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Behind Facebook's Campaign to Delete False Likes

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Facebook has launched an ambitious program to remove phony likes. Indeed, a substantial percentage of likes on the site are dubious, experts say. The trick for the social network is to delete false ones without doing away with legitimate likes, which would alienate members and advertisers. False likes are often placed by...
Behind Facebook's Campaign to Delete False Likes

Siri Often Sucks. Will Humans Make Sivi Better?

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Apple's Siri loses a lot in translation. Could human-powered intelligence pick up the slack where virtual assistants fail? Sivi founder Nicholas Seet thinks so. The pitfalls and oddities of our interactions with Siri are the brunt of many well-documented jokes and groans. (No, Siri, giving me directions to Philadelphia...
Siri Often Sucks. Will Humans Make Sivi Better?
Virtual Personal Assistants & The Future Of Your Smartphone [Infographic]

ASUS shows off its Open Cloud Computing with a dash of sci-fi, teen angst (video)

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ASUS has been touting Open Cloud Computing as the glue that unites its new devices at Computex, but it hasn't been very specific as to what that meant. Rather than just give us the dry details, though, ASUS has chosen to sum it all up in a slightly surreal...
ASUS shows off its Open Cloud Computing with a dash of sci-fi, teen angst (video)

Paul Ricci finally confirms Nuance is behind Siri's voice powers, dishes on virtual assistants

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Nuance CEO Paul Ricci is speaking today at the All Things D conference on a variety of topics related to speech recognition and virtual assistants. One of the interesting tidbits he’s revealed is that Nuance does indeed power the voice portion of Apple’s Siri virtual assistant. The relationship had been...
Paul Ricci finally confirms Nuance is behind Siri's voice powers, dishes on virtual assistants

Spanish startup INDISYS raises $5m from Intel and others to improve human-machine interactions

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Intelligent Dialogue Systems (INDISYS), a company that specializes in machine-human interactions, announced today that it has closed a round of funding worth $5 million. The round, led by Intel Capital and with participation from Inveready SCR, will be used to try and speed up the company’s international expansion. INDISYS is...
Spanish startup INDISYS raises $5m from Intel and others to improve human-machine interactions

Get Satisfaction: Facebook Is Not The First Place People Go To Do Product Research

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Consumers are not in a research mode when they’re on Facebook. Instead, the first place they go to find out about a product is Google or the company web site. That’s according to an internal study by GetSatisfaction, which found that close to 90% of customers go to a company’s...
Get Satisfaction: Facebook Is Not The First Place People Go To Do Product Research

Finally: Real virtual assistants

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A new generation of free virtual assistant apps that are more powerful than Siri and Google Voice Search represent the future of human-machine interaction, and they are here now, writes columnist Mike Elgan....
Finally: Real virtual assistants

Nuance: Virtual Assistants will Work Across Platforms Within Two Years

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Siri is good at predicting the weather on your iPhone. And Google Now can tell you a few interesting things. But within two years virtual assistants will be able to do a wide range of tasks from handling all types of media to making reservations to offering full control of...
Nuance: Virtual Assistants will Work Across Platforms Within Two Years

When Bots Go Mad

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There may or may not be robots that are truly "good" someday, but there will probably be bad robots, if there aren't already. If not bad robots, then bad robot situations. You can catch a taste of the feeling of what might go wrong in the robot pricing wars that...
When Bots Go Mad

Fancy Hands: Virtual Assistants, Aardvark Style http://bit.ly/cVtqsT (@tedroden's latest project)

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Fancy Hands: Virtual Assistants, Aardvark Style http://bit.ly/cVtqsT (@tedroden's latest project)
10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass

Customer service avatars coming to JFK, La Guardia, Newark airports (video)

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When you're running late, you're weighed-down with DIY in-flight entertainment and your gate number gets switched at the last minute, the last thing you need is a real-life human trying to be helpful. The Port Authority knows that, which is why it's promising to install "computerized, hologram-like avatars" in...
Customer service avatars coming to JFK, La Guardia, Newark airports (video)

Fancy Hands: Like Aardvark for Virtual Assistants

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"It's not about the value of the task, it's about the value of me not having to do it, or even think about it anymore." That's how Ted Roden describes Fancy Hands, his new side project that provides virtual personal assistants in the cloud for a low monthly fee. Need...
Fancy Hands: Like Aardvark for Virtual Assistants

Review: Indigo wants to bring Siri-like conversation to the Android platform

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Ask Indigo what it can do and it will give you a few pointers on what to ask it. Indigo is a digital personal assistant application that launched in April in both the Google Play store and the Windows Marketplace. Unlike Google Now, it kick-starts a conversation with every...
Review: Indigo wants to bring Siri-like conversation to the Android platform
Beyond Siri: What AI means for the future of mobile devices and search
Move Over Siri: WonderVoice's New Virtual Assistant Lets You Speak To Interact With Facebook While On The Go

Spain's Siri-challenger Sherpa learns English, arrives in the U.S.

