Cortana can now read emails out loud in Outlook for iOS

Microsoft is pushing ahead with plans to position Cortana as a personal productivity assistant in the office with new features announced at Ignite this week.  While Cortana was initially launched as a consumer voice assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft has increasingly targeted …

How to hand off music or phone calls from your iPhone to a HomePod

With iOS 13.2, it’s easier than ever to hand off music or a phone call from your iPhone to your HomePod. Such handoffs were possible before iOS 13.2, but they were a bit of a hassle (as we’ll see below). Now, though, Apple provides a “quick way” and a “long …

Apple releases HomePod 13.2.1 update

Apple on Wednesday released the HomePod 13.2.1 software update, a few days after the company’s 13.2 update caused problems on the HomePod, resulting in some devices being non-functional. If you installed 13.2 after it was released last Monday, the HomePod could be bricked if you reset the HomePod or removed …

30 time-saving tricks to try with the new Google Assistant

Google’s new and improved Assistant may not be a full-fledged revolution quite yet, but it sure is a substantial upgrade over the traditional Assistant experience. The new Assistant, if you haven’t heard, is currently something you can experience only on the new Pixel 4 phone. But rest assured, that’ll change …

Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon let loose with an avalanche of new products at its September hardware unveiling, starting with a series of new Echo speakers, including one with Dolby Atmos sound, as well as a pair of true wireless earbuds, glasses, and even a ring, all with—you guessed it—Alexa on board. Take a …

Oracle launches AI voice assistant for its business app suite

Oracle has added AI voice commands to its Digital Assistant, offering users an alternative way to interact with its various business apps. The company on Tuesday also announced that the bot will integrate with Microsoft’s work stream collaboration platform, Teams.  Oracle’s Digital Assistant was launched last year as an interface …

4 Google Assistant additions worth watching

Google Assistant may not be perfect, but goodness gracious, is it ever growing. Seems rarely a month goes by these days where Google doesn’t announce some new capability for its platform-defying (and, some would argue, platform-creating) virtual assistant. But Assistant’s most significant growth spurt may still be ahead of us. …

7 ways Google’s Smart Displays could get smarter

We’re living in the age of the virtual assistant. The only problem? The virtual assistant isn’t always as helpful as it could be. General dependability aside, the gadgets we’ve been given for interacting with Google Assistant still feel far more limiting than they need to be — particularly when you …