Bank of America is rolling out an AI-driven virtual assistant of its kind in financial services, Erica, to its 25 million mobile clients.
Amazon has invited developers to participate in a “developer preview” that will allow them to use as many as 8 ‘Amazon Polly’ US English voices for utterances in their Alexa apps. And, it’s for free.
Social network Facebook’s really all over. After taking on messaging, & all other kinds of businesses, it is now reported to be venturing into yet another sector occupied by Google & Apple – which is the virtual assistant arena. The social company is in the process of developing a Messenger-based Google Now competitor called Moneypenny, reports indicate.
Reports: The Verge, Business Insider, Engadget, Tom’s Guide
There’s a lot of buzz around Apple’s upcoming iOS 9. Signs are it will happen at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8. Now it emerges that Apple’s intelligent digital assistant Siri is slated to take on a more pro-active role in iOS 9. According to a report in 9to5Mac, the new tool called Proactive, which includes Siri, will take that digital assistant to a new level. Siri has been around since 2011, at the time of the launch of the iPhone 4S.
Reports: ComputerWorld, MacRumors, Daily Mail, 9to5 Mac (blog), Forbes