Cheryl Yeoh tried out a virtual assistant for a week, after her startup was acquired by Walmart Labs

My week with a virtual assistant

A few months ago, I decided to experiment with a virtual assistant through Zirtual, a service that connects you with a dedicated, local assistant.

How to actually get things done in virtual meetings

Forget the company conference room. Coworkers no longer need to be in the same office space — let alone the same time zone — to hold a productive progress reports or brainstorming session. We asked nine young entrepreneurs about how they conduct virtual meetings between their startup teams, and actually get things done while doing so. (Share your own thoughts in the comments.)

SRI’s chief believes future iPhones — and other gadgets — will have cool virtual assistants

Curt Carlson, the president and chief executive of SRI International, is very excited about the Siri intelligent agent technology that his organization sold to Apple in April for a rumored $150 – $250 million. He expects it will show up in future iPhones, but he also believes that SRI’s additional technologies from virtual assistant research will become part of even more rich applications in the future.