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Alibaba launches low-cost voice assistant amid AI drive

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd launched on Wednesday a cut-price voice assistant speaker, similar to Amazon.com Inc’s “Echo”, its first foray into artificially intelligent home devices. The “Tmall Genie”, named after the company’s e-commerce platform Tmall, costs 499 yuan ($73.42), significantly less than western counterparts by Amazon and Alphabet Inc’s …

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Samsung to launch AI assistant service for Galaxy S8

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it would launch an artificial intelligence digital assistant service for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, seeking to rebound from the Galaxy Note 7’s collapse and differentiate its devices. The world’s top smartphone maker in October announced the acquisition of Viv Labs Inc, a …

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Google launches Allo, bets on AI to spice up chats

Google-parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) launched Allo, a messaging app that incorporates Google’s search feature and a chatbot that uses machine learning to “improve” itself over time. The new messaging service, which was unveiled in May, will compete with Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp and Messenger. The much-anticipated launch comes a month …

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