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Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10

Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10

One of the big features of Windows 10 that Microsoft has been talking up is the virtual assistant Cortana that will be common across Windows 10 platforms including smartphones and PCs. Satechi has unveiled a product to go along with those Windows 10 devices called the BT Cortana Button. The device is a small black and blue button that users can press to access Cortana without having to turn on the Hey Cortana feature.

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Cortana coming to OS X via Parallels 11 running Windows 10

Cortana coming to OS X via Parallels 11 running Windows 10

One of the big features for Windows 10 is the arrival of Cortana, Microsoft's voice-powered virtual assistant, to the desktop. Prior to Windows 10, Cortana was limited to Windows Phone devices, however, with the release of the new operating system, the Siri-like assistant will be coming to Mac's OS X. Parallels, the popular virtualization software that allows the use of Windows within the native OS X environment, will launching a new version specifically with support for Windows 10 and the ability to summon Cortana at any time.

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Cortana on Windows 10 will support 6 more countries soon

Cortana on Windows 10 will support 6 more countries soon

Windows 10 is bringing Cortana, but only for some users. That was disappointing news for those in regions outside of where it would be supported, but, of course, Microsoft has plans to expand the number of countries where it will be available. When Windows 10 launches later on this month, Cortana will be available to those in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and China. Over the remaining months of 2015, though, it will be gradually expanded to include six additional countries.

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Cortana on Android: Q&A session

Cortana on Android: Q&A session

Over the weekend the APK (application file) for Cortana was leaked to the public for Android. This version of the app is not final, nor should it be assumed that all of its abilities are finalized. What we're doing today is taking a peek at what Cortana can do in the way of answering a variety of inane questions - just as most people do when they realize they can speak to their phone and have it speak back with a realistic humanoid voice.

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Cortana for Android leaked early, so we put it on a BlackBerry

Cortana for Android leaked early, so we put it on a BlackBerry

Last month it was announced that Cortana would be arriving for Android in July, and though it has not yet been officially debuted, an apk of what is said to be the official Cortana for Android app has leaked online. The download is still live at this point, and those who have used the personal assistant on a Windows Phone will find that it operates the same way: you can view recent headlines, issue voice commands, adjust what it knows about you, and more.

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Windows 10 Build 10158: Edge udpates, Cortana for Office 365

Windows 10 Build 10158: Edge udpates, Cortana for Office 365

We are now on the verge of counting down the days to Microsoft's most anticipated, whether with excitement or with dread, Windows 10 release. But before that ball starts rolling, the company has a few more builds for its Insiders to try out. By this time, major changes to functionality should already be minimal in order to prepare for the final release. And that indeed shows in this latest 10158 build, which focuses more on polishing the user interface and getting things to work just right.

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Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Microsoft seems to be developing a habit of announcing big features related to Windows 10 but neglecting to mention the critical fine print that would impact if you're even eligible to get the feature. That has happened, and is still happening, with details about upgrades to Windows 10 and now it's also happening here with Windows 10 for the Xbox One. In particular, one of the nicer features to descend on the console. In order to use that smart assistant, you'll need to have an Xbox One Kinect.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

Windows 10 Mobile build 10136: one-handed use, polished Cortana

With Windows 10 for desktops and tablets nearing completion, Microsoft seems to be showering some well-deserved attention to Windows 10 Mobile, which still doesn't have a release date. The latest build, number 10136, brings in some interesting new features and, thankfully, implements some long-standing wishes from Windows Phone insiders. But as interesting and as good at this update might be, it also brings in some headaches for the brave souls who volunteer to take these early versions for a spin for the rest of us.

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Cortana for Android arrives in July

Cortana for Android arrives in July

We have known for a little while now that Cortana would be coming to Android and iOS, and word had it the Android version would be arriving toward the end of this month. In a blog post today related to Cortana and the Xbox, however, Microsoft slipped in a little detail: Cortana for Android will be arriving some time in July. Next month will bring around the beta test for the Android Cortana app, says the company; it isn't clear when the beta will end.

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