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Reginald Carson 2016-06-24
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They are here to help and AI has just made them smarter.

A personal digital assistant, also known as PDA, refers to the use of a digital device with assistance capabilities.

These capabilities can include diary planning and address books organisation.

In the old days, PDAs were basic and carried out simple tasks such as the ones above.

However, with the emergence of AI technology and its widespread, PDAs are today much more intelligent.

They can autonomously set up reminders, reply to voice commands, and so on.

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Donny Stiteler 2017-09-16
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[US home improvement store chain] Lowe’s is using it today”.

According to Nadella, the digital assistants of the future could:

Chide you about missing gym sessions or eating junk when you’re traveling

Make cars safer by analysing motorists’ faces to check they’re awake and in a good mood

Identify people for personal and commercial apps

Combine your Pinterest pins with mixed reality to show recommended products in-situ

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Rafael Beltrami 2017-11-30
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Amazon is bringing its digital assistant Alexa into the office environment, with the company on the verge of revealing Alexa for Business.

As TechCrunch reports, over at re:Invent 2017 – the big AWS event which finishes tomorrow – Amazon is expected to reveal a new business platform which allows companies to build their own skills (and use pre-loaded skills) to make life easier for employees.

The vision is for Amazon’s smart speakers (Echo and Dot) to bring their voice-controlled chops to offices everywhere, allowing folks to easily take care of tasks like calendar management, pulling up sales data, booking conference rooms, or indeed adjusting the temperature (or turning on the lights) in those rooms.

Security features are also likely to be part of the puzzle, as you’d imagine in a business setting, and that could tie in with Alexa’s recently granted ability to recognize individual voices.

We will likely hear more about Alexa for Business later today over at Amazon’s big conference, as previously mentioned.

We’re not sure how Microsoft will receive this news, given that the workplace is traditionally the software giant’s domain with its twin pillars of Windows and Office – and Cortana, the firm’s own digital assistant, tied in with all that.

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Jeanette Perea 2017-10-19
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Introduced at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, Bixby 2.0 is the next milestone for Samsung's digital assistant.

After launching approximately six months ago, major changes are already in the pipeline.

Bixby is available in over 200 different countries but less than half of users with Bixby-capable devices are using it.

Since the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has sold over 20 million units and orders of the Note 8 are continually streaming in.

In order to achieve the desired ubiquity of Bixby, the second generation assistant is said to be "a bold reinvention of the platform."

A private beta program has been launched to allow developers access to the Bixby SDK in hopes of bringing Bixby 2.0 beyond just phones.

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Rosalie Lee 2017-07-14
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Bixby made its debut on the Galaxy S8 series back in April.

As you may know, the company didn’t launch the full version of the digital assistant in the US, as the voice control feature wasn’t — and still isn’t — available on the two flagship devices.

However, if the latest leak is to be believed, the tech giant will thankfully release Bixby Voice very soon.

Someone has posted an image on Reddit of what looks like an email that was probably sent to a number Samsung employees.

As you can see below, it reveals that Bixby Voice will be released on Tuesday, July 18.

Before you get too excited, let me just point out that this is just a rumor for now, as the release date hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung yet.

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David Brown 2018-04-22
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We know that Huawei is keen on adding as much artificial intelligence to its gadgets as possible, and its phones already ship with an AI assistant in China.

That dedicated digital helper is eventually going to roll out elsewhere too, with one key improvement – better emotional interactions for users.

"We want to provide emotional interactions," Huawei's Felix Zhang told CNBC.

"We think that, in the future, all our end users wish [that] they can interact with the system in the emotional mode.

This is the direction we see in the long run."

In other words, your phone will be able to read your mood and respond accordingly, rather than just feeding back programmed responses (though it'll do that too).

collect
0
Anthony Breedlove 2017-07-21
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Although Samsung has reportedly canceled its Bixby speaker plans, we still might see a new device powered by the company’s digital assistant in the near future.

According to a report by Etnews, the tech giant is currently working on a Bluetooth earset with Bixby on board.

It’s possible that the product will be announced soon and released at the same time as the Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to go on sale in September.

The report also claims that Samsung hasn’t decided whether it should bundle the earset with the upcoming phablet or sell it separately.

In any case, it will likely only go on sale in South Korea and the US initially, as Bixby Voice is currently only available in these two countries.

However, it just might make its way to other markets across the globe eventually, when the digital assistant learns a few more languages.

