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At Home Speakers

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Do you have an at home assistant who isn't carrying its weight? Turns out you might be the problem.

According to a recent survey the majority of people who own a smart speaker or virtual assistant such as Amazon's Alexa or Google Home only use it for weather reports and playing music. 40% of people surveyed said they bought the gadget to schedule calendar activities and make online purchases but only 14% of them actually do. And that number is costing companies.  read more »

Your Personal Barista

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Need a caffeine fix? Take it up with your personal barista.

Starbucks is jumping into the virtual assistant game and releasing its own version of apple's Siri or amazon's Alexa. The coffee shop chain is rolling out a new voice assistant called barista to a very small number of beta testers. Barista lives inside the Starbucks app and acts like a virtual order taker. All you have to do is fire up the app, clearly place your order and then head over to pick it up. This way instead of hunting through menus and making sure your specific choices are recognized you can just spell out what you want.  read more »

Alexa's Daily Deals

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Looking for some holiday shopping deals? Just ask Alexa.

Alexa is Amazon's voice controlled virtual assistant that runs on Amazon's echo speakers and fire TV products. She can handle a variety of your needs including traffic and weather updates, ordering replacement items and playing music. Now Amazon is using Alexa to roll out holiday deals.

The program began November 18th and allows Alexa owner to simply ask quote “Alexa what are your deals?” End quote. Then she will rattle off the daily special. If you're interested, simply tell her you want to purchase it and your Amazon account will be charged.  read more »