Voice is the Future — Issue #7

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

Amazon Echo Silver — SNL

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.


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?!


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.