Apple is working on a competing product to Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, and sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans are saying that the device come with built in technology that can scan and recognize the user’s face. With this capability, Apple’s smart speaker would be able to see who is in the room, and play that person’s preferred music, and even set the lighting according to mood.
AT&T is the latest to join the digital assistant club. The second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has announced that is indeed working on a voice assistant that functions similarly to Siri and other popular digital assistant services out there. However, AT&T is doing it by way of a mobile app to subscribers of its Digital Life service.
To open Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, normally one only needs to speak the words “Hey Cortana” and the mobile app would just launch. But the version of this feature that runs on the Android mobile operating system in the United States apparently can no longer be launched with that specific voice prompt.
As reported by the Business Insider, Apple is purportedly planning to launch a voice mail and transcription service that would turn its digital assistant Siri into a personalized answering machine for mobile users.
The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has always been the venue wherein Apple announces a new version of its iOS mobile operating system. This year's WWDC is no exception. As expected, iOS 9, the latest version of Apple's iOS, was officially unveiled by the company. Here is a rundown of some of the new features.
According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft's Cortana will be coming to both Android and iOS platforms after Windows 10 rolls out a new and improved version of the virtual assistant.
This updated Cortana is expected to be deployed as a standalone app, which will be made available in Google Play as well as in Apple's App Store. Plus, it will work the same way on Android and iOS as it already does on Windows.
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