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Beachheads and Obstacles – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
What Amazon and Facebook do have in common — and perhaps this is why both seem to look back at their very successful smartphone eras with regret — is that Apple and Google are their biggest obstacles to success, and it’s because of their smartphone platforms.
Amazon  Alexa  Facebook  Oculus  strategy  review  virtualreality  virtualassistant  critique  Stratechery  2019 
10 weeks ago by inspiral
Does Alexa Have Any Hit Apps? Most People Use the Echo for Music - Bloomberg
Echo-branded smart speakers have attracted millions of fans with their ability to play music and respond to queries spoken from across the room. But almost four years after inviting outside developers to write apps for Alexa, Amazon’s voice system has yet to offer a transformative new experience. Surveys show most people use their smart speakers to listen to tunes or make relatively simple requests—“Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes”—while more complicated tasks prompt them to give up and reach for their smartphone.
Amazon  Alexa  virtualassistant  review  apps  critique  Bloomberg  2019 
march 2019 by inspiral
RT : Conversational interfaces with social applications - Michael McTear at
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march 2019 by schraeds
Amazon Alexa and the Search for the One Perfect Answer | WIRED
The rest of us, meanwhile, may be losing the very skills that allow us to hold these gatekeepers to account. Once we become accustomed to placing our faith in the handy oracle on the kitchen counter, we may lose patience with the laborious—and curiosity-stoking, and thought-­provoking—hunt for facts, expecting them to come to us instead. Why pump water from a well if it pours effortlessly from your faucet?
virtualassistant  searchengine  evolution  oneshotanswer  innovation  informationliteracy  review  critique  forecast  Wired  2019 
february 2019 by inspiral

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