A look at the new Amazon Echo, and what it means for the future of digital assistants.
On Thursday, apparently to the surprise of everyone, Amazon announced the Echo. The Echo is a cylindrical desktop speaker that can play music, report the weather, and so on. But the interesting part is that it's the physical host for Amazon's new digital assistant, which joins the ranks of Siri, Google Now and Cortana as a disembodied helper that carries on a voice conversation with you, and stands (floats?) ready to assist you in any way it can. You just say to the Echo "Alexa, what's the weather for today?" and it will (hopefully) read an accurate ...
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