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Trainline's head of engineering: "building our own voice app was a no-brainer"

Voice is "here to stay" according to Jonathan Midgley, Director of Engineering at Trainline, who added that building a voice app was "a no brainer".

We caught up with Midgley to ask a few questions about how Trainline is using AI in its products.

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How will voice technology change consumer behaviour?

Black Mirror might be intent on warning us about the dangers, but artificial intelligence does indeed appear to be taking over our lives. 

Most of us seem pretty happy about it though, with voice technology increasingly growing in popularity. According to Kantar Worldpanel, 2.7m households in the UK currently own an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. Across the pond, usage is also on the up, with 55% of US households predicted to own one of these devices by 2020.

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Is Amazon Key the key to Amazon's ownership of the home?

Amazon is part of daily life for millions of consumers, especially the tens of millions of households who subscribe to Amazon Prime. But soon, Amazon might quite literally become the nerve center of many of their homes thanks to a new delivery service called Amazon Key.

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What Paddy Power learned about voice interfaces by creating an Alexa skill

Voice interfaces are steadily gaining popularity among consumers, so many brands have been quick to start trials with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.

At the Festival of Marketing this morning Paddy Power’s product innovation manager, Stephen McMeel, gave an insight into the betting firm’s own experiments with Alexa skills.

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Walmart signs ecommerce deal with Google to fight Amazon

In an effort to fight off Amazon, Walmart is making a bold move.

Yesterday, the world's largest retailer announced that it is teaming up with the world's largest search engine.

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Is it too early to predict that Amazon will win the voice-controlled speaker market?

Voice-controlled speakers are one of the primary interfaces through which consumers are interacting with voice-based intelligent personal assistants.

Therefore it's no surprise that two of tech's biggest names, Google and Amazon, are battling to control the market for these devices.

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Will Amazon's Echo Look help grow the market for voice-based intelligent personal assistants?

Last week, Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Look, a new $200 device that allows owners to take full-length photos and videos.

Pitched by Amazon as a "hands-free camera and style assistant," the Echo Look can be used by owners to create fashion lookbooks and share photos and videos with friends.

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Why brands should be bothered about (voice)bots

Let me start off with a disclaimer. 

I am not a voice technology expert, conversational designer or even adept in the area of Alexa skills. This piece is written from a marketing perspective and will I hope, have relevance for marketeers wanting to know more about opportunities in this area.

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Why Google Home ads are like The Truman Show and the future is better CRM

Imagine if, in the movie Her, just as Joaquin Phoenix's character feels the pangs of love for his automated personal assistant, Samantha, she had said: "I'm not sure about you, but personally I feel Bank of America offers a very competitive mortgage product for first time buyers."

Complete mood killer.

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Amazon Alexa: Brands must be careful before rushing in

Amazon Echo and the intelligent assistant, Alexa, are the most interesting development in digital communications today.

Unlike previously-hyped hardware such as Google Glass, Echo made a surprisingly quick entry to the market and has seen strong sales.

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Should financial services brands follow Capital One on to Amazon Echo?

It's early days for Amazon Echo and Google Home.

But for all the Alexa Skills (Amazon's name for apps) that arguably need finessing, there are some brands that seem to have made a good start.

Capital One is one such brand, which offers the first and only banking Skill currently available.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Some funny and nostalgic news this week.

Here are the digital stories you might have missed, with added doll's house, peeing and Snapchat.

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