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Jim Evans 2017-07-21
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Back in March, Amazon added Alexa to its shopping app on iOS devices.

Now, the company has started rolling out its popular digital assistant to the Amazon app on Android as well.

A Twitter user by the name of Nick Schwab posted the news after he had received a notification in the Alexa app on his device saying that the digital assistant is now also available in the Amazon app.

Looks like Alexa was just added to the Amazon app for Android!

Who wants to try playing Deal or No Deal from their Amazon app?

— Nick Schwab (@nickschwab) July 20, 2017

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Emmett Noble 2018-04-28
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All of those irritated anti-touch typers had nothing to complain about.

Of course, the realities of technological Darwinism are much darker, and every half decade or so, there’s an extinction-level event, and Apple’s smartphone hit the earth like football field-sized asteroid covered in the bubonic plague.

Over the past 10 years, many have and tried and all have failed to address the shrinking, but vocal niche of consumers bemoaning the death of the physical keyboard.

When an astonishing 6,200 people came together to pledge $2.2 million on Indiegogo to help bring it to life, it was clear London-based Planet Computers had struck a chord.

And with both Nokia and BlackBerry having waged comebacks of sorts (albeit through licensing deals), it seems the iPhone’s 10th anniversary has been the perfect time to revel in a bit of mobile nostalgia.

And in the cold, harsh light of day, the Gemini is a far more exciting concept that it is an actual product.

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James Kiley 2018-11-02
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Its key purpose is to help you disconnect from technology, because the screen is so small you’ll hate using it, but you’ll still be able to receive notifications in case of emergencies.

That does mean paying Verizon $10 a month for cellular connectivity on the Palm.

You’re able to get all your notifications because the Palm is an Android phone, so it essentially installs all the same apps on your phone (the Android version if you have an iPhone).

An IP68 water resistance rating helps, as it means the phone can survive a drop in the pool.

One of the core features on the Palm is called “Life Mode,” and it’s easy to toggle on or off in the Settings menu.

It’s really no different than “Do Not Disturb” on Android or iOS smartphones, and is a much simpler version of both Apple’s Screen Time and Google’s Digital Wellbeing — which are more intricate tools meant to help people analyze smartphone usage and cut down if needed.

collect
0
Robert Flowers 2017-08-28
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Looking to join in on the success of smart home products, Sonos is preparing a smart home device with voice recognition software.

From an FCC filing, the speaker has been given model name S13.

Also revealed in the filing, the S13 will contain an 802.11a/g/b/n antenna, but seeing as other Sonos products already utilize 802.11 protocols to transmit audio, this is a rather moot point.

Even though Sonos is building its own speaker with smart capabilities, that does not mean that there will be yet another digital assistant.

It is possible, and somewhat likely, that Sonos will turn to existing digital assistants for handling voice recognition and processing.

Multiple platforms for voice recognition and a choice of music services are said to be available on the S13.

collect
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Robert Carter 2016-10-29
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Palm was a smartphone pioneer and a leading personal digital assistant provider, but HP s acquisition sealed its fate

Back in 1992, a company called Palm Inc was founded, and it was widely regarded as a pioneer of the mobile revolution that took root in that decade.

Palm specialised in the personal digital assistant PDA thanks to its successful Palm Pilot devices, but it also developed one of the first smartphones with the Treo 600.

The early days of Palm saw it earning its crust by selling synchronisation software for HP devices, and the Graffiti handwriting recognition software for the Apple Newton MessagePad.

For the day, the Palm Pilot was actually a fairly decent piece of kit.

It offered a 160 160 pixel monochrome LCD, and featured a Graffiti input zone in the bottom third of the screen.

collect
0
Alan Krieg 2018-02-11
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In fact, IFTTT’s surveys show that out of all digital assistant users, 70% take advantage of Amazon’s voice service.

Alexa is reaching all kinds of devices, and a new product attempts to bring it to your automobile.

This small accessory goes by the name of Muse Auto.

It is a tiny circular device that seems like nothing to write home about, but it is more complex than its appearance may suggest.

Inside you will find a Qualcomm signal processor, Bluetooth, a microphone, aux output, button controls (next, previous, mute, barge-in), and a multi-color status LED.

The setup process is simple.

collect
0
Brad Patterson 2017-08-02

When digital assistants first started appearing on our phones a few years ago, they were rare, and good for making them say funny stuff and not a great deal more.

