Posts tagged with: Cortana
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    Of all the understatements and mischaracterizations of the tech world, probably the most ignominious is the point-upgrade. No matter how many major improvements they've contained, updates like the bump from Android 4.3 to 4.4, and BlackBerry 10.1 to 10.2 have always seemed somehow less impressive due to their miniscule numeric promotion. And that's more true than ever before with Windows Phone 8.1. From the introduction of a native voice assistant to some long-overdue interface overhauls, Microsoft's new software injects some sorely-needed modernity into its smartphone platform, and we're ...

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    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial Samsung Galaxy S5 sales, even though the phone isn't officially out yet. BlackBerry and T-Mobile are next as its official that both companies hate each-other. Apple vs. Samsung follows as Phil Schiller takes the booth to defend his company. Rumors of a reversible USB connector reach rumor mill. We end today's show talking about Microsoft, Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, the new Nokia Lumia 930, and all the rest of the things that got announced. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Initial Samsung Galaxy S 5 sales are solid, ...

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    Windows Phone, being the youngest of the major mobile platforms, is comparatively feature light. There are holes in its offerings, such as application support, no centralized notification center, and even customization options for end users. As petty as any one of these missing features may seem, together – paired with the other, tiny idiosyncrasies – are far more important and difficult to overlook. Android and iOS, on the other hand, have received several major point updates since their launch and have both physically and visually matured an impressive amount. They're still far from ...

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    Just a few hours back, we got to hear Microsoft's new Cortana voice assistant speak for the first time. The company is understandably excited about what Cortana can do for WP8.1 users, and presents the system as a much more user-aware alternative to Siri or Google Now. But when we're talking with Cortana, just who is it we're hearing respond? Back in January, rumors suggested that Microsoft had tapped Jen Taylor to reprise her role as Cortana from the Halo games to model her voice for the service. What we heard today sounded close enough to Cortana from the games, but is this really Jen ...

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    Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote is just about to get started, when we expect to get the company's formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1. That means confirmation of features, including one that's been intriguing us for months now, Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant. Seen as the company's answer to Siri or Google Now, we've been hearing about it since last fall, and new evidence for the service arrived with the leak of the WP8.1 SDK. Still, we haven't managed to actually hear Cortana speak so far, so we're quite excited for this official news. As we wait with baited breath, one last ...

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    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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    Of all the rumored improvements Windows Phone 8.1 will bring, perhaps none is as important as Cortana. Not that a fully-featured voice assistant is a make-or-break qualification for a platform's success; rather, Cortana symbolizes a more important shift in Microsoft's priorities. With its leaked "Notebook" functionality, the new Windows Phone companion may bring the ability to catalog your personal information for later reference – an important component for any modern "digital assistant." But we've seen that kind of information mining put to good use before, in applications like ...

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    "What would you say to the people who think that what you do is illegal?" " ... I would tell them that I don't want to answer this question." When you're interviewing the world's most notorious phone leaker, he's bound to duck a question or two. But cautious though he is, Evan Blass –formerly of Pocketnow and currently known across the web by his pen name @evleaks– is also a fountain of insight into the shadowy craft of being a professional spoiler. On today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, Evan shares the ups and downs of the underworld he's come to dominate, and gives us a glimpse ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play deals due to its anniversary celebration. Then we talk about Microsoft's Cortana, which just got featured on a leaked video. Samsung follows the news as we discover that the company is removing benchmark boosters from its phones. Apple follows as we expect iOS 7.1 to be launched very soon. We end today's show talking about Nokia and its plans to provide us kinetic charging for our smartphones. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play two-year anniversary deals incoming - Cortana gets featured in video ...

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    Of all that's coming with the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1, there are few features we're anticipating quite so much as Microsoft's “Cortana” voice-powered search and virtual assistant. Thanks to recent leaks, we've been forming a more cohesive picture of just what sort of abilities Cortana may arrive with, and only last night were checking out some new screenshots and reports about its functionality. Today we're ready to up the ante, getting to see Cortana on video. Bad news first: we don't get to hear Cortana speak, nor do we see any queries actually being performed – if we had to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent news about Nokia not wanting the Windows Modern UI to reach the Nokia X. Microsoft follows the news as we talk about the first screenshots of Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1. We then talk about the leaked photos of the iPhone 6 display without bezels, even though we doubt it to be real. Apple follows the news as the company has begun hiring HTC employees to boost its iPhone model release times. We end today's show talking about the leaked HTC M8 on video, and all the drama behind it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia ...

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    There's a lot to look forward to in the coming release of Windows Phone 8.1, but one of the highlights has to be the Cortana voice-powered search, Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now. We've been tracking work on Cortana since late last summer, and with the recent release of the 8.1 SDK, we've enjoyed some of the best information on this new feature to show up yet. With just about a month to go until the Build conference, when much of 8.1 (including Cortana) is expected to go public, some new Cortana info is arriving, giving us our best look so fat at how the software will operate. ...

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    It's been just over a week now since we first heard that the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK was about to go out to developers, and ever since then there's been a veritable flood of new 8.1 information leaking out. We've tried to keep you up to date with some of the most interesting developments, but considering the sheer amount of info that's been arriving and all the slightly more timely stories concerning products for next week's Mobile World Congress, it's been a struggle to hit everything. Nevertheless, one WP8.1 tidbit caught our eye today, with some extracted icons telling the tale of a ...

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    Last week, on the weekly, our hosts discussed an interesting rumor that Microsoft was going to try and feed off its “cool” product, the X-Box and put Cortana on Windows Phone. “Cortana”, for those of you who are familiar with sunlight, is the sexy-in-a-girl-next-doorish-kind-of-way voice of the AI computer in X-Box’s flagship game, Halo. The theory here is that the name “Cortana” will evoke wonderful memories of death and explosions in twenty- and thirty somethings around the world, and they’ll all rush out to buy new phones. This is not the first time Microsoft has tried ...

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