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'Gia' is an Alexa rival for the finance industry

Emagia, a provider of digital finance solutions, has launched an assistance platform to help finance executives and operations teams. Gia combines AI and analytics to provide business leaders with predictive reports and automated task completion.

Apple to launch HomePod smart speaker on February 9

Apple has announced it will start shipping its delayed HomePod smart speaker early next month. The company said the device is the product of "years" of innovation, culminating in a "magical" digital assistance experience. Preorders will open on Friday.

Microsoft says Cortana will become 'ubiquitous digital assistant'

Microsoft has publicly addressed the scepticism around its Cortana assistant. The company's rival to Alexa and Google Assistant has been left exposed after CES. It has only a handful of third-party integrations and consumer use is thought to be low.

Report: Microsoft rethinking Cortana's role in Windows 10

Microsoft is planning to move Cortana into a redesigned Action Center panel on Windows 10. The digital assistant will be reworked around conversations, similarly to Google Assistant, as Microsoft aims to increase adoption of the feature.

Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Google's attended CES with its biggest showing in years, arriving with an aggressive round of promotional material for Google Assistant. It comes after Amazon's Alexa was widely seen to have "won" last year's CES with more integrations than Google.

Microsoft not giving up on Cortana, announces new devices

Digital assistants have been one of the most prominent technologies at this year's CES, with Alexa and Google Assistant appearing in new devices. Microsoft announced today it's still interested in assistance too, promising several new Cortana devices.

LG's robot for 'connected life' refuses to talk on-stage

LG's CES press conference was derailed by its Cloi robot which ignored verbal commands. Cloi is supposed to act as a hub for LG's new range of smart home devices. The incident has resurfaced concerns that IoT development may be progressing too quickly.

Facebook to shut down its 'M' digital assistant service

Facebook has announced it's shutting down part of its "M" digital assistant. The AI, accessed through Messenger, offered a "virtual concierge" supported by human operators. The human element of the service is now being closed down after over two years.

Amazon announces plans to put Alexa inside workplaces

Amazon's announced Alexa for Business, a program designed to convince enterprises that voice assistants can work in offices. The company said it wants employees to have an "intelligent assistant at work" while giving IT controls to manage voice devices.

Microsoft adds Cortana integration to Skype as part of AI push

Microsoft has added Cortana integration to Skype, letting the assistant offer proactive help while you contact friends and family. Cortana works in a similar way to Google Assistant's integration with Allo, letting you check information and ask questions.

Google says it's now 'committed' to building AI-centric hardware

Google has expanded its range of hardware products with several new devices, including the Pixel 2 smartphone and additional Google Home variants. The common theme in the line-up is AI, a technology Google said should be "at the core" of modern hardware.

Google brings digital assistance to watching TV

Google has announced that Google Assistant is now available on Android TV. The launch comes with several TV-focused voice commands that help you start watching a show, find out what it's about and interact with apps. It's also a new stage for Assistant.
 

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