Beginning next year Alexa can detect when customers are frustrated by understanding the tone and inflection in the customer's voice. And when she recognizes you're frustrated with her, Alexa will "try" to adjust. Is this AI-generated empathy? Now that could move things into the revolutionary category…beginning next year. But one new evolutionary thing that could be fun is having Samuel L. Jackson as the first celebrity voice for Alexa. He can tell you jokes, let you know if it's raining, set timers and alarms, play music and more -- all with "a bit" of his own personality. There will be two versions of his voice are available -- explicit and non-explicit. But if I'm going to pay $.99 for a skill to hear Sammy's voice on my Echo, why in the world would I choose non-explicit Sam? If I got this, I'd be wanting to ask Sam to say his Pulp Fiction speech on demand. Now can you imagine what a non-explicit version of that would sound like? But I digress… … [Read more...] about Amazon device event: Evolutionary, not revolutionary, and there’s nothing wrong with that
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AirTags Evidence of the existence of these tiny RFID or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices have been found in the source code of iOS releases going back as far as iOS 13, and they can also be found in iOS 14. The idea is similar to that of Tile, which has had a product on the market for several years now and sells for $99 for a pack of four. The idea is that you attach them to items that you might potentially lose, such as a handbag or your car keys or even a pet. iOS's Find My app is then used, presumably, along with the Ultra Wide Band (UWB) chip in late-model iPhones, to locate that item. … [Read more...] about First, iPhone SE killed Android: What budget products will Apple unleash next?
Apple’s HomePod does well on sound but when it comes to smarts it’s somewhat lacking. Compared to Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, Siri is rather limited in what it can do for you as a smart home hub. This isn’t great considering it’s one of the most expensive smart speakers on the market, and Siri is your main means of controlling it. … [Read more...] about Apple HomePod 2 release date, news, and rumors
Bose’s video says you can expect six hours of battery life and that the QuietComfort Earbuds deliver clear calls due to their “custom-designed microphone array.” And yep, those are a lot of mic holes! Bose did make big strides in voice quality with the Noise Canceling Headphones 700, so I’m looking forward to seeing how those have carried over to earbuds. … [Read more...] about Bose is almost ready to challenge Apple’s AirPods Pro with new noise-canceling earbuds
AirPods 2019 (standard charging): £159 £119.97 at Laptops DirectLaptops Direct is still beating Amazon on 2019 AirPods deals this week, undercutting the retail giant by £10 to bring us this £119.97 price tag. This is on the standard charging version, but if you're after wireless charging check out the offer below. View Deal … [Read more...] about There’s still time to grab fantastic AirPods and AirPods Pro deals this weekend