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how to set up and use cortana in microsoft edge browser


when windows 10 first came out, there may have been more complaints than compliments. not everything was a disaster since cortana was one of the features many were waiting for. it allows you to set reminders, search for info and get the latest on sports scores.the things cortana can do don’t stop there since it can also help you launch apps, send emails and even interact with microsoft edge. you’re able to do this thanks to cortana’s sidebar that you can easily find in edge itself.how to activate cortana in windowscortana isn’t going to work if you don’t activate it first. to turn it on, you’ll need to go into your windows 10 os. click on the search bar at the bottom-left where it says “search the web and windows.” click on the cortana icon when the pop-up window appears. it will be the wh






how to set up and use cortana in microsoft edge browser


when windows 10 first came out, there may have been more complaints than compliments. not everything was a disaster since cortana was one of the features many were waiting for. it allows you to set reminders, search for info and get the latest on sports scores.the things cortana can do don’t stop there since it can also help you launch apps, send emails and even interact with microsoft edge. you’re able to do this thanks to cortana’s sidebar that you can easily find in edge itself.how to activate cortana in windowscortana isn’t going to work if you don’t activate it first. to turn it on, you’ll need to go into your windows 10 os. click on the search bar at the bottom-left where it says “search the web and windows.” click on the cortana icon when the pop-up window appears. it will be the wh






microsoft finally rolls out cortana 2.0 digital assistant to the iphone


why it matters to you if you're an iphone user, you can now take advantage of the new and improved cortana app.the digital assistant world is heating up, and it seems like in the next year we’ll see at least a few new ones — including an assistant from samsung. as for microsoft, the tech giant is renewing its efforts to offer you the best digital assistant around, and to that end, it has launched cortana 2.0 for ios.cortana is one of the few digital assistants available on multiple platforms — users can download a cortana app on both ios and android.more: microsoft’s digital assistant cortana will now remind you to keep your promisesso what’s new in cortana 2.0? perhaps the biggest change is the “fresh new look” of the app’s user interface — which in reality just means that the dark gray b






halo fan turns microsoft's cortana into actual hologram


gif usually, cortana the personal assistant is just a disembodied voice. one halo fan decided to take his cortana to the next level by building a rad hologram appliance that responds to your queries. advertisementthe whole thing is still a work in progress, creator jarem “untitled network” archer says, but it’s still pretty cool to watch it in action:the animations were built with a unity 3d app, while the lights controlled by a built-in arduino. the device can also track your face, so cortana is always looking in the right direction. how long until microsoft also goes the hologram route for cortana, you think?






halo fan turns microsoft's cortana into actual hologram


gif usually, cortana the personal assistant is just a disembodied voice. one halo fan decided to take his cortana to the next level by building a rad hologram appliance that responds to your queries. advertisementthe whole thing is still a work in progress, creator jarem “untitled network” archer says, but it’s still pretty cool to watch it in action:the animations were built with a unity 3d app, while the lights controlled by a built-in arduino. the device can also track your face, so cortana is always looking in the right direction. how long until microsoft also goes the hologram route for cortana, you think?advertisementyou can read more about the hologram project here.






7 more tips and tricks to master cortana


windows 10 is full of great features, and cortana is definitely one of them.  you can do all sorts of things with cortana, but you probably haven’t had the time to figure out all the things she can do. here are seven more things you can do with her.1. ask cortana to sing for youshe can do a lot of serious and useful tasks, but she also has her fun side. simply say, “cortana, sing me a song” or you can use the classic line of “what does the fox say?” you’ll get a human-like voice and not one that sounds like a computer.2. have cortana do specific search queriesyou want cortana to open your work folder, but until now you’ve only had her open your folders in general. with the following tip you can have cortana open your work folder directly. just type “folder: work.”first, specify the search






techie builds cortana hologram - holy kaw!


if you played halo, you’re familiar with the cortana ai––the master chief’s assistant. this techie built a holographic cortana to go along with microsoft’s program.full story at youtube.more great tech. posted by josh urich






microsoft cortana and amazon alexa will virtually assist one another this fall


"alexa, open cortana."such a command may seem heretical now, but soon users will be able to access alexa on their windows 10 devices. microsoft and amazon today announced a new collaboration, essentially enabling cortana to talk to alexa and vice versa.rather than regard one another as rivals, the voice-enabled virtual assistants will begin to treat one another as welcome guests in the fall. andrew shuman, corporate vice president of cortana engineering at microsoft said in an aug. 30 announcement that windows 10 users will soon be able to ask cortana to access alexa to order items from amazon, among other tasks.amazon's alexa, meanwhile, will be able to tap into microsoft's growing portfolio of cortana-enriched intelligent services for windows and office 365. "by bringing cortana to alexa






