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Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.

While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »

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How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

As we head into Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, airports across the country are bracing for millions of travellers all while dealing with a reduced staff due to the partial government shutdown -- which has now reached a record 28 days.

This week, more than 6 percent of TSA workers called in sick -- dubbed the "blue flu" in reference to their uniforms -- now that 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and nearly 420,000 are... Read More »

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Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.

This week, Facebook announced... Read More »

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Squad video chat app lets you share your screen with your friends

Squad video chat app lets you share your screen with your friends

Hanging out with friends in the digital era can sometimes mean sitting side by side, scrolling through your phones in silence and occasionally sharing a funny meme or video you've found.

If doing nothing in person isn't an option, the Squad app (download for iOS) takes video chat to the next level. Instead of just seeing each other's faces, the app lets you also screen share.

When you use Squad, you can have a video chat with up to six people.... Read More »

Topics: Chat , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Free 'Uno' game app now available worldwide on Android and iOS

Free 'Uno' game app now available worldwide on Android and iOS

A game of Uno can go from friendly to vicious in just a few turns. Your relationship with your family might be safer if you choose to play Mattel's card game on your smartphone.

Mattel and NetEase, through Mattel163 studio, have launched the Uno app worldwide for iOS and Android. Mattel had previously released its own mobile version of the game in certain countries. And as of last year, users could also play Uno on Facebook Instant Games.

SEE:... Read More »

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How to stop spam calls and robocalls from destroying your life

How to stop spam calls and robocalls from destroying your life

If ever-skyrocketing spam calls and robocalls are ruining your life, you're not alone, according to the makers of the Truecaller (download for Android and iOS) caller ID and anti-spam app.

In fact, Truecaller's recent Insights Report found that the US has the dishonorable distinction of being the eighth most spammed nation in the world, with spam calls making up 13 percent of all calls and the average user getting almost 17 spam calls per month.

The study from the... Read More »

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Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby is developing a music production app capable of measuring background noise before you begin recording and then eliminating it, according to TechCrunch.

App users can purchase audio effect packs to enhance their sound with multiple EQ settings. Artists can share their recordings with third-party apps like SoundCloud or Dolby's audio social