Tag: Alexa

Amazon and Microsoft dating or just flirting – what’s the attraction?

Amazon and Microsoft dating or just flirting – what’s the attraction?

Written by on October 9, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon looks to be the main beneficiary of the co-operation between Amazon and Microsoft which will see Alexa offer access to Cortana and vice-a-versa. Amazon and Microsoft are working on a co-operation where Windows 10 users will be able to get Cortana to open Alexa and perform its range of functions. Users of Amazon Echo products […]

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Amazon ups the ante in the land grab for the home

Amazon ups the ante in the land grab for the home

Written by on September 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon increases its aggressive land grab. Not content to sit on 70% market share, Amazon is aggressively compensating for the lack of Alexa on smartphones by effectively giving the devices away and pushing e-commerce as hard as it can. A land grab strategy makes complete sense because the more Amazon can drive Alexa usage, the more […]

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Apple launches HomePod as battle with Alexa escalates

Apple launches HomePod as battle with Alexa escalates

Written by on June 6, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, taking aim at Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa feature and Echo devices. The move is the first into a completely new area by Apple for more than two years as the world’s most […]

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Are the wheels falling off the digital assistant bandwagon?

Are the wheels falling off the digital assistant bandwagon?

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The digital assistant bandwagon is bursting at the seams.  Building a digital assistant is all the rage these days but just like app stores, I suspect that the weaker players will soon drop out once they begin to realise how difficult and how expensive it is to make a good one that users actually want […]

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Digital assistants are the latest craze to hit the mobile industry

Digital assistants are the latest craze to hit the mobile industry

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Late-comers have very little chance. The latest craze to hit the mobile industry is digital assistants where every man and his dog is now building one to try and drive engagement through the ecosystem. LINE is the latest entrant with its offering called Clova but just like everyone else, LINE is going to find that digital […]

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Amazon links with students to build Alexa capabilities

Amazon links with students to build Alexa capabilities

Written by on March 3, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has launched a new program to help students build capabilities into its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, the company told Reuters, the latest move by a technology firm to nurture ideas and talent in artificial intelligence research. The e-commerce company said it is paying for a year-long doctoral fellowship at four […]

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Google vs Amazon, VHS vs Betamax, this time the home’s the prize

Google vs Amazon, VHS vs Betamax, this time the home’s the prize

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

This could be a repeat of VHS vs. Betamax. Google is adding functionality to allow Google Assistant to compete more directly with Amazon’s Alexa, but what it really needs is to offer love and support to developers of smart home products. Google’s failure to do this was visible on every stand at CES where a smart […]

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Alexa, up the Amazon, need a paddle?

Alexa, up the Amazon, need a paddle?

Written by on September 9, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Alexa needs to get much smarter. Amazon’s latest software updates show its determination to do well in the parts of Digital Life that it covers, but there are still large parts of its empire being left out in the cold. Amazon’s latest update to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick allows the user to use Alexa […]

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