cortana can now connect to your gmail account


great news to cortana users, who still have one foot in google's econsystem: microsoft has added the ability to connect your gmail account to cortana. that means you can now easily access things like your emails, contacts, and more importantly google calendar data through the digital assistant.to setup the new feature, first head to the cortana notebook section from your windows 10 search bar. once there, use the 'add a service' option (in "connected services") to add gmail.that's it. you'll be asked to login to your gmail account (if you haven't already) and provide cortana access to your information. aside from pc, the feature also allows you to access stuff like calendar info from a cortana-powered device such as harman kardon invoke.the functionality isn't live on android and ios yet,






alexa, cortana talk to each other in amazon-microsoft deal


boston — alexa, meet cortana.microsoft and amazon are pairing their voice assistants together in a collaboration announced wednesday.both companies say that later this fall, users will be able to access alexa using cortana on windows 10 computers and on android and apple devices. they'll also be able to access cortana on alexa-enabled devices such as the amazon echo.microsoft says the tie-up will allow alexa customers to get access to cortana features such as booking meetings or accessing work calendars. cortana users, in turn, can ask alexa to switch on smart home devices or shop on amazon's website.the use of voice assistants is growing. google and amazon already have smart speakers on the market. apple has homepod coming with its siri assistant, while samsung plans one with microsoft's






amazon, microsoft building links between alexa, cortana assistants


“alexa,” i said, speaking to the amazon echo dot in my office, “open cortana.” the device’s blue ring lit up and spun while i waited for some kind of error message.instead, alexa, the amazon digital assistant said, “currently, you can talk to cortana on any windows 10 device. later this year, you’ll be able to talk directly through me by saying ‘open cortana.’”so i asked microsoft’s digital assistant cortana a similar question on my windows 10 workstation. i got a similar reply. clearly, while the connection between alexa and cortana isn’t there yet, it’s on its way.when it starts working, the connection between alexa and cortana will be a little clunky. you’ll have to tell each assistant to open the other. there won’t be any actual collaboration or any combination of shared functions. all






cortana for android now lets you interact with it on the lock screen


cortana for android arrived onto a lock screen near you starting in january. however, that functionality has been in beta up until today. from now on, if you have the cortana app on android, you're able to interact with the virtual assistant straight from your lock screen, without needing to unlock your phone.you get a list of things that cortana thinks are important to you, only a swipe away. what's more, though, you can ask the assistant questions or have it set reminders - all from the lock screen, all without unlocking. obviously, it will deliver the answers you seek in a nice interface.what you see when you enter the cortana app has been updated too, with glanceable details about your day, commute times, upcoming reminders, and the ability to quickly add reminders and calendar entries






how to use cortana instead of google now on android


cortana and google now/google assistant are battling it out for the wooden spoon of virtual ai assistants. neither has quite the a-list status of siri, which by way of being first past the post and, admittedly, being more responsive to your everyday needs, is at the head of the pack.but android users can’t have siri, so we may as well move on. what we can have now is microsoft’s virtual assistant based on that blue lady in the halo games, cortana.here’s how to get your hands on it as well as reasons why you’d want it instead of google now, assistant, or whatever they want us to call it these days …how to replace the google app with cortanato properly put cortana through its paces on android, you should set it as your default voice assistant for a bit just so you can get a feel for it in da






windows 10 creators update: now cortana can turn your raspberry pi into a virtua


with the creators update of windows 10 iot core, developers with a raspberry pi 3 or 2 will be able fire up cortana. image: raspberry pi foundation with the latest windows 10 iot core release, you can now turn your raspberry pi into a cortana-powered personal assistant for the home.microsoft has enabled cortana in the creators update build for the developer board version of windows 10, dubbed windows 10 iot core, which is available for download today. more windows 10developers with a raspberry pi 3 or 2, minnowboards max, intel joule, or the dragonboard 410c will be able fire up cortana once the device has been equipped with a speaker and microphone. the inclusion of cortana will allow developers and oems to build what microsoft calls a "reactive experience" by having cortana respond to a






