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Samsung's Bixby assistant is finally available worldwide

Engadget

Samsung has faced a tough slog getting Bixby to the masses, but now its voice assistant is accessible in more than 200 countries including the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. It's been available in South Korea and the US since July, when it launched after months of delays. Part of Bixby's appeal is its positioning beyond that of a simple voice assistant. Samsung claims it learns over time, recognizing "natural language" to make interacting with your phone easier and more intuitive. It understands cross-application commands and thanks to deep integration it can be accessed without any interruptions to what you're already doing on-screen.


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.


Voice Assistant Use Case Banking, Finance and Insurance Industries

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It is researched that 46 percent of US citizens use voice assistants. Observing the strong presence of voice assistants, banks, financial, service and insurance (BFSI) firms have actively adopted enterprise voice assistants for both internal (employees) and external (customers) purposes. It is said that JP Morgan & Co is enabling its clients by allowing access to research and analytics reports through voice chatbots. Also, twelve thousand field agents to be powered by voice assistant's capabilities, states Mark Madgett, the New York Life Insurances VP. Users can inquire about their account balance, latest transactions, fixed deposits, recurring deposits, loan balance, etc.


How to change the Google Assistant voice

PCWorld

Google Assistant is finding her (or his) voice. At Google's developer conference this year the company introduced six new voices and they're now available. The new voices, three female and three male, are said to be more realistic because they include pauses and intonation, and they better approximate the way real people speak. To be sure, they still don't sound totally realistic but they do remove a bit of the monotone from the basic Assistant voice. Switching between them is simple and should only take a few seconds.


I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me -- here's what they said

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I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me. Some answers are helpful, one isn't. Here's what each voice assistant said when I asked. I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me. Some answers are helpful, one isn't.