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Put Alexa and Siri to Work

Put Alexa and Siri to Work

Voice-activated helpers can automate life’s little chores, once you get the hang of them.
Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Recordings To China With No Security In Place

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Recordings To China With No Security In Place

It is no secret that companies such as Microsoft have been outsourcing the analysis of recordings made through platforms such as Cortana. The analysis is meant to help the company better understand
Microsoft contractors reviewed Skype, Cortana audio with ‘no security measures’

Microsoft contractors reviewed Skype, Cortana audio with ‘no security measures’

A former Microsoft contractor revealed that there were "no security measures" in place for their work of grading Skype and Cortana recordings.
Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even
Alexa was everywhere at CES

Alexa was everywhere at CES

With Google planning to pre-install its AI in an estimated one billion devices, Amazon wants Alexa in as many places as possible.
Report: Cortana recordings were protected with 'no security measures'

Report: Cortana recordings were protected with 'no security measures'

It's not like your voice-assistant conversations ever involve private information, right? A report from the Guardian, which relies on an ex-Microsoft contractor as a source, claims that Cortana audio

Microsoft contractors reportedly reviewed Cortana clips on insecure PCs

New details have emerged about how Microsoft operated its Cortana and Skype grading programs in the past. Building on a Vice report from last summer, The Guardian says that for several years, the tech
6 AI features Microsoft added to Office in 2019

6 AI features Microsoft added to Office in 2019

Here are the six major AI features Microsoft added to Office in 2019 -- three are generally available and three are in preview.
Cortana on mobile is officially dead everywhere except in the US

Cortana on mobile is officially dead everywhere except in the US

Microsoft’s Cortana was special to some extent. Of all the popular AI voice assistants, it was the only one with a face, based on a pre-existing character from the popular Halo franchise.
Cortana on mobile is officially dead everywhere except in the US

Cortana on mobile is officially dead everywhere except in the US

Microsoft’s Cortana was special to some extent. Of all the popular AI voice assistants, it was the only one with a face, based on a pre-existing character from the popular Halo franchise.
Microsoft’s Andrew Shuman on the Cortana app’s death, natural language, and Alexa

Microsoft’s Andrew Shuman on the Cortana app’s death, natural language, and Alexa

Cortana lead Andrew Shuman discusses the death of Cortana for Android and iOS, plus his thoughts on natural language, typing, and the Alexa integration.
Siri Is Apparently The ‘World’s Biggest’ Virtual Assistant

Siri Is Apparently The ‘World’s Biggest’ Virtual Assistant

When it comes to virtual assistants, depending on the phone and platform you use, you could be using any number of virtual assistants ranging from Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and so on. But if

Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant

Thanks to Amazon’s Echo devices, Alexa is probably the AI assistant most likely to come up in a conversation. But Siri is still the most popular virtual assistant of them all. According to a new
2019 was the year of voice assistant privacy dumpster fires

2019 was the year of voice assistant privacy dumpster fires

2019 was the "I Told You So" year for privacy advocates and voice assistants: the year in which every company that wanted you to trust them to put an always-on mic in the most intimate places in your

BMW says ‘ja’ to Android Auto

BMW today announced that it is finally bringing Android Auto to its vehicles, starting in July 2020. With that, it will join Apple’s CarPlay in the company’s vehicles. The first live demo of Android
ProBeat: It’s a shame neither Google nor Microsoft have an answer to Apple AirPods in 2019

ProBeat: It’s a shame neither Google nor Microsoft have an answer to Apple AirPods in 2019

Google has its second-generation Pixel Buds and Microsoft has its new Surface Buds, but both ship in spring 2020. Apple Airpods win this holiday season.

Microsoft cuts Android and iOS support for Cortana

Microsoft has just announced that they’re cutting support for Cortana on both Android and iOS devices as of January 31, 2020. The digital personal assistant was an alternative to assistants like Siri,
In January, Microsoft’s Cortana is Going Bye-Bye in Select Markets

In January, Microsoft’s Cortana is Going Bye-Bye in Select Markets

After January 31, 2020, you will no longer find the Cortana mobile app and Microsoft is removing the digital assistance from Microsoft Launcher in select regions. At this time, the US isn’t affected,

Microsoft winds down its bigger plans for Cortana with mobile app shutdown

At Microsoft’s Ignite conference this month, the company announced a new vision for its personal productivity assistant, Cortana — one which aimed to make it more useful in your day-to-day work,
Cortana quits Android, and more tech you need to know today

Cortana quits Android, and more tech you need to know today

It's the end of Cortana, as we know it (and I feel fine). Also, Ford's first mass-market Mustang EV.