windows 10 creators update: now cortana can turn your raspberry pi into a virtua


with the creators update of windows 10 iot core, developers with a raspberry pi 3 or 2 will be able fire up cortana image: raspberry pi foundation with the latest windows 10 iot core release, you can now turn your raspberry pi into a cortana-powered personal assistant for the home.microsoft has enabled cortana in the creators update build for the developer board version of windows 10, dubbed windows 10 iot core, which is available for download today. developers with a raspberry pi 3 or 2, minnowboards max, intel joule or the dragonboard 410c will be able fire up cortana once the device has been equipped with a speaker and microphone. the inclusion of cortana will allow developers and oems to build what microsoft calls a "reactive experience" by having cortana respond to a query. it also ai






halo fan turns microsoft's cortana into actual hologram


gif usually, cortana the personal assistant is just a disembodied voice. one halo fan decided to take his cortana to the next level by building a rad hologram appliance that responds to your queries. advertisementthe whole thing is still a work in progress, creator jarem “untitled network” archer says, but it’s still pretty cool to watch it in action:the animations were built with a unity 3d app, while the lights controlled by a built-in arduino. the device can also track your face, so cortana is always looking in the right direction. how long until microsoft also goes the hologram route, you think?






microsoft starts pushing out cortana's integration with skype


microsoft has announced that its virtual assistant cortana's integration with skype is now live - the feature has started rolling out on both android and ios.cortana in skype will be able to help you in a couple of ways. firstly, its in-context assistance will make sure you get useful suggestions based on what you are chatting about with the other person.for example, cortana can give you restaurant options, movie reviews, and even smart reply suggestions. it can also schedule events and set reminders.secondly, you'll also be able to have one-on-one chats with cortana, as the assistant is now also a contact in skype. "get answers to your burning questions, like the name of the lead actor in your favorite movie or what the weather outlook is for the weekend," microsoft explains.you can also






cortana had a crappy ces


cortana gets no respect. microsoft’s smart assistant is actually pretty solid, all things told, but it rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as alexa, siri or google assistant. maybe it’s a problem of marketing —the company was quick to point at build in may that its smart assistant now has 141 million monthly users. more likely though, it’s a problem with microsoft’s hardware strategy.the company knew as well as the rest of us that ces 2018 was going to be a smart assistant battleground, but cortana barely entered into the conversation. google’s assistant dominated the show’s headlines through sheer brute force of product announced and an over the top ad campaign that found everything from the monorails to the signage at the westgate emblazoned with the words “hello google.”amazon’s pr






microsoft is ready to deliver its promised cortana skills kit preview


microsoft is expected to launch a public preview of its promised cortana skills kit very soon, possibly today, february 27. credit: microsoft microsoft announced plans for the cortana skills kit and devices software development kit in december 2016. at that time, microsoft officials said the skills kit would be for developers who want to build new features for cortana on windows, android, ios, xbox and coming new cortana-powered devices. (just a reminder, cortana-powered devices don't require a screen, unless they are running some variant of windows/windows iot. example: the screenless coming harmann kardon speaker powered by cortana is running linux, not windows.)the cortana skills kit allows developers to make use of services and/or bots created with the microsoft bot framework and publi






cortana's intelligent suggestions come to skype mobile chats


cortana is now a skype contact, enabling users to chat with microsoft's virtual assistant technology as they would their friends, family and colleagues.microsoft is currently rolling out a new cortana in skype feature for the ios and android versions of the application. among the new functionality is the ability to have a chat with cortana and get answers to day-to-day questions without bringing up a search engine, digging through an inbox or consulting a calendar."so now, you can have natural conversations in one-on-one chats with cortana—just like you would with your friends, family, and coworkers," bloggedmicrosoft skype staffers on oct. 9. "get answers to your burning questions, like the name of the lead actor in your favorite movie or what the weather outlook is for the weekend. you c






microsoft to open up about its cortana skills kit at build


microsoft looks ready to widen its cortana skills kit availability as of next week, simultaneous with its build 2017 developer conference in seattle.microsoft has published its schedule and session descriptions for many of its build 2017 talks via its official build schedule builder mobile application. (i downloaded a version from the google play store today for my android phone.)the session list includes several cortana skills kit-themed sessions happening wednesday may 10 and thursday may 11.microsoft officials said they were planning to launch the public preview of its cortana skills kit at the end of february 2017. but the company's planned date for doing this came and went with no update for the past two months.microsoft originally announced plans for the cortana skills kit and device






how to get cortana to shut down your pc in windows 10


cortana is unequivocally one of the best features of windows 10. created to enhance the functionality of the incredibly smart windows 10 os, this virtual assistant has made it easier to perform a number of tasks. for instance, it lets you use voice commands to get help on anything you want. you can use cortana voice commands to navigate the web, set up reminders, open files, and more.however, as much as you’d love cortana to assist you in executing every task, the functionalities of this virtual assistant are limited. for example, you cannot restart or shut down your computer by simply asking cortana to do so. however, there is an easy workaround to make cortana obey such commands. in this tutorial we’ll show you how to restart or shut down your windows 10 pc using cortana voice commands.h






