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Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants

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Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. For one week, we asked five Engadget reporters to live with one of the major assistants: Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. This week Engadget is examining each of the five major virtual assistants, taking stock of how far they've come and how far they still have to go.


Sonos CEO steps down as company faces increased competition

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After 14 years at the helm, Sonos CEO and co-founder John MacFarlane has stepped down. He has also resigned from the company's board or directors, but will remain with Sonos to work on other projects and serve as a mentor to employees. MacFarlane's transition is the latest in a handful of personnel moves that began last year. Sonos announced layoffs last March shortly before product head Marc Whitten left the company. Former president and chief commercial officer Patrick Spence will take over as CEO.


The Morning After: Saturday, January 7th 2017

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CES 2017 is in full swing, and we're ready to hand out some hardware. Find out how you can participate in our Best of CES 2017 awards, and catch up on some of the action from yesterday's Engadget live stream. The Saturday stage schedule includes Geohot, Aisha Tyler and more. It's all up to youPick your favorite gadget from CES 2017 CES is almost over, which means it's time to hand out some "Best of" hardware. Get your vote in by 6PM ET to have a say in who receives the coveted People's Choice award.


Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Huawei Mate 9

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The most interesting thing about Huawei's latest flagship, the Mate 9, is actually invisible to the naked eye. Under the hood, the phone uses machine learning to anticipate which apps you're going to use when, allowing for supposedly smoother performance. What the phone would have been like without this AI, we don't know, but we can say that the performance feels brisk throughout. If fluid day-to-day use seems like table stakes, you might also be impressed with the long battery life, bright display and the fact that it actually has a headphone jack. Unfortunately, what's otherwise a great phone stumbles with low-light photography, as well as some heavy-handed software tweaks that will turn off Android purists.


Introducing IBM Watson Data Platform

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Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Google Home

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It was only a matter of time before Google came out with something to compete with the Amazon Echo: After all, Google too has deep experience with both voice commands and search. Indeed, one of the things we like best about the new Google Home hub is how it responds to conversational inquiries -- and how Google's vast knowledge graph allow it to be genuinely helpful. What's more, the $129 device has a lower profile than the Echo, making for a more discreet design. It also has a surprisingly good speaker, and being able to just tell it what music you want to hear is a killer feature. We already like it, then, but we'll like it even more when the device supports more third-party services, the way the Echo does.


Google Live cases show trending topics on your Pixels' screens

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Google has launched two new Live case lines for its Pixel phones that come with their own live wallpapers, and one of them's a lot more relaxing than the other. The Google Earth Live cases feature beaches, ice formations and other beautiful photos of our planet taken from the company's satellite imagery. While each case matches a specific Google Earth photo, their live wallpaper changes everyday using a rotation of curated images from the program. You'll also find a shortcut button on the home screen that you can tap to explore the specific location currently shown on your screen. The Google Trends Live case's wallpaper, on the other hand, might not always be as enjoyable to look at.


Riding shotgun in a DIY self-driving car

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On the morning of our meeting he had to take the car out to "teach" it to drive using botts dots as lane markers. That's the main conceit of Comma's semiautonomous driving system: teaching the car to drive by actually driving it. "It's a great way of being part of self-driving cars," Hotz told Engadget. Without thinking about the amount of technology or research that's been put into the car, Comma's system is almost as good as Tesla's Autopilot but without the lane-changing capability or the road-sign reading found on other systems (features Hotz calls gimmicky).