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A new voice digital assistant is on the scene in the U.S., but unlike other Siri-challenger’s Sherpa comes with some overseas work experience. Sherpa launched its Spanish-language Android app in October and since risen up the Google Play charts in Spain and Latin America. Sherpa has since learned English, and...
Spain's Siri-challenger Sherpa learns English, arrives in the U.S.
The Future Of Customer Experience - 3 Examples Of Virtual Assistants, Biometrics And Siri-Style Services

Intel Capital Leads $5M Round In Spain's Indisys: Maker Of Machine-Human Interaction Natural Language Virtual Assistants

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Indisys, a Spanish company founded in 2005 which makes natural language virtual assistants and telephone operators to power 24/7 customer services, has raised a new funding round of $5 million, led by Intel Capital. Inveready Technology Investment Group also participated in the round. The investment is Intel Capital’s first in Spain...
Intel Capital Leads $5M Round In Spain's Indisys: Maker Of Machine-Human Interaction Natural Language Virtual Assistants

Google Is About To Make Apple's Siri Look Like A Joke (GOOG, AAPL)

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Google announced today that it's going to update its apps on the iPhone and iPad with enhanced voice-powered search features that tap into the company's Knowledge Graph. It's very similar to a new Android feature called Google Now, which was first unveiled at Google's developers conference in June. As I've...
Google Is About To Make Apple's Siri Look Like A Joke (GOOG, AAPL)

Nuance's Nina Brings Siri-Like Voice Recognition Features To Mobile Apps

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Nuance, the company that powers a large number of tools that use voice recognition (including Apple’s Siri) launched its own Siri-like voice-powered “virtual assistant” today that developers can add to their mobile apps. The Nuance Interactive Natural Assistant (Nina) uses the company’s speech recognition technologies and combines them with voice biometrics...
Nuance's Nina Brings Siri-Like Voice Recognition Features To Mobile Apps

Nuance's Nina Is Siri For Enterprise Customer Service

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Although there were so-called “virtual assistants” before Siri, consumers had only limited experience with them and may not have even realized what they were dealing with at the time. United Airlines’ “virtual agent” Alex is one such automated assistant, though it... Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article....
Nuance's Nina Is Siri For Enterprise Customer Service

Coming Soon! TaskRabbit prepares for its London launch

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For the month of April, I made myself a 30-day promise. To make life easier I would use a combination of virtual assistants through the services TaskRabbit and Fancy Hands. I’ve paid TaskRabbits and Fancy Hands assistants for a wide range of activities. I’ve asked Task Rabbits to pick up lamps, booze...
Coming Soon! TaskRabbit prepares for its London launch

Guest Post: How startup app developers can thrive amid competition from big enterprise

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Editor’s note: Ilya Gelfenbeyn is the co-founder and CEO of Speaktoit, which develops talking virtual assistants for Android, iOS and other platforms. As mobile apps have grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry, large corporations have adopted an increasingly hefty presence within that industry. This fact may worry some independent developers and startups,...
Guest Post: How startup app developers can thrive amid competition from big enterprise

Iterations: Recruiting The New Labor Force

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is an EIR at Javelin Venture Partners. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. Most Apple fans become slightly uncomfortable at the sight of Apple’s latest television commercials featuring celebrities talking aimlessly to their iPhones. A subtle message in these ads is that consumer technologies...
Iterations: Recruiting The New Labor Force
Zappos CEO invests in Zirtual, a virtual assistant service

Meet Cody: Could this virtual coach actually pump you up more than Hans and Franz?

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Would you take fitness advice from Cody? Would you take your fitness advice from a robotic looking character named Cody? Some former Microsoft geeks hope so. That’s the name of the virtual personal coach that’s designed to get folks off their duffs, and start exercising. “Think of Cody as a...
Meet Cody: Could this virtual coach actually pump you up more than Hans and Franz?
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