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Here’s How Samsung's Bixby Compares to All Other Virtual
Assistants  Here’s How Samsung's Bixby Compares to All Other Virtual Assistants 

In a world where every smartphone seems to come with its own version of Siri, Samsung is finally ready to release its own, fully functioning AI-based virtual assistant.

You Can Now Order Almost Any Item on Amazon Prime with Alexa You Can Now Order Almost Any Item on Amazon Prime with Alexa

Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices could previously reorder items that you had already bought on Amazon, but you can now ask the virtual assistant to order pretty much anything that’s available through Amazon Prime.

Learn New Google Now Commands With OK Google Learn New Google Now Commands With OK Google

Google Now offers a wide range of voice commands designed to work with your natural language, but it can help to know exactly what the virtual assistant is capable of understanding. That’s where OK Google comes in—it’s a growing, searchable list of every known Google Now command.

Cortana Now Pushes Reminders Based on Email and Adds Context to Your Calendar Events  Cortana Now Pushes Reminders Based on Email and Adds Context to Your Calendar Events 

Cortana, Microsoft’s smart assistant for Windows 10 and Windows Phone, picked up two useful upgrades today: the ability to float reminders based on your email, and notifications when meetings on your calendar are at odd times, during your commute, or have other useful context you should know.

Drivemode Uses Gestures and Your Voice to Control Your Phone While You Drive Drivemode Uses Gestures and Your Voice to Control Your Phone While You Drive

Android: Controlling your phone while you drive isn’t terribly easy. Google Now and other voice assistants can do a lot, but Drivemode takes the idea a step further. It incorporates many of those voice commands with a simple, gesture and color-based interface that’s powerful without being distracting.

The Best Virtual Assistant for Android The Best Virtual Assistant for Android

The number of voice activated "virtual assistants" for Android has exploded in recent years, ranging from the gimmicky and niche to the genuinely useful and broadly applicable. None of them are perfect, but we think that if you can get it on your device, Google Now's rolled-in simplicity and array of genuinely useful…

Indigo Wants to Be Your Personal Assistant Across Devices Indigo Wants to Be Your Personal Assistant Across Devices

Android (4.0+)/WP8: We've seen a number of new, great personal assistant apps appear recently, but Indigo stands out because it keeps track of your conversations, questions, and reminders. That means you can put down one device, grab another, and pick up right where you left off.

Dragon Mobile Assistant Offers Completely Hands-Free Texting, Shares Your Location with Loved Ones Dragon Mobile Assistant Offers Completely Hands-Free Texting, Shares Your Location with Loved Ones

Android: We've discussed how useful Dragon Mobile Assistant, (the spiritual successor to Vlingo, our favorite virtual assistant for Android), is as a hands-free mobile assistant. Now the app has updated to include truly hands-free SMS, and location sharing that will tell someone you're waiting for or traveling to…

Dragon Mobile Assistant Updates with More Voice Controls and Support for Older Android Devices Dragon Mobile Assistant Updates with More Voice Controls and Support for Older Android Devices

Android: Dragon Mobile Assistant, released two months ago in beta, has a great feature set as a personal assistant app, and the latest update adds even more capabilities. Now you can use the app to launch other apps, set alarms, and play music just by speaking. In addition, you no longer need ICS to run it.

Dragon Mobile Assistant Manages Your Calendar, Sends Texts, Makes Calls, and More, All With Your Voice Dragon Mobile Assistant Manages Your Calendar, Sends Texts, Makes Calls, and More, All With Your Voice

Android (4.0+): There's definitely no shortage of Android personal assistants, but finding the perfect one has always been a challenge. Nuance's new Dragon Mobile Assistant is one of the closest we've seen in a while, and does everything from get the weather to send SMS messages and place phone calls all without you…

Robin Is a Voice-Operated Assistant for Android that Finds Parking, Speaks Traffic Alerts, and More Robin Is a Voice-Operated Assistant for Android that Finds Parking, Speaks Traffic Alerts, and More

Android: Robin is the latest Android app to try and be the truly interactive voice-based personal assistant that Android needs, and it does the job pretty well. The app will dig up local traffic information, help you find gas and parking near you or your destination, weather conditions, and more. Robin even learns…

Vlingo Labs Brings Voice-Activated SMS, Dialing, and More Siri-Like Features to Ice Cream Sandwich Phones Vlingo Labs Brings Voice-Activated SMS, Dialing, and More Siri-Like Features to Ice Cream Sandwich Phones

Android: Vlingo is still our favorite virtual assistant for Android, but even it doesn't offer all of the features and tight integration that Apple's Siri does in iOS. Well, with Vlingo Labs, the service's new beta app where they test new features, you can get some of that integration, like the ability to speak to…

The Best Virtual Assistant for iPhone The Best Virtual Assistant for iPhone

It's hard to argue that there's a better virtual assistant for the iPhone when you've got Siri, because Apple can create app that is completely integrated with iOS. That said, if you don't have Siri there are plenty of great options that may even be better some day. Here's a look at why Siri's great but plenty of…

Offload the Right Freelancer Chores to a Virtual Assistant to Free Up Time Offload the Right Freelancer Chores to a Virtual Assistant to Free Up Time

Freelancers must manage their own administrative tasks, advertising, client research, and other tasks usually picked up elsewhere in an office to stay competitive. Then again, a pay-as-you-go virtual assistant could help free up more time than you might imagine.

The Case for Personal Outsourcing

Does the thought of hiring a virtual personal assistant in Bangladesh for 5 bucks an hour make your skin crawl? Entrepreneur Ryan Norbauer explains how he got over his hang-ups and got super-productive with hired help. He writes:

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