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Just hours after Amazon surprised us with more new Alexa-enabled gadgets than we can count, word broke that Facebook's voice-activated smart speaker (reportedly called "Portal") is apparently back on -- and launching as soon as next week. Suddenly, a market that's been dominated by Amazon and Google is starting to look more interesting ... right? I'm not trying to pick on Facebook but, of everything we've heard about the yet-to-be-revealed Portal speaker, nothing suggests that it can overcome what will likely be its biggest hurdle: that nobody trusts Facebook anymore. If you think an Alexa-enabled microwave sounds creepy, how do you think people will react to a Facebook-branded smart speaker with an AI-infused camera? I'm not saying that one company has better or worse intentions than the other.
What changes will AI bring to your sales team? Do we really need this technology to navigate today?s market? Artificial Intelligence (AI) typifies the love-hate relationship that many people have with technology. They love the ease of using voice-controlled assistants like Siri and Alexa, but they don?t fully trust whatever is making it work. They have no problem with using chatbots and self-checkout lanes, but they baulk at the idea of?robots?
Almost every day I make a pot of tea. Strong, black tea, the kind you have to steep properly in a ritual that involves a kettle, a tea tin, tea lights, a tea cozy. It's a four-minute brew, so I set a timer. I used to do it on the microwave, but some time ago I just started asking Alexa, via the Amazon Echo on my kitchen counter. "Alexa, set a timer for four minutes."
Amazon announced a slew of updates and new devices recently in their efforts to take over the world. One of the hottest new gadgets is the Echo Auto, a dedicated device meant to bring Alexa into your car. Amazon is already ahead of the game, offering a discount for anyone invited (you can request an invite on the product listing page) to pre-order the device. If you are among those invited by Amazon, you can pre-order the Echo Auto for $24.99. This will save you $25 on the listed $49.99 price that was announced for the car assistant.
With the weekend now here (#weekendgoals), we rounded up the best deals from across the internet on kitchenware, headphones, and other electronics like tablets and routers. We also gathered deals on new Amazon devices, Udemy online classes, and deep discounts only found at Target. SEE ALSO: Save a ridiculous $850 on one of Sony's best 4K TVs from 2017 thanks to Amazon For the kitchen, Hamilton Beach's Deep Fryer is on sale for $38.68, while the company's 2 Way Brewer is also discounted to just $59.99. KitchenAid appliances are on sale, like the KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, which is priced at $209.99, and the KitchenAid Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, which is going for $239.00. If you're in the market for headphones, Apple AirPods are on sale for $144.98,
Take a deep breath, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users. Bixby is about to annoy you a little less. Samsung is giving its Note 9 customers the ability to reduce accidental activations of Bixby. According to Android Authority, thanks to Samsung's latest Note 9 update, it will now take a double-tap of the dedicated Bixby button to activate Bixby. For those mobile customers who don't know what a Bixby is, Bixby is Samsung's virtual assistant.
I can't profess to fully understand all of the complexities of localizing services for various languages, nuances, accents and dialects where voice recognition is concerned. However, with Amazon's Alexa ambitions ramping up after its hardware event Thursday, it's worth questioning why the voice assistant's language support is so abysmal. Almost four years after launching, Alexa supports English, French, German and Japanese, with Italian and Spanish on the way. Compare that with Siri, which, within a year of launch, supported all of the above languages, along with Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese -- and some languages were tuned for local differences by that point, too. Apple's voice assistant is now available in 21 languages.
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The Alexa-powered Amazon microwave you didn't ask for is here. The company's big hardware splurge encompasses your car, your kitchen and even your walls. There's upgraded Echo devices, too, if that's what you were looking for. Meanwhile, Apple's iOS 12 is an update worth your time, and life insurance companies are very interested in your step count. The company announced not one, not two, but seven new Echo products at an event in Seattle.