • Google Taps Pixar, Onion Staff to Give AI Assistant a Sense of Humor

    Google Taps Pixar, Onion Staff to Give AI Assistant a Sense of Humor

    A sense of humor is a distinct feature that sets humans apart from animals.The tech titan is reportedly infusing comedy into its new virtual assistant, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • GE Puts Amazon's Alexa Inside a Table Lamp

    GE Puts Amazon's Alexa Inside a Table Lamp

    You'll find Amazon's Alexa voice assistant ready to take your commands from an Echo speaker, an Amazon Fire TV remote, and now, a table lamp.The lamp can be used to trigger Alexa's core functions, like ordering from Amazon, as well as Alexa "skills" that give the assistant power to control third-party devices and services, like your Google calendar or your lawn sprinklers.
  • Google Gives Developers the Keys to Google Home

    Google Gives Developers the Keys to Google Home

    In a jab at Amazon, whose competing Alexa virtual assistant offers third-party integrations via "skills" that users must enable, Google noted that its approach, called "actions," mimics real human conversation.As with Google Home's native functions, such as checking your calendar or monitoring traffic and weather, third-party actions are performed by first saying "OK, Google," followed by the name of the service you want to use.
  • Google Assistant Gets Santa Tracker, Holiday Jokes

    Google Assistant Gets Santa Tracker, Holiday Jokes

    As Android Police reported on Friday, the search giant's digital assistant can now track Santa, tell holiday jokes, and spin the dreidel for you.Nick's location.
  • Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    LAS VEGAS—Lenovo is jumping into the smart home market here with an Amazon Echo-like speaker known as the Smart Assistant.The gadget actually taps into the Amazon Alexa voice service, and is like "having your own digital assistant at home," Lenovo says, tipping options like checking traffic, ordering things from Amazon, and listening to music.
  • The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    The Smartest Connected Home Products of CES 2017

    But a smart home isn't really a smart home without your fair share of intelligent, and sometimes wacky, appliances, gadgets, and even mattresses.And let's not forget cool gadgets for our furry friends.
  • Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App

    Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App

    Logitech is adding Amazon Alexa to its ZeroTouch line of car smartphone mounts and driving assistant app.Currently, the ZeroTouch app can handle navigation, play music, take calls, and send and read text messages.