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.
Anyone who's playedHalo, the iconic first-person shooter based 500 years in the future, knows where Microsoft came up with the name ofCortana, its new voice recognition program on Windows Phone 8.1. Master Chief might be the star of the video game series, but Cortana is the heroic digital sidekick that saves his behind in almost every level.
We already know Apple isworking on improving Siri, butgosh dangit, the folks in Cupertino just aren't moving as fast as some would like. That's why a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania decided to try making Siri do more on their own... at a hackathon, no less.
Apple's iPhone 6 may still be several months out, but that hasn't stopped leaks and rumors about the new iOS smartphone, with the virtual personal assistant Siri likely to be a key feature.
REDMOND, Wash. — When Microsoft was developing Cortana, a virtual assistant for its mobile operating system that was unveiled Wednesday, the company thought, naturally, about how it could improve on Siri, Apple’s sometimes bumbling assistant for the iPhone.
at the Build conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.Microsoft unveiled Cortana, its answer to the iPhone's voice assistant, Siri, and Google's Google Now, But Cortana — named after the artificial intelligence character in Halo, Microsoft's flagship game series — is more than just a voice assistant.
Windows Phone 8.1 brings Microsoft's mobile operating system up to speed with its Google and Apple competitors by adding a handful of new features — the most significant of which being Cortana, a digital assistant similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now on Android phones.Microsoft claims that its virtual assistant gets to know you better the more you use it, just like a real-life assistant.
It appears that Nokia isn't coming to Microsoft's developer conference empty-handed. A proposed merger between the two companies is still pending, but Nokia decided to bring in some new hardware regardless. This time, the phone maker has announced the Lumia 930, which is essentially the international version of theLumia Icon.
We already know that Microsoft is set to become the last major player tolaunch a digital assistant, but previews of what "Cortana" will look like have been almost non-existent. Now, thanks to leaked screenshots fromThe Verge, we're getting our first look at what to expect when the company's Siri rival makes its public debut with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1.
For years, people have been warning Apple that the iPhone is about to be smoked in smartphones by Android just like the Mac got smoked in the PC market by Windows. According to these people, technology platforms are winner-take-all. Once Android takes the vast majority of smartphone market share, then developers will choose Android as their platform for applications.
Steve Milunovich suggests that voice messaging could actually be the key feature of the iWatch.Milunovich was recently able to talk to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who reportedly mentioned a trip abroad to China where he witnessed people walking down the street and dictating voice messages to their phone instead of texting.
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There was a clear underlying current throughout the various presentations during today's keynote at Microsoft's Build conference: "We're cool with Apple now." Most of that had to do with the tools that Microsoft is giving to developers to build apps for Windows platforms and then port to iOS or Android.
After pushing out several betas,Apple's finally ready to roll out its latest firmware update to the masses. iOS 7.1 is now available as a free download, and as expected, it adds a few new features to the mix. The new update should be heading your direction if you own an iPhone 4 or newer, iPad 2 or newer, either iPad mini or a fifth-generation iPod touch.
We came, we saw, we barked orders into a phone. Though Microsoft'sannual developer conferenceis technically called "Build Windows," we actually spent far more time at this year's event playing with handsets -- almost no PCs, come to think of it. Indeed, the star of the show was a husky-voiced lady (fembot?) namedCortana, Microsoft's new Siri-like personal assistant.
Now that theWindows Phone 8.1andCortanaannouncements are out of the way, Skype's spilling the details on its upcoming app refresh for Microsoft's new mobile platform. The upgraded Skype app for WP 8.1 will feature a new button that you can press to turn a regular phone call into a Skype video chat.