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Simple Design Flaw Makes Siri and Alexa Vulnerable to Hacks

According to a group of researchers from Zhejiang University in China, a critical design flaw in voice assistants from Apple and Amazon makes them extremely vulnerable to hacks (via FastCompany). It seems that hackers can take control of Siri and Alexa by whispering in frequencies humans can’t hear, by translating typical audio commands into ultrasonic frequencies using the “DolphinAttack"...

Microsoft and Amazon to Integrate Cortana and Alexa AI Assistants

Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa will begin “talking to each other” by the end of the year, letting each voice assistant’s users leverage the unique capabilities of the other in an unusual collaboration between the Seattle-area tech giants. According to a new report from the New York Times, Amazon's voice-powered digital assistant Alexa will now be able...

Samsung’s Bixby Now Available in Over 200 Countries, Including Canada

Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby finally supports voice globally, with the South Korean giant rolling out the update in over 200 countries around the world, including Canada. According to a new report from The Verge, the South Korean company has confirmed that Bixby's voice capabilities are now expanding to countries worldwide. This comes a month after it began rolling out...

AI Rap Battle: Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant vs. Bixby [VIDEO]

You must have listened to a lot of rap battles in the past but none can compare to the epic contest for AI dominance between Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant and Samsung's Bixby. That’s right guys, it’s an AI rap battle between the world’s leading virtual assistants, thanks to the guys over at PhoneBuff. The only edits...

Samsung Reportedly Developing Bixby-Powered AI Speaker, Too: WSJ

Samsung is joining the likes of Amazon and Google’s play for the living room by developing a smart speaker — despite not really having voice-activated technology ready yet. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean hardware maker is integrating its Bixby assistant into a voice-activated device. Samsung has been working on the new...

Amazon Adds iCloud Calendar Compatibility With Echo Devices

Amazon today has revealed Apple iCloud users can now link their calendar to Echo and Alexa for the first time, meaning users can add new appointments or check their iCloud calendar schedule with voice commands to Alexa. The update means that users of the Amazon Echo – as well as the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap...

Apple Reveals How Siri Learns a New Language, Shanghainese Coming Next

With the broad release of Google Assistant last week, the voice-assistant wars are in full swing, with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and now Google all offering electronic assistants to take your commands. Siri is the oldest of the bunch, and researchers including Oren Etzioni, chief executive officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle,...

Apple’s Smart Home Plans Threatened by Amazon

The combination of Amazon's Echo speaker system and Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant seems to be ruining Apple's Smart Home plans. According to Reuters, Amazon has come much closer to delivering on the promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words in less than a year, than both Apple...

Apple HomeKit Devices Seen as Lacking vs Alexa at CES 2017

Those attending CES are used to the idea that Apple is not physically present at the consumer electronics show that kicks off the new year. Apple, however, is present in various other ways, and this year's spotlight was HomeKit. But somehow, Alexa (you know, Alexa from Amazon) has managed to grab more attention this year,...