South China Morning Post: China’s internet giants fight for dominance in smart speakers as they target half a billion users not yet online

South China Morning Post: China’s internet giants fight for dominance in smart speakers as they target half a billion users not yet online. “The stakes are high for Chinese companies as they see a shift away from computer and smartphone text input to voice-command methods that have the potential to tap into a huge new user base.”

The Next Web: UK Alexa users can now get answers to medical questions right from the NHS

The Next Web: UK Alexa users can now get answers to medical questions right from the NHS. “Amazon’s Alexa is all set to gain medical smarts in the UK, thanks to a partnership with the National Health Service (NHS). The healthcare service said it’s teaming up with Amazon‘s voice assistant to help answer medical queries with advice from the service’s official website.”

Lifehacker: The Most Useful Things To Ask Google Assistant

Lifehacker: The Most Useful Things To Ask Google Assistant. “Google’s voice-activated AI tool – AKA Google Assistant – is getting smarter and more useful with every new update. If it’s been a while since you used it last, you might be surprised by the huge number of tasks it can now help with. Here are 66 useful questions and commands to try today.”

Search Engine Land: Is voice over-hyped? A new survey suggests lower adoption than previously thought

Search Engine Land: Is voice over-hyped? A new survey suggests lower adoption than previously thought. “A popular Bill Gates quotation reads, ‘Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.’ That’s often invoked to suggest new technologies don’t change things as quickly as expected but will have a longer-term impact. Such is the case with voice and virtual assistants.”

New York Times: Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

New York Times: Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative. “It has been almost two decades since Google started to dominate internet search the way Microsoft dominated software for personal computers a generation earlier. Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market — virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.”

CNET: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how.

CNET: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how.. “Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference took place in May and there was a lot of smart home news. Apple’s own yearly conference, WWDC, just happened too. And Amazon’s re:MARS conference is currently underway. That makes this a particularly busy time for smart home announcements, particularly related to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Let’s explore the most recent changes to get a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work — and what we hope to see in the future.”

How to Geek: How to Stop All the Voice Assistants from Storing Your Voice

How-To Geek: How to Stop All the Voice Assistants from Storing Your Voice. “Voice assistants, like Google Assistant and Alexa, record what you say after the wake word to send off to company servers. The companies keep your recordings until you delete them. Some companies let you turn that behavior off: here’s how.”