Google to launch Echo Show competitors in partnership with JBL, Lenovo, Sony, LG, and other major companies

Facing incredibly tough competition from Amazon, and with Apple’s HomePod on the horizon, Google announced that Google Assistant will be making its way to a wide range of smart home speakers made by different manufacturers in 2018. Major tech companies, including Bang & Olufsen, Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio, SōLIS, and Sony are reportedly on board and will be producing their own smart speakers powered by Google’s AI Assistant.

What’s more interesting is that JBL, …


SwiftKey announces new Photo Themes feature and partnership with National Geographic

SwiftKey has just announced a new feature is now available for its Android and iOS keyboard – Photo Themes. Photo Themes enables users to upload their own images for the purpose of creating personalized themes on SwiftKey Keyboard.

To highlight the importance of the new feature SwiftKey has teamed up with National Geographic, more specifically with a contributing photographer, to inspire users with a gallery of 12 curated images exclusive to its keyboard.

For this purpose, SwiftKey has worked with Keith Ladzinski, a well-known professional adventure photographer …

Nokia and Xiaomi sign a mystery patent exchange agreement, hint at future partnership in AR and VR tech

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you might have heard a fresh rumor that upcoming Nokia devices could be equipped with a Xiaomi-designed Surge chipset. But this isn’t the only recent piece of news regarding Xiaomi and Nokia, as the two companies have just announced a strategic partnership, consisting of the latter licensing a number of patents to the former, buying others, the two collaborating on building network equipment, and also opening up to the possibility of future partnerships in areas such as augmented and virtual reality.

…Which is a completely misleading …

Righty: the SMS-based virtual assistant that makes the case for AI – Human partnership

AI technology is blooming, largely thanks to the increase in computing power that’s also widely available to the masses. The average smartphone today is powerful enough to run reasonably complicated AI and machine learning algorithms that would have taken desktop-level computing power just a few years ago. Established technological powerhouses like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft – as well as budding entrepreneurs – are in on the action, looking to leverage AI to add more value to their products and help improve our quality of life.

Righty is a startup found by two high school students …

Razer is coming to get mobile gamers, partnership with 3 Group will help

For many hardcore PC gamers, the concept of mobile gaming sounds like a joke, but the players in the gaming industry seem to take it seriously. Companies like Razer, a well-known maker of gaming PCs, peripherals and game accessories, are also showing increasing interests in the mobile segment, while looking for more ways to get mobile gamers on board. As a result, we can mark the first-ever collaboration between Razer and a mobile network operator. It comes in the form of a global strategic alliance between the gaming company and the 3 Group, aka Three, one of the big players in mobile data networks …

Spotify and Waze form an unlikely partnership, integrate their respective apps' functionality

There’s nothing quite like a road trip: it gives you the thrill of going on an adventure to lands unknown, and forces you to spend more time with your loved ones (though whether that is a good or bad thing is up for debate). But the best part is always the soundtrack: even when that one person plays the worst, most insufferable noise, the act of travelling together somehow makes it bearable, and even fun.

It appears Waze and Spotify are also aware of the magic of road trips, and have launched an unusual partnership to accommodate for it. A new feature …