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AI Assistants Ranked: Google’s Smartest, Alexa’s Catching Up, Cortana Surprises, Siri Falls Behind

Google Assistant is the smartest AI assistant. Microsoft’s Cortana is surprisingly good, coming in second. Alexa is learning faster than any other assistant. But Apple’s Siri? It’s still struggling. Digital marketing firm Stone Temple tested Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, and Siri via an exhaustive list of 4,942 queries. For each, the company checked if the assistant

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Trump’s Jacked-Up USPS Rates Could Cost Amazon $1.3B More on $13.3B In U.S. Shipping Costs

If President Trump gets his way, Amazon will soon be paying more to ship parcels. $1.3 billion more, to be exact. That amount that would reduce the company’s profits by 1.4%. “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to

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USA Ranks 9th In Global Robotics & Automation Job Loss Report, After Korea, Germany, Japan, Canada

South Korea, Germany, and Japan are most prepared for the coming wave of automation, according to a new report by The Economist. The U.S., on the other hand, ranks ninth out of 25 countries. And the most-at-risk countries? Mexico, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Looming advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation threaten to make many jobs obsolete

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22 Questions About GDPR We’ll Answer In Our Webinar Next Week

GDPR is coming, and it’s coming fast. Companies and marketers who aren’t ready yet have just one month to prepare for its May 25th implementation. And given that penalties for noncompliance are severe — a fine up to €20 million or up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year — getting

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8 Of The Top 10 Most Profitable Smartphones On The Planet Are Made By Apple

In a new report released by Counterpoint Research, global smartphone profits declined by 1% last quarter, thanks to a maturing mobile market. But an astonishing eight of the top ten phones by profit share were made by Apple. One of the most expensive phones on the planet, the iPhone X, leads the way with 35%

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Multiple Million-Plus-Follower Instagram Influencers Report Hacking; Emir of Qatar Possibly Affected

Multiple large Instagram accounts are reporting sophisticated hacking attempts by attackers who seem to know their passwords, leading some to believe that Instagram servers have been compromised. “Six of my Instagram influencer friends just had their accounts breached. These are five-million-follower pages or more,” developer and instagrammer Albert Renshaw told me tonight. “And tons of other influencers

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Insights from the Future: Billion-dollar eSports Team Suspended For Illegal Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Insights from the Future, chapter 3:  PEDs in eSports … Once again, looking for your input, insights, and predictions for timeline, reactions. I will feature the best ones in the book, with attribution. Thanks! Here’s the “news” story: *****Billion-dollar eSports Team Suspended For Illegal Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs***** The entire L.A. Lightning eSports team has

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Postback 2018 Agenda Revealed: 15 World-Changing Topics You Can’t Miss

Postback 2018 is almost here, and the agenda is getting very close to complete. So what can you expect, besides 1,500 smart mobile marketing attendees, execs from the biggest tech companies, midnight parties, truly world-class influencers, and top journalists in attendance? Amazing food, cutting-edge bands, incredible conversations with smart people, and some celebrity visits (remember

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Weatherbug’s New AI-driven Forecasts Include Air Pollution Forecasts Down To The City Block

125 million Americans live in areas of high ozone or particle pollution, and Weatherbug’s new and improved mobile app is now using AI to help them manage their exposure. Some of the worst cities? Bakersfield, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco, and — of course — Los Angeles are on the top-ten list of of most-polluted

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Amazon & Kohls: Frenemies And ‘Coopetitors’ Fighting The Retail Apocalypse Together

Late last year Kohl’s allowed ecommerce giant and retail rival Amazon to set up Amazon Return centers in select locations across Chicago and Los Angeles. At first blush, this seems insane. After all, why would a competitor help an enemy? Especially one accused of ushering in the retail apocalypse. Amazon’s ecommerce and mobile commerce success are

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Massively Popular Fortnite Game Down Globally Thanks To Epic Games Database Issues

Millions of gamers around the planet are having a bad day, mostly because Epic Games is having a very bad day. Massively popular multi-platform game Fortnite might just be a victim of its own success. Players have been complaining all day of slowness in joining games, and it’s been getting worse, with downtime approaching six

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Smart Speaker Penetration Just Exploded 50% In 3 Short Months

Apparently lot of people heard an Echo on Christmas morning, or said “OK, Google.” Smart speaker penetration exploded 50% between early December of 2017 and February of 2018, according to new data from comScore. Amazon and Google won big. Apple, on other hand, lost ground thanks to delayed HomePod availability. “Recently-released comScore Connected Home data from

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Comcast Challenges Amazon’s, Apple’s, and Google’s Leadership In Smart Home Tech

Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant just got some additional competition — from the TV. And your phone. And your smartwatch. Today Comcast announced a package of updates for technology that connects with its voice-controllable home entertainment Xfinity platform. An updated mobile app, Stringify, configures it all, its Android smartwatch integration enables home automation from your wrist, and new integrations with

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Why Every Amazon Meeting Has At Least One Empty Chair

Amazon is a retail giant, a technology leader, and one of the world’s top brands. But there’s something missing at every single meeting in the company. No, it’s not an agenda. But it does have something to do the overall company’s agenda. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is famously obsessed with customers. He’s famous for saying “start

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Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify’s 71M

In a very quiet announcement on Twitter, Apple released some very significant news today. So quiet, in fact, that most people missed it. Apple Music just hit 40 million paid subscribers. Get the full story in my post at Forbes …

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Interviewed by Amy Peck from UploadVR on Genesis Reality

The amazing Amy Peck of Upload VR interviewed me at CES … but I just saw the video today! In it I talk about a startup that Stewart Rogers and I are working on in our copious spare time. For more info, see Genesis Reality.

