YOU PROBABLY DON’T have a landline phone, because it’s not 1995. But you miss it sometimes, don’t you? Knowing where the phone was all the time, having something anyone could pick up and use, avoiding the rock-paper-scissors over who has to waste their cell phone battery calling Dominos.Read more
The consumer IT giants — such as Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — have all invested heavily in voice technology. Analyst Gartner estimated two years that 30 percent of our interactions with technology will be through ‘conversations’ with smart machines by 2018.Read more
IF YOU’RE NOT already having conversations with a cylindrical speaker sitting on the kitchen counter, you will be soon. AI-powered devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are poised to invade tens of millions more households this year. Here’s a guide to getting the most out of these futuristic household minions.Read more
VOICE-POWERED SPEAKERS LIKE Amazon Echo and Google Home have carved out a place on kitchen counters and nightstands in countless homes. What makes their immense popularity all the more remarkable is that they’ve achieved it without a key feature: Knowing exactly who’s talking.Read more
When the singularity is reached and our robot servants finally turn on their human masters, future mecha-historians will point with metal fingers to 2017 as the year it all began.Read more
Google has removed audio about the movie Beauty and the Beast which played out unprompted on Google Home. “By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast opens today,” the smart speaker said after listing the time, weather and travel update.Read more
Google Home, the web giant’s internet-connected talking personal assistant, has started spamming audio adverts to unsuspecting folk today.
Never before have we witnessed a technology giant destroy a product with such precision-engineered idiocy. Don’t be evil? Do us a favor.Read more
Aldous Huxley claimed that “most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” While Huxley wasn’t writing about voice-assisted devices, his understanding of our propensity to cheerlead new technology without fully acknowledging what we sacrifice perfectly captures the new world of voice interfaces ushered in by Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.Read more
Welcome to our second annual Robot Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, wannabe coders, toy lovers, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.
Most of the robots on the list were introduced in 2016, but there’s a couple old favorites that we just had to include. What robots are on your wishlist?Read more
IF YOU GOT an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You’ll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. The world is yours. But you know what? That little talking cylinder is always listening to you.Read more
The first thing I say when I wake up every morning is “Okay Google”.
Now don’t worry - it’s not shrieked amidst some kind of panicked, cold sweat. I’m not having nightmares about search engines, or even the prolonged suffering of Google+ (though someone surely should be).Read more