Topic: cortana

Oculus Kickstarter backers to get a free Rift, and Google’s tips for mobile app success—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2016

Oculus is opening Rift preorders today to put VR in the hands of people around the world, and the company is also going to give a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift to all of the Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit. In a letter obtained by Wired, Oculus said those who pledged … continue reading

Microsoft pulls Android’s ‘Hey Cortana,’ Amazon’s EC2 Container Registry, and Microsoft’s Coding4Fun—SD Times news digest: Dec. 22, 2015

Cortana has been pulled out from the Google Play Store because saying “Hey Cortana” was causing problems for the microphone of several Android devices. The saying was interfering with Google Now’s “Ok Google” feature, according to Android Community. It’s not determined yet if the microphone problems are the sole cause of the removal of the … continue reading

Atlassian goes public, Cortana for Android, Cyanogen OS and iOS, and Parse has an updated dashboard—SD Times news digest: Dec. 10, 2015

Atlassian has officially set its IPO at US$21 a share, raising $482 million, the New York Times reported. The price is above the previously reported expected range, which was at about $16.50 to $18.50 per share for $370 million. According to the Times, the IPO price values the company at $4.38 billion. “Today is a … continue reading

Django reveals new features, hackers expose children’s information off VTech, developers gain access to the Forge—SD Times news digest: Dec. 2, 2015

Samsung has announced a new browser designed for its virtual reality device, Gear VR. Internet for Gear VR is designed to enable users to browse the Web in a more immersive atmosphere without having to download VR content. “As a pioneer in the mobile VR industry, Samsung has continually worked to provide our users with … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Cortana vs. Siri: Let the artificial girl fight begin

When you ask Siri what she thinks of Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana, her answers range from “I really have no opinion” to “I’d rather not say.” To any unsuspecting human, those might seem like reasonable answers, but in a girl’s world, the world of passive aggression, those are some fighting words. And that might only … continue reading

Cortana for Android, and Google’s Offline Media Import/Export—SD Times news digest: Aug. 25, 2015

Cortana for Android is now available to users through a public beta. According to Microsoft, the application for Android is similar to Cortana for Windows PC or Windows Phone. It features the ability to set and get reminders, search the Web, and track information such as flights. Currently the hands-free capability for Cortana is only … continue reading

Meteor’s road map, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 PC build, and Google Fit—SD Times news digest: July 1, 2015

Meteor has revealed its road map to Meteor 1.2 and beyond. Version 1.2’s anticipated release will take place later this summer, with ECMAScript 6 compatibility, support for Angular and React, and a faster and more flexible build pipeline. Beyond version 1.2, Meteor is focusing on SQL support, better ways to work with REST and microservices, … continue reading

Let’s Encrypt’s launch schedule, Windows 10 mobile build, and Progress’ industry survey results—SD Times news digest: June 17, 2015

Let’s Encrypt, the initiative to encrypt HTTPS across the Web, has announced its launch schedule. The first certificate will be given out the week of July 27, with general availability coming the week of Sept. 14. “If we stay true to the schedule outlined above, we will have built an innovative [certificate authority], capable of … continue reading

Hyundai rolls out Android Auto-enabled vehicle, Windows 10 for Android and iPhone, and more BlackBerry layoffs—SD Times news digest: May 26, 2015

Hyundai has announced ahead of Google I/O later this week that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first consumer vehicle to integrate Google’s Android Auto automotive OS. Hyundai will offer 2015 Sonata owners with navigation features in a free software update that integrates Android Auto into the car’s interface. Android Auto will provide Sonata features … continue reading

Microsoft open-sources MSBuild and announces Cortana development platform, and Tag Heuer, Intel and Google partner on smartwatch—SD Times News digest: March 19, 2015

Microsoft has announced that the Microsoft Build Engine, the build platform for .NET and Visual Studio, is now available on GitHub. According to Microsoft program manager Rich Lander, the MSBuild sources that are being published on GitHub will be aligned with the version being shipped in Visual Studio 2015. In addition, the company plans to … continue reading

Competition over voice recognizing digital assistants is heating up

Ever since Apple launched its digital personal assistant Siri on iOS devices, companies have been trying to develop their own speech-recognition and natural-language-processing technologies. BlackBerry has the BlackBerry Assistant, Google has Google Now, and Microsoft has Cortana, for instance. The evolution of these virtual personal assistants started out as a way for these companies to … continue reading

From the Editors: Windows 10 is a milestone operating system

After Microsoft’s surprise reveal of Windows Holographic and HoloLens, the Star Wars metaphors began to fly, with “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” quotes lighting up social media. For us, a different reference came to mind: “Pay no attention to the OS behind the hologram…” Two-thirds of the way through a relatively unexciting … continue reading

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