Cortana is a voice-enabled virtual assistant developed by Microsoft to help Windows 10 users initiate requests, complete tasks and anticipate future needs by surfacing relevant data in a personal context. Since Cortana’s release on Windows 10 in January 2015, the technology has evolved to support Android and iOS devices, Xbox, the Edge browser, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and third-party devices such as thermostats and smart speakers. According to Microsoft, Cortana is currently used by more than 148 million people.“Cortana is always looking out for you, remembering things so you don’t have to, proactively suggesting things you might need to do and helping you do more with less effort,” said Kiesha Clayton, senior communications manager at Microsoft.However, Microsoft’s ability to compete in the increasingly competitive voice assistant market is being tested by rivals with deep pockets and big plans. Amazon, Google and to a lesser extent, Apple, are all … [Read more...] about Cortana explained: How to use Microsoft’s virtual assistant for business
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This has gone beyond absurd. It has been almost 3 weeks since Google and Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Even right after the announcement, despite the exciting products unveiled, we criticized Google for not putting a release window mor specific than "November" in the announcement, and now we're seeing the results of that failure. We are now entering the second week of November, and still all we know for sure is that the device will be released at some point this month. Those in Europe have a bit better idea of when to expect the Galaxy Nexus based on a rumor that the European rollout will begin on November 17th. This date has been confirmed for the UK, so it seems we can believe that release date, but because we haven't had an official announcement from either Samsung or Google we have no real info. We assume that the rollout of the phone will begin on the 17th, but we don't know which regions will get it first, aside from the UK, nor do we … [Read more...] about Google and Samsung continue to bungle the Galaxy Nexus launch
posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:25 1 1. Whit (unregistered) This is very interesting. $600 for a tablet, the specs of which seem to be benchmarking on-par with or below that of the $500 iPad 2, according to Anandtech. I'm not advocating either platform over the other, but it seems like they'd at least want the price point to be the same as Apple's product. posted on 14 Mar 2011, 00:02 4 8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010) it IS at the same point as Apple's product, you're comparing the 16GB iPad's price with the 32GB Xoom's price (with expandable memory i'll mention) the 32GB iPad is $600 dollars as well. posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:32 1 31. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008) here you go people the download for adobe flash 10.2 for motorola xoom. you are welcome you are all welcome. now bow down ipad2http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/11/adobe-flash-10-2-leaked-includes-honeycomb-compatibility-dow nload-now/ posted on 13 Mar 2011, … [Read more...] about Comments for : Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM to launch March 27th for $600?
posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:25 1 1. Whit (unregistered) This is very interesting. $600 for a tablet, the specs of which seem to be benchmarking on-par with or below that of the $500 iPad 2, according to Anandtech. I'm not advocating either platform over the other, but it seems like they'd at least want the price point to be the same as Apple's product. posted on 14 Mar 2011, 00:02 4 8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010) it IS at the same point as Apple's product, you're comparing the 16GB iPad's price with the 32GB Xoom's price (with expandable memory i'll mention) the 32GB iPad is $600 dollars as well. posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:32 1 31. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008) here you go people the download for adobe flash 10.2 for motorola xoom. you are welcome you are all welcome. now bow down ipad2http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/11/adobe-flash-10-2-leaked-includes-honeycomb-compatibility-dow nload-now/ posted on 13 Mar 2011, … [Read more...] about Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM to launch March 27th for $600?
