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50 Things Cortana Can Do Right Now (Compared To Siri and Google Now)

David Smothers August 22, 2014

Cortana is Windows Phone’s answer to Siri and Google Now: A voice-activated artificially intelligent personal assistant with an only slightly off-putting robot voice. Technically, she’s still in beta on Windows 8.1, but PhoneBuff is here to show us 50 things Cortana can already do. Looks like Cortana’s got some seriously handy capabilities—and a pretty cheeky… Continue Reading »

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Show Down with Cortana, Siri, and Google Now, Let the battle begin

David Smothers April 14, 2014

Cortana is the newest member of the virtual assistant family, so we thought we’d get the whole crew together for a chat. Turns out getting a sit-down between Siri, and Google Now is not only funny, but also a great glimpse at how the world will work after the machines finally take over. All three… Continue Reading »

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Apple Just Bought (Another) Personal Assistant Maker

David Smothers October 3, 2013

Looks like Siri might be getting an upgrade after Apple bought Cue, an app that makes personalized agendas based on scanning emails. TechCrunch’s sources say that the purchase price was somewhere between $40 and $60 million, and that Apple plans to keep the company running. In other words, watch out Google Now. [via TechCrunch] Register… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft’s Siri Is Based on Cortana, Halo’s Sexy AI Character

David Smothers September 12, 2013

Microsoft is next in line to build a mobile personal assistant, one that’s more than more than a robotic voice that obeys spoken commands. The feature will tie together all Microsoft products. So it’s probably appropriate that it’ll be named Cortana after the artificially intelligent character in Halo. Clues of Cortana’s existence have been popping… Continue Reading »

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Siri Actually Cares How Names Are Pronounced in iOS 7

David Smothers June 24, 2013

In iOS 7, Siri’s voice is becoming less robotic and more human (we’ll have to wait and see if she’s more useful). One of those improvements will be how she pronounces names. Instead of butchering your name or choppily spelling out letters of your friends’ names, she’ll be able to be ‘taught’ what the correct… Continue Reading »

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VIDEO: Microsoft shows a new futuristic vision with huge touchscreens & Siri-like voice interactions

David Smothers March 1, 2013

Microsoft has debuted a new video that shows what it imagines the future of technology will hold in the next five to ten years, and it includes massive touchscreens, Siri-like voice controls, and Microsoft’s Surface tablet. While Microsoft has shown us several astounding visions of the future before, this video is more of a practical take… Continue Reading »

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Voice-controlled home achieved by hooking Siri up to Raspberry Pi

David Smothers February 6, 2013

Siri, Apple’s voice assistant for the iPhone, is extemely limited in what it can do while trapped on Apple’s hardware. But, pair Siri up with one of those hack-friendly Raspberry Pi computers, like how YouTuber “Elvis Impersonator” did in this video, and suddenly the voice assistant isn’t so stifled anymore. As Elvis Impersonator shows in his video,… Continue Reading »

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