Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. “As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concerned that their near-constant listening to nearby conversations could pose more risk than benefit to users. New research suggests the privacy threat may be greater than previously thought.”

TechCrunch: Cortana wants to be your personal executive assistant and read your emails to you, too

TechCrunch: Cortana wants to be your personal executive assistant and read your emails to you, too. “Only a few years ago, Microsoft hoped that Cortana could become a viable competitor to the Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri . Over time, as Cortana failed to make a dent in the marketplace (do you ever remember that Cortana is built into your Windows 10 machine?), the company’s ambitions shrunk a bit. Today, Microsoft wants Cortana to be your personal productivity assistant — and to be fair, given the overall Microsoft ecosystem, Cortana may be better suited to that than to tell you about the weather.”

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Virtual Assistants Are Getting Worse at Answering Questions Correctly

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Virtual Assistants Are Getting Worse at Answering Questions Correctly . “A new study suggests the performance of virtual assistants, like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, may have plateaued. Perficient Digital released its annual evaluation of virtual assistants. Perhaps the most interesting finding is that none of the top virtual assistants are improving when it comes to answering questions accurately.”

Wired: How to Keep Your Smart Assistant Voice Recordings Private

Wired: How to Keep Your Smart Assistant Voice Recordings Private. “Even if Siri isn’t your smart assistant of choice, it’s still a good time to take stock of how you have things set up on whatever platform you use. Each service has its own mix of options and controls. Here’s how to take the human element out of Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana. Once that’s done, tell a friend to do the same.”

Slashgear: Google Assistant was the smartest AI in 2018, but others are catching up

Slashgear: Google Assistant was the smartest AI in 2018, but others are catching up. “Loup Ventures has published its annual smart speaker IQ test results, revealing how the four big personal assistant AIs performed when asked 800 questions each. Compared to the previous year, three products saw the biggest gain in IQ points and were able to answer a substantially higher percentage of questions versus 2017. However, Google Assistant still beat them all across the board.”

Make Tech Easier: Which Is the Best Voice Assistant? Here’s What We Found

Make Tech Easier: Which Is the Best Voice Assistant? Here’s What We Found. “It’s still far too early to declare a winner in the ever-evolving AI assistant market, but we can at least take a look at the top contenders. Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are currently dominating the market, but Microsoft’s Cortana and Samsung’s Bixby are making progress, as is Baidu’s Duer in China.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Assistant is More Accurate Than Alexa, Siri, and Cortana

Search Engine Journal: Google Assistant is More Accurate Than Alexa, Siri, and Cortana. “Google Assistant is the most accurate smartphone digital assistant, beating Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft Cortana. A report released this week from Loup Ventures contains data from a digital assistant test, which measures how well the four competitors answered a series of 800 queries.”

TechCrunch: Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

TechCrunch: Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers. “The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big events highlighting their latest smart speaker plays, making the already busy field a heck of a lot more crowded.”