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    The Financial Times is sourcing "people familiar" to report that Microsoft will acquire TouchType, the company that makes algorithm-assisted keyboard app Swiftkey, for $250 million.This is the Microsoft's first acquisition of a mobile-centric services provider in 2016. It acquired the developers of the Accompli, Sunrise Calendar, Wunderlist apps in the past year or so. The eight-year-old company, which most recently reported sales of just £8.4 million ($12.1 million), is currently held in the majority by venture capital and angel firms while company co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we've got our nose to the mobile-tech-news grindstone day-in and day-out, scouring sources the world over in the hopes of bringing you the hottest, most interesting news from not just the biggest names in the industry, but also the fresh faces working their hardest to be the next big thing. With the year rounding to a close, it would be easy to look back and point to some of the biggest stories to cross our path – the launches of the most popular phones, the arrival of long-awaited software updates, and the like – but that's a little dry. After all, if you're half ...

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    Isn't half the fun of voice-powered virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, or Cortana that we're able to interact with them by spoken prompt? And when we don't even have to press a button to initiate the process, getting things started with the sound of our voice, so much the better, right? Unfortunately, one of those players just took a big step backwards in that department, as Microsoft kills off “Hey Cortana” recognition for Android users in the US. Google may be the king of voice-powered services on Android, but Microsoft's been trying do what it could with Cortana. Full ...

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    Even before Windows 10 made its public debut, we were hearing about what Microsoft was working on next for the operating system, set to arrive next year as codename Redstone. We've been able to start narrowing down that ETA thanks to more recent reports, now looking to Redstone landing right around the mid-point of the year – possible in July. But when this Redstone update does get here, what changes will it bring? A new report looks at the evolving state of Cortana, and how Redstone will further enhance the tool's usefulness. The big change for Cortana in Redstone sounds like it could ...

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    When Microsoft first announced back in May that it intended to bring Cortana to both Android and iOS users, it gave itself a deadline: Android support was set to arrive first, but ultimately it wanted to Cortana out for both platforms before the end of the year. And while we've certainly seen Android beta testing get underway – and much, much more recently, an iOS beta – there's been this sense ever since that Microsoft's efforts were taking a little longer to come together than the company might like; sure we had our betas, but would would a wider release be possible before 2016 ...

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    This fall's Lumia flagships have been a long time coming; Windows smartphones fans have been waiting for a new top-tier model for a while now, and they just got two in the form of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But do these models really deliver on our admittedly high expectations? Just the other day we brought you our in-depth Lumia 950 review, and while features like Continuum were big stands-outs, the presence of some annoying bugs and an overall uninspired design combined to a bring us a handset that didn't quite live up to its potential. We certainly detailed enough of those bugs in ...

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    November's just about over, but before we dive headfirst into the end-of-the-year action December promises to bring, we're stopping back in to follow up on a story that helped get the month started for us, when we learned about Microsoft finally inviting Apple users to register to help test the long-promised iOS port of Cortana. Android users had been taking Cortana for a spin for months, and Microsoft had initially talked about getting Cortana working on iOS before the year was out, so while we were glad to see those sign-ups open, we were even more anxious to learn when testing would ...

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    Even though Microsoft pretty-much pioneered the idea of having voice-controlled interaction with your smartphone through its old Voice Command services on Windows Mobile, we do know that the company was rather late to the digital assistant crowd with Cortana. Still, we can’t deny that Redmond has done an amazing job with the service, sometimes leapfrogging its competitors in a few features. If you’re wondering where all this is going with Cortana and its predominance on Windows 10, today we learn more. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recently interviewed, and he had a few thoughts to ...

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    It's been years since Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4s, and so far the user adoption of the service has been polarizing. For some Siri is something nice to have for setting an alarm or a reminder, and for others it's actually more important or less. That level of importance is what a recent study tried to prove, and competing services were also included. A survey conducted claims that 81% of users feel satisfied with using Siri, which reportedly beats 68% of users claiming the same for Google Now, and 57% for Cortana. According to the study, participants were asked to try seven ...

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    What gadget geek doesn't want his or her own combadge? Somewhere at the intersection between virtual digital assistants and wearable hardware there's the dream of being able to access a powerful voice-controlled computer wherever you go; just ask it something, and it answers. We've already got shades of that with Android Wear and the Apple Watch, and now Microsoft may be planning its own spin on the idea, as a source discusses the company's plans for a Cortana-based wearable device. Supposedly in development under the name Clip, the unit would provide users with a dedicated path to ...

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    Microsoft may have been a little late to the voice assistant game, but its efforts with Cortana have show that good things can be worth waiting for. Earlier this year we learned about Microsoft's efforts to share some of the Cortana love with even smartphone users who weren't committed to the company's own platform, as it announced work towards both Android and iOS versions of the service. Android access came first, though a little behind schedule, while all along we've heard promises that an iOS release would follow sometime later this year. We may be in the home stretch of 2015 by now, ...

