Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. We'll get right to it: The Sonos One smart speaker is on sale for $175. With Alexa's help, you can play songs from your favorite music streaming service, check traffic and weather, and even connect with other Sonos sound devices to play music anywhere in your house. As of December 21, Sonos One will even work with Spotify voice commands and starting next year, it will support Google Assistant. Mashable's own Brett Williams got to try out the Sonos One and had this to say: The Sonos One works just fine as a smart hub, from what I saw and heard -- you use it just like Amazon's Echo line -- but it really stands out with rich audio quality and the ability to connect with and control other Sonos speakers all around their house to create a premium smart audio platform.
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophisticated patterns, and chatbots replace the traditional mobile apps.
As momentum continues to build in the initial coin offering market, there are some particularly innovative products that are looking to raise funds through the ICO market. One that has garnered the attention of late is TeleX AI. Unlike the advancements made in the traditional financial markets, the cryptomarket has yet to see the trading platform evolution. Telex AI is looking to change that. The team at TeleX AI has developed a trading platform that sits on an instant messenger application known as Telegram.
Today we're going to talk about how computers understand speech and speak themselves. As computers play an increasing role in our daily lives there has been an growing demand for voice user interfaces, but speech is also terribly complicated. Vocabularies are diverse, sentence structures can often dictate the meaning of certain words, and computers also have to deal with accents, mispronunciations, and many common linguistic faux pas. The field of Natural Language Processing, or NLP, attempts to solve these problems, with a number of techniques we'll discuss today. And even though our virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google Home, Bixby, and Cortana have come a long way from the first speech processing and synthesis models, there is still much room for improvement.
Summary: This is the third in our series on chatbots. In this installment we'll look at the best practice dos and don'ts as described by a number of successful chatbot developers. In our first article we covered the chatbot basics including their brief technological history, uses, basic design choices, and where deep learning comes into play. The second article focused on the universal NLU front ends for all chatbots and some of the technical definitions and programming particulars necessary to understand how these really function. In this article, we've scoured the internet for advice from successful chatbot developers to provide some useful best practices, or at least some valuable dos and don'ts.
When the cheapest Kindle e-reader drops to $50, it's difficult to resist snagging one on an impulse buy. Appealing to our most reptilian consumer instincts is just how Amazon rolls, and--right on schedule--the retail behemoth-cum-hardware manufacturer is dropping prices across its product lines. Here are all the Black Friday deals for the Amazon Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet lines. We're also including links to our own coverage of the price-dropped devices (many of which are best in their categories, the Amazon pedigree notwithstanding). Amazon says these deals will end at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Nov. 27.
Licht: The rapid growth of the messaging space is particularly exciting for us given that concerts are inherently a social activity. So, reaching fans on platforms where they're already socializing and planning activities with friends is the perfect match. Marketers need to be sensitive of how and when to insert themselves into a conversation so that there is a seamless experience and attraction to exploring "bots." We're constantly evaluating our bot's user behavior and feedback to help guide us on which improvements to make next. Overall, as long as brands listen and adapt for customer expectations on messaging platforms, we think the messaging space provides immensely valuable opportunities to better engage and amplify marketing efforts.
Jefferson Graham shows the many options for finding audio podcasts to listen to, from apps to connected speakers, TV and the car, on #TalkingTech. LOS ANGELES -- There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts to listen to, and finding them has gotten easier than ever, thanks to apps, the connected speaker and smart TVs and streaming boxes. Remember when we had to do to acquire podcasts by connecting the phone to the computer and syncing our subscriptions? Those days are long gone. Let's take a look at just how much easier it's become.
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 voice assistant works, you can split it into multiple parts. First, it starts with a wakeword.
Friday marks one of the best days of the year to score a deal on any of those gadgets you've been to buy. Everything from clothes to kitchen appliances will be on sale for the day after Thanksgiving sale. If you're hoping to get a Google product, you shouldn't have to look very hard to find it at the right price. Everything from the Google Pixel 2 to the Google Chromebooks will be on sale for the pre-holiday shopping day. Google home products will be one of the many on sale for Black Friday.