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Are they spying? Young people wary of virtual assistants
Privacy and security fears put young people off using virtual assistants for customer services
Fitbit launches Versa 2 with Amazon Alexa, announces new subscription service
Versa 2 delivers a new swimproof design, includes sleep features like Sleep Score and smart wake, and is packed with more advanced health, fitness and smart features.
Jabra’s environment-aware headphones hit Aotearoa
The headphones include SmartSound that automatically adjusts the sound and noise cancelling based on the user’s environment.
Alexa to join the living room through LG TVs
The update will be implemented through the Alexa app on 2019 TVs featuring ThinQ AI.
Are we security-ready for Alexa in the office?
As home-IoT devices such as smart assistants head into the office, there will be a raft of new security challenges that will need to be addressed.
LG makes TVs smarter with new AI processors
Latest TVs from LG use deep learning to enhance the video and audio output and introduces integration with Alexa.
Review: The Sonos Beam - more than a soundbar
Sonos’ is one of the serious contenders in the smart speaker market. Is the Beam soundbar worth taking seriously? I think it actually might be.
Search to purchase will cause voice AI tech to bloom
This year it is estimated that over 100 million smart speakers will be installed - but it isn’t going to stop there.
AWS adds new smart scheduling functionality to Alexa
The ‘Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant’ is designed to help users schedule 1:1 meetings with multiple participants.
Google beats Amazon to first place in smart speaker war
Smart speakers continue to be the world’s fastest-growing consumer technology segment.
Air New Zealand launching as a skill on Amazon Alexa
The device hits stores in New Zealand and Australia in early February.
Ask SEEK to find you a job with Alexa
SEEK named the first employment marketplace to embrace voice activated job search.
The AI smoke detector you never knew you needed
The device features technology which alerts users to the type of danger and its location...
Amazon Music Unlimited arrives in 28 countries
“Music is such an incredible global connector, and with Amazon Music Unlimited we’ve been able to give listeners access to an extensive catalogue..."
Three epic speakers we want for summer adventures
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a good soundtrack and a solid speaker to play it on...
AWS brings Alexa to the enterprise with Alexa for Business
The new AWS service makes it easy for companies to voice-enable their offices with Alexa, giving workers an intelligent assistant.
No thanks Alexa: Aussies reluctant to embrace AI home assistants
Less than 5% of Aussies surveyed have used one, and only 18% believe that home assistants are the future...
Alexa, how much are you worth? $6 billion apparently
“With high profile brands like Samsung, Apple and Philips getting in on the action, consumers are becoming attuned to the benefits..."
Amazon introduces the new and improved Echo Plus
"Today we’re making Echo and Alexa even better...”
Alexa, say my name: Turns out people love talking to their speakers
According to Futuresource smart speakers are driving global home audio sales upwards...
Alexa has a new robotic body thanks to Qihan Technology Company
“Sanbot Nano’s customized capabilities will make every family feel like they have a personal assistant.”
Alexa, meet Cortana: The AI superteam coming to your Windows PC
“Their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer experience..."
Shots fired: Alexa strikes back in the smart speaker war
Amazon announced an all-new Alexa feature that lets users control music across multiple Amazon Echo devices...
Virtual digital assistants to overtake world population by 2021
Ovum has released on the AI digital assistant market, revealing partnerships to be key differentiators in the years head.