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Samsung CEO says the Galaxy Home speaker will arrive by April

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While the Samsung Galaxy Home was nowhere to be seen at the company's Galaxy Unpacked event held today, the smart speaker apparently has not been forgotten. DJ Koh, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, told CNET that the company plans to launch the long-awaited device by April. At this point, the Galaxy Home has been a long time coming. First announced by Samsung in August 2018 at the company's Galaxy Note 9 event, the competitor for the Apple HomePod, Google Home and Amazon Echo has been relegated to the background for the most part. It was on display at CES 2019 back in January and was able to perform some commands but was still limited in its functionality.


Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will finally arrive in April

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Do you remember Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that was created to compete directly with the Amazon Echo? The smart speaker was announced in August last year, but the company gave no official release date during the announcement. Now, we finally have one -- well, sort of. At Samsung's Unpacked event today -- where the company announced four new Galaxy S10 phones (S10e, S10, S10, and S10 5G) and a foldable phone -- the head of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh told CNET the Galaxy Home will launch in April. Koh didn't share a specific release date or even say how much the smart speaker would cost.


Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker will go on sale by April

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Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will go on sale by April, president DJ Koh told CNET today. The Korean tech giant's answer to the Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod debuted in August 2018, but no pricing or release dates were provided at that time. The news was shared today at Unpacked, an event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco where Samsung introduced new devices like its flagship S10 smartphones, the Galaxy Fold that can unfurl into a 7.3-inch tablet, and Galaxy Buds with Bixby. Galaxy Home will be the first smart speaker to operate with Samsung's Bixby smart assistant. The speaker sits atop a tripod and includes spatial intelligence that ensures sound quality by taking into account the size of the room, as well as Spotify-enabled music recommendations.


Why Customers Prefer Chatbots Over Travel Agents - Engati Blog

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Neither humans nor chatbots have the time for small talk or casual banter, specially when it's time to look for bookings for a vacation. Engati will help you build a chatbot that will understand and interpret the user's language correctly so that the bot is able to respond with the appropriate answer. Like for example, famous restaurants and food joints, like Taco Bell, KFC, and others have incorporated chatbots in their website so that customers can add or remove the items of their choice with just one click. And that's what customers want and are looking for – ease and convenience at their fingertips and freedom to maneuver their choices. Further, chatbots that are trained to have contextual conversations with the users are much in demand.


Vitamix blenders, Google Home Hub, Instant Pot, KitchenAid, Keurig, Amazon Fire HD 8, and more on sale for Feb. 20

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eCommerce Business interface in 2019

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Advanced revelation is an open door for buyers to begin an enduring association with a brand. Accordingly, retailers are adopting chatbots to connect directly with customers through eCommerce ventures with the particularity to collaborate 1:1 with a representative. To enable shoppers to find the best items and make certain buys, virtual specialists can furnish customers with customized proposals, custom-made to customers' very own objectives, needs and inclinations. These chatbots direct shoppers through various events and answers them with their series of inquiries and also suggest them products or services by collecting past data and also reminds them with their past action with the store, which was made according to their choice. This form of business is taking off as remote helpers turn out be catching individuals interest typically those who believe in doing things online.


Xiaomi made its own version of the Google Home Hub

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At the Mi 9 launch event in China, Xiaomi has revealed that it's working on a smart home hub -- one with looks that might conjure up images of the Lenovo Smart Clock and the Google Home Hub. It's called the Xiao Ai Touchscreen Speaker Box, and while details are scant at the moment, the electronics maker dropped some details about it. Unfortunately, it's still not clear if it has Google Assistant and if it uses the same software as Google's and Lenovo's devices. But it has the power to control Xiaomi's smart products, including ACs, air purifier, lights, cameras and door bell monitors, using touch or voice commands. Since the device is also a clock, it will have a customizable clock face and an alarm function that can wake you up using either music or video, as well.


Fidor Offers a New AI-Powered Chatbot for Banks Fintech Schweiz Digital Finance News - FintechNewsCH

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Fidor is announcing its new banking chatbot, designed in collaboration with Finn AI, an AI-powered conversational banking technology provider. Having an embedded virtual assistant within its technology stack gives Fidor a competitive advantage. It enables their customers to benefit from a pre-integrated conversational AI with their digital banking platform. According to the company,having the chatbot pre-integrated is part of Fidor's strategy to accelerate the adoption of AI, Machine Learning and Robotisation in banking when relevant to the customer. The chatbot is available on web and mobile banking platforms.


AI and ML are Taking Digital Marketing to the Next Level

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This year the programme included a new stream, the Future of Work and that was the one in which I was invited to speak. Before summarising what I presented, I'd like to share some of the ideas and takeaways that I discovered about digital marketing and the impact of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning). Most of us have grown up with text communication, but Gen Z, those born after 1996, are more comfortable with voice. They are less formal but far more impatient than previous generations. They expect Alexa, Siri, Cortana and similar voice-activated personal assistants to be available whenever they have a question.


Is the future of banking distribution conversational?

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Whether through chatbots or voice assistants, bank customers are beginning to experience Banking AI and are responding favourably. Initially, the focus of these interfaces is similar to the task-oriented nature of channels that banks already provide. Though conversational interfaces have yet to attain the level of adoption expected in the banking space and has not yet matured as mobile has, there are already a variety of approaches for establishing a conversational banking capability. Going forward, I believe there will be at least four distinct banking models supported by apps and conversational interfaces. The majority of banks will begin their journey in the conversational banking space by implementing a conversational interface as an additional channel with a task-based focus.