E-Commerce Trends in 2018: Voice, Subscriptions, Personalization

The mushrooming popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home will fuel e-commerce in the coming year. “You’re going to have a whole new frontier of commerce space driven through voice and brand recognition,” said Michael Levine, marketing vice president at Photon. “It’s going to be a different type of playing field for these brands. “Where it used to be more visual, it’s now going to be driven by voice.” Retailers will start adapting to the new smart speaker technology and learning how to engage consumers with it.

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Google Home Mini speakers had fault which allowed them to record everything

Smart speakers are only meant to listen when you want them to, which is why they have wake-up words and phrases.

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Google unveils new Pixel phones, smart speaker as tech competition heats up

Google unveiled a bevy of new devices, including two new Pixel smartphones and new smart speakers, as the battle between Apple, Amazon and Google for consumer dollars continues to rage.

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Forget the Amazon Echo, these new smartwatches let you use Alexa anywhere

Alexa-enabled speakers like the Amazon Echo (which is still on sale at its lowest price of 2017) and the Echo Dot are terrific, but they’re inherently limited.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/05/forget-amazon-echo-these-new-smartwatches-let-use-alexa-anywhere.html

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Burger King Ad Creates Whopper of a Mess for Google Home

Burger King in essence hijacked the voice-activated Google Home speakers in some consumers’ homes. In a 15-second television ad, the camera zooms in on a young man wearing the company uniform who says, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” The “OK Google” trigger phrase for Google’s artificial intelligence Assistant activated Google Home speakers situated nearby, prompting them to read Wikipedia’s description of the Whopper. Burger King apparently intended to prompt the Assistant to deliver the glowing description posted on the page.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84457.html?rss=1

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Amazon is licensing Echo microphone tech to third party device makers

Amazon’s Echo speakers have become a hit for the company and now it is licensing out the microphone technology to third-parties.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/13/amazon-is-licensing-echo-microphone-tech-to-third-party-device-makers.html

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Apple’s Bootcamp audio driver can permanently damage the speakers on the new MacBook Pro

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A bad driver in Apple’s Boot Camp software can permanently damage the speakers on a new MacBook Pro running Windows 10. Apple has pushed a new driver to Boot Camp, so make certain you’ve got the latest updates before installing the OS, and update your audio driver if you installed Windows 10 before last week.

The post Apple’s Bootcamp audio driver can permanently damage the speakers on the new MacBook Pro appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Apple Music now works with Sonos in new beta

Article Image Sonos’ wireless speakers gained beta support for Apple Music on Tuesday, thanks to an updated Sonos Controller app, and new on-device software for beta participants.

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Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose’s SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.

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