Apple's Siri voice assistant received a new challenge Wednesday as Microsoft debuted a similar long-rumored feature for Windows Phone 8.1 called Cortana. Powered by Bing search, Cortana (named after a virtual character from the Halo video games) appears to have a lot of Siri's personality, but will only be available to U.S. users as a beta when Windows Phone 8.1 launches in the next month or two. Sound familiar?
March is here, can spring be far behind? Judging from the snow we had to clean out of our driveway here on the East Coast this weekend, it's nowhere in sight -- but thankfully the month is off to a good start on the tech front, and our first weekend recap of the month has a few tasty morsels worth reading. So without further ado...
Judging from a pair of recent reports, incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is going to have his hands full as the Windows maker tries to compete in the desktop and tablet market and may have to fend off a rival for Ford's affections.
It seems like there's something going on or about to happen, but we can't quite put our finger on it. Like something that didn't get mentioned. Like an event-wide "one more thing." Hmmmm, well, maybe you can spot it in this week's hottest news.
Happy Windows 8.1 Day! Oh, you weren't aware that today was the day? Well, it certainly is, as Microsoft began dishing out the update as of 7 AM EST Thursday. But there's oh so much more happening in the tech world, so kick back and soak it all in with today's recap -- even if you happen to be reading it from your swanky new Windows 8.1 update.
At this point, it's almost a comedy of errors: Why does Microsoft have an Office app for iPhone but nothing for the iPad? Apparently it's on the way, but first the company is giving the touch treatment to Windows.
While the iPhone 5s may be old news to some of us, others haven't been as fortunate, especially for potential buyers looking for certain colors (gold comes to mind) or larger-capacity models. As you'll discover from today's recap, there's now a tool for helping find available stock in a town near you, so let's cut right to the chase and tell you all about it...
Happy iOS 7 Day! In just a few short hours, we'll all be crushing Apple's servers by updating the operating system on our iPhones, iPod touches and iPads with a fresh new user interface -- assuming we don't send the internet to its knees in the process, that is. Let's celebrate the occasion with a handful of stories you might have missed yesterday!
If you met the recent launch of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac with a shrug, that's probably because you're a faithful VMware Fusion user waiting for the arrival of the latest version, in which case your patience has been rewarded.
We know most of you are probably locked away playing Plants vs. Zombies 2, which finally hit the App Store late Wednesday night after numerous delays. But hey, everyone needs a break once in awhile, so why not spend a few minutes catching up on the rest of the news you might have missed while you were taking care of those pesky zombies…?