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Sherpa Beta Virtual Assistant (Android)

In a crowded field of voice-powered digital assistant apps for Android, Sherpa distinguishes itself with its ability to perform searches on the Web, take notes, post to Facebook, and even stream music on command.

By April 17, 2013


Google assistant's biggest question: 'What's my personality?'

Giving Google's new digital assistant a human touch will be among its top challenges.

By May 24, 2016


Jaguar Land Rover's Overhead Clearance Assist is coming to save us from ourselves

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a new system called Overhead Clearance Assist that's designed to warn drivers before they inadvertently shear bikes and kayaks off their roof racks.

21 Images By July 19, 2016


Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant can now order millions of items

The Echo smart speaker and Fire TV previously were only able to reorder items.

By July 1, 2016


Weird, realistic dog dummies could assist veterinary colleges (Tomorrow Daily 376 show notes)

SynDaver already makes fake corpses for medical professionals to practice their techniques on, so why not dogs, too?

By June 7, 2016


Asus' adorable robot assistant Zenbo wants to take over the world (or destroy us all)

It's been a busy week at Computex for Zenbo. Asus only unveiled the little robot yesterday (Chairman Jonney Shih is already calling him "My boy"), and today Zenbo met the President of Taiwan! But does this robot helper have designs on a more powerful job, or worse, our very livelihoods?

By May 31, 2016


Take Amazon's Alexa assistant for a test drive in your browser

If you're unsure how an Amazon Alexa speaker might fit into your life, you can now try it out for free using Amazon's new site Echosim.io.

By May 31, 2016


Google assistant says, 'Let's talk' (The 3:59, Ep. 48)

We discuss the promise of Google's digital butler and whether the company's I/O conference lacked innovation.

By May 19, 2016


Google wants to assist you everywhere -- even in your texts? (CNET Update)

We get a peak at the evolution of Google at its annual I/O developer's conference. Its smart assistant finds new places to offer help, but do we need help chatting with friends?

By May 18, 2016


Google's spruced-up digital assistant wants to chat you up

The search giant says it's working to make its digital assistant more capable of two-way conversation.

By May 18, 2016