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Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants


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.

The Morning After: Friday, April 21st 2017


A few changes are afoot at Engadget, Elon Musk has plans for brain-machine interfaces in a few years, and HTC made a phone that is rumored to be squeezable. Meanwhile, a high-end, WiFi-connected juicer with mountains of funding is also feeling the squeeze. Changes aheadWe're learning from our past to inform our future. It's not the weekend yet, but we have a letter from the new editor-in-chief, Christopher Trout walking down memory lane and laying out what you can expect from Engadget in the future. That's one way to sell more camerasGoPro's Fusion spherical camera is six GoPros in one Facebook, isn't the only one with a new 360-degree camera, as GoPro is announcing its 5.2K VR-capable Fusion camera.

ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races


Last year, I asked a simple question: Can drone racing become as big as eSports? While we wait to find out, one of the leading race organizers -- the Drone Racing League -- is making all the right moves this year to make that answer yes. One of the keys to achieving that, the DRL hopes, is the introduction of the Racer3 drone, which will be the standard craft all pilots in the DRL race with. Unsurprisingly, it's more powerful and agile than its predecessor (the Racer2, obviously) and could be the shot in the arm the sport needs to go mainstream. The Racer3 should make races -- which air on ESPN starting June 20th -- even more thrilling, luring more fans (and, by association, lucre) to the game.

Microsoft has its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (updated)


Samsung has been bundling Microsoft apps like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote and more on its phones and tablets for a while now. However, when it comes to the Galaxy S8, the two companies are taking their partnership a step further. Microsoft is selling a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition and it's accepting pre-orders starting today at its retail stores in the US ahead of the April 21st launch. As you might expect, the customized S8 will come loaded with Microsoft's apps and services like Office, OneDrive, Outlook and Cortana. It's interesting that Microsoft's virtual assistant would be included given that these two new handsets are the big debut of Samsung's Bixby.

Typos are kryptonite to Alphabet's anti-trolling API


"Don't read the comments" is a cardinal rule of the internet. They're often hotbeds of toxicity and abuse, and rarely does a person come away from them feeling enlightened. Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is working to combat this problem through a project called Perspective, an API that uses machine learning to spot harassment online. But, researchers have discovered that it's easy to game the system. Perspective assigns a "toxicity score" to comments based on the perceived impact they might have on a conversation.

Hasbro's $120 robo-dog teaches kids to code

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It's the pet every parent dreams of – a dog that doesn't make a mess and teaches kids a life skill. Hasbro has unveiled a robotic dog called Proto Max that educates kids on the basics of coding by letting them program its personality. There are also 10 activation points on the robo-dog's body, which kids assign reactions to and the app is equip with a remote control so users can drive it around. Hasbro has unveiled a robotic dog called Proto Max that children use a companion app to customize its personality – educating them about the basics of coding. Hasbro unveiled a $120 coding toy for children ages six and older.

How a robot wrote for Engadget

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John McCarthy, the late computer scientist who first coined the term "artificial intelligence," famously said: "As soon as it works, no one calls it AI any more." What was once cutting-edge AI is now considered standard behavior for computers. As I write this, my computer is continuously performing millions of tasks, caching files, managing RAM and balancing CPU loads. The algorithms behind many of these operations would have been considered AI years ago. Last year, I looked into how well neural networks -- programs that behave like a scaled-down version of your brain's neurons -- are able to write.

Sonos CEO steps down as company faces increased competition


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


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.