Digital assistant apps of all kinds are on the rise, but you don't necessarily need to invest in a smart speaker to start chatting to one: with a little know-how you can get Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant up and running on your computer. Here's what you need to do. Advertisement If you suddenly find yourself taken with the idea of chatting to bots on your laptop, then remember you can fire up either Cortana on Windows or Siri on macOS for a little conversation. What's more, it's likely only a matter of time before Google's digital assistant comes to Chrome and Chrome OS, but it's not there yet. Reasons to get chatty Firing up Alexa on an Echo or the Google Assistant on Google Home ( or an iPhone ) are easier routes for anyone wanting to get answers, calendar update,s and restaurant recommendations with their voice. It requires a few minutes of hassle to get the assistants running on a computer, but that doesn't mean it's not worth it. Maybe you've got an Amazon Echo installed downstairs but you've only got your laptop upstairs; or maybe you're away from home altogether and pining for some interaction with Alexa…. Read full this story
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