Microsoft announced that it has purchased Semantic Machines, an AI startup. But this purchase may have a chilling effect on Cortana.
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Google smart speaker sales are growing over three times faster than those from Amazon, closing the gap in this critical market.
Heading home from Seattle and reflecting on this week's Build conference, I'm struck by the major change in Microsoft's tone and direction.
In a future in which the entire world is a computer, we need a more responsible approach to technology. We need Microsoft.
Google announced today that its Google Assistant is now compatible with over 5,000 smart devices, up 1,500 from January.
Amazon today announced a new Echo Dot aimed at kids and a new version of its parental controls.
To date, Google's podcast strategy has amounted to adding podcast support to Google Play Music. That's changing.
Bill Gates once remarked that Windows was the most versatile software that the world had ever seen. Nope.
Amazon announced this week that it is opening up Alexa skills creation to non-programmers via a new tool called Alexa Skill Blueprints.
Most of the privacy reporting these days is focused on Google and Facebook because these firms maximize their earnings by knowing more about you.
Activision announced this week that it has released a beta set of Call of Duty skills for Amazon Alexa.
Contrary to various reports, Microsoft will indeed charge a licensing fee for Azure Sphere. Is this a problem?
Microsoft had good reasons to choose a Linux core for its Azure Sphere OS. Was better security one of the reasons?
Google today announced new versions of its fun "AIY"---read as "DIY AI"---project kits for the Raspberry Pi Zero WH.
Microsoft's Azure Sphere represents the confluence of several big themes we've discussed here on Thurrott.com in recent weeks.
Amazon is bringing a popular Google Home feature to its Echo speakers.
Ambient computing is the "next wave" of personal computing. But what role can Microsoft play in this future?
Routines represent the second-generation of the digital assistant era, where we move past simple command/response interactions.
Amazon's $1 billion purchase of smart home security firm Ring is big news, but it could result in a chilling new era of fragmentation.
Speakers are getting smarter and everyone is shoving Alexa into their products; KitSound looks to differentiate with multiple playback options but is it enough?
Using a cord-cutting service requires the ability to give up expectations we have from the past and be open to doing things differently.
Our experience with cable TV has been hugely negative. And after struggling with it for months, we're going back to a cord-cutting service.
Google will announce today that it is expanding the YouTube TV channel lineup. But it is also raising prices a bit too.
Buried in this week's announcement about HomePod availability, Apple claims that Siri now has over half a billion active users.
For years, the personal technology market has been defined by platform wars. But I think those days are over.
The word "courage" is often bandied about too easily these days. This is a great example of that.
Ambient computing is the next major wave of personal computing, and smart speakers are how we get there.