cortana expands its reach to android lockscreens


cortana hasn't been resting on its laurels. it leapt out of halo to become a virtual assistant on windows 10, expanded further still to android and ios, and now has the ability to appear over the android lockscreen with information about the weather, upcoming appointments, and other goings-on. updates to windows 10 have also given cortana the ability to find tasks in your email, for example, or proactively display apps in microsoft edge.all those updates came after microsoft removed the ability to easily disable cortana with the windows 10 anniversary update in august 2016. you still have some control over the information available to cortana--you can opt not to let it access your email, calendar, and messages, for example--but now you have to fiddle with your registry (if you use windows






cortana expands its reach to android lockscreens


cortana's increasing availability could raise fears about the virtual assistant's privacy settings.






5 helper tools to better manage your windows 10 pc


windows 10 comes with tons of features for you to customize your computer to your own preferences and liking. however, some of its options are really limited, and tweaking them will take more effort than it should. this is the reason why there are plenty of helper tools around to allow you to tweak your system faster and easier.the following roundup will show you five helper tools that will allow you to manage various features with extra options on your computer.1. cortana helper toolcortana helper tool is a very simple windows os software application that will help you reset cortana settings. an effective tool to fix cortana restrictions “cortana is disabled by company policy” and “online search is disabled by company policy”easily reset/restore cortana settingsfix “cortana is disabled by






microsoft is ready to deliver its promised cortana skills kit preview


microsoft is expected to launch a public preview of its promised cortana skills kit very soon, possibly today, february 27. credit: microsoft microsoft announced plans for the cortana skills kit and devices software development kit in december 2016. at that time, microsoft officials said the skills kit would be for developers who want to build new features for cortana on windows, android, ios, xbox, and upcoming new cortana-powered devices. (just a reminder, cortana-powered devices don't require a screen, unless they are running some variant of windows/windows iot. example: the screenless upcoming harmann kardon speaker powered by cortana is running linux, not windows.)the cortana skills kit allows developers to make use of services and/or bots created with the microsoft bot framework and






cortana collections online content organizer coming to windows 10


cortana has learned a new skill that will someday help windows 10 users organize the interesting content that they encounter on the web.cortana collections, part of windows 10 insider preview build 17017, is a new feature that pops up when users are researching products or events online. it appears as a system notification when microsoft's ai assistant detects that a user finds something online that cortana can help keep track of."cortana now saves you time and stress by noticing and remembering things for you and putting them at your fingertips," explained dona sarkar, head of the windows insider early-access program, in an oct. 13 announcement. "cortana can gather things you're interested in such as items you shop for, restaurants, recipes, and books you'd like to check out, movies and t






microsoft updates cortana for ios with a fresh look


microsoft gave its cortana app for ios a facelift friday, replacing its old black and blue aesthetic with a new look that puts the assistant’s key features at users’ fingertips. the app now features quick actions, so that users can tap a couple buttons and get cortana to create an alarm, set a reminder, or tell them a joke. that means users can get at key features without having to talk or type queries, and it also gives them a framework for what they can do with the app, without them having to discover it on their own. the virtual assistant market is a crowded one, between cortana, siri, alexa and the google assistant all competing for users’ time and interest. microsoft’s assistant is built deeply into pcs with windows 10, but the company also needs to keep its apps for other mobile plat






cortana will now interrupt your skype chats


microsoft’s virtual assistant cortana has finally arrived in skype. announced at last year’s microsoft build 2016 event, the assistant’s integration was also previewed when the company released an overhauled, snapchat-inspired version of its mobile messaging app this summer. but cortana for skype wasn’t ready at that time. now, the feature is live, offering users in-context assistance during their chats, as well as the option to message cortana directly to ask questions or get help with a number of other tasks.it’s unclear why cortana’s arrival in skype took as long as it did, but the big skype makeover could have contributed to the delay.however, the idea to bring an a.i.-like helper to mobile messaging isn’t unique to microsoft. google’s allo app is aided by google assistant, while faceb






