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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Amazon says Alexa is coming to its iPhone app next week, with the ability to shop, track packages, tell jokes, check the weather, more   —  Starting today and available to all iPhone users next week, you can talk to Amazon's intelligent assistant Alexa while using the Amazon app.
Mar 16, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Astro, an app that uses a chatbot to help manage your email, raises $8.3M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures   —  Astro is making its debut today with a smart email app and a bot that chats with you about trends in your activity, missed tasks, and networking opportunities.
Mar 12, 2017, 12:20 AMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
PayPal launches a Slack bot to let users send money to each other with the shortcode “/paypal” plus username   —  PayPal today launched its first bot for users of team messaging app Slack.  The bot lets people send peer-to-peer (P2P) payments with the shortcode /paypal and a user's Slack handle.
Feb 7, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Kasisto raises $9.2M from Propel Venture Partners, MasterCard, DBS Bank, and more to improve personal finance bot KAI and expand AI virtual assistant offerings   —  Bots and artificial intelligence company Kasisto today announced that it has raised $9.2 million.
Jan 14, 2017, 8:50 AMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Slack makes investments in 11 new bot makers as part of Slack Fund, including startups that integrate Salesforce, improve search, more   —  Slack announced today that it has invested in nearly a dozen new bot startups to bolster its Slack App Directory.  —  The team collaboration chat app …
Jan 5, 2017, 5:35 AMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Messaging app Kik adds the ability to video call with up to six people   —  In an update of the chat app Kik, starting today users can now make video calls with up to six people.  —  Facebook Messenger also added group video chat today.  —  “Video chat was the number-one feature you requested …
Dec 19, 2016, 4:15 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
30+ companies including Quora, WebMD, Dominos Pizza, and Product Hunt add Google Home support   —  More than 30 startups and companies like Domino's Pizza, Food Network, and Product Hunt launched new actions for Google Home today.  —  Actions, like Amazon Alexa skills, give a user control and command of Google Assistant.
Dec 15, 2016, 4:30 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Intel and Amazon plan to work together on smart home initiatives, to release reference design and SDK for Intel-based, Alexa-powered smart speaker in Q1 2017   —  Intel and Amazon plan to work together on a series of smart home initiatives in the near future, the companies announced today …
Dec 1, 2016, 11:00 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Octane AI launches its Facebook Messenger bot creation platform and announces $1.5M seed round led by General Catalyst Partners   —  Octane AI launched its bot creation platform today, beginning with bots for 50 Cent, Aerosmith, KISS, Magic Mike, and SPiN.  The startup also announced …
Nov 2, 2016, 2:45 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
HipChat integrates with Echo via VoiceMyBot, letting Alexa start and join in conversations, tie-in with Hipchat room notifications, more   —  A new skill for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices gives you access to the Atlassian-owned HipChat platform, a first for the enterprise team chat app.
Nov 1, 2016, 3:40 PMIn context

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