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Homepod is Apple’s first “breakthrough home speaker,” coming December at $349

Has home management features, but currently focused more on music than on Siri.

iOS 11 will bring big updates to Siri, iMessages, Apple Pay,...

iOS devices will look and feel a bit different when iOS 11 comes out.

Apple introduces watchOS 4 at WWDC with new Siri-powered watch face

New watch faces, activity features, a new music app, and more.

Liveblog: Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote

Join us as we look at the latest refreshes to Apple's slew of operating systems.

Samsung’s “Bixby” assistant still can’t grasp English, is delayed again

The Wall Street Journal reports Bixby is "weeks away" from learning English.

Apple’s Siri-controlled smart speaker could be revealed at WWDC next week

But you'll probably have to wait until late 2017 to get your hands on it.

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