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“Hey Cortana” on Windows 10 is awesome, but can also be irritating at times
Jul27

“Hey Cortana” on Windows 10 is awesome, but can also be irritating at times

One of my favorite features of Windows 10 is “Hey Cortana,” which (if you’re not already aware) allows you to simply say “Hey, Cortana” and have her do stuff. Well, as it turns out, one of my favorite features with Microsoft’s personal assistant is also one of the most irritating at times. Oh, it’s not really a problem for the most part, but I’ve noticed that every now and again, Cortana...

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“Hi, I’m Cortana, and I’m coming soon to even more countries with Windows 10”
Jul20

“Hi, I’m Cortana, and I’m coming soon to even more countries with Windows 10”

We’ve been enjoying Microsoft’s sassy digital assistant here in the U.S. for awhile now, with the UK and China also able to utilize the software to its fullest and residents in Australia, India, and Germany getting an early “Alpha” version. Finally, though, thanks to the impending launch of Windows 10, the Halo-character-turned-virtual-assistant is headed to even more places and seeing more faces than ever before....

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Cortana celebrates World Emoji Day with Emoji out of a fairy tale
Jul17

Cortana celebrates World Emoji Day with Emoji out of a fairy tale

Who doesn’t like waking up to a little smile to start the day? Or in this case, quite a few smiles courtesy of Bing and Cortana. The digital assistant is showing off a classic fairy tale using nothing but emoji and is tasking you, the user, in guessing what the fairy tale is. You can also tweet the answer right to Twitter as soon as you figure it out. So how can you get to this new feature? Simply open Cortana by tapping the...

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Cortana, Meet DataBot: Another Entertaining Windows Phone Digital Assistant
Dec08

Cortana, Meet DataBot: Another Entertaining Windows Phone Digital Assistant

It’s true that Cortana is one of the spotlight features of Windows that would be pretty difficult to eclipse. It’s also true that other digital assistants, while entertaining, fail to really keep people coming back for more. Then there’s DataBot, a digital assistant from developer Andrea Testa that hits the pillars of both the entertaining and the useful and it’s this usefulness that prompted this spotlight...

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Video: Cortana Running on the Desktop in Pre-Release Windows 10 Build
Dec05

Video: Cortana Running on the Desktop in Pre-Release Windows 10 Build

We’ve seen her in the Taskbar of internal Windows 10 builds but one thing has eluded the Windows community at large: seeing Cortana in action on Windows 10 desktops for computers and tablets. Thanks to our friends at WinBeta, we’re getting a taste of what life will be like in 2015, when Windows 10’s Consumer Preview will release and Cortana along with it. Check out the video below: Obviously, at this stage,...

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