Amazon Alexa users can now ask the digital assistant to speak more slowly as part of efforts to make the virtual helper easier to interact with.
Apple has announced it will no longer retain audio recordings of interactions with Siri by default following a company review into privacy protections around the virtual assistant.
Vodafone customers can now make hands-free calls using Amazon Echo smart devices under their existing mobile plan, the operator has announced.
Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa has been hit by a system outage in the UK, with many users reporting they were unable to use the digital helper.
Amazon has begun rolling out its first Alexa skills aimed at children in the UK, as it looks to make the smart home assistant more accessible for the whole family.
The first Amazon Alexa skills designed specifically for children have gone live on the virtual assistant in the UK.
Virtual assistants often gain a reputation for their dry humour and lack of compassion.
Amazon has added hands-free Alexa use to its Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets, giving users of those devices the ability to summon the virtual assistant with just their voice for the first time.
Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, has been brushing up on boxing knowledge ahead of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight with Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday.
As virtual assistants began to become mainstream, the more cynical in society could be forgiven for thinking their rise could only be a bad thing – an idea likely born from memories of HAL-9000.
Virtual assistants are joining those getting into the Winter Olympics’ spirit, with Amazon’s Alexa now able to answer questions on the winter sports showpiece.