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Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It is even more difficult when learning by yourself, even with the latest apps and methods. Language teaching app Duolingo admitted as much when it finally launched support for just a subset of the language. But learning is one thing, practicing with an actual native speaker is another. Since the latter isn’t exactly convenient or always available, Microsoft Research has decided to leverage the hottest new trend to make it a bit easier: using an AI-powered chatbot.

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Amazon Lex opens Alexa AI’s bot smarts to everyone

Amazon Lex opens Alexa AI’s bot smarts to everyone

Amazon is unlocking Alexa's secrets to developers, launching Amazon Lex, its tech that enables conversational interfaces that make using gadgets and services feel more natural. Previously in closed preview, Amazon Lex is part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and can be embedded into a third-party project as a fully-managed service. While it's probably best known for powering the spoken conversations people have with Alexa on the Echo and Echo Dot, Lex also works with text chats.

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Domino’s Messenger chatbot updated with full ordering powers

Domino’s Messenger chatbot updated with full ordering powers

Not too long ago, Domino's introduced its own chatbot for Facebook Messenger, giving its customers an easy way to order a pizza. While great for those who prefer chatting over ordering, it was very limited in its functionality, and therefore not terribly useful. That has changed, with Domino's announcing an update to the chatbot that bestows it with full ordering powers, bringing the company's full menu to Messenger.

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Galaxy S8 confirmed to feature Samsung’s own smart assistant

Galaxy S8 confirmed to feature Samsung’s own smart assistant

Confirming what most have already guessed at this point, Samsung shared that its next flagship, which will undoubtedly be called the Galaxy S8, will have an AI-powered digital assistant, but significantly different from Samsung’s obsolete and underpowered S Voice. This new assistant will be the fruit of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs, which was formed by the a co-creator of Apple’s Siri. But while that’s pretty much a given, the biggest question is how Samsung plans on differentiating itself from the increasingly competitive market.

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Duolingo now has chatbots to help you learn new languages

Duolingo now has chatbots to help you learn new languages

It’s common advice to new language learners to practice speaking with native speakers of that language. But not everyone might have the luxury of having such people around. In the absence of real humans, popular language learning platform Duolingo is offering the next best thing: chatbots. It is definitely an interesting, and perhaps more useful, twist to an increasingly popular trend that is putting chatty artificial intelligence “persons” inside almost any app that accepts typed or spoken input.

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Samsung buys Viv, the smart assistant from Siri’s creators

Samsung buys Viv, the smart assistant from Siri’s creators

Google just took the virtual personal assistant wars to the next chapter when it made Google Assistant the star of its recent press event. Not to be outdone, Samsung has just made an announcement that it, too, is getting into the game. No, it isn’t simply just evolving its perhaps mostly unused S Voice feature. Instead, it has acquired Viv Labs, developers of the AI bot of the same name. It is an interesting and somewhat strategic purchase, too, as Viv was created by the very same people behind the now iconic Siri.

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Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Back in late May, Google revealed two new messaging platforms, each with its own distinct appeal. Duo, the tech giant’s latest take on simplified video chats, already launched a while ago. Now it’s Google Allo’s turn, and it has a lot to say. Calling it a smart messaging app, Allo promises to not only make it easier to reply to messages by barely typing anything, it also tries to bring some AI-powered smartness via a preview version of Google Assistant through, what else but a chatbot.

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Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut has announced chatbots for both Facebook Messenger and Twitter; with them, social media users can view current deals, ask questions, and more. The chatbots were introduced at the 2016 Venture Beat MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco recently, and they’ll be rolling out to the public this upcoming fall. This makes Pizza Hut the latest national pizza chain to embrace messaging technology; Domino's rolled out something similar not too long ago with emoji ordering.

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