Microsoft Adds Bing Chat to SwiftKey Beta for Android

The continuing incursion of artificial intelligence into each app, service, and side of your life continues. Microsoft’s widespread Android keyboard app SwiftKey permits you to sort by swiping throughout letters on the display screen to generate phrases. Now, SwiftKey is getting a dose of chatbot to spice issues up.

Microsoft launched its AI-enhanced Bing chatbot in February. Since then it has gone up against the opposite chatbot heavyweights, together with Google’s Bard and OpenAI’s ChatGPT (which powers Bing Chat’s backend). Microsoft has since been desperate to flaunt its chatbot by extending its attain.

The chat-curious can obtain the beta version of SwiftKey for Android. The April 5 replace makes the Bing chatbot accessible wherever you’re messaging. Customers will see three tabs in SwiftKey: one for Bing Search, one marked Chat that allows you to discuss to Bing Chat’s AI, and one marked Tone that reads your conversations and composes prompt replies with an analogous emotional tone. The rollout isn’t taking place all at once, so in case you set up the SwiftKey beta and don’t see the Bing Chat tabs, hold checking again.

It’s Android-only, after all. Customers of different working methods can entry Bing Chat by the Bing app or by an online browser.

This type of AI tech is sensible on the app, provided that the purpose of SwiftKey is to discern what that means you are attempting to get out along with your swipes and gestures. In fact, it’s one factor to guess the phrase you imply and fairly one other to do the generative AI factor of constructing up entire messages you possibly can ship. However hey, it’s AI texting. What might presumably go fallacious?

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Google Strikes Podcasts Into YouTube Music

Google likes smushing collectively its providers. Its messaging and videochat providers Meet and Duo have been mixed into one confusing package final yr. Previous to that, Google fused its devoted Google Play music service into YouTube Music.

Subsequent, podcasts are making their approach into YouTube Music. 9to5Google spotted the addition of a Podcasts tab to the YouTube Music app. It’s not a affirmation that Google is planning to ditch its devoted Podcasts cell app, nevertheless it wouldn’t precisely be out of character for the corporate to take action within the close to future.

Nonetheless, Google is clearly desperate to get extra motion going with podcasts. Perhaps syncing its Podcasts app with its YouTube apps may even take in a number of the viewers from the favored music and video platform. Although, clearly, providers like Spotify and Apple Music have a heck of a head begin.

A Kobo for Writing

Rakuten, finest recognized for its Kobo e-readers, which function alternate options to Amazon’s Kindles, has a brand new E Ink pill you’ll be able to write on. The Kobo Elipsa 2E has a ten.3-inch display screen that allows you to learn ebooks and paperwork whereas scribbling notes with the accompanying pen.

At $400, the Elipsa is pricier than its predominant rivals, the ReMarkable 2 and Amazon’s Kindle Scribe. The Kindle Scribe could also be later to the lineup than the ReMarkable, however it’s nonetheless the large boi on the E Ink playground, simply by advantage of Amazon’s dominance within the e-reader and book market. Undeterred, Kobo has saved its competitive cool and churned out constantly high quality devices. They might not have the ubiquity of Amazon’s large library and simply common omnipresence, however you’ll be able to all the time take a look at library books on them.

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