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Virtual Assistants

Virtual Assistant are playing an increasingly important part in the lives of millions of consumers around the world. A decade ago it was all about mobile, but the next front for commerce will be the rice of VAs. Read our Virtual Assistant Position Paper  
By Chris Dawson August 21, 2018 - 10:45 am

Alexa open Cortana, Hey Cortana open Alexa

Amazon Alexa, although learning new skills rapidly is a bit useless as it can't check your email or your calendar. Microsoft would love you to use their Cortana virtual assistant but it's limited to Windows 10 devices and a couple of standalone virtual assistant speakers

Google Home price slashed to £99 until 5th Sept

If you're not yet in the smart home world, now is the time to jump in as Google slash the price of their Google Home device to £99 saving £30 from the normal £129 price tag. This makes it only £10 more expensive than the

Amazon Alexa is heading to Mexico

It has been announced that Amazon Alexa enabled devices will be launching for Mexico soon. This is the first foray of the technology into Latin America which is a significant strategic opportunity for Amazon. The Echo device will be available for the Mexican market later

CollectPlus print in store rolled out for Returns with Alexa integration

A new CollectPlus Print in Store service has rolled out for Returns customers. Many consumers today only access the internet on mobile devices and do not have access to a printer but can now return their online shopping to a growing roster of retailers by

Shopify Ping with chat messaging and Kit Virtual Assistant

Shopify have introduced Shopify Ping to make communicating with customers on social platforms easier and quicker and giving the ability to respond in real time. Shopify Ping also comes with Shopify’s free virtual assistant, Kit, built-in. Kit helps merchants plan, create and manage marketing activities through

Google urged to give Google Home Mini away for free

Would you like a free Google Home Mini? The suggestion from Morgan Stanlay analyst Brian Nowak is that Google give away a device to every home in the US to avoid losing ground to Amazon. He even extends that to suggest Google should make it

Carrefour signs deal to provide Google with groceries in France

French hyper-market giant Carrefour is to provide groceries for Google to sell via its shopping site and voice-devices. The venture, which will go live in 2019, and follows on the heels of French supermarket chain Monoprix announcing plans to provide groceries to Amazon in France. The Google-Carrefour move

Amazon Fire TV Cube lacks just one crucial feature

Amazon have just announced that the Amazon Fire TV Cube will ship in to US customers from the 21st of June this year and while it solves one huge problem with voice enabled TV control, it still has one crucial feature missing. The problem that the

Amazon Echo for France now available

Amazon have just announced that Alexa and Amazon Echo for France are now available. Developers around the world have already created skills and Alexa-enabled devices for French customers. "Tens of millions of customers around the world are already using Alexa, and today we're excited to introduce