Coming soon to your television: Alexa and Google Assistant

When George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, he imagined Telescreens - devices that operated not only to play video, but also for surveillance complete with cameras and microphones. Now in 2019, Smart TVs are projected

Published on: February 12th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Alexa, what’s my next smart home gadget purchase?

“Alexa, order me some paper towels.” “OK, Google, play the latest Hashtag Trending podcast on Spotify.” “Hey, Siri, help me decide what new smart products and services to buy that are best integrated

Published on: January 21st, 2019 Derek Malcolm

LG unveils new smart home products, adds Alexa to 8K TV at CES 2019

LAS VEGAS - LG Electronics opened its CES 2019 showcase with a press conference that introduced new smart home product categories and an 8K compatible TV that works with two different smart assistants.

Published on: January 7th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Voice-first fragmentation, Alexa in your ear, Alexa in your boardroom

In 2019, voice-first smart assistants will face a fragmentation problem. They’ll also be literally in your ear. And they’ll be in your office boardroom. In 2019, we’ll be looking for solutions to a

Published on: December 28th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Toronto-based Storyful launches ‘Youtube for voice entertainment’

A Toronto-based startup that's hoping to create an interactive audio content platform accessed through smart speakers released its Alexa Skill on Wednesday. The "choose your own adventure" type of stories are a perfect

Published on: October 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Exploring Manulife’s Alexa Skill

Amazon's Alexa has been making waves, especially with all of the new skills that are now available. In our latest Speak Up! video we take a look at the Manulife Benefits skill and

Published on: September 6th, 2018 Shruti Shekar

Amazon says Canadian French language support is ‘coming soon’ to Alexa

Amazon Alexa will introduce Canadian French language support soon, ITBusiness.ca has learned. Amazon launched Alexa to the Canadian market in November 2017 along with its Echo and Echo Dot hardware. But it could

Published on: August 17th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Amazon Prime Day; Microsoft Inspire; Dr. Alexa gives bad advice

Thanks to Amazon, today is like Boxing Day in July. Microsoft is hosting its annual partner conference this week. And Alexa turns out to not be a very good doctor. Today is Amazon

Published on: July 16th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Washington sues Google and Facebook; ZTE strikes deal with U.S.; Sonos’ new Alexa-enabled speaker

The state of Washington has sued Google and Facebook for allegedly not disclosing who purchased election ads. Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE’s U.S. operations officially get to stay in business. And users appear very

Published on: June 8th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Does the Echo Spot’s screen make it the best Alexa device? – All Hands on Tech

Voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant have been taking the world by storm and Amazon has gone one step further by adding a touchscreen to its new Echo Spot - the first

Published on: May 31st, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

AI, Azure, and second chance tech: Highlights from Microsoft’s Build 2018

At its annual Build conference, Microsoft showcased what's coming for the tech giant in the realm of artificial intelligence, cloud, and more, including an old Microsoft experiment finding a new home with Azure.

Published on: May 8th, 2018 Alex Radu

Voice technology helps Canadians compare clinical and cost-effectiveness of their medication

Alexa has become an expert on prescription drugs. Reformulary Group, a healthcare technology group, launched a first of its kind Alexa voice skill called DrugFinder, allowing Canadians to research their prescriptions and save

Published on: April 18th, 2018 Alex Coop

‘Okay Google’ are the first two words to unlocking AI business advantage: IDC analyst

While the science-fiction version of artificial intelligence may be decades away, businesses right now in 2018 can still get excited about AI algorithms that can be used to make their practice more efficient

Published on: March 26th, 2018 Alex Radu

Exploring Air Canada’s Alexa skill – Speak Up!

With smart assistants taking over homes and businesses, Air Canada is one of the latest companies to try and boost audience engagement on Alexa-enabled devices through its Air Canada skill. In our Speak

Published on: March 19th, 2018 Alex Radu