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Toshiba is hitting the reset button on its notebook lineup and is launching a slew of new back-to-school products that have been designed with Windows 10 in mind. Toshiba’s Windows 10 focus comes in the form of a dedicated Cortana key and built-in TruTalk dual-array mics across the entire range to provide quick and competence performance with Microsoft’s voice assistant. As for the notebooks, the new or updated models include the Satellite C Series, L Series, S Series, Satellite Fusion, and Satellite Radius. The Satellite C Series is aimed at everyday users and is available with 15.6- and 17.3-inch... Read more...
Lenovo and Microsoft have teamed up to offer Lenovo-brand PC users a smarter Cortana experience. The way they've accomplished that is by pairing Cortana with REACHit, the latter of which Lenovo designed to help users manager their files and find what they're looking for in a faster, more efficient way. By integrating REACHit with Cortana, the latter's search capabilities are greatly expanded. The two technologies play off each other to extend the sources from which content can be found. Once a user creates a unique Lenovo ID, Cortana and REACHit can be utilized to access a wide variety of data... Read more...
Microsoft seems serious about accommodating Android and iOS user when Windows 10 comes out later this year. The company announced this morning that it has an app that will help users access Windows 10 and Office features on their smartphones, regardless of platform. At first glance, the Phone Companion app looks fairly slick. You choose your phone operating system (Android, iOS, or Windows) and then follow the instructions to get various apps on your phone. Some of those apps will look familiar, like OneDrive, Skype, Word and Excel. But some new features will also be available, including Cortana,... Read more...
Apple's Siri software showed the world how handy it can be to have a virtual digital assistant at your beck and call, but it's Microsoft's Cortana helper that as aspirations of ruling the world. Well, the digital world, anyway. This attempt at world domination will begin with a new version of Cortana that Microsoft plans to port to iOS and Android.As you know, Cortana is already available on Windows Phones, and when Windows 10 ships to the public, Cortana will spread its wings on the desktop. Sometime after is when Microsoft will target the two most popular operating systems on the planet with... Read more...
I'd have to say that overall, Microsoft's big Windows 10 event today impressed. Not only were there some surprises, but it was nice to have some confirmation over some of the rumors that have come out over the past month. While we didn't learn of a phone + laptop hybrid which was rumored about yesterday, we did get confirmation that Project Spartan is a real product -- and Microsoft is planning for it to be an integral piece of the Windows 10 puzzle.While Internet Explorer is a Windows feature that can be (and is) largely ignored, Spartan is different. Its functionality... Read more...
In a perfect world, we all could forget all about Windows 8 and the headaches that it caused for regular consumers all over the world. Microsoft’s heart was in the right place; it sought out to create an operating system that would not only cater to its existing base of desktop and notebook users, but also to the growing tablet market. However, the company missed the mark and ended up with a UI that did more to frustrate than to increase the productivity of users. Microsoft sought to right the ship with tweaks in Windows 8.1, but many consumers had already put on their life preservers at that point.... Read more...
It looks like a Nokia, and it smells like a Nokia... it must be a Nokia, right? Not so fast. Now that Microsoft has swallowed up Nokia's devices division, it's putting that fabled name to pasture. The Lumia branding remains, but there's no Nokia logo here -- this is the Microsoft Lumia 535. It's the first phone to ship from the newly-merged duo, and it's the first step towards a future where one of the most iconic mobile names in the world won't be seen nearly as frequently. Nostalgia aside, the Lumia 535 packs a lot of oomph for its tiny price tag. Specifications wise, there's a 5-inch display,... Read more...
Teenagers are usually quick to adapt to technology, so it shouldn't be too surprising that teens are the ones embracing hands-free search. According to the results of Google's Mobile Voice Study, 55 percent of teenagers between the age of 13-18 years old use voice search on a daily basis, versus 41 percent of adults. "Voice search is a key feature of the Google app that's becoming ever more important as people spend more time on their mobile phones," said Scott Huffman, Google's Vice President for Conversational Search. "We wanted to learn more about how people of all ages use Google hands-free... Read more...
It feels like the epic battle of iPhone vs. Android vs. Windows Phone has been going on forever, and admittedly, it's a bit tired at this point. To help freshen things up, it would be wise to take a look at what the phones can actually do, and then see which one handles a certain common function better. The folks at Stone Temple Consulting decided to do just that, and had voice recognition and question interpretation in its sights. Thus, we're entering a new epic battle: Siri vs. Google Now vs. Cortana. Over the course of two months, multiple employees at Stone Temple sat at a desk, asking a bunch... Read more...
Microsoft has been updating and improving on Cortana, its personal assistant for the Windows Phone and a popular character from the Halo franchise, since it was rolled out. Microsoft’s response to Apple’s personal assistant Siri has continued to improve and expand with Bing integration and Cortana being brought to Nokia phones. Now, Microsoft is giving its personal assistant the ability to speak Klingon and use pictures. Windows Phone users who ask Cortana questions about Halo, where it is an artificial intelligence that helps the franchise’s protagonist Master Chief, or other... Read more...
As we slowly march towards a future where scenes from Minority Report and Transcendence feel more like reality and less like science fiction, Microsoft Research is unveiling a data-drive crystal ball of sorts. It's a project emerging from the Microsoft Prediction Lab, where laypeople are encouraged to make predictions about upcoming events. The company's calling it a game for now, but the implications are far greater. As of now, the interactive demo highlights the team's pursuit of forecasting technologies; namely, they're looking to intelligently collect data, keep billions of related likelihoods... Read more...
When Microsoft released a beta for its Cortana personal assistant this past spring, it came with a major caveat: Only US users could partake. With its just-released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, however, the company is now offering use of the feature to those in the UK and China as a beta like the US release, and as an alpha in Canada, India, and Australia. Microsoft notes that while Cortana is going to be the same as we've seen her up to this point in most of these betas, the Chinese release is a bit special. Here, Cortana has an entirely different form (seen below), and in addition, there are new... Read more...
AT&T has some great news for Nokia Lumia 1520 handset owners. Effectively immediately, you can download and install the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for your phone and start enjoying Cortana, a personal virtual assistant. Unlike the virtual assistants on other platforms, Cortana is the only one that can set reminders by people, as well as by time or location. There are a lot of changes that go beyond Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. Users have greater control over personalization -- Live Tiles with multiple sizes and color options let you pin apps, music, and people to your Start Screen so... Read more...
If you want to beat the Las Vegas odds makers, you might want to look at the available software at your disposable. To wit, EA's Madden NFL franchise has correctly predicted the winner of the Super Bowl in 8 of the last 11 tries (but got it wrong this last time around), and Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 devices correctly pegged Germany to win the 2014 World Cup. That alone is somewhat impressive, but even more so is that Cortana was on a 14-game win streak before the digital assistant incorrectly blemished its once-perfect record by picking Brazil to beat the Netherlands.... Read more...
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