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DALLAS TEXAS, Nov. 2, 2017 – AI-powered voice assistants are changing the way we live. Hundreds of millions of people use these assistants regularly to check the weather, wake up on time, and find their way around town. Yet there have been no virtual assistants to help us at work-- until now. Today at Cisco Partner Summit, we announce Cisco Spark Assistant. It is the world's first enterprise-ready voice assistant for meetings.


Google Assistant for Android now supports Spanish and Italian

Engadget

Google announced today that its virtual assistant will now support two new languages -- Spanish for users in the US, Mexico and Spain as well as Italian for those in Italy. These languages will be rolling out over the next few weeks, according to Google, and while initially they'll only be available for Android, the company says iPhone support will be released later this year. With these additions, Google Assistant now supports a total of eight languages -- including English, Portuguese, French, German, Japanese and Korean -- in 12 countries around the world. While that puts Google's virtual assistant in line with Microsoft's Cortana, which also supports eight languages, ahead of Amazon's Alexa, which only supports German and a few versions of English, and ahead of Samsung's Bixby, which supports just English and Korean, it's still well behind Apple's Siri. Apple's assistant currently supports 20 languages -- quite a few more than any of its counterparts.


The Global Service Robotics Market

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The Global Service Robotics Market is a strategy report from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on this market covering floor cleaning robots, robot lawn mowers, milking robots, humanoid robots, telepresence robots, powered human exoskeletons, surgical robots, AGVs, AMRs and UAVs. This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you with 240 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions. The future is here: Service robotics will change our lives Robots are now being increasingly adopted for service applications, both by consumers and professionals. The service robot market comprises many different types of robots, most of which can be used for applications in multiple industries. At a consumer level service robots are commonly used for tedious and repetitive tasks such as domestic chores, or for leisure and entertainment purposes.


Nuance Nina Earns Industry Accolades for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence

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Nuance was honored alongside customers FedEx and IP Australia, with partner Datacom, for delivering notable customer experiences through natural language understanding, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These recent wins come on the heels of Nuance Nina gaining recognition from leading global research firms including being ranked #1 among virtual assistant vendors in Forrester's Chatbot Vendor Ranking* and receiving the highest combined rating among virtual assistant vendors in Opus Research's "Decision Makers' Guide to Enterprise Intelligent Assistants. Nuance was honored alongside customers FedEx and IP Australia, with partner Datacom, for delivering notable customer experiences through natural language understanding, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These recent wins come on the heels of Nuance Nina gaining recognition from leading global research firms including being ranked #1 among virtual assistant vendors in Forrester's Chatbot Vendor Ranking* and receiving the highest combined rating among virtual assistant vendors in Opus Research's "Decision Makers' Guide to Enterprise Intelligent Assistants.


How Sonos Made Amazon's Alexa Sound Amazing

WIRED

But when Sonos started working on integrating Alexa into its multi-room wireless music system a year and a half ago, though, that setup posed a problem. Alongside the new speaker, Sonos also announced today that by 2018 it will support both Google Assistant and AirPlay 2, allowing Sonos users to query Google, use Siri to control their speakers, and to stream tracks from their iPhones. Sonos could have built an Alexa skill to let you control volume, change songs, and hear everything through your Sonos speakers. And so while Sonos improved its speakers, Amazon worked on making Alexa an even better DJ.


Amazon's Alexa to chat up Microsoft's Cortana

Daily Mail

Alexa customers will be able to access Cortana's unique work-related features like booking meetings, accessing work calendars, and reading work emails. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana could work together Amazon and Microsoft have been coordinating behind the scenes to make their voice assistants communicate for over a year. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana could work together. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana would work together.


Google's voice assistant coming to speakers and appliances

Daily Mail

The AI - which rivals Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana - will now be found on a new set of third-party speakers and appliances, the company announced today at IFA the consumer electronics show in Germany. Google Assistant- which rivals Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana - will now be found on a new set of third-party speakers and appliances, the company announced today at IFA the consumer electronics show in Germany. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana could work together Amazon and Microsoft have been coordinating behind the scenes to make their voice assistants communicate for over a year. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana could work together.


Google Assistant app now available on iPhones in Europe

Engadget

If you've been hankering for a chance to play with Google Assistant but don't own an Android phone, Google Home or hate the Allo messaging app, we have good news: Google announced today that the standalone Assistant app has begun rolling out for iOS in the UK, Germany and France, following its US debut back in May. The app lets you converse with Google's AI using your voice, which means you'll likely ask it to answer your questions or use it interact with your smart home devices. Assistant can interact with smart lighting and thermostats, as well as handling calls, sending messages, setting reminders and calendar events, playing music (albeit via YouTube) and directing you home. As we noted in our recent Google Home breakdown, Assistant utilises Google's search smarts, so it can help you find what you want faster.


HomePod Release Date: Apple May Have Shortages At Launch, Report Says

International Business Times

During an earnings conference call Monday, HomePod supplier Inventec Appliances gave further details about the new Apple device's launch schedule. Priced at $349, the home speaker features a combination of high-fidelity audio and Siri-powered connectivity designed to be an alternative to similar smart home speakers from companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Amazon's Alexa, which debuted in 2014, has become a juggernaut for the online retailer thanks to the Echo series of smart home devices and Alexa's adoption by manufacturers for products ranging from TVs to home appliances. Due to Amazon's success, numerous competitors have entered the smart home speaker market in recent months.


Your Robot Vacuum Cleaner Will Soon Collect And Sell Data About You And Your Home

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That vision has its fans, from investors to the likes of Amazon, Apple and Alphabet, who are all pushing artificially intelligent voice assistants as smart home interfaces... Angle told Reuters that iRobot, which made Roomba compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant in March, could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three in the next couple of years. Especially in the cell phone era when every step you take is collected, tracked, monetized and sold by cellular companies, app makers, and every advertising and metric company in between. But there's an awful lot of data these robots collect that you may not particularly want shared, and our proud tradition of overlong, convoluted terms of service traditionally won't make that clear.