Now, with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and others, the digital assistant is starting to become a part of our everyday lives.

If you’ve been wanting to use your digital assistant and been frustrated that you have to take your phone out of your pocket to make it work, a team at MIT may have come up with a solution.

It has created a little robot fashion accessory called Kino that can act as a conduit for your digital assistant, allowing you to talk into a device on your shoulder, more than a little like the communicator in Star Trek.

The little robots are also able to change the aesthetics of your clothes by having a pattern on them that changes the overall pattern of your clothes, being attached to items like scarfs that change the shape of the garment when the robot moves, and by leaving patterns behind them on fabrics like velvet.

We don’t know if it’s just us but the robots crawling over the garment look more than a little like insects.

collect
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Isiah Jone 2018-07-04
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The one that intrigued me most is meant to replicate one of my favorite group gaming activities -- escape rooms.

These puzzle-solving diversions are on the rise in a number of cities.

You get locked in an actual physical room, then have an hour to find clues and escape.

While you do need to allow for the occasional frustration from the game not understanding what you want to do, Escape the Room does a surprisingly good job of replicating the atmosphere and basic mechanics of real rooms -- you just need to have a pen and paper ready, along with some patience and big dose of imagination.

Alexa also warns you that you might find the puzzles difficult, and offers you a list of different scenarios to pick from.

I picked the office and the car as they were the first two options on that list.

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Rosalie Bishop 2017-04-06
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Samsung’s Bixby is the new kid on the block of personal digital assistants and is likely to face a rough reception in a neighbourhood dominated by tech sector rivals.

Bixby – introduced at Samsung’s unveiling of Galaxy S8 smartphones in New York last month - aims to help the South Korean giant break into a surging market for voice-activated virtual assistants, which includes Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana.

The latest personal digital assistant distinguishes itself from competitors by using voice commands to control handsets or applications, factoring in location awareness and image recognition.

The integrated camera function allows users to identify buildings, such as popular tourist sites, to access their websites and other information simply by snapping a photo.

The photo recognition technology can also help users decipher menus in foreign languages, or find places to shop for specific items they photograph.

“It adds some new twists we haven’t seen before,” he says, noting Bixby’s ability to make recommendations.

collect
0
Reginald Carson 2016-06-24
img

They are here to help and AI has just made them smarter.

A personal digital assistant, also known as PDA, refers to the use of a digital device with assistance capabilities.

These capabilities can include diary planning and address books organisation.

In the old days, PDAs were basic and carried out simple tasks such as the ones above.

However, with the emergence of AI technology and its widespread, PDAs are today much more intelligent.

They can autonomously set up reminders, reply to voice commands, and so on.

Rafael Beltrami 2017-11-30
img

Amazon is bringing its digital assistant Alexa into the office environment, with the company on the verge of revealing Alexa for Business.

As TechCrunch reports, over at re:Invent 2017 – the big AWS event which finishes tomorrow – Amazon is expected to reveal a new business platform which allows companies to build their own skills (and use pre-loaded skills) to make life easier for employees.

The vision is for Amazon’s smart speakers (Echo and Dot) to bring their voice-controlled chops to offices everywhere, allowing folks to easily take care of tasks like calendar management, pulling up sales data, booking conference rooms, or indeed adjusting the temperature (or turning on the lights) in those rooms.

Security features are also likely to be part of the puzzle, as you’d imagine in a business setting, and that could tie in with Alexa’s recently granted ability to recognize individual voices.

We will likely hear more about Alexa for Business later today over at Amazon’s big conference, as previously mentioned.

We’re not sure how Microsoft will receive this news, given that the workplace is traditionally the software giant’s domain with its twin pillars of Windows and Office – and Cortana, the firm’s own digital assistant, tied in with all that.

Rosalie Lee 2017-07-14
img

Bixby made its debut on the Galaxy S8 series back in April.

As you may know, the company didn’t launch the full version of the digital assistant in the US, as the voice control feature wasn’t — and still isn’t — available on the two flagship devices.

However, if the latest leak is to be believed, the tech giant will thankfully release Bixby Voice very soon.

Someone has posted an image on Reddit of what looks like an email that was probably sent to a number Samsung employees.

As you can see below, it reveals that Bixby Voice will be released on Tuesday, July 18.

Before you get too excited, let me just point out that this is just a rumor for now, as the release date hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung yet.

