Voice assistant has been making life easier for many people all over the world, but privacy issues have recently been surfacing. Which companies were recently outed to be listening to recordings?
Feature | Tech August 11, 2019
Microsoft is the latest company revealed to use human contractors to listen to users' personal conversations. While it is stated that the company may analyze recordings, it does not explicitly say that humans will be involved.
Microsoft August 8, 2019
Microsoft has released a standalone Cortana app, which features a chat-based user interface to make it feel more conversational. Only Windows Insiders have access at the moment, though.
Microsoft July 27, 2019
Cortana is getting separated from search in Windows 10 preview build 18317. Microsoft explains that this change is being implemented so that each can be innovated independently.
Microsoft January 16, 2019
Microsoft introduced the Xbox Skill, which will allow Xbox One owners to control their console through voice commands on Alexa and Cortana devices. The feature is now being rolled out to Xbox Insider members for testing purposes.
Video Games September 7, 2018
It took a year, but Amazon and Microsoft have finally rolled out a preview of the partnership between their digital assistants. Users will now be able to access Alexa in Windows 10 devices and Cortana in Echo smart speakers.
Apps/Software August 16, 2018
Microsoft has announced new features for its Slack rival, aiming to improve the experience. Microsoft Teams is getting Cortana integration, inline message translation, cloud recording for meetings, and more.
Microsoft March 14, 2018
Amazon's Alexa willl be coming to Windows PC in 2018. The move is surprising considering that Windows already has its own built-in digital assistant, Cortana.
Computers January 10, 2018
Microsoft and Johnson Controls have announced pricing details and a release date for GLAS, the Cortana-powered smart thermostat it unveiled back in July 2017. It’s going to be pretty expensive.
Smart Home January 6, 2018
Amazon and Microsoft announced the Alexa and Cortana integration in 2017 and said it'll roll out in the later part of 2017. Now it's already 2018, but the harmony between the two smart assistants still isn't here.
Smart Home January 3, 2018
Turns out hacking voice assistants is an easy thing to do. A group of researchers discovered that ultrasonic frequencies inaudible to humans can be used as a way to access voice-enabled assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana.
Security September 7, 2017
Microsoft and Amazon have decided to partner up in the voice assistant race. Pretty soon Windows 10 users can summon Alexa, and Echo users can call for Cortana on their smart speakers.
Apps/Software August 31, 2017
Microsoft has unveiled the GLAS smart thermostat, a Cortana-powered device created with Johnson Controls. From what we know so far about it, the GLAS smart thermostat will give the Nest Learning Thermostat a run for its money.
Microsoft July 20, 2017
Online shopping can be a great way to save time and money, but Microsoft has unveiled a new feature that may make it even easier. Here's how Cortana aims to save shoppers money when they use the Edge browser.
Microsoft June 12, 2017
Microsoft has reportedly been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 and leaked internal concepts now reveal what it will have to offer. HomeHub will be Microsoft's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but on full Windows 10 PCs.
Apps/Software May 10, 2017
Cortana is now involved in setting up Windows 10 PCs, with the digital assistant guiding users through the needed steps to get their machine up and running. Here’s how to set up your PC with the help of Cortana.
Apps/Software April 9, 2017
Cortana for iOS has received a massive update, sporting a fresh redesign and some new features. The update rolled out on March 10, and here's what it brings.
Apps/Software March 11, 2017
Microsoft 's Cortana has been updated for Android users to version 2.5.0. Thanks to the latest update, Android users can now use the virtual assistant from their device's lock screen itself.
Apps/Software March 3, 2017
A survey found that consumers are using Alexa more frequently than Google Now. It also revealed that participants perceived Cortana as the most accurate smart assistant while Siri trailed all three in this area.
Smart Home February 10, 2017
Microsoft has updated Cortana with a Suggested Reminders feature, which can recognize and nag about promises a user has made. If the feature is activated the Windows assistant will begin to act more on her own.
Microsoft February 9, 2017
Microsoft is bulking up the Windows 10 with powerful and amazing applications in order to get ahead of the competition. Find out the biggest improvements for the new OS
Apps/Software January 29, 2017
Creators Update has now landed on the Xbox One. The first wave of changes already introduce exciting features to the user interface as well as new elements that allow a more optimized and people-focused gaming experience.