microsoft, amazon to link up cortana, amazon virtual assistants


today’s topics include how the rival virtual assistants amazon alexa and microsoft cortana will soon be able to take to each other; the new windows vr gear going on display at ifa 2017 in berlin; the new google sdk that will allow developers to add ar features to android apps; and the release of openstack pike, which will redefine the open-source cloud platform.currently, leading virtual assistants like alexa, cortana, apple siri and google now are mostly self-contained ecosystems. direct interoperability is practically non-existent. however, microsoft and amazon announced aug. 30 that by this fall they will enable alexa and cortana to communicate with each other.windows 10 users will soon be able to ask cortana to access alexa to order items from amazon, among other tasks. amazon's alexa,






microsoft brings cortana to the android lock screen


following a series of beta trials, microsoft officially announced this morning that it’s bringing its virtual assistant cortana to the lock screen of android devices. initially, microsoft had tested putting an overview of your day on the lock screen – offering information like the day’s weather, commute times, flight or meeting information, and more – where it could be seen at a glance.the feature was designed to compete with google’s own assistant technology, which also offers similar information.during the beta, users could head into the cortana’s setting menu to switch on lock screen integration. this would place a floating cortana circle logo with “swipe to open” on the screen. if you swiped it, you’d be shown your personalized feed, schedule and the other information cortana offered.t






microsoft adds cortana voice assistant access to android lock screen


(screenshot: mspoweruser) microsoft on monday updated the cortana app for android to enable users to launch the voice assistant from the android lock screen without unlocking the device. users can now add a cortana button above the lock on the android lock screen, and they're ready to shout voice commands for access to information like weather, calendar appointments, and more, when the button is swiped left or right.for pc users, cortana's voice assistant could add some familiarity and cross-platform functionality with google's mobile platform, especially for things like reminders and appointments. a previous version of the cortana app for android allowed users to access cortana's feed functionality from the lock screen with a swiping gesture. microsoft said with the new update users can n






nobody is going to ask cortana to talk to alexa


advertisement the future of conversational ai is not a league of anthropomorphic voice assistants that we address by name to handle our problems. we will not unlock our iphones and ask for alexa when we need to dim our lights. we will not ask alexa through our echo to ask siri to play a song. asking your personal assistant for what amounts to a warm intro to another assistant is absolute lunacy.amazon and microsoft announced yesterday that they would be partnering to make their voice assistants accessible, in just this way, on each others devices. on paper the deal makes a lot of sense — amazon and microsoft are not nearly as competitive with each other as apple and google, and amazon can augment microsoft’s weaknesses and vice versa.cortana has great enterprise integrations while alexa is






what virtual assistant users will gain from alexa, cortana connection


1 of 12what the alexa, cortana link up means for virtual assistant users microsoft and amazon announced that their respective virtual assistants, cortana and alexa, soon will be able to talk to each other. this fall, the collaboration between the companies will have progressed to the point where alexa users will be able to ask cortana to read them their work emails or create calendar events. meanwhile, cortana users will be able to take advantage of the more than 20,000 skills amazon and its third-party creators have deployed. it also means the services will dramatically expand their reach across the many devices the assistants work with. this slide show will discuss in detail the alexa-cortana tie-up and what that means for consumers and enterprise users who want to take advantage of the






cortana can now do price comparisons when you’re shopping online


microsoft’s digital assistant cortana will now be able to save you money when you’re shopping online. the company announced today that it will begin a pilot test of a new cortana feature that will pop up the best price and availability of similar products, when you’re shopping the websites of over a dozen top retailers in the u.s., including amazon, walmart, ebay, best buy, home depot, and others.the savings feature will only work when you’re shopping online using microsoft’s edge web browser, and have the windows 10 creators update installed.above: cortana finds better pricesthe way this works is that when you’re viewing a product detail page on one of the supported retailers’ websites, cortana will alert you if there are better deals to be had via the browser’s address bar. this is simil






at home for windows 10 download


download download this app lets you control your telldus live devices both through this user interface as well as by using cortana. see the instructions below on how the voice commands work. to get the best cortana support, it is recommended that you use english names for your telldus live devices and sensors. the cortana voice command support will be running in the background even when you close down this app. for more information on telldus checkout http://www.telldus.com.






police used pacemaker data to charge an ohio man with arson


why it matters to you police obtaining data from a pacemaker raises questions about how secure the information contained within medical devices can be.a man in ohio was arrested and charged with arson and insurance fraud after police looked at medical data on his pacemaker. the case has raised some serious privacy concerns around medical devices, their data, and who can access it.ross compton has been accused of starting a fire at his house, which caused $400,000 in damages, in september. according to police, compton’s statements were inconsistent with evidence from the incident.the man had claimed that once he had noticed the fire, he gathered some of his belongings, exited through a window, and brought these belongings to his car. however, a cardiologist reviewed data from compton’s pac