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Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android – TechCrunch

Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android – TechCrunch Pandora today announced the launch of its own, in-app voice assistant which you can call up at any time by saying “Hey Pandora,” followed by a request to play the music or podcasts you want to hear. The …

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Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes – TechCrunch

Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes – TechCrunch Xiaomi, the Chinese company best known for budget phones, is betting big on a future of connected homes. It plans to plough at least 100 billion yuan, or $1.48 billion, into the so-called “AIoT” sector over the …

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The next phase of WeChat – TechCrunch

The next phase of WeChat – TechCrunch Thousands of people gathered Wednesday night in a southern Chinese city for Zhang Xiaolong, Tencent’s low-key executive who built WeChat eight years ago. It’s no longer adequate to call the app a messenger, for it now enables myriads of functions that infiltrate Chinese …

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The 2019 Mercedes CLA gets a major tech upgrade to make it the “ultimate wearable” – TechCrunch

The 2019 Mercedes CLA gets a major tech upgrade to make it the “ultimate wearable” – TechCrunch Mercedes-Benz has often reserved its best tech for its highest class models — the S Class being the first vehicle to get the latest and greatest. Now Mercedes is bringing more of tech, …

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Google woos smart home device makers with launch of Google Assistant Connect – TechCrunch

Google woos smart home device makers with launch of Google Assistant Connect – TechCrunch Google is making it easier for device manufacturers to integrate with Google Assistant technology, including those times when devices need to respond to voice commands without the benefit – or the expense – of being connected …

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Dish adds Google Assistant directly to its Hopper set-top boxes – TechCrunch

Dish adds Google Assistant directly to its Hopper set-top boxes – TechCrunch TV provider Dish is more tightly integrating its Hopper line of receivers with Google Assistant by integrating the smart assistant directly into its set-top boxes. The company was already working with Google on an voice-controlled experience, having announced …

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China’s Baidu says its answer to Alexa is now on 200M devices – TechCrunch

China’s Baidu says its answer to Alexa is now on 200M devices – TechCrunch A Chinese voice assistant has been rapidly gaining ground in recent months. DuerOS, Baidu’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa, reached over 200 million devices, China’s top search engine announced on its Weibo official account last Friday. To …

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The NFL launches its first standalone voice app with “A Rookie’s Guide to the NFL” for Alexa – TechCrunch

The NFL launches its first standalone voice app with “A Rookie’s Guide to the NFL” for Alexa – TechCrunch The NFL is giving voice assistants a go. Earlier this year, the organization had tested the waters with the launch of a flash briefing called “NFL in :60,” but today the company …

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Alexa gains support for location-based reminders and routines, calling features & more – TechCrunch

Alexa gains support for location-based reminders and routines, calling features & more – TechCrunch Amazon Alexa is gaining new capabilities, including support for location-based reminders and routines, the ability to call local businesses by voice, and the ability to check your email, hands-free, on supported Alexa devices, among other things. …

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