Voice is the Future — Issue #7

Echo Show! Hipchat! SNL! Cortana! What a week!


Amazon Echo Silver — SNL
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Amazon Echo — SNL — YouTube — www.youtube.com 
 The Amazon Echo Silver is specifically designed for the greatest generation (Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant). Get more…

Amazon News

A HUGE week for Amazon — check out all the goodies below.

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Introducing Echo Show — Amazon Official Site — www.amazon.com 
 Introducing Amazon Echo Show – Watch Amazon Video and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, shopping, and more.

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Amazon enables free calls and messages on all Echo devices with Alexa Calling | TechCrunch — techcrunch.com

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Amazon.com: Alexa — New Page — www.amazon.com

The one stop shop for all the capabilities of Amazon.

Advertisements in your Alexa device? It may be happening sooner than you think.

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Amazon Alexa skills make money with VoiceLabs | VoiceLabs — voicelabs.co 
 Sponsored Messages are 6–15 seconds long, and inserted at the start and end of conversations, where they can naturally lead a consumer into an experience or converse with the consumer as they exit.

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Amazon Echo Keeps Big Lead Over Google Home In Digital Assistants | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis — IBD — www.investors.com 
 Amazon continues to gain traction with its voice-activated speaker known as Echo.

Google Home

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Google Home brings iDevices into its smart home family — CNET — www.cnet.com 
 iDevices outlets, sockets and switches now play nice with all three major smart home assistants — Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Google, Raspberry Pi AIY Project ‘Not Google Home Replacement’ — Geek.com — www.geek.com

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Google Home Can Now Play Hours of Ambient Sounds | Digital Trends — www.digitaltrends.com 
 Google Home, the smart speaker than can distinguish between voices and place restaurant reservations, can now play hours of soothing sounds.

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This candy dispenser is the best possible use of Google’s new AIY kit — thenextweb.com

Microsoft Cortana

Is this the Amazon Echo competitor by Microsoft?!

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Harman Kardon Invoke featuring Cortana: Captivating sound meets personal digital assistant — Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog — blogs.windows.com 
 We’re excited to share that today, our partner Harman Kardon, released new details about the previously announced voice-activated speaker featuring Cortana.

Other Voice News

Alexa in Hipchat? Hm.

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VoiceMyBot | Atlassian Marketplace — marketplace.atlassian.com 
 With SoftServe’s VoiceMyBot, you can talk to all your Atlassian HipChat bots via Amazon Echo, without actual code integrations

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Mercedes-Benz Offers Virtual Assistants In 2016 And 2017 Models — DriveSpark — www.drivespark.com 
 German automaker Mercedes-Benz now offers virtual assistants to help the driver with car related issues. Read more.