0 Have your say WE are still some way from the point at which Tefal can market an appliance that responds to your voice when you tell it to do the ironing. In the meantime, we have Google, Amazon and now Apple. Pods that listen out for commands to turn on the lights, the TV and the hi-fi were big fads of last year, and became almost impulse buys as the prices fell. But the entry of Apple into the voice-command market turns it upside down.The HomePod is its rival to Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home, and its appearance in the UK, a couple of months later than expected because its developers needed “a little more time”, has been greeted with the sort of hype only an Apple launch can command.At around £320, the HomePod is vastly more expensive than its competitors, so the expectation is that it will do a good deal more. In fact, it does less. It’s great at doing only one thing and that’s playing music. The HomePod, despite being easily small … [Read more...] about Should you buy Apple’s new HomePod to play music?
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A QUICK-thinking mum is urging others to turn on Apple's voice-activated application, Siri, after it helped save her daughter's life by calling an ambulance.Stacey Gleeson was looking at her baby monitor when she noticed there was something seriously wrong with her one-year-old daughter Giana.A panicked Stacey rushed over to her daughter, dropping her iPhone on the way, to discover that her little girl had turned blue because she had stopped breathing."I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor and as I checked her airways. I looked over and remembered my phone,” Stacey told 7 News.Realising that her iPhone was out of reach, the fast-acting mum thankfully remembered about Apple's voice-activated function, Siri.“Hey Siri, call the ambulance,” she shouted and immediately her iPhone started dialling for help."And then before I knew it the ambulance was on its way and Giana was breathing again," Stacey recalled.Giana's dad, who's often away on duty with the Navy, … [Read more...] about Now Apple’s Siri is a LIFESAVER… this is why you must make sure you switch the iPhone assistant on
K E Y P O I N T S The Sonos Beam is a soundbar, which means it has been designed to replace your TV speakers. The speaker is elegantly designed. It’s smaller than most soundbars with a minimalist piano-style finish and touch-sensitive buttons on the top. It’s a wireless smart speaker so you can control it using your TV remote, the Sonos app, Spotify app and now the Apple Music app. Beam is also a fully-fledged smart speaker, so just like your Amazon Echo you can ask Alexa questions, request songs, choose playlists and even move the music around your house using your voice. Unlike other smart speakers Beam’s USP is that it won’t just work with Alexa, you can also control it using Apple’s Siri and later this year Sonos is planning to bring Google Assistant to Beam as well. It sounds excellent despite its size, producing expansive room-filling audio that’s incredibly well defined. Bass response is also very good given its small … [Read more...] about Sonos Beam Review: This Might Be The First Truly Smart Speaker
WHILE everyone has heard of Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant you may not know that Samsung have their own AI helper. Bixby is designed primarily to work on your smartphone, where it aims to help you get things done more quickly. Here's what we know. What is Bixby? Samsung describes Bixby as, "the revolutionary on-board assistant that learns, evolves, and adapts to you. Each feature of Bixby is designed to make your life easier, whether it's through touch, type, or voice. “Samsung has a conceptually new philosophy to target this problem: instead of humans learning how a machine interacts with the world (a reflection of the designers’ abilities), it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us. "The interface must be natural and intuitive enough to flatten the learning curve regardless of the number of functions being added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of our user interface … [Read more...] about What is Bixby, how does Samsung’s voice assistant work and how does it compare to Alexa, Siri and Google?
5 The 1975 have been playing together since they were schoolboys in Cheshire in 2002, releasing a thrilling debut album in 2013 and developing in leaps and bounds ever since. What they have done, perhaps better than anyone else, is to adapt the swaggering gang manner, art-school aspirations and rebellious conviction of a classic rock combo for the shiny, instant-gratification impulses of our digital pop era. It's a fusion that - in a time when rock is routinely dismissed as dead - might just prove to be the genre's greatest hope. As its arch title implies, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is vigorously engaged with contemporary culture, and the band have concocted a sound to match. The... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about The 1975, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, review: who needs a singer when you have Siri?