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Why everyone is talking about everything talking

Suddenly, we’re looking at voice-first everything — including the voice-first workplace.

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With cashier-less checkout, retailers should be careful what they wish for

As the battle for cashier-less stores rages on, it's worth questioning whether an employee-less checkout system is something that retailers should truly want.

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Here comes BYOSD (bring your own smart display)

A new wave of Google Assistant-powered ‘home’ smart displays hits next month. And they’re coming to work.

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Amazon's Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT

Amazon has confirmed that one of its Echo devices recorded a family's conversation and then messaged it to a random person on the family's contact list. The implications are terrifying.

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Why Google Assistant will beat Siri, Alexa and Cortana

Apple and Amazon simply won’t be able to compete with Google’s virtual assistant over the next few years.

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Google is creating its own Amazon right under our noses

How an innocuous-seeming announcement speaks volumes about Google's shifting ambitions — and its efforts to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Virtual Assistant Battle

What the virtual assistant battle is really all about, in a single word

Once you understand why all these tech companies so desperately want you to adore their assistants, the push for a "smart" everything suddenly makes a lot more sense.

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Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

The Amazon Alexa platform dominated CES this year. The virtual assistant is shaping up to be the most important new operating system.

Post-OS World

Welcome to the post-OS era

It's the virtual assistant's world now. The operating system is just living in it.

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The rise of virtual assistants in the office

Between Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, the workplace is getting rather chatty. Expect that trend to continue in 2018, but don't count on voice-activated assistants to tackle just any task.

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Dear Amazon and Google: Enough.

There comes a time when companies need to put corporate greed aside and put their users' interests first. For Amazon and Google, that time is now.

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Why virtual assistants are the ‘killer app’ for wearables

‘Hearables’ and smart glasses will keep us in range of our virtual assistants everywhere, all the time.

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The future of smart glasses comes into focus

What will smart glasses look like? How will they work? Who will use them? And how widespread will they be? It all became clearer this week.

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With Amazon's AR mobile app, you don't need a depth-sensing camera to sense depth

Made with Apple’s ARKit, Amazon's new augmented reality (AR) mobile app shows you can do AR sizing without needing depth-sensing camera. Sorry, iPhone X.

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Amazon wants to deliver groceries to your car trunk — not a good idea

Amazon’s car trunk delivery system, which uses a mobile app from a smart lock vendor, sounds convenient, but it raises security concerns.

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Can Amazon truly become a mobile payment power?

One longtime Wall Street financial analyst tracking retail says Amazon may be positioned to disrupt mobile payments just as it has disrupted retail.

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Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa agree to talk to each other, but no one cares

Cortana and Alexa can talk to each other, but it isn't really a conversation or integration — simply a way for one bot to open the other.

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What Amazon Prime Day tells us about mobile app loyalty

What does it mean that users of the Amazon app were less likely to venture into a physical store on the day of Amazon's big sale?

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