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Nuance’s voice control going where Siri, Google Now and Cortana fall short

December 15th at 6:45 PM

Nuance’s voice control going where Siri, Google Now and Cortana fall short

Nuance, the company behind some of the voice technology used for Samsung’s S Voice and Apple’s Siri, is ready to go where no other digital assistant has gone before. The company wants to bring voice control to apps and hardware other than smartphones, tablets or PCs, in a move that should help users use their voices to control computers even more than they do right now.
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What Does Cortana Say About Apple

What happens when you ask for Cortana’s opinion of Apple

December 10th at 8:00 AM

What happens when you ask for Cortana’s opinion of Apple

Microsoft this week released a version of its Cortana virtual assistant for both iOS and Android, which naturally prompted one curious iPhone user to install it on their device and ask for its opinion of Apple. Instead of talking smack about Apple like a Ballmer-designed Cortana almost certainly would have, Cortana gave a very witty and diplomatic answer, as flagged by Redditor sputnikv. More →

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Cortana for iOS Beta Sign-ups

Microsoft is now letting anyone sign up for the Cortana for iOS beta

November 4th at 8:45 PM

Microsoft is now letting anyone sign up for the Cortana for iOS beta

Siri, it’s time we had a talk.

It’s not that iPhone users don’t appreciate you, it’s just that you’re rarely more convenient than simply typing something into Google. I can’t even remember the last time I used you, but don’t worry, I’m not getting rid of you — I just think it’s time I explore my options. So I’m giving Cortana a try. More →

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Microsoft Cortana Fail

Hilarious Cortana fail: Microsoft CEO Nadella got burned while demoing Cortana on-stage

September 18th at 3:03 PM

Hilarious Cortana fail: Microsoft CEO Nadella got burned while demoing Cortana on-stage

No matter the product, it’s always risky demoing software up on stage in front of a live audience. Software might work great during testing, but once you’re up on stage showcasing it to the world, Murphy’s Law has a strange way of sneaking up and rearing its ugly head. And if you’re so bold as to try and tempt fate by demoing voice recognition software in front of a large crowd, well, may the force be with you.

Unfortunately, and hilariously, this is a lesson that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had to learn the hard way this week. While presenting a keynote speech at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, Nadella decided to show the crowd what Cortana, Microsoft’s version of Siri, was capable of.

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Download Cortana on Android Public Beta

You can download Cortana for your Android device right now – here’s how

August 24th at 6:15 PM

You can download Cortana for your Android device right now – here’s how

Back in May, Microsoft announced that its digital assistant Cortana would be expanding to platforms other than Windows in the future. It began with a closed beta on Android in July, and today, Microsoft has revealed that the beta is now open to the public, free to download on Google Play. More →

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Hound Google Now Siri Cortana

Video: Hound wipes the floor with Google Now, Siri and Cortana in ‘ultimate’ test

June 12th at 1:05 PM

Video: Hound wipes the floor with Google Now, Siri and Cortana in ‘ultimate’ test

SoundHound’s Hound voice-enabled assistant has proven to be quite a resourceful tool, managing to beat the significantly more famous Google Now, Siri and Cortana in all sorts of comparisons. A new test recorded on video shows that the beta version of Hound is ready to wipe the floor with Google’s, Apple’s and Microsoft’s voice assistants even though it’s just in beta version. More →

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Office Now Cortana iOS Android

Office Now assistant reportedly coming to iOS, Android and Windows

May 26th at 10:45 PM

Office Now assistant reportedly coming to iOS, Android and Windows

Microsoft’s Cortana app for iOS, Android and Windows might not be the only new application the company will offer smartphone users, as a Google Now-like app is apparently in the works. Aptly named Office Now, the app has already been leaked and appears to be different from Cortana. More →

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Microsoft Cortana

Microsoft finally gets it

May 26th at 2:41 PM

Microsoft finally gets it

For a few years now, Microsoft has been an easy target for jokes and jabs. For starters, Steve Ballmer, likeable as he may be, was always adept at providing us with an endless stream of fascinating video clips. Second, because it took Microsoft far too long to realize that their Windows desktop monopoly had been surpassed in relevance by a burgeoning mobile market, we bore witness to the company making all sorts of strategic mistakes in an effort to play catch-up.

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Cortana iPhone Android App

It’s official: Cortana is coming to iOS and Android

May 26th at 9:25 AM

It’s official: Cortana is coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft knows that we live in a world where users expect to be able to use any of their devices to complete a task. That’s why it didn’t come as much of a surprise when Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that a Cortana companion app is coming to Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. More →

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Windows 10 Download Build 10041

New Windows 10 beta version has more Cortana, but still no Spartan

March 19th at 6:50 AM

New Windows 10 beta version has more Cortana, but still no Spartan

After teasing a few days ago that it’ll roll out faster updates to Windows 10 Insiders who want faster access to the newest features even if buggy, Microsoft on Wednesday released build 10041 of the upcoming operating system, which brings several improvements and features, but also includes some issues and inconsistencies that are yet to be ironed out. Most notably, Microsoft’s newest software initiative – a completely new browser meant to make Internet Explorer only a distant, painful memory – is not included in this build. As for Cortana, that’s a different story. More →

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Cortana for iPhone and Android

Microsoft has an amazing plan to take over your iPhone or Android

March 13th at 12:20 PM

Microsoft has an amazing plan to take over your iPhone or Android

Microsoft might be having a difficult time convincing people to buy Windows phones – though some of its latest offerings are definitely worth considering – but Reuters has found out the company has come up with a clever way of taking over your iPhone or Android device.

The company’s secret weapon is a tool that might be powerful enough to impress you and ultimately get you to embrace many other apps made by Microsoft. More →

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Siri Cortana Recording Conversations

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

February 25th at 10:45 AM

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

We’ve written extensively about security concerns in recent weeks, but this might be the most shocking development yet. Reddit user FallenMyst posted on Tuesday that he had recently started a new job with a company called Walk N’Talk Technologies.

At his job, he is asked to listen back to seemingly random bits of audio and provides feedback on how they match with the text that the device outputs when translating the audio ‚ and you won’t believe where the audio comes from. More →

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