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Samsung's Bixby is lost in translation (The 3:59, Ep. 250)

We talk about the delay of Samsung's digital assistant, special Alexa-only Prime Day deals and the real threat of NotPetya. PSA: The 3:59 is on hiatus from July 10 to 24 and we'll be periodically filling in the gaps with some pre-taped shows.

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Samsung's voice assistant Bixby could use some more English lessons. 

The South Korean electronics giant missed the mark again on bringing its voice assistant to phones around the world, which it promised would arrive in late April and then again in June. It has been struggling to roll out the English version of Bixby because the company doesn't have enough data to teach it work properly

We chat about other obstacles Bixby will face as it tries to take on Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. 

Speaking of Amazon, the retailer announced several exclusive deals for Prime Day that you can only get through voice shopping. Yep, Amazon is still trying to make voice shopping a thing, and it's hoping these discounts will help. 

And we also take a look at last week's ransomware epidemic and how it's likely a cover-up for something much worse.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Samsung's Bixby is lost in translation (The 3:59, Ep. 250)

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