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John Legend is one of six new Google Assistant voices

Engadget

At the annual I/O developers conference on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that users now have six additional options for their Assistant's voice, one of which is that of famed singer/songwriter John Legend. The new voices arrive thanks to the company's work with Wavenet technology over the last year. They'll be available for both mobile and the Google Home beginning later today. Click here to catch up on the latest news from Google I/O 2018!


Xiaomi's next A.I.-packed voice assistant speaker may support Cortana

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Xiaomi revealed through its Mi Community that it will offer a new voice assistant speaker for $30 in January. Sold by Xiaomi subsidiary Yeelight, the big deal with this device is that it will sport two virtual assistants: One based on Xiaomi artificial intelligence technology to be used within China, and Amazon Alexa for customers located in the Western market. This dual-A.I. support enables Yeelight to sell the voice assistant speaker on a global scale.


The Decade of Voice Assistant Revolution - Voicebot.ai

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The last 10 years have utterly transformed how people think about voice technology. From limited uses in just a few outlets, voice assistants are now integrating into every part of people's lives. To encapsulate everything that has happened in ten years, we've picked a notable event from each year of the last decade to highlight and show how they marked a milestone in the way voice assistants have evolved and spread. Siri began life as an independent voice assistant, a mobile app for iPhones. Apple saw potential in Siri and snapped up the company and its creation in 2010.


Here's how to give your Google Assistant a new voice

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Sometimes, the same old robot voice just won't cut it. Sure, we may be living in the digital age, but not everything has to sound like it. And with Google's virtual assistant becoming more conversational with every update, you'll want to choose a voice you don't mind interacting with several times throughout the day, every day. Google has programmed eight different voice options in a variety of human-like pitches to give the virtual assistant life. These voices are different than the one you may have heard in real life or TV ads.


iPhones, PCs and Amazon Echo worryingly easy to hack through their microphones

The Independent - Tech

Popular voice assistants, including Siri and Alexa, are easy to hack because of huge design flaws in modern devices, researchers have found. They were able to take over seven different voice recognition systems on a wide range of gadgets, including iPhones, Windows 10 computers and Samsung Galaxy handsets, using equipment that costs less than $3. The team, from Zhejiang University, found that voice assistants can be triggered by voice commands that are inaudible to humans. Though an attacker would have to be in close proximity with the target device, they could take it over without actually touching it. The researchers used an ultrasonic transducer and an amplifier to convert normal voice commands into ultrasounds that are impossible for humans to hear.