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Dear Microsoft: this is NOT how to sell Cortana

Dear Microsoft: this is NOT how to sell Cortana

From time to time, Microsoft is able to come up with video ads that don't manage to embarrass itself while waging its marketing war against Apple. Remember the Cortana versus Siri ad about speakers? Now that one was done in good taste and has a pretty amusing punchline. Sadly, there are times when Redmond comes out with a video that makes you wonder what the marketing team has been smoking, like this new Cortana vid that is sure to strike a nerve with some members of the female gender.

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Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Our smartphones today are being unlocked by a variety of secure methods, ranging from the traditional pin code, to fingerprints, to voice. What if those same secure methods were available to secure our doors as well? Except for the fingerprint part, Schlage pretty much has you covered. Here at CES 2015, we take a quick hands-on of the company's new generation of smart locks that keeps your door and your phone connected, even when you're far away. It even has one that can be unlocked just using your voice.

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Microsoft shuns Apple for “bigger” Siri in iPhone 6 Plus

Microsoft shuns Apple for “bigger” Siri in iPhone 6 Plus

The Lumia 830 is up to bat this week in a video spot created by Microsoft to hate on the iPhone 6 Plus. This Lumia smartphone takes on the slightly larger iPhone 6 Plus by speaking with Cortana. The screens have been simulated, of course, and the sequences have been shortened - and the voices have been modified so they'll say what fits the commercial. But still, there's comedy to be found here in a war of the personal assistants, one for Windows Phone 8, the other for iOS.

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Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Capable but complex infotainment systems built into modern car dashboards are dangerously distracting, a driver safety study has concluded, while voice controlled systems like Apple's Siri have been equally criticized. Hands-free tech intended to maintain a driver's grip on the wheel can, ironically, cause greater cognitive distraction than actually picking up a phone, a study by the AAA and the University of Utah revealed, testing a number of basic tasks like making calls or changing radio station across cars from Toyota, Mercedes, and other marques.

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Siri speaks on Apple Watch

Siri speaks on Apple Watch

No proper Apple Watch would be complete without Siri, which is integrated into Apple's newly unveiled wearable. The feature works just the way you would expect: ask a question, and ye shall receive an answer. We've got some examples of it in action after the jump.

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HTC One calls out Siri and iPhone speaker: “I’m sitting on it”

HTC One calls out Siri and iPhone speaker: “I’m sitting on it”

The HTC One M8 with Windows is ready to roll in Microsoft’s newest battle advertisement video against Apple, bringing heat with Cortana as well as HTC One hardware finesse. This spot plays fun at Apple fans’ love of their unique hardware build, beginning with the iPhone signing "I feel pretty, oh so pretty" in front of a mirror.

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Florida man used Siri to dump body of dead roommate

Florida man used Siri to dump body of dead roommate

If you’ve toyed with Siri, you’ve probably asked her where to dump a body. It’s one of those snarky, endearing things that makes Siri fun. One guy didn’t get the message, though — he actually tried to use Siri to dump a body.

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Siri creators making Viv: AI without limitations

Siri creators making Viv: AI without limitations

Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyner and Chris Brigham helped create Siri back before Apple scooped it up for their own. The iPhone 4S was launched with Siri as its headline feature - important enough to supersede the rest of its evolutionarily-boosted specifications. Now this team of creators goes by the name Viv Labs, and they’re making the next generation of what was started with Siri.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

A lot of what make OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 great are their cooperative efforts. Things like “handoff” make the duo work well together, but there was always something from iOS many desktop users wanted: Siri. It seems the snarky digital assistant may be coming to our desktop soon, as a newly granted patent from Apple shows just how they’d work her into the mix.

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Microsoft smacks Siri in Cortana comparison ad

Microsoft smacks Siri in Cortana comparison ad

Microsoft may be playing catch-up with Windows Phone, but it clearly believes it has an ace in the hole with Cortana, pitting it against Siri in a new commercial. The ad isn't quite a side-by-side comparison, rather Microsoft's attempt to highlight exactly what a Windows Phone 8.1 device with its virtual assistant can do that an iPhone's counterpart service can't.

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Chinese court says Apple’s Siri infringes on patent

Chinese court says Apple’s Siri infringes on patent

A patent case against Apple in China two years in the making has almost come to a close and, unlike its victory over Samsung in the US, things aren't looking good for the Cupertino-based company. A court in Beijing has ruled that Apple's popular voice-controlled virtual personal assistant Siri uses speech recognition technology in violation of the patents held by a a Chinese tech company.

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