Amazon launches Alexa in Canada with Echo devices, Prime Music

After months of rumours, Amazon confirmed that it's now officially launching its Alexa smart assistant to Canada. The cloud-based AI that has been available for years south of the border and featured in

Published on: November 15th, 2017 Brian Jackson

How to turn your podcast into an Alexa Flash Briefing Skill

Podcast producers often refer to the podcast industry as divided into two distinct eras - pre-Serial and post-Serial. Published in 2014, Serial is a podcast produced by someĀ This American LifeĀ alumni that is the

Published on: October 13th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Sonos One to launch in Canada with no promises for Alexa support

Sonos Inc. will launch its new "voice-controlled speaker" in Canada without any promise for support from Amazon Alexa, according to the connected speaker maker. The Sonos One will be available in Canada on

Published on: October 5th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Sun Life’s digital coach ‘Ella’ a chatbot for voice-first devices, mobile

It seems that every tech brand is launching its own smart digital assistant these days, but now Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is jumping on the trend with the announcement of "Ella."

Published on: September 14th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Alexa and Cortana meet in new Amazon and Microsoft partnership

In a first of its kind partnership, Amazon and Microsoft have announced that both companies' digital assistants will be able to speak to each other. Later this year, Alexa will be able to

Published on: August 30th, 2017 Alex Radu

Voice-first developers share best practices for Alexa Skills, Google Actions

With Google Home now available in Canada and receiving more useful features and Amazon's Alexa expected to be released in the near future, many companies find themselves pondering how to have a totally

Published on: August 18th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Take a look at Amazon’s rumoured ‘all-in-one’ messaging app

The Seattle-based tech giant is reportedly working on launching its own competing messaging app called Anytime. According to AFTVnews, Amazon has started surveying customers about a new messaging service for input on which

Published on: July 17th, 2017 Alex Radu

85 per cent of jobs in 2030 haven’t been invented yet

If you're worried that a machine is going to take over your job, don't fret, because your next job just doesn't exist yet. According to a Dell Technologies report titled 'The Next Era

Published on: July 13th, 2017 Alex Radu

Guess what the most popular item was on Amazon Prime Day

To the surprise of no one, Amazon Inc. has revealed that its Echo speaker was the best seller on the company's third annual Prime Day. The basic Echo model was discounted by a

Published on: July 12th, 2017 Alex Radu

Using Google Home in Canada – All Hands on Tech

Americans have enjoyed the benefit of Amazon's Alexa for years and Google Home since November, yet Canadians are left waiting for official support for these smart home assistants. But what if there's really

Published on: May 15th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Google Assistant learns Canadian French – Google Home launch next?

Google Assistant has finished its Canadian French lessons and is ready to graduate to consumer chat app Allo, according to Google Inc. The search giant announced the new language support for Allo on

Published on: May 9th, 2017 Brian Jackson

No reason to wait for Google Home to officially arrive in Canada

Google Inc. announced that its Google Home speakers were officially launched in the U.K. April 6, but Canada is still waiting. The search giant has promised 2017 access to the smart speaker hardware

Published on: April 11th, 2017 Brian Jackson

‘Alexa, did you hear a murder?’ Privacy, patience, precision main hurdles for voice technology

Although a U.S. murder case has raised questions about the lack of privacy involving voice activated devices, one Toronto expert says a lack of consumer patience has far more potential to kill the

Published on: March 16th, 2017 Christine Wong

The last dispatch from CES 2017

CES 2017 was the show where almost every product was labeled "intelligent" or "smart," and all had AI (Artificial Intelligent) enabled features. Here are some examples where AI seems to be used like

Published on: January 24th, 2017 Catherine Aczel Boivie