With smartphones and tablets, most people now have an app on their phone that lets them get their news, schedule appointments, search for products, and more.
The problem is, it’s a cumbersome, time-consuming process that’s often more cumbersome than getting the news you want to get from an app.
Now, virtual assistants that let you access and manage your smartphone’s functions are starting to appear.
They’re called virtual assistants and can be as simple as adding a button or a small app to a virtual desktop, or as complex as a powerful assistant that can be programmed to do things like search for books and make appointments.
Some companies have already started offering a few of these on their smartphones.
Microsoft, for example, recently launched a new app called Smart Assistant that lets you ask questions, schedule meetings, and control your personal assistant from your phone.
Other companies are experimenting with this approach as well, such as Google Assistant, which lets you request a call, send a text message, or control your home entertainment system from your smartphone.
But what if you don’t have a smartphone?
What if you can’t afford a smart assistant?
There are plenty of ways to get a personal-assistant-powered device for less than $100, but here are the basics to getting started.