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Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant

“Microsoft is changing course with its Cortana digital assistant” writes Mark Coppock for digitaltrends.com. Rather than viewing popular digital assistants from Google and Amazon as competitors, Microsoft now sees them as potential friends for Cortana.A large part of this new strategy for Cortana was already shown off last year at Microsoft’s Build developer conference where Nadella and his team demoed how Cortana and Alexa moved from frenemies to friends. More recently, Microsoft has been experimenting with how Cortana functions on PCs by separating the digital assistant feature from Windows 10’s…

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Google Assistant hits 1 billion devices and the war against Alexa is heating up

“However, it’s important to note that a not-insignificant chunk of those 1 billion devices includes Android smartphones that come with Google Assistant pre-installed” writes Karissa Bell for mashable.com. But most importantly, the company now has some serious bragging rights to back up its CES domination: Google Assistant is now on 1 billion devices, according to the company.That number, which includes smartphones, Google Home speakers, and other gadgets equipped with the assistant, is up from 500 million devices last May.Google raised some eyebrows at last year’s CES, when the company all…

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Over 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

“Dave Limp told The Verge in an interview that over 100 million Alexa-equipped devices have sold to date” writes Michael Kozlowski for goodereader.com. Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices told the WSJ Tech D.Live conference that there are over 10,000 employees working on Alexa and Echo devices.It wouldn’t say how many of those are its own devices or break products down by category, but the data suggests plenty of people have Alexa-capable devices in their homes. Source: goodereader.com

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Amazon confirms Alexa device sales numbers, and it’s a lot

“Other interesting details shared include Amazon shying away from specifics about the Alexa devices” reports slashgear.com. That figure was shared by Amazon Senior VP of devices and services David Limp said in an interview with The Verge this week.The 100 million number includes both Amazon’s own products and third-party devices with Alexa build-in, but the company doesn’t reveal how many of each have been sold. Source: slashgear.com

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Amazon Says it Has Sold 100 Million Alexa Devices

“As was reported on Friday by The Verge, Amazon has confirmed that the company has sold 100 million Alexa-enabled devices out there in the wild” reports iphonehacks.com. Limp says there will be “multiple players” for quite some time into the future, and says that there will be more than just one or two, for that matter: 100 million devices sold with Alexa on board is pretty impressive.Still, even if that does broaden the available devices, it’s still an impressive milestone for Amazon.The holiday seasons have helped in the past, especially…

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Amazon has finally revealed how many Alexa devices have been sold

“The 100 million figure also includes devices that are not made by Amazon, but are partner devices that have Alexa built into them” writes Avery Hartmans for businessinsider.com. After years of dodging the question, Amazon has finally said exactly how many devices have been sold that have its voice assistant, Alexa, built in — and it’s a lot.In a new interview with The Verge that published late Friday afternoon, Amazon’s SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed that more than 100 million devices with Alexa built into them have…

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Amazon SVP Dave Limp talks about company’s strategy for Alexa, says 100M+ devices with Alexa on board have been sold to date

“With Alexa devices, you could argue, consumers are making an active choice to purchase an assistant instead of just getting a default” writes Jan Est for theverge.com. As just one example, Limp doesn’t seem too worried that third-party Alexa devices will hurt the Alexa brand.More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. Source: theverge.com

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Amazon Says 100M Alexa Devices Have Been Sold – What’s Next?

“With Alexa devices, you could argue, consumers are making an active choice to purchase an assistant instead of just getting a default” writes Jan Est for theverge.com. As just one example, Limp doesn’t seem too worried that third-party Alexa devices will hurt the Alexa brand.More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. Source: theverge.com

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Can Alexa And Facebook Predict The End Of Your Relationship?

“A subsequent study by Facebook data scientist Bogdan State analyzed Facebook relationship statuses from 2008 to 2011” writes Jan Est for vox.com. As it turns out, while experts say it isn’t being used, relationship prediction technology already exists to some degree.It’s safe to assume they’d care even less if these companies started using their data to help them get laid. Source: vox.com

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Amazon’s Alexa suffered outages on Christmas Day as people around the world started using their new Echos

“Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant suffered service outages in Europe on Christmas Day, likely because of a flood of new users using the Alexa app” writes Kevin Webb for businessinsider.com. This isn’t the first time Alexa has gone down in Europe either; the app suffered a similar outage in late September.While the Alexa service held up in most countries, parts of Europe experienced poor connections to the app’s servers.Amazon’s Alexa service is required to set up the Echo Dot and other smart devices, and with so many people receiving them as…

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