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Hey, Siri, how about some shortcuts to help save me some time. Siri says, 'Sure'

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Who wouldn't like to get more done in less time? That's the idea behind Siri Shortcuts, a popular Apple app for iPhone and iPad, and built into the upcoming iOS 13 operating system, out in beta release now with a full upgrade due this fall soon after new iPhones hit in September. As the name suggests, Siri Shortcuts link the voice-controlled personal assistant you already know with time-saving shortcuts for tasks you want to perform. By simply asking for it – or tapping the screen if you're not in a place to freely use your voice – your iPhone or iPad can quickly heed your request. In other words, Siri Shortcuts – previously known as Workflow – fuses small actions to yield big results.


SummitSync Partners with Conversica to Boost Marketing ROI with Event AI Assistant

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The new partnership will help marketing and sales teams maximize the ROI on their event marketing spend. With SummitSync's conference and trade show intelligence paired with automated lead engagement through Conversica's AI Assistants, brands will be able to drive higher quality sales meetings and convert more prospects to customers like never before. For event marketers, the joint solution automates many of the time-consuming tasks associated with event execution such as pre-booking meetings at events, coordinating on-site demos with salespeople and capturing follow-up requests for information. It frees event marketers to focus on delivering an outstanding end-to-end experience. "Conversica is an ideal partner for us because we serve a similar customer base and our combined technologies complement each other and increase the value we deliver," said Al Torres, president and co-founder at SummitSync.


what-is-alexa-and-what-does-she-do

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You've seen the TV ads for Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices, and you know you can ask her to do, well, just about anything. What really is Alexa, though, and how can she make your life easier? Alexa is Amazon's own smart assistant and can be found on any Alexa-enabled device. This can be a smart speaker, like the Echo Dot, the Echo Plus, or the Echo; or a smart display device, such as the Echo Show or the Echo Spot. There are a handful of other Amazon devices that use Alexa, such as the Amazon Fire Stick.


what-is-apple-homekit-and-how-does-it-work

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For iPhone users who don't want to venture far to control their smart homes, look no further than Apple HomeKit. Like Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, you can use HomeKit to control and command your favorite HomeKit-compatible smart devices. Apple HomeKit isn't compatible with quite as many devices as the aforementioned digital assistants, but unlike smart home systems such as Samsung SmartThings, it doesn't require a specific hub to configure. All you need to get started is to scope out the compatible hardware--door locks, smart bulbs, and so on--and once these gadgets are synced up, you can walk through the door and ask Siri to turn on the lights! The Apple Home app lets you control connected devices.


Siri and Alexa are NOT making adults ruder because we don't need to say please or thank you to them

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Barking off orders to Alexa and Siri without so much as a please or thank you likely isn't going to become a habit you carry over into the rest of your life. This is because adults have already formed their behaviours for interacting with others -- and, in their current form, we don't see smart assistants as people. Researchers came to this conclusion after talking with over 200 people and seeing how they interacted with digital assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. However, children may be more susceptible to forming impolite habits from talking to smart assistants -- partly because they are more likely to personify them. Adults may begin to be more influenced by their interactions with smart machines as their designs more more human-like or relatable, however, the researchers added.


'Hey Google' to help you set reminders for everyone in the family

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Not all voice assistants can handle the same requests. We put Siri, Alexa and Google to the test. Gone are the days when you'd write a note on a piece of paper to remind someone to do something. Instead, you now leave reminders on your smart speaker. Google Assistant devices in the U.S., U.K. and Australia will get an upgrade over the next few weeks to allow you to set reminders for other people.


AI Assistant Olivia from Paradox SAP News Center

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As competition for top talent in every industry heats up, an award-winning AI assistant named Olivia is stepping in to help recruiters and job candidates speed past antiquated hiring norms. The brainchild of Aaron Matos, co-founder and CEO of Paradox, Olivia is entirely mobile and relies on text messaging to compress the timespan between screening qualified people and hiring dates. "The assistant's job is to get work done, and that's what Olivia focuses on," said Matos. This frees up the recruiter's time for more valuable responsibilities, like talking face-to-face with qualified candidates." Paradox was born out of Matos' obsession with people's feelings about work. "When people love their work, they build great teams and companies can accomplish great things," he said. "I went into HR with that as my mission -- to figure out how to get people to love their work.


AI: How It's Transforming Project Management for the Better

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Chief Design Officer InEight Dan Patterson founded BASIS, a company that developed an artificial intelligence (AI) planning software tool that was acquired by InEight in 2018. Following the acquisition, Dan became a member of InEight's executive leadership team. He now focuses on expanding upon his vision of creating next generation planning and scheduling software solutions for the construction industry. As a globally recognized project analytics thought leader and software entrepreneur, Dan has more than 20 years of experience building project management software companies, including Pertmaster and Acumen. Throughout his career, Dan has focused on solution innovation and project management, including advanced scheduling, risk management, project analytics and AI.


Start-up creates ultra-realistic 'Barry' the virtual employee who is sacked to train employers

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Employers can now practice laying off an ultra-realistic, AI-powered virtual employee in order to develop their soft skills before they have to fire someone in real life. Capable of realistically engaging trainees in conversation and displaying appropriate emotions, poor virtual employee Barry Thompson gets the sack over and over again. However, his reaction -- which can range from calm acceptance to angry and defensive shouting -- varies depending on the user's handing of the scenario. The firm who created Barry have also developed a number of other virtual training scenarios, from negotiation and making sales to giving feedback to subordinates. Barry is a virtual employee created by Talespin Studios.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Empowering Business Growth for Entrepreneurs Today

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In 2018 alone, AI-related startups and ventures have secured $9.3 billion in VC funding, according to a report from PwC and CB Insights. The Indian unicorns PayTm, Swiggy, and Oyo have been investing resources to gain AI capabilities and have acquired at least one AI company. In 2018, VCs have funded Indian AI startups with USD 478.38 million in 111 funding rounds. One of the reasons why AI & machine learning-based technologies on the rise are that the competitive advantages one can develop using them, especially with the customer experience and cost optimization. In e-commerce, for example, understanding consumer behaviour and product demand and making the right offer at the right time can be the difference between winning or losing over the competition.