Tag: smart speakers

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Voice and video may fuel the next billion internet users

When we talk about online video and voice-activated devices, we often see them through the prism of western consumers: Echo buyers exploring the latest Alexa skills, and teenagers who communicate visually rather than textually. While...
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Amazon gets frisky: ’Alexa, play baby-making music’

Whether the artists are ‘fake’ or not, we know all about the popularity of mood and context-based playlists on streaming services like Spotify. Now Amazon is taking that idea into the world of voice-controlled music with...
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Facebook tipped to launch video-chat device and smart speaker

We’ve already covered rumours that Facebook is working on a smart speaker. Now Bloomberg has fleshed those out with claims that there are actually two devices potentially on the way from the social network. One is still...
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Facebook tipped to launch its own smart speaker in 2018

Amazon and Google have their own smart speakers with Apple’s HomePod set to join them by the end of 2017, as well as devices for China from the various tech giants there. It was only a matter of time before rumours about...
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Report claims Amazon now has 16m music subscribers globally

Amazon’s music-streaming services have often been underestimated, partly because of the company’s familiar reluctance to announce specific figures for their growth. Now research firm Midia Research is trying to fill...
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Report claims next Amazon Echo will boost audio quality

Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has expanded the product family with the Dot, Tap and most recently with the screen-toting Echo Show. Now tech blog Engadget claims that Amazon is preparing for a proper refresh...
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Amazon and Google launch smart-speaker flash sales

Don’t underestimate Amazon and Google’s determination to get their smart speakers – the Echo family and Google Home respectively – into as many homes as possible. Amazon has launched an aggressive sale for the...
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Amazon Alexa now has more than 15k skills available

Earlier this year, Amazon said that there were now more than 10,000 ’skills’ available for its Alexa voice assistant – its equivalent of apps for smartphones. Now that figure appears to have swelled to more than...
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Alibaba tipped to launch a smart speaker this week

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is being tipped to be next in to the smart-speaker market, with a new device that could make its debut this week. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, anyway. “The home device,...
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Warner UK’s Emmy Lovell talks Firepit, bots and startup partnerships

Firepit Tech sounds like something you'd need to fend off monsters in a big-budget fantasy drama on Netflix. Thankfully, there are no dragons in Warner Music UK's version. There, Firepit Tech is the label group's in-house...
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7digital teams up with SoundHound in voice AI partnership

The music industry’s excitement about voice-enabled devices like Amazon’s Echo family continues. But Alexa is far from the only smart assistant in town: alongside rivals like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and...
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Music Ally Report 405: Smart Speakers Special

Welcome to our ‘Smart Speakers Special’. Here we look at how the likes of Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are setting the agenda, but also how others like Whyd, Clazio, Clova and more are extending what is possible....