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Apple Poaching Google’s AI Chief Says Apple Is All-in On AI (But Who He Reports To Is More Critical)

Siri has long been the butt of personal assistant jokes, probably unfairly. In numerousstudies, tests, and examples, Siri has drawn about even with Amazon’s Alexa assistant, but significantly trails Google Assistant in knowledge and ability to answer customers’ questions. With Alexa’s unmatched third-party penetration — more than 25,000 skills— and Google’s massive knowledge base thanks to a

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New Research: How to Find and Nurture Your Best Customers via Mobile Measurement

Every brand wants to find and nurture more quality customers — the kind that buy frequently, stay loyal, and are easy to work with. But how do you accomplish that? By mastering mobile measurement, according to a March 2018 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of TUNE, “Master Mobile Measurement to Transform Customer

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State of Digital Advertising 2018: Adobe Analyzes 345B Emails, Website Visits, And Video Views

A comprehensive analysis of 183 billion website visits, 12 billion video views, 150 billion emails, and 1,000 consumers says that most marketers think their ads are relevant. The problem? Most consumers completely disagree. Adobe just released its 2018 State of Digital Advertising, based on a massive amount of data captured by the Adobe Marketing Cloud. One

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Why Robots Won’t Kill Jobs: The World’s Largest Robotics Company Says More Robots Means More Jobs

93% of investors say that artificial intelligence is going to destroy jobs, and smart robots are putting 10.5 million U.S. jobs at risk, according to one report. But a division president at perhaps the world’s biggest robotics company says robots won’t kill jobs. In fact, just the opposite. If robotics were going to kill jobs, Sami Atiya ought to know.

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Netflix Growing To 262M Subscriptions And 72% Of America, Analysts Say

Netflix will grow to 262 million subscriptions within a decade, including 72% of the United States, says Citi Research. That’s a big jump from its current 118 million. “At a high level, our $305 price target implies that in ten years Netflix has 262 million total subs (representing 72% U.S. penetration, 37% penetration of other developed

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Top Brands Getting 25X More Social Media Engagement, Thanks To March Madness Advertising

The NCAA basketball tournament may be March Madness for college basketball fans, but it’s apparently also brand insanity for sponsors, who are collecting huge payoffs in terms of social engagement on Facebook and Twitter. Capital One saw a massive 2,573% social media lift. Unilever jumped 1,665%. And Intel saw 1,232% social lift. Social lift is an increase in

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Digital Duopoly Declining? Facebook’s, Google’s Share Of Digital Ad Dollars Dropping

Is the digital duoplogy in danger? Facebook and Google’s share of the U.S. digital ad market will decline in 2018 for the first time in years, according to a new eMarketer projection. Why? Blame Amazon’s ad business — and Snapchat — for growing faster than expected. “The two companies will capture a combined 56.8% of

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Amazon HQ2: Herndon VA and Cambridge MA Are Prime Choices Based On Recent Hiring Patterns

With 13,494 job openings in February of this year, Amazon is aggressively growing. According to a recent Citi Research report, those growth patterns suggest two cities which might be at the top of the list for the company’s second headquarters: Herndon, Virginia, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Amazon announced its search for HQ2 in September last year and narrowed it

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30% Of Marketing Budgets Wasted? Time To Panic … Or Just Get Smart

Good news gets trumpeted from the rooftops. Bad news gets buried in the back yard. Welcome to the back yard. Six years ago when Scott Brinker’s martech landscape was considerably less insane — 350 marketing technology vendors rather than today’s 5,000 — and marketers were considerably less stressed out, Gartner made a prediction. By 2017, Gartner said,

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Proved That All Those Rich And Famous Do-What-I-Do Stories Are Nonsense

Sometimes, luck wins. “How to be successful” returns 843 million results on Google. “I will teach you to be rich” is an actual website. And we can’t go a day without seeing how four habits will make us successful, or seven things the most successful people are always doing, or, from the astonishingly loquacious and

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When your latest story becomes a LinkedIn trending topic …

It’s always gratifying when a story resonates. But this is the first time I think one of my posts at Forbes or Inc has hit LinkedIn’s trending topics … “what people are talking about now.” Cool 🙂 Here’s the post, btw …

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Amazon Is Hiring More Developers For Alexa Than Google Is Hiring For Everything

Amazon is hiring 1,147 people for its Alexa business unit alone, says Citi Research in a new report. That’s more than Google is hiring for product and technical roles across the entire Alphabet conglomerate, including YouTube, Waymo, Google Fiber, and — of course — the main money maker in the Alphabet empire: the original Google. “Key takeaways

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Report: Google Captures Nearly 80% Of All Retail Search Ad Spend

American retailers now spend 76.4% of their search ad budgets on Google Shopping ads. They also generate 85.3% of their clicks there, according to a new report from Adthena that analyzed 40 million ads from 240,000 advertisers in the U.S. and UK. Essentially, Google is the new storefront. No wonder Amazon is doubling down on its advertising

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Sex Is Now On the Blockchain. Cue End of Western Civilization

Dating, apparently, is changing. And while blockchain might be great for cryptocurrencies, manufacturing, energy companies, and smart contracts … it might also be great for dating and consent. Especially in the #metoo era, says Loly founder Adryenn Ashley — for both men and women. “A recent poll showed that men’s #1 fear of going on a blind/online date:

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