Anthony Breedlove 2017-07-21
img

Although Samsung has reportedly canceled its Bixby speaker plans, we still might see a new device powered by the company’s digital assistant in the near future.

According to a report by Etnews, the tech giant is currently working on a Bluetooth earset with Bixby on board.

It’s possible that the product will be announced soon and released at the same time as the Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to go on sale in September.

The report also claims that Samsung hasn’t decided whether it should bundle the earset with the upcoming phablet or sell it separately.

In any case, it will likely only go on sale in South Korea and the US initially, as Bixby Voice is currently only available in these two countries.

However, it just might make its way to other markets across the globe eventually, when the digital assistant learns a few more languages.

Emmett Noble 2018-04-28
img

All of those irritated anti-touch typers had nothing to complain about.

Of course, the realities of technological Darwinism are much darker, and every half decade or so, there’s an extinction-level event, and Apple’s smartphone hit the earth like football field-sized asteroid covered in the bubonic plague.

Over the past 10 years, many have and tried and all have failed to address the shrinking, but vocal niche of consumers bemoaning the death of the physical keyboard.

When an astonishing 6,200 people came together to pledge $2.2 million on Indiegogo to help bring it to life, it was clear London-based Planet Computers had struck a chord.

And with both Nokia and BlackBerry having waged comebacks of sorts (albeit through licensing deals), it seems the iPhone’s 10th anniversary has been the perfect time to revel in a bit of mobile nostalgia.

And in the cold, harsh light of day, the Gemini is a far more exciting concept that it is an actual product.

Robert Flowers 2017-08-28
img

Looking to join in on the success of smart home products, Sonos is preparing a smart home device with voice recognition software.

From an FCC filing, the speaker has been given model name S13.

Also revealed in the filing, the S13 will contain an 802.11a/g/b/n antenna, but seeing as other Sonos products already utilize 802.11 protocols to transmit audio, this is a rather moot point.

Even though Sonos is building its own speaker with smart capabilities, that does not mean that there will be yet another digital assistant.

It is possible, and somewhat likely, that Sonos will turn to existing digital assistants for handling voice recognition and processing.

Multiple platforms for voice recognition and a choice of music services are said to be available on the S13.

Alan Krieg 2018-02-11
img

In fact, IFTTT’s surveys show that out of all digital assistant users, 70% take advantage of Amazon’s voice service.

Alexa is reaching all kinds of devices, and a new product attempts to bring it to your automobile.

This small accessory goes by the name of Muse Auto.

It is a tiny circular device that seems like nothing to write home about, but it is more complex than its appearance may suggest.

Inside you will find a Qualcomm signal processor, Bluetooth, a microphone, aux output, button controls (next, previous, mute, barge-in), and a multi-color status LED.

The setup process is simple.

Isiah Jone 2018-07-04
img

The one that intrigued me most is meant to replicate one of my favorite group gaming activities -- escape rooms.

These puzzle-solving diversions are on the rise in a number of cities.

You get locked in an actual physical room, then have an hour to find clues and escape.

While you do need to allow for the occasional frustration from the game not understanding what you want to do, Escape the Room does a surprisingly good job of replicating the atmosphere and basic mechanics of real rooms -- you just need to have a pen and paper ready, along with some patience and big dose of imagination.

Alexa also warns you that you might find the puzzles difficult, and offers you a list of different scenarios to pick from.

I picked the office and the car as they were the first two options on that list.

Donny Stiteler 2017-09-16
img

[US home improvement store chain] Lowe’s is using it today”.

According to Nadella, the digital assistants of the future could:

Chide you about missing gym sessions or eating junk when you’re traveling

Make cars safer by analysing motorists’ faces to check they’re awake and in a good mood

Identify people for personal and commercial apps

Combine your Pinterest pins with mixed reality to show recommended products in-situ

Jeanette Perea 2017-10-19
img

Introduced at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, Bixby 2.0 is the next milestone for Samsung's digital assistant.

After launching approximately six months ago, major changes are already in the pipeline.

Bixby is available in over 200 different countries but less than half of users with Bixby-capable devices are using it.

Since the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has sold over 20 million units and orders of the Note 8 are continually streaming in.

In order to achieve the desired ubiquity of Bixby, the second generation assistant is said to be "a bold reinvention of the platform."

A private beta program has been launched to allow developers access to the Bixby SDK in hopes of bringing Bixby 2.0 beyond just phones.

