BBC’s Voice Assistant Will Understand Accents

Though the public broadcaster doesn’t plan to release a standalone device, BBC announced a forthcoming competitor to Amazon’s Alexa: Beeb. The assistant will be able to recognize regional accents (British ones first) with greater accuracy. The company plans to ask employees from offices across the UK to engage with the software this week in order to gauge its ability to understand identical languages delivered with …

New Sonos One Speaker

Compatible with Amazon Alexa and other digital voice-enabled assistants to come

Today Sonos announced the Sonos One (an all-new though similar-looking product to the PLAY:1) that many have been waiting for—one of their premium speakers with built-in connectivity to audio assistants that can now control the music on your Sonos system as well as offer all of their other benefits for controlling other systems in your home and accessing online information and services. The first service …