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Smart Assistants Could Soon Call 999 For You

This time last year, Lancashire Police said they'd like to see smart assistants like the Amazon Echo add functionality to call the authorities for you. Well, it seems they were ahead of their time, because Scotland Yard has just announced it's working on exactly that. Read More >>

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We Didn’t Want Cortana Smart Speakers Anyway, Says Microsoft

As smart assistants go, there are the favourites: Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and then there are the also-rans: Bixby and Cortana. Read More >>

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Sorry Cortana, Microsoft Is Now Selling Alexa Devices

Microsoft’s Cortana assistant is reportedly becoming more of an assistance aide than a standalone service, being moved from Microsoft’s AI + Research department to its Experiences & Devices Team and working with Amazon to pair it with the latter company’s Alexa technology. Now, per Engadget, Microsoft seems to be encouraging customers to just buy Alexa-powered tech like the recently released Echo Dot and regular Echo and use Cortana through it. Read More >>

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You Can Finally Create Alexa Skills Without Code In The UK

Just seven entire months after it launched in the US, Amazon has deigned to bring its Alexa Skill Blueprints service to voice assistant enthusiasts here on Brexit Island. Read More >>

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Willi.i.am Join the Smart Assistant Business With Music Centric ‘Omega’

Willi.i.am is very keen on technology. In the past he said how much he wants to be like Bill Gates of Steve Jobs, and from the sounds of things he isn't going to be giving up on his dreams of tech dominance. No matter how many rubbish gadgets he produces, and how few people buy them. Well he's back with something new, a virtual assistant designed to take on the likes of Alexa and Google, called Omega. Read More >>

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Hands On With Amazon’s New Alexa Devices Coming to the UK

We schlepped over to sunny Seattle for Amazon's big Alexa launch, and we know you're dying to know whether the new Echo products are any good. They're not all coming to the UK (at least not initially), but we got our hands on all the ones that are. Here are our first impressions. Read More >>

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Report: Almost Nobody Is Using Amazon’s Alexa to Actually Buy Stuff

Amazon may have sold millions of Echoes and other devices equipped with its voice-controlled Alexa smart assistant partially in the hopes that it could nudge users into letting an upbeat voice convince them to buy more crap. But it doesn’t appear to be working, according to a report in the Information on Monday. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Garmin’s Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gains a Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start

I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 (~£110) device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go. A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds a built-in dash cam for documenting accidents, but it’s a feature I wish the unit had had from day one. Read More >>

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How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want

Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of these AI-powered hubs and get them to do your bidding. Here’s how to set up your own custom voice commands on Google Home or the Amazon Echo. Read More >>