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.

Second-gen Nvidia Shield TV hands-on: All the new killer features Nvidia didn't talk about


For cord cutters who want nothing but the best, Nvidia's $200 Shield TV console has always been the box of choice for streaming videos and even games. At CES 2017, the company announced a new-and-improved version that adds in HDR support, refines gaming and entertainment options, and even transforms the Android TV device into a voice-controlled rival of the Amazon Echo. We've already covered all the details revealed during Nvidia's CES 2017 press conference, but I just spent over an hour at Nvidia's suite to learn more about the new Shield TV's every nook and cranny. Here are some initial impressions, and a look at some of the more nitty-gritty improvements that weren't mentioned during the keynote. Before we even get into flashy features like smart-home controls and Google Assistant, the second-gen Shield TV packs worthwhile quality-of-life improvements over its predecessor.

5 Ways Amazon Could Be an Even Bigger Market Force in 2017


Meanwhile, this year marked Amazon's growing strength in hardware with its hit Echo home automation hub Amazon Echo, and its companion voice assistant Alexa. The company has also become force in entertainment, debuting a line of hit original shows through its Amazon Video Prime service. But Google is trying to catch up with its own rival virtual assistant, Google Assistant, and its accompanying Google Home automation device. Most of Amazon's original content is streamed for Amazon Prime members as well as for members of the subscription service's newly launched video-only plan, which costs $8.99 per month.

Artificial Intelligence Innovator Conversica Raises $34 Million in Oversubscribed Series B


WIRE)--Conversica, the leader in artificial intelligence (AI) powered business conversations and the only provider of AI-based lead engagement software for sales and marketing, today announced that it has secured $34 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round. The round was led by Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (PSG), an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C., with participation from Toba Capital, Wellington Financial LP and Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., as well as additional funding from existing investor Kennet Partners and founder Ben Brigham. Conversica's board of directors has been expanded to include PSG Managing Director Gopi Vaddi and Toba Capital Partner Wilder Ramsey. "The Conversica team has developed a unique and powerful way to solve a ubiquitous business problem, enabling sales and marketing organizations to automatically engage, qualify and follow up with their leads to more effectively turn them into customers," said Alex Terry, CEO of Conversica. "Sales and marketing professionals at over 1,000 organizations have already achieved tremendous productivity enhancements by deploying our service.

Ericsson's 10 hot consumer trends for 2017: AI and virtual reality


Taking a look into the future, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) ConsumerLab presents the sixth edition of its annual trend report The 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2017 and beyond. AI is an important theme this year and consumers see it playing a much more prominent role than before - both in society and at work. In fact, 35 percent of advanced internet users want an AI advisor at work, and one in four would like an AI as their manager. At the same time, almost half are concerned that AI robots will soon make a lot of people lose their jobs. Two in five believe smartphones will learn their habits and perform activities on their behalf automatically.

Amazon to launch 'home assistant' service that can clean your house and unpack the shopping

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Now Amazon can clean your house and unpack the shopping too: Firm set to launch'home assistant' service According to to the ad, workers will be'working with customers each day with tidying up around the home, laundry, and helping put groceries and essentials like toilet paper and paper towels away.' reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as expenses rose and the company provided a disappointing fourth-quarter revenue forecast. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. By posting your comment you agree to our house rules.

IBM Watson is coming to the iPhone, and that's big news for business users - TechRepublic


In a first-of-its-kind move, IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps can now integrate Watson technology to enhance decision-making, productivity, and the employee experience. With Watson's cognitive and conversational capabilities, these enterprise apps will be able to understand, reason, and learn using data analytics, according to a press release. Watson is available for both IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, as well as custom-built iOS apps from IBM, and will allow business users to integrate APIs based on their needs. "IBM Natural Language Processing, Watson Conversation and other Watson APIs have been optimized to work with the new iOS 10 speech framework," the press release stated.

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Google set to open popup Pixel showroom in New York

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Google is to open a pop up showroom in Manhattan's trendy Soho as it bids to take on apple with its new range of Pixel phones. The firm confirmed the Spring Street location, close to Apple's own Soho store, will open to the public on the 20th October to show off the firm's newly announced range of products, which include phones and its smart speaker Google Home. However, a source said it would not sell items - but simply let the public try them out before ordering online or in traditional stores. At a special event in San Francisco earlier the firm is unveiling a raft of new products - even though most of them have already leaked online. They include two new phones, a Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL The search giant showed off a plethora of products from phones to TV dongles and even a new home router to boost wifi speeds earlier this week - and said AI was key to all of them.

Samsung acquires Viv, a next-gen AI assistant built by the creators of Apple's Siri


When Kittlaus left Apple, he wrote an article called "Siri Is Only The Beginning," and later wrote that there would be a "Cambrian Explosion In AI," enabling the technology to power many existing and new systems. The Amazon Echo, Google's Home and the smart home hub Apple has been preparing are good examples of how big companies are fighting tooth and nail to secure a place on your counter top. I asked Kittlaus specifically about whether Samsung would be locking Viv away inside its ecosystem, to bolster its differentiation from Google's flavors of Android or iOS. The press release even says flat-out that "with Viv, Samsung will be able to unlock and offer new service experiences for its customers, including one that simplifies user interfaces, understands the context of the user and offers the user the most appropriate and convenient suggestions and recommendations."