voice control

DISH Voice Remote launches for Hopper 3, 4K Joey users

DISH Voice Remote launches for Hopper 3, 4K Joey users

Smart TVs and TV platforms these all flaunt some sort of voice control or another, whether they be Google Now, Siri, Alexa, or some unnamed, disembodied voice. Naturally, set-top boxes and DVRs have to get into the game as well. DISH Network is doing precisely that and then some. Its new Voice Remote, which will be available to Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers, can, of course, react to your voice. But lest you think that is its only ability, you'd be pleasantly surprised to find out how wrong you are.

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CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

The dinosaur "toy" shown here is not what it appears to be. It's supposed to be a toy for smart kits - or, to be fair, goofball kids if they know how to press a button and speak. It looks like a toy, but it's not just that. This is the CogniToys Dino, and it's likely the smartest dinosaur-themed object in my living space. He's also the most-used children's toy here (used by children or their parents) over the past few weeks. He cannot be stopped.

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Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

While previous versions of Android had custom voice actions available on a case-by-case basis for developers, the future may go a bit more public. If you head back to Google's listing of "Custom Voice Actions" in their Android developer portal, you'll find a note posted in December of 2015. There they suggest that they're not currently accepting requests for Custom Voice Actions. They suggest to stay tuned for product updates. Those updates may be coming very, very soon.

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Siri is already teasing its arrival on Apple’s next Mac OS

Siri is already teasing its arrival on Apple’s next Mac OS

One of the more promising rumors we've been hearing as this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is that Apple will bring voice assistant Siri to the Mac in the newest version of its desktop operating system. Turns out, Siri has had the answer the whole time! One user has just discovered that by making requests involving the term "windows" (the UI, not the Microsoft OS), Siri will sometimes respond with references to "Finder."

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Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon's line of Echo speakers and the virtual assistant Alexa are constantly getting updated with new features and connected services, but the company has now revealed that the number of third-party skills available has topped 1,000. That's a lot of new abilities for Alexa that developers have created, resulting in useful features like the ability to check bank accounts, make travel plans, and even order a pizza, all via voice commands.

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Google Home a sibling of Chromecast, not Android-powered

Google Home a sibling of Chromecast, not Android-powered

In what came as a surprise to few, last month saw Google announce Home, its entry into the smart-speaker market currently dominated by Amazon's Echo. While a number of the device's capabilities were shown off, including performing Google web searches and managing simple tasks, not a lot of details about the hardware itself has been revealed. While some wondered if the Home's smarts came from being built on Android, the reality is that the speaker is a "dressed-up version" of Chromecast, says news site The Information.

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Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

The Android smartphone in your pocket is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, could make your everyday life more organized and less chaotic. Do you take advantage of that potential? If your answer's no, keep reading. Google has a slew of 'OK Google' commands and you probably use some of them; if you're like me, though, you may have procrastinated about pulling up the full list of commands and seeing what's available. If so, check out the following five commands that could make your daily life easier.

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Leaked screenshots reveal Siri’s arrival on OS X

Leaked screenshots reveal Siri’s arrival on OS X

We've been hearing rumors about Apple bringing virtual assistant Siri to the Mac with this year's version of OS X (AKA "macOS") for several months now, and with the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just a month away, some new evidence has surfaced pointing towards an announcement. MacRumors has obtained a pair of screenshots with Siri logos revealing where in the desktop OS's UI users will find the assistant.

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Gboard for iPhone is missing Google’s smartest feature

Gboard for iPhone is missing Google’s smartest feature

Google launches their own keyboard for iOS, creating a conundrum in the minds of both Android users and iOS users alike. For Android users, the question rests squarely in the "why did you favor iOS over your own operating system". That's a question Android fans have been asking of Google developers since they first started releasing apps and software experiences for iPhone back in 2007. For iOS users, the question is of the missing feature from this keyboard - one of the best bits about being an Android user with Google's assistance.

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Amazon’s Alexa will now give you tracking details about Amazon orders

Amazon’s Alexa will now give you tracking details about Amazon orders

It's another week, and that means another update for the Amazon Echo connected speaker with support for a new feature. This time it's the ability for voice assistant Alexa to answer questions about the tracking details on an order from Amazon.com. It's one of those things that seems stupidly obvious once you hear it, and you wonder why this feature hasn't been added sooner.

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Talk to Amazon’s Alexa from your iPhone with the Lexi app

Talk to Amazon’s Alexa from your iPhone with the Lexi app

As we've seen recently, Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is becoming more and more useful with each additional connected service and app integration. The only real limitation is that you be close enough to one of Amazon's Echo smart speakers to give a verbal command. What if you could make use of Alexa from your phone in the same way as Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana? That exactly what the new iOS app Lexi does, allowing you to bypass the Echo altogether.

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Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

The autonomous driving features in the Tesla Model S have allowed the car to be summoned from its parking space for several months now, first via the keyfob, and then with an unofficial Apple Watch app. But now it's time to let another device do the summoning for you — like Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant in the Echo connected speaker. That's exactly what developer Jason Goecke has done, allowing him to tell his car to pull out of the garage with voice commands.

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