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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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    We heard recently that Microsoft's new speech interface codenamed "Cortana" might make use of the same voice used in the Halo video game series' Cortana character.  The character in the games is voiced by Jen Taylor and basically she's an artificial intelligence system that helps out the player at different points during the game's story.  Cortana is considered a "smart" artificial intelligence since her creative matrix is allowed to expand where as "dumb" AI systems retain a limited creative matrix. The Cortana interface for Windows Phone is expected to be available in beta come April ...

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     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Sprint pre-orders for the LG G Flex that many have waited for, aside from the announcement of a limited-edition LG G2 in red and gold. We later talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and what the company is doing to improve its hovering sensitivity. Sony follows the news as we already have rumors of the Sony Xperia Z2. Microsoft's Cortana is next as reports have a Halo character's voice being what will power the service. We end today's show by talking about Microsoft and how it is currently disputing rumors of buying-off OEMs to adopt Windows ...

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    Rumors about a Windows Phone voice-based virtual assistant started getting some legs to them last summer, as we heard about Microsoft's work on a system under development as “Cortana.” We assumed that was little more than a cheeky reference to the AI character in Halo games, but now that we're coming up on the service's rumored launch, new details are arriving, including the claim that Microsoft is really embracing the Cortana name, going so far as to recruit the character's voice actor for the app. Supposedly, Jen Taylor will return to her Halo role to provide the system's speaking ...

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    There's one fewer Romanian on this week's podcast, and we're no longer hovering over a precarious microphone stand made of empty shoeboxes and trash cans in a European hotel room - but that doesn't mean this latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is lacking in charm. On the contrary, we've called in a silver-tongued devil from Honduras and a smooth-talking geocacher from middle America to provide two very different perspectives on some very high-visibility smartphones. That's right: it's Apple week. That special time of year where iOS makes its way to the top of our rundown and instigates ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about lots of Nokia rumors, including Lumia 1520 specs, Nokia Sirius specs, and even a possible Nokia surprise for tomorrow. We then talk about Microsoft and a possible voice assitant in the works for Windows Phone 8 called Cortana. Then we go through Samsung's project of a 64-bit processor for their next flagship smartphone. HTC follows with the news of a golden HTC One that could reach the market soon. We end today's show talking about the LG Nexus 5 and the photos that just leaked at the FCC. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia ...

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    Apple has Siri. Google has Google Now. So where's Microsoft's voice-controlled virtual assistant? It turns out the answer may have been right under our noses for a while now, as details of the company's efforts to develop the system it calls "Cortana" (yes, like in Halo) emerge. Back in June we told you about the discovery of a Lumia 920 found on eBay that was apparently still loaded with in-development Microsoft software, including an early Windows Phone 8.1 build. We were drawn to things like the notification center, but there was one app that largely went overlooked: Cortana (or, ...

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