Microsoft January 23, 2017
Android users will soon have access to Cortana via their phones' lock screens, which makes getting help from the virtual assistant a whole lot quicker.
Apps/Software January 19, 2017
Microsoft has officially declared themes are slated to go live on the Windows store. The feature would be available in the Creators Update for the 15007 build, due to release in April.
Microsoft January 13, 2017
Microsoft has now released the latest Windows 10 preview build for those enrolled in its Windows Insider program. Build 15007 contains improvements to Edge, Cortana, and a lot more changes.
Apps/Software January 13, 2017
A trademark filed by Nokia in the EU suggests that it has a virtual assistant dubbed Viki in the works. Nokia is possibly looking to integrate the AI-based voice assistant in impending smartphones.
Apps/Software January 9, 2017
Nissan and BMW announced at CES that they will be integrating Cortana in some of their future vehicles. While Microsoft denies any plan to build its own self-driving car, the smart assistant could form one of the bases of other automaker's self-driving car technology.
Automotive Tech January 7, 2017
Microsoft has started to roll out the Xbox Summer Update, which contains many new features and improvements for the Xbox One. Among the additions to the gaming console is the digital personal assistant Cortana.
Video Games July 31, 2016
Microsoft unveiled another update to the Xbox One Preview, and it comes with a slew of improvements and fixes. A few rough edges remained, but upcoming updates should take care of those, as well.
Microsoft July 5, 2016
Microsoft's purchase of Wand Labs shows the software company is serious about integrating chatbots and artificial intelligence into conversations. But is the move a little too late in the game?
Apps/Software June 17, 2016
Microsoft announced the acquisition of LinkedIn for $26 billion on Monday, June 13, but did it just strike gold or will it be a disaster? Here are the pros and cons of the deal.
Business Tech June 14, 2016
Finally, Xbox One users without a Kinect will be able to take advantage of the console's voice command functionality. Microsoft is enabling Xbox One voice commands to be carried out by headset.
Video Games June 6, 2016
Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 14352, which brings various new features and bug fixes. The new build is available to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring program.
Apps/Software May 28, 2016
Microsoft wants you to use Bing and Edge more, cutting off third-party software support for the Cortana search box to protect the 'integrated search experience' in Windows 10.
Apps/Software April 29, 2016
Siri was updated to offer proper support for victims of sexual or domestic abuse. Apple was the first to implement an improvement after a JAMA study showed how poorly equipped virtual assistants are in handling dramatic human situations.
Apps/Software April 4, 2016
Microsoft showcased its latest chatbot-oriented integration toolset at its San Francisco Build conference. The Microsoft Bot Framework allows every developer to integrate natural language communication between users and their machines, and it's only the beginning.
Apps/Software March 31, 2016
Microsoft announced Cortana Skype integration at its Build conference on Wednesday, with plans to have bots added in more apps.
Internet March 30, 2016
Researchers found that smartphone digital voice assistants are ill-equipped in dealing with crisis questions referring to mental health, physical health and interpersonal violence. Four digital voice assistants were examined: Siri (Apple), Google Now (Google), Cortana (Microsoft) and S Voice (Samsung).
Life March 15, 2016
Researchers found digital assistants like Siri, Cortana, S Voice and Google Now were not consistent in guiding users to seek help when facing a health emergency such as when feeling depressed or when a victim of sexual assault.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 14, 2016
Google has filed some intriguing documentation, detailing some great changes for its digital assistant. Google Now may soon get real offline support, in addition to other neat features.
Apps/Software March 12, 2016
Microsoft announced that it has rolled out the new Windows 10 internal build, which enables Cortana in more languages. Here's what else to be expected from the new build.
Apps/Software March 6, 2016
SoundHound launched its digital assistant app, called Hound, for iOS and Android on Tuesday, which allows users to speak more naturally and provides quick results.
Apps/Software March 1, 2016
Cortana will never tolerate conversations that have sexual indications. Microsoft said that its virtual assistant will certainly get mad if the user would start saying things that would expose Cortana to sexual harassment.
Apps/Software February 9, 2016
The company's digital assistant worked with Microsoft's Research leg to incorporate a commitment-sensing feature that combs through emails and offers up reminders and alerts, so users can keep better track of their day and assignments.
Apps/Software January 25, 2016
Microsoft and Harman have teamed up to put Office 365 in your car. The partnership was recently revealed during CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
Automotive Tech January 7, 2016