David Brown 2018-04-22
img

We know that Huawei is keen on adding as much artificial intelligence to its gadgets as possible, and its phones already ship with an AI assistant in China.

That dedicated digital helper is eventually going to roll out elsewhere too, with one key improvement – better emotional interactions for users.

"We want to provide emotional interactions," Huawei's Felix Zhang told CNBC.

"We think that, in the future, all our end users wish [that] they can interact with the system in the emotional mode.

This is the direction we see in the long run."

In other words, your phone will be able to read your mood and respond accordingly, rather than just feeding back programmed responses (though it'll do that too).

Jim Evans 2017-07-21
img

Back in March, Amazon added Alexa to its shopping app on iOS devices.

Now, the company has started rolling out its popular digital assistant to the Amazon app on Android as well.

A Twitter user by the name of Nick Schwab posted the news after he had received a notification in the Alexa app on his device saying that the digital assistant is now also available in the Amazon app.

Looks like Alexa was just added to the Amazon app for Android!

Who wants to try playing Deal or No Deal from their Amazon app?

— Nick Schwab (@nickschwab) July 20, 2017

James Kiley 2018-11-02
img

Its key purpose is to help you disconnect from technology, because the screen is so small you’ll hate using it, but you’ll still be able to receive notifications in case of emergencies.

That does mean paying Verizon $10 a month for cellular connectivity on the Palm.

You’re able to get all your notifications because the Palm is an Android phone, so it essentially installs all the same apps on your phone (the Android version if you have an iPhone).

An IP68 water resistance rating helps, as it means the phone can survive a drop in the pool.

One of the core features on the Palm is called “Life Mode,” and it’s easy to toggle on or off in the Settings menu.

It’s really no different than “Do Not Disturb” on Android or iOS smartphones, and is a much simpler version of both Apple’s Screen Time and Google’s Digital Wellbeing — which are more intricate tools meant to help people analyze smartphone usage and cut down if needed.

Robert Carter 2016-10-29
img

Palm was a smartphone pioneer and a leading personal digital assistant provider, but HP s acquisition sealed its fate

Back in 1992, a company called Palm Inc was founded, and it was widely regarded as a pioneer of the mobile revolution that took root in that decade.

Palm specialised in the personal digital assistant PDA thanks to its successful Palm Pilot devices, but it also developed one of the first smartphones with the Treo 600.

The early days of Palm saw it earning its crust by selling synchronisation software for HP devices, and the Graffiti handwriting recognition software for the Apple Newton MessagePad.

For the day, the Palm Pilot was actually a fairly decent piece of kit.

It offered a 160 160 pixel monochrome LCD, and featured a Graffiti input zone in the bottom third of the screen.

Brad Patterson 2017-08-02

When digital assistants first started appearing on our phones a few years ago, they were rare, and good for making them say funny stuff and not a great deal more.

Now, with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and others, the digital assistant is starting to become a part of our everyday lives.

If you’ve been wanting to use your digital assistant and been frustrated that you have to take your phone out of your pocket to make it work, a team at MIT may have come up with a solution.

It has created a little robot fashion accessory called Kino that can act as a conduit for your digital assistant, allowing you to talk into a device on your shoulder, more than a little like the communicator in Star Trek.

The little robots are also able to change the aesthetics of your clothes by having a pattern on them that changes the overall pattern of your clothes, being attached to items like scarfs that change the shape of the garment when the robot moves, and by leaving patterns behind them on fabrics like velvet.

We don’t know if it’s just us but the robots crawling over the garment look more than a little like insects.

Rosalie Bishop 2017-04-06
img

Samsung’s Bixby is the new kid on the block of personal digital assistants and is likely to face a rough reception in a neighbourhood dominated by tech sector rivals.

Bixby – introduced at Samsung’s unveiling of Galaxy S8 smartphones in New York last month - aims to help the South Korean giant break into a surging market for voice-activated virtual assistants, which includes Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana.

The latest personal digital assistant distinguishes itself from competitors by using voice commands to control handsets or applications, factoring in location awareness and image recognition.

The integrated camera function allows users to identify buildings, such as popular tourist sites, to access their websites and other information simply by snapping a photo.

The photo recognition technology can also help users decipher menus in foreign languages, or find places to shop for specific items they photograph.

“It adds some new twists we haven’t seen before,” he says, noting Bixby’s ability to make recommendations.