posted on 08 Jul 2015, 21:25 8 1. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014) Good. I even predicted this in an earlier article. This is the way it should have been from the beginning. Nokia was just churning out phones left and right. Make a low end, mid range, and high end, each with an XL version, because phablets have become popular. posted on 08 Jul 2015, 21:35 3 2. meanestgenius (Posts: 17805; Member since: 28 May 2014) Agreed. Over saturation of the market isn't always a smart business plan, as even Samsung is learning. Looking forward to what Windows 10 Mobile will bring to the smartphone space. posted on 08 Jul 2015, 21:47 1 5. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014) It's a horrible business plan. It makes the lineup confusing to understand, the phones become half-assed because they are working on so many at a time. And for Microsoft, it means they have most of the phones for the windows phone market. They just need to make phones … [Read more...] about Comments for : Bloomberg: Microsoft to launch no more than 6 new smartphones per year from now on
Since late last year, luxury technology brand Vertu has been quiet. The last we heard, the company had been sold to a group of investors known only as Godin Holdings, and CEO Massimiliano Pogliani had stepped down. In the meantime, mobile tech with a luxury twist has bloomed, and new players are arriving to take advantage of the opening in the market.“If we’ve been quiet, it’s just part of the process after coming out of a successful sale.”Is the British brand in the midst of a critical change, or is it simply emerging from a winter’s hibernation, ready to lead the lux-tech charge? We spoke to new CEO Gordon Watson and Head of PR Jon Stanley to find out.“If we’ve been quiet,” Jon Stanley told Digital Trends, “it’s just part of the process after coming out of a successful sale.” Originally part of Nokia, this is the second time Vertu has found itself under new ownership, but it sees the change as a great opportunity. … [Read more...] about The oldest name in luxury tech is ready to ride the wave it created
Microsoft released a flurry of gaming announcements on March 1, so many it’s hard to keep them straight. In addition to an extensive game preview, the company revealed it’s working to unify the Universal Windows Application platform between PCs and its consoles, and hinted it may adopt a new strategy of incremental console upgrades that mimics a computer’s expandability.These efforts sound great, at least on paper. While some entitled Xbox One owners have whined about the loss of some Xbox games exclusive to the PC, most gamers on both platforms will enjoy greater compatibility between the two. The strategy could greatly expand the appeal of Xbox, which has struggled since the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4, and also bring new games and features to the PC.But I’m skeptical. As great as all of this sounds, Microsoft has a tendency to announce big plans that ultimately come to nothing. And even if the company follows through, it will have to resolve a … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s plan to unify the Xbox and PC is doomed
In the age of online entertainment, consumers get virtually unlimited choice of content and unlimited means to entertain themselves. They can stream their favorite episode of "Lost" from ABC.com, watch full-length movies on Hulu or even download episodes of shows like the "The Office" from NBCDirect, and they can do it all for free.These choices offer consumers an unprecedented amount of control over their entertainment experience, which is bad news for incumbent content aggregators: cable, satellite and IPTV (Internet protocol television) companies. The incumbents have to create a way to deliver increasingly sophisticated entertainment to consumers for free.Amy Banse, the president of Comcast Interactive Media, alluded to some of thesechallenges during her keynote at the Parks Associates Connections event in JulyComcast is a great example of an incumbent provider working hard at establishing new entertainment avenues for consumers. In 2006, it launched Ziddio, a user-generated portal … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Is Comcast Barking Up the Right Tree?
The death of online privacy had already been proclaimed long before Edward Snowden landed in the international spotlight, but if it wasn't confirmed back then, Snowden's NSA revelations surely must have extinguished the last vestiges of hope in even the most die-hard optimists."We're in a predicament," Phil Zimmermann, Pretty Good Privacy creator and cofounder and president of Silent Circle, told LinuxInsider. "Everything we do on the Internet is being captured in a vast database -- it's a kind of Panopticon."We have to do something about this," added Zimmermann, an Internet Hall of Fame inductee. "We have to push back in policy space as well as use countermeasures like encryption."Public policy changes rarely happen quickly, of course. In the meantime, those countermeasures are looking more and more like users' best bet. "I'd recommend making phone calls with Silent Phone," Zimmermann suggested, and "for email, PGP, GnuPG or something like it."As for other online activities, "there's … [Read more...] about Wiliest Ways to Keep the NSA at Bay
Think iOS 8 is just an expanded version of iOS 7? Take a closer look, and you might think again. For owners of iPhone models from the 4s to the 6 Plus, Apple has introduced not only improvements to familiar features but some altogether new -- and cool -- functionality.Best of all, it's all free.There's something for everyone in this version. Even if you're not quite ready to trade up to the iPhone 6, iOS 8 will make it seem like you have a new phone again.Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes to Safari, Spotlight, Notifications, Siri, Find My iPhone and more. Most mobile smartphone users have run into a so-called "mobile" version of a Web page that lacked links, functionality, or just plain sucked. In iOS 8, Apple makes it easy to request the desktop version of the website.All you have to do is tap the URL at the top of the page, then swipe down (in the middle of your screen works well) to reveal an Add to Favorites option and the Request Desktop Site option. … [Read more...] about How to Turbocharge Your iOS 8 Web-Surfing Experience