Samsung's next TVs can be controlled by talking to Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant

Samsung The next Samsung televisions will enable voice control through your existing Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. By saying, “Hey Alexa” or “OK Google,” you’ll be able to turn your TV on or off, change channels, and even swap input selections. Rather than building the assistant software and associated hardware into its TVs, […]


Google Assistant now compares Lyft and Uber prices, but it can’t book a car

Google’s keeping the Google Assistant, its AI-powered, cross-device voice and visual assistant, fresh with a steady stream of updates. Yesterday saw the rollout of an improved visual interface on Android and support for paid subscription voice apps. And today, Google took the wraps off of tighter integration with ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber. Starting […]


Baidu’s DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100 million devices

Amazon’s Alexa. Microsoft’s Cortana. Apple’s Siri. The Google Assistant. They’re among the world’s most popular voice assistants, but a Chinese up-and-comer — Baidu’s DuerOS — is joining the ranks. Baidu yesterday announced that its conversational AI assistant has reached an install base of 100 million devices, up from 50 million just six months ago. DuerOS, for the uninitiated, […]