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    Convergence of our on-the-go and sit-down lives has been around for a long while with Google Voice, Skype, Continuity and now, even AT&T (and T-Mobile and Sprint) providing convergence services for messaging and phone calls. The almighty SIM isn't as almighty as it once was but, in the age of data, it's still a keystone to what we do on our smartphones. It's here that we notice that Windows Phone, soon to be Windows 10 Mobile, has been lacking such a solution. It's not going to be the case anymore as Cortana will soon officially bring over SMS and phone calls to all your Windows 10 ...

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    Cortana has some legs to her, and this year we've already seen Microsoft's voice-powered assistant spread beyond her Windows Phone roots to not only the Windows desktop, but also to competing mobile platforms – she's out for Android now, with iOS set to follow later this year. Beyond that, we've also heard about efforts to get Cortana into some additional kinds of devices, like last year's news about Windows Phone in the car. Now we're learning a little more about how automotive Cortana integration could work, as Microsoft's Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group talks about its ...

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    Cyanogen may be synonymous with Android – and more specifically, custom Android-based ROMs – but earlier this year we learned about an interesting partnership that was coming together, as Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc. signed a deal that would see Microsoft apps and services appear on Cyanogen OS devices. At the time, we were understandably curious about just where that pairing would lead, and today we're hearing about one very interesting development that could be about to spring from that collaboration, with Cyanogen OS picking up tight Cortana integration. While Cortana is available as ...

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    Just over a month ago, Android users got their first shot at trying out Microsoft's response to the Google Nows and Siris of the world, as Microsoft got invite-only testing underway on Cortana for Android – well, that was the plan, at least, but a leaked APK quickly gave a whole lot of additional Android users a chance to interact with Cortana for themselves. While it was great for Microsoft to start going cross-platform with Cortana like that, we still needed to see Cortana for Android availability greatly expand, and the iOS port was nowhere to be found. We're still waiting for ...

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    When news came out that Microsoft was going to be developing Cortana for Android, I was dubious. As in, “So what?” Realistically, I just didn’t see the point. Android has a perfectly good voice assistant in Google Now – to say nothing of how awesome Now on Tap will be – so why should we care about Cortana on Android? It’ll be just another app. But then news came out more recently that Cortana will be able to replace Google Now as the default search for Android. Whoa. Ok. Now we’re talking. Just got real Before, Cortana was an app on Android. Now, Cortana can be just about as ...

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    Microsoft's inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 marks a very smart move that other manufacturers like Apple and Google haven't followed with their current PC offerings. The inclusion of a smart digital assistant makes far more sense when using a powerful computer, than when using a phone on the go in most cases. Today we learn that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has just announced a new "Wake-on-voice" feature that will be included on Windows 10 computers running on Intel processors. The idea is that you can wake up your computer from a low power state by simply saying "Hey ...

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    Google Now's been as successful as it is on Android not solely because of all it can do for its users, but also because of how eminently accessible it is: from an Android phone, Google Now is little more than a home-button-swipe away. So for a competitor to really rise to challenge Google Now's success, it's going to not only have to compare favorably with the service on the features side, but also in terms of accessibility. Luckily for Microsoft, that's just what it's doing as it makes its latest enhancements to Cortana for Android, integrating with Android via the same home-button ...

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    San Diego-based accessory maker Satechi is no stranger to mobile swag. The company's catalog boasts legions of smartphone sidekick products ranging from external batteries to Bluetooth speakers to bicycle mounts. It's made a name for itself in the single-button remote market (a segment I had no idea existed prior to today) with products like the Satechi Bluetooth Home Button and Satechi Bluetooth Shutter Button, and today it expands on the lineup with the Satechi Bluetooth Cortana Button for Windows 10. Don't let the fancy blue decal fool you; the Bluetooth Cortana Button is a direct ...

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    No, I'm not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants' with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they're interacting with as opposed to who. How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It's most important to the companies behind the services which gain income off of you via data ...

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    If your virtual assistant of choice comes from the world of Halo, great news: she’s not confined to Windows Phone anymore. As we reported earlier today, an early Windows Insider build of Cortana for Android has leaked to the masses, and we've got it running like a dream on our Samsung Galaxy S6 review unit. It's a prerelease version, so performance might not exactly match what we'll see from Microsoft's final take, but it's a pretty darn polished Beta – and we're here to share it with you in our very first Cortana on Android hands-on! Check out the original news post for a few more ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana voice-powered virtual assistant is going cross-platform, with plans in motion to bring Cortana to both Android and iOS. When Microsoft first shared this news in late May, it spoke of making the initial Cortana Android app available sometime in June, with the iOS release following later in the year. However, by mid-June Microsoft had revised its schedule a little, and instead informed us that the first Android Cortana beta would land sometime in July. We still haven't seen any sign of an official release, but today we've got the next best thing, as the Cortana Android ...

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    Nearly every member of the Pocketnow team uses digital personal assistants in some way. Whether it's Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, these systems offer voice commands, as well as personalized recommendations based on contextual information like location or emails. But while each service has its own unique features that set it apart from the others, none of them offer the same kind of fully fledged, natural language-based voice interface found on services like Wolfram Alpha. SoundHound recently demoed a new product, simply called Hound, that seems to offer similar functionality to these ...

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