Topics: Voice Assistants

Topics: Voice Assistants
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Smart Speaker Stats, 2019

Edison Research, in partnership with NPR, has released the 2019 Smart Audio Report.

July 1, 2019
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Some Details on Facebook’s Voice Assistant

Ira Snyder, a director of augmented and virtual reality for Facebook, is leading on it.

April 19, 2019
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Amazon Alexa Getting Longer News Briefings

Also: on that creepy human listening revelation.

April 15, 2019
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Robot Voices Update

I wrote a piece back in October about Pocket’s revamped text to speech feature inside its read it later app. In it, I posited that I didn’t yet think that the robots were coming for all the audio jobs, but that AI and automated reads would become more common in the coming months and years…

January 19, 2019
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Citizen Alexa

Last week, Amazon rolled out a series of Alexa updates that lets users access US election information through the smart speaker platform. Bill Barton, the VP of Information on the Alexa team, noted in a corporate blog post that the move was a response to consumer behavior. “Customers asked Alexa millions of questions during the […]

November 6, 2018
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This Week in Smart Speakers

Variety: “Almost half of all consumers will own a smart speaker after the upcoming holiday season, according to a new study by Adobe.” Note that the write-up was published in early September. CNBC: “Streaming platforms are feeding the growing boom in smart speakers such as Echo, Home and HomePod, study reveals.” Slate: “Streaming music is […]

October 30, 2018
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The Robots are Coming

Notes on Pocket’s New Text-to-Speech Feature.

October 19, 2018
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How Publishers are Staffing Up for Smart Speakers

Over at Digiday, Lucia Moses has a piece that, among other things, sheds some light on how a few publishers have been building teams around figuring out the voice-first platform: NPR has six people who are dedicated to voice assistants and is in the process of creating an editorial position that will be dedicated to […]

A good look by Digiday’s Lucia Moses.

July 24, 2018
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The Smart Audio Report, Spring 2018 Edition

The smart speaker user base appears to have rapidly evolved beyond its “first adopter” set.

July 19, 2018
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Testing direct donations over Alexa

“Alexa, take my money.”

July 6, 2018