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AI Weekly: Samsung comes to terms with Bixby's second-class status


Samsung's Bixby assistant won't be the reason you buy (or don't buy) your next Samsung-manufactured smartphone, smart refrigerator, smart router, or smart speaker. And Samsung is finally coming to terms with that. This was the implicit thread underlying the 2019 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), which kicked off in earnest on Tuesday at the San Jose Convention Center. Unlike last year, when Samsung announced new languages for Bixby (German, French, Italian, and Spanish), plus Bixby Marketplace for third-party voice apps, this year's enhancements were on the whole understated. Bixby Templates and Bixby Views make it easier for developers to create capsules (apps, in Samsung's vernacular) across a range of devices, while Natural Language Categories enable Bixby to recommend apps by context instead of name.

Bundle the Amazon Echo Input with select Bluetooth speakers and save


Having a smart device can add ease and convenience to your life, but sometimes you want to bump audio through your favorite speaker. The Amazon Echo Input makes it so you don't have to choose between your smart assistant and preferred audio brand, as it adds the power of Alexa to virtually any speaker via Bluetooth or a 3.5-millimeter cable. Right now, Amazon is having a sale on Echo Input and Bluetooth speaker bundles. Unlike other Alexa devices, the Echo Input requires an external speaker. Although the Echo Dot is able to connect to external audio equipment, the Input is less invasive and small enough to stay out of the way.

Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will finally arrive in April


Do you remember Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that was created to compete directly with the Amazon Echo? The smart speaker was announced in August last year, but the company gave no official release date during the announcement. Now, we finally have one -- well, sort of. At Samsung's Unpacked event today -- where the company announced four new Galaxy S10 phones (S10e, S10, S10, and S10 5G) and a foldable phone -- the head of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh told CNET the Galaxy Home will launch in April. Koh didn't share a specific release date or even say how much the smart speaker would cost.

14 questions CES 2019 needs to answer


CES 2019 will be my 16th consecutive jaunt to Las Vegas to see the latest and greatest that the consumer electronics industry has to offer. So I'm extremely confident in predicting that we'll see plenty of the following: Those, of course, are the table stakes -- the same trends that have been on display for the past three, five or even 10 years of the world's biggest electronics show. To that end, these are the biggest questions we have going into the show -- the answers to which will set the tone for the rest of 2019. Qualcomm showed off a 5G phone prototype in Hawaii last month. There is little doubt that 5G -- the next-generation wireless standard that promises hyperfast speeds with almost no latency -- is the key game-changing technology for 2019.

Best deals for Oct. 5: Save on Beats headphones, CBD oil, Cuisinart coffee makers, Amazon Echo Sub, and more


With the weekend finally here, we've gathered together the best deals to make your time away from work so much more enjoyable and relaxing. Speaking of relaxation, you can save 15% on CBD oil and all products from Medix CBD when you use the promo code "MASHABLE" at checkout. To learn more about CBD oil and its purported relaxation properties, read our article here. There are a number of deals on laptops and audio accessories, such as the Dell Inspiron 7000 17.3-inch FHD Touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop, which is on sale for $899.00, This is a whopping 54% off its list price.

Best deals for Sept. 17: Save on Apple iPad, Nintendo Switch, FitBit, Amazon Echo Spot, Samsung Galaxy Note9, and more


With the start of a brand new week, we're rounding up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Udemy, and Target on the products that will seriously upgrade your life. For the kitchen, there are a lot of deals on KitchenAid products, such as KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, which is priced at $209.99. This sale price is $290 off its retail price. In addition, the KitchenAid Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is on sale for $239.00. At Walmart, the Apple iPad Air 2 is discounted with a sale price $379.99,

The Best of CES 2018


After 51 years, CES in Las Vegas still manages to pack some surprises. No, I'm not talking about the rain that caused crazy floods or the two-hour blackout in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. I'm talking about 65-inch rollable OLED displays, robotic dogs, and $4,000 treadmills that deliver live workout classes on HD screens.

10 products from CES 2018 I would buy today

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Now available in new colors and with Dell Mobile Connect, which lets you wirelessly tether a smartphone, the Dell XPS 13 is the smallest and most powerful 13-inch laptop in the world.

Samsung's $200 Bixby speaker go on sale 'early next year'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Samsung is set to take on Apple, Google and Amazon with a new home speaker using its Bixby AI.