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IKEA’s low-cost smart lights get Alexa, Google, and Siri voice support

Bulbs start at just $12, while a full Wi-Fi enabled kit goes for $80.

IDG Contributor Network: What’s all the chatter about chatbots

Wersquo;re hearing more and more about chatbots in the enterprise starting to gain adoption as customer service agentsnbsp;these days.

There are two major approaches to chatbots prevalently discussed in AI circles:Generative models, or “open contextrdquo; frameworks, which try to learn responses and assemble them together based on their learnings; Retrieval-based models, or closed “template-basedrdquo; systems, which work based on templates of conversations, or confined responses. Most customer server chatbots today work this way, as do most early personal assistants bots like Siri. As both types of bots grow in sophistication, here are four predictions:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: Why Nvidia’s Shield TV is the next big...

In my last article, I wrote about how IoT devices are silently taking over my smartphone. However, I still have to use all three major virtual assistant platforms -- include Amazon Echo, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant -- because none offers a complete solution that I can rely on.Google Assistant is my favorite among the three because Google’s artificial intelligence is unmatched by both Siri and Alexa, but things are about to get more exciting. Nvidia is working on some really exciting products that will bring me closer to the smartphone-free life that I envision.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Enterprises want to add Alexa-style interfaces to apps

Conversational user interfaces like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana have caught the attention of developers, with businesses now looking to incorporate the technology into customer-facing apps, consultant firm ThoughtWorks said...

Apple releases watchOS 3.2 with new Theater Mode and SiriKit

Making the Apple Watch less of a spectacle, while adding to voice commands.

Why AI will rule all UIs

"AI is the new UI" may be a cliché now.

But back in 2011 when Apple first released Siri, the capability to control a mobile device by talking to it through an intelligent assistant was revolutionary.

Granted, Siri wasn't as smart as HAL in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" or Eddy, the shipboard computer in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," but it made enough of an impact on consumer technology to spawn a stream of similar intelligent assistants.Siri was soon followed by Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, and Google's Assistant.

And these will likely be joined soon by many others, including Samsung's Bixby, which is based on technology Samsung acquired when it bought Viv, a company founded by the people behind Siri.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How to build your own Alexa-like personal assistant

Voice and natural language systems are an important step toward making our digital servants serve us on our terms. We went from punch cards to green screens to GUIs and eventually to touch-based, palm-sized, location- and context-sensitive computers in the form of smartphones (not to mention those annoying smart-car panels). Now we have Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Assistant answer our needs. To build voice and natural language capabilities into your own applications, you have several cloud options.

For Alexa, you can tap into an open API at no apparent cost beyond AWS charges; the same goes for Google, although the Google Cloud site is as clear as mud on this point. Microsoft even lets you reuse your Alexa skills package with Cortana.

For Apple, there’s an API, along with the $99 cost of becoming an Apple Developer and publishing an iOS app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed Monday that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone slated to be announced March 29 in New York.Bixby will be activated using a special physical button on the side of the phone, differentiating it from some other assistants that rely on a trigger word, like “Alexa” or “Siri.” Samsung also said Bixby will eventually work on millions of Samsung-made devices, potentially including TVs and washing machines.[ Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld's in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] The S8 will come with a subset of preinstalled apps that are Bixby-enabled, according to Injong Rhee, executive vice president of software and services for Samsung Electronics. Over time, this set of apps will expand; Samsung will release a software toolkit to allow third-party developers to Bixby enable their apps and services.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

iPhone users can now access Amazon’s Alexa on the go

And you don’t need an Echo, Tap, or Dot to do so.

Amazon’s Alexa could soon recognize users by their voices

Making it harder for kids to go voice-shopping with their parents' money.

Apple deleted server supplier after finding infected firmware in Siri servers

Report: Siri, internal development servers affected by fake firmware patch.

Battle of the buds: how Apple AirPods stack up against other...

You don't need wireless earbuds yet, but you probably will in a few years.