SoundHound enhances voice assistant with Perplexity’s search tech

SoundHound has signed a partnership with conversational AI-powered search engine Perplexity to deliver next-gen voice capabilities for IoT devices. The collaboration aims to enhance SoundHound's voice assistant, SoundHound Chat AI, with advanced online large language model (LLM) capabilities that Perplexity specialises in.

SoundHound Chat AI will be equipped to provide not only more accurate and up-to-date responses to web-based inquiries, but also more complex answers that go...

UK introduces first IoT security laws

The UK has become the first country to legally mandate cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. The new laws, which came into force today, aim to shield consumers from cyber threats and boost the nation's resilience against rising cyber-crime.

Under the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime, manufacturers will be legally required to build security protections into any product with internet connectivity. Easily guessable default passwords like "admin"...

Is AI-driven VR the next big thing?

Despite approaching the cost of a relatively good secondhand car, the Apple Vision Pro has captured the attention of millions not only for what it is, but for what it could represent in the future. Some in tech believe it is simply a proof of concept before Apple offer a more affordable albeit more compromised version in the future, others are instead believing this to be the standard high priced but high-quality Apple gadget. 

VR is back?

Whatever happens with the...

Samsung launches 3D Map View for SmartThings

Samsung has launched its 3D Map View feature for SmartThings, which allows users to see a virtual 3D map of their home and easily control connected devices like lights, thermostats, and appliances.

The 3D Map View, first unveiled at CES 2024, is now available in all countries where SmartThings is accessible. It addresses the challenge of managing the growing number of smart home devices by consolidating them into an interactive 3D rendering of the user's floor...

Meta teases major UI overhaul for Quest

Meta is planning a major overhaul of the user interface for its Quest mixed reality headsets, according to the company's CTO Andrew "Boz" Bosworth.

In a recent Instagram AMA, Bosworth teased several new UI features aimed at improving personalisation and multitasking on the Quest platform.

One of the key upgrades Bosworth highlighted is the ability to pin windows to your physical position or anchor them in real-world space. This would allow users to walk around their...

Meta and LG to forge ‘AI-XR alliance’

Executives from Meta and LG are set to convene in South Korea on Wednesday to discuss a groundbreaking "AI-XR alliance," as revealed by industry insiders. The meeting aims to solidify plans for collaborative ventures, notably the development of the Meta Quest Pro 2, a next-generation premium productivity XR headset.

According to insights from the Korea Economic Daily, Meta intends to leverage LG's expertise in crafting the Meta Quest Pro 2, positioning it as a rival to Apple's...

Samsung will bring Galaxy AI to its wearables

Samsung, following the successful launch of its Galaxy S24 series featuring Galaxy AI, is expanding its AI technology to wearables. The move aims to revolutionise digital health experiences and marks a significant step in Samsung's commitment to integrating AI across its product lineup.

In an editorial penned by TM Roh, CEO and President of Samsung MX, the company announced its intention to incorporate Galaxy AI features into future wearable devices. This initiative seeks to...

Wyze customers view strangers’ camera feeds after glitch

Wyze, the maker of affordable home security cameras, experienced a glitch on Friday that allowed thousands of customers to access images and videos from cameras belonging to other users.

On Friday, an outage caused by a problem with an Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner left Wyze customers unable to view footage from their own cameras for several hours. As the company worked to restore service, approximately 13,000 Wyze users received thumbnails and video clips from cameras that...

Samsung creates ‘Immersive Team’ for XR headset development

Samsung has created an internal "Immersive Team" dedicated to developing the company's first extended reality (XR) headset, according to a report from Korean outlet Hankyung.

The team, which operates under Samsung's Mobile Experience (MX) division, recently grew from a small group to over 100 people as Samsung aims to accelerate development and launch the headset this year.

The hurried pace comes in response to the launch of Apple's Vision Pro headset last month, which...

Apple’s Vision Pro will launch with over 600 apps built for it

Apple has revealed its upcoming Vision Pro headset will launch today with over 600 apps and games designed to utilise its capabilities. 

Vision Pro features an "infinite canvas" allowing apps to scale beyond the boundaries of a traditional display. It also introduces a 3D user interface navigated with the eyes, hands, and voice.

Spatial experiences can transform any room into a personal theatre, unlock new collaboration methods, and transport users to gaming...