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Amazon Says Alexa Voice Shopping Tripled During 2018 Holiday Season

“Amazon on Wednesday said that the number of voice-activated orders placed via its virtual personal assistant Alexa were three times greater during the 2018 holiday season than they were in the last year. Meanwhile, Alexa was also called on “hundreds of thousands” of times to help folks find cocktail recipes: eggnog and Moscow Mules topped the list […]
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Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’

“Voice assistants are potentially privacy nightmares as they proceed to monitor more and more elements of our daily lives. That fear, however, hasn’t seemed to put a dent in sales. As the holiday shopping season approaches, voice-powered smart speakers are again expected to be big sellers, adding to the approximately one-quarter to one-third of the U.S. population that already owns a smart […]
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Westpac welcomes Siri for managing payments

“Westpac is enabling Siri for its users to manage their accounts and transactions from iPhone devices, claiming to be the first in the country. To authenticate payments, customers will be prompted to input their fingerprint or face ID before the money is transferred to the payee.”
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How to Monetise: The Next Big Thing for Voice Assistants

“Voice assistants continue to gain momentum, but there’s still little clarity around how this new interface affects the brand-consumer relationship, and how brands need to reposition themselves in light of this. With strong chances of more growth on the horizon, stakeholders in voice tech are having to consider questions that underline its durability and monetisation […]
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Alibaba Will Let You Find Restaurants and Order Food With Voice in a Car

“On Tuesday, Alibaba announced at the annual Shanghai Auto Show that it’s developing apps for connected cars that will let drivers find restaurants, queue up and make reservations at restaurants, order food and eventually complete a plethora of other tasks using voice, motion or touch control. Third-party developers are invited to make their in-car apps, […]
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Companies

Walmart Unveils Voice-Activated, Google-Powered Grocery Shopping

“Beginning this month, Walmart shoppers can add items directly to their online shopping carts by saying “Hey Google, talk to Walmart.” Information from prior purchases will help identify the correct brand and size — like whether you drink 1 percent or skim milk without having to specify, according to Tom Ward, Walmart’s senior vice president […]
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