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The new Sonos voice assistant seems faster than the competition

Engadget

Sonos devices have supported Amazon's Alexa voice assistant for almost five years now. The Sonos One from 2017 was the first speaker the company made with built-in microphones, and almost every speaker it's made since has worked with Alexa, not to mention Google Assistant. Despite supporting those popular services, though, Sonos has decided to build its own voice assistant. Dubbed Sonos Voice Control, the feature is specifically designed to work with music only, so this isn't exactly a competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant. Instead, it's meant to control your music as quickly as possible, and with privacy in mind.


Sonos may roll out its own voice assistant next month

Engadget

It seems Sonos is gearing up to roll out its own long-rumored voice assistant in the coming weeks. Sonos Voice is said to offer voice control for music playback on many of the company's devices, offering owners another option if they'd rather not use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Sonos will first roll out Sonos Voice in the US on June 1st as part of a software update, according to The Verge. The feature should arrive in other countries later. A rumored $250 soundbar called Sonos Ray will likely be among those.


Modern Computing: A Short History, 1945-2022

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Inspired by A New History of Modern Computing by Thomas Haigh and Paul E. Ceruzzi. But the selection of key events in the journey from ENIAC to Tesla, from Data Processing to Big Data, is mine. This was the first computer made by Apple Computers Inc, which became one of the fastest growing ... [ ] companies in history, launching a number of innovative and influential computer hardware and software products. Most home computer users in the 1970s were hobbyists who designed and assembled their own machines. The Apple I, devised in a bedroom by Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs and Ron Wayne, was a basic circuit board to which enthusiasts would add display units and keyboards. April 1945 John von Neumann's "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC," often called the founding document of modern computing, defines "the stored program concept." July 1945 Vannevar Bush publishes "As We May Think," in which he envisions the "Memex," a memory extension device serving as a large personal repository of information that could be instantly retrieved through associative links.


Try these useful Siri commands when you watch a movie on Apple TV

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

I love my Apple TV, but I can't stand the old Siri remote that came with it. Its touchpad is too sensitive, and I never know if it's in the right orientation when I grab it. Apple did fix all that with its second-generation Siri remote, but why buy another one when the one I currently have still works--especially when I can use a few handy Siri commands to do more than what the touchpad can do. On the Apple TV and accompanying Siri remote there's a handy microphone button that lets you chat directly with Siri to get your TV to do things like search for movies in a specific genre or year, ping other devices, and even fast forward by a specific amount of time. Not every command is intuitive, though, so it's helpful to know a few of them off-hand before you binge another series.


Amazon's Alexa-Powered Wireless Earbuds Are Just $50 Right Now

WIRED

You might not know that Amazon makes wireless earbuds. The second-gen Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are some of our favorites. They sound great and work well with Alexa, and right now they're only $50. They frequently dip to $85, but this is the lowest price we've ever tracked. Even at their typical full price of $120, these wireless earbuds fall into the budget range, so at less than half that they're quite a steal. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.


Text… Pix… AV… xR.

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Remember surround sound home theater & 3D TV? The promise was real but the technology was premature. Unlike my younger Millennial cohorts, I can remember a time before the Internet took off. Al Gore may have invented it (or not) before my lungs first cried "Hello, World!" but like all nascent technologies, the Internet took a while to develop & fan out. A few years before the awful sound of dial-up modems became commonplace, my first experience with this new thing called the Internet was at my mom's workplace - the local community college.


Who Is Cortana? The 'Halo' Artificial Intelligence Explained

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Cortana (Jen Taylor) is one of the first characters that comes to mind when you think of the Halo universe. With a live-action Halo series on the way on Paramount, we thought a guide to Cortana (without giving too much away for those who haven't made their way through all the games) was in order. Cortana serves as a guide and ally to the player throughout Halo gameplay, and in that sense and many others, she is essential to the Halo experience. Her mannerisms as an AI make for a sort of dry humor that makes her stand out among other recurring characters in the game. It will be interesting to see how this character, who fits so easily into the video game format, will be adapted to a live-action television series.


Every iPhone and Android user should know these genius commands

FOX News

Man holds his mobile smart phone. Look up next time you're outside and guess where the airplane above you is headed. Ask Siri this phrase, "What flights are overhead?" You'll see the carrier, flight number, and altitude in seconds. I love sharing simple digital life tips that make things easier.


26 Must Watch AI Movies

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I am a binge-watcher of movies and series. I love comedy, thrillers, romantic everything. Anyway, here are some sci-fi movie lists related to technology and AI I could think of the name. I have tried to write as much short I could write about them so that I don't give any spoilers. So for a better description, you might try watching Google.


How Does Siri Always Manage To Answer All Your Questions So Hilariously?

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One of my friends, who isn't much of a tech enthusiast and is very content with her current Android phone, recently told me that she intended to buy an iPhone. I asked if there was a specific reason behind her sudden decision to change her'calling device' (as she calls it). 'I just love Siri!' she said with enough excitement to take me by surprise. However, my friend is not the only person who feels this way. A lot of my buddies are hopelessly in love with this little digi-voice avatar called'Siri' that is available on iPhones and a few other Apple devices.