Cortana

WSJ: Microsoft retooling Cortana, Alexa collab could launch this week

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is retooling its voice assistant Cortana after its Windows-only debut four years …

Business

What Alexa can and cannot do on a PC

Whatever happened to the days of Alexa just being known as a black cylindrical speaker? Since the introduction of the first Echo in fall 2014, Amazon’s AI assistant has been embedded in a number of places, including car infotainment systems, Alexa smartphone apps, wireless headphones, Echo Show and …

Smart Homes

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: How to turn off suggestions in Cortana and Timeline

Microsoft added a suggestions feature to Cortana and Timeline with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. This how-to tutorial shows you how to turn …

Windows 10

Microsoft Retooling Cortana For Mobile Users

Microsoft wants users to tap into Cortana, it's virtual assistant, even when they're away from their computer screen. But the majority of its …

Search Engine Marketing

Microsoft’s Cortana Mistake: Relying on Windows

The software giant’s digital assistant debuted before Amazon’s Alexa, but is still struggling to find an audience<p>By<p>Jay Greene<p>Jay Greene<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@greene<p>iamjaygreene<p>Google+<p>jay.greene@wsj.com<p>Microsoft Corp. MSFT 1.25% is moving to retool Cortana, its digital voice assistant that …

Enterprise Tech

Microsoft wants more people to use Cortana away from Windows

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been having trouble with getting users to actively use Cortana, facing stiff competition from Google Assistant, …

Software

Hacks of Macs, Microsoft Cortana are two more reasons why you should install updates

LAS VEGAS – Complexity is the enemy of security, but prompt patching is its strongest ally.<p>Security professionals have made those points for years, but two presentations at the Black Hat USA conference here provided fresh arguments for them – and signs companies are getting snappier at fixing …

Money

Bot Framework FormFlow in Cortana is not accepting input for String fields

I have a Formflow which is working for the fields taking input from displayed enum options, but when it gets to a String it displays the question but …

Microsoft

How Cortana Helps the Bad Guys Hack Your PC

LAS VEGAS — At least five major security flaws involving Microsoft's Cortana personal-assistant software have been discovered in the past few months, …

Laptops

7 Things You can Do by Linking Windows 10 with Your Smartphone

With each new update Microsoft keeps making Windows 10 better and rolls out the most useful yet advanced features to make our experience even more …

Apps

Open, Cortana: Voice assistant used to bypass locked Windows 10 machine security

Exploit of Microsoft's Cortana did not require any external code.<p>Researchers have revealed how Microsoft's Cortana could be used to bypass the …

Information Security

What should Microsoft do with all its various to-do apps?

Microsoft has multiple tasks apps. The question is... why?Microsoft is a company that often suffers from diffuse focus. Few situations exemplify that …

Apps

News des Tages - 10.8.18 / Samsung, Cortana, Katja Krasavice, Palm & Apple

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Digital

Cybersecurity expert found people could hack computers using Microsoft's Cortana

Tal Be’ery, Kzen Networks co-founder, sits down with CNBC's Josh Lipton at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas to discuss how he uncovered a …

Cybersecurity

Voice of concern: Smart assistants are creating new openings for hackers

More than a year ago, Amichai Shulman, an adjunct professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, challenged his computer science students to go toe-to-toe with the pros, asking them to find security flaws in Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant.<p>It didn't take Shulman's students long to …

Microsoft

Microsoft Bot Framework share code with Amazon Alexa skill and Google action

Use Amazon Alexa skill and Google Home action code to create a Microsoft Cortana skill and Microsoft Bot Framework chatbots.

Google Home

How to Use Spotify on Windows 10 PCs and Tablets

Listening to your Spotify music via the official Windows 10 Spotify app is a convenient way to enjoy your favorite playlists and tracks without any …

Windows 10

How to lock down Windows 10, block telemetry and kill unwanted features like Cortana and Bing-integration

Windows 10 has got over its early teething problems, and is now shaping up to be an excellent operating system. It might have taken a long while to …

Windows 10

Custom Wake Word with Speech SDK

I'm looking for a way to have an application just process voice commands every time I say a specific phrase. The behavior should be similar to …

Handsfree

Using Cortana's voice

I'm actually creating a homemade assistant and the default speech synthetiser (in c#) hasn't a nice voice. I would like to know if it is possible, …

Microsoft

Snag a two-pack of TP-Link’s Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plugs for $30 shipped (Reg. $50)

B&H is currently offering a two-pack of TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plugs (HS110) for <b>$29.99 shipped</b> when the <i>on-page coupon has been clipped</i>. That’s a $20 savings when compared with the typical rate at Amazon and is a match for the all-time low there. These plugs work with Alexa, Cortana, and Google …

Wi-Fi

Issues with Windows 10 updates

Been having issues with Windows 10 updates. This last major update caused my Start Menu, Cortana & Notifications to stop functioning. I contacted …

Windows 10

Cortana delivers an embarrassing result in Digital Assistant IQ test

Microsoft’s home-grown digital assistant has delivered an embarrassing result in an independent test of its IQ. When compared against other leading …

IQ

8 Reasons 'Hey Google' Is A Genius Assistant Wake Phrase (Versus Alexa, Hey Siri, or Hey Cortana)

Assistants are a big part of the future of human-computer interaction. So how you address your artificially intelligent friend in the cloud is important.<p>Star Trek’s “computer” is accurate, but cold and sterile.<p>Of the current leading assistant technologies, three have aimed at friendly first-name …

Android Phones

Get Smart

Want a smart home but feel like the smart home industry is trying to outsmart you? We know the feeling. That's why we've put together this guide of a …

Home Automation

Does Your Brand Need a Voice Skill?

Skills—the apps of the voice world—are built to provide a particular utility for users, but they're also changing the advertising paradigm for …

Brand Management

Google Assistant is More Accurate Than Alexa, Siri, and Cortana by @MattGSouthern

Google Assistant is the most accurate smartphone digital assistant, beating Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft Cortana.The post Google …

Google Assistant

Smartest voice assistants: Siri beats Alexa but Google prevails for now

Google Assistant is better at understanding and answering questions than any of its rivals, according to a new test by Loup Ventures. The venture capital firm asked 800 questions each of Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana, and found that Google answered 85.5% …

Smart Homes

Siri Is Better Than Alexa And Cortana But Not Google Assistant

Google Assistant is the most competent voice assistant on the market, according to a test by Loup Ventures.<p>The research-driven venture capital firm asked Siri (Apple), Cortana (Microsoft), Alexa (Amazon), and Google Assistant the same 800 questions each. Questions included things like “Can you …

Google Assistant

Assistant can now read sections of news stories highlighted by publishers

Google Assistant is good at performing actions and answering questions for which there's a straightforward answer. If you give it a more open-ended …

Android News