Ask Ziggy has actually been on the Windows Store for right around a fortnight, but there's an updated version hitting soon that brings an astounding amount of Siri-ness to Microsoft's own Windows Phone 7 platform. Developed by Shai Leib, the app is a free (and even ad-free) program that can "translate human speech into transcribed text.
Here's the biggest question I had leading up to Monday's Apple Watch event: Why? Why do we need a smartwatch? Why do we need to spend between $350 and $17,000 on a device that already does a lot that the $650-plus iPhone already does? Besides being a pretty thing on your wrist, what can the Apple Watch do that will make lives better? After watching Apple's event for over an hour, I didn't see a cl
Coming into today's Windows 10 event, we already knew a lot about Microsoft's latest and greatest. The company explained the thinking behind its new OS back in September, and the Technical Preview has been available for months. The core change comes in the form of a revitalized desktop experience -- one that puts the best of Windows 7 and 8 into a single package.
The recent privacy scandal that Samsung 's Smart TVs have brought the issue of privacy and security with such voice-controlled features into the spotlight. But if you thought that Samsung was alone in this behavior, you'd be dead wrong.
Apple's criminally ignored set-top box is finally getting a major upgrade. The company is planning to announce a new Apple TV at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June,according to Buzzfeed. And yes, sources say it'll pack in just about everything you've been hoping for: arealApp Store, Siri-powered voice commands, and the usual spec bumps (including the new A8 processor and more storage).
little reason to buy a Windows Phone because we know we won't be able to use the apps and services we love.Microsoft's new version of Windows, Windows 10, isn't just for PCs. It's designed to run on all of Microsoft's gadgets, from tablets to to smartphones and now giant touchscreen TVs and augmented reality goggles . But it's the smartphone bit that Microsoft really needs help with.
For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10 . One of those is Cortana on the desktop.
Microsoft has begun taking requests for people who want to try out Skype Translator, a service that will translate a Skype conversation between two languages in real time. Skype Translator is a hugely important undertaking for Microsoft. In July, CEO Satya Nadella named it as one of a handful of new technologies that show the new direction he envisions for the company.
Microsoft showed offa number of new features from its upcoming Windows 10yesterday. It brings support for things like universal apps, a new and improved web browser, potentially free upgrades, cross-platform gaming and more. One of the more interesting announcements was that Cortana, a voice-controlled virtual assistant similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now,would be available on your desktop.
It's amazing how quickly things change. Just less than a year ago at the last Macworld/iWorld, I gave a talk about "giving Siri arms and legs" - in other words, being able to use Apple's intelligent assistant to control your surroundings by voice.
Beacons are a new type of device that could change the way people shop in stores and revolutionize how retailers collect consumer data and interact with shoppers.Retailers can use beacons to trigger location-based features on customers' smartphone apps, including targetedA beacon is a small wireless device that constantly broadcasts radio signals to nearby smartphones and tablets.
Amazon is the most ceaselessly inventive company of the era. This, employees say, is one of the great virtues of working there;you can introduce a product without a million meetings or its being focus-grouped to death. Nor does Amazon seem hugely protective of the Amazon brand, which also speeds up innovation. It is not afraid of being disliked.
The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.
It's fairly easy to locate friends and family if you have an Android oriOS device, but finding your pals with a Windows phone? Not so much, unless you come across the right third-party apps. That may not be a big challenge for much longer. Spanish siteMicrosoft Placehasdetailedan as yet unreleased service, People Sense, that will let you share and track locations with other Windows phone owners.
Apple has sent a notice to app developers informing them that the prices of apps in Europe are about to increase. The company is making the move to counter tax rates and wildly fluctuating foreign exchange rates, which are hurting Apple's dollar-denominated revenues.
In 2012, South Korean singerPSYtook the world by storm with his "Gangnam Style" music video, which eventually turned into a super, mega hit and anoverall internet sensation. Along the way, the video also became the first one ever to get to1 billion views on YouTube, a number that hasn't stopped growing since being reached.
Apple plans to roll out a new pre-order method just for the Apple Watch, according to blog 9to5Mac . The new system would allow buyers to reserve a casing and band online and try it on in-store before purchasing. This is different than the Personal Pickup system Apple currently offers, which lets you buy your iPhone online and pick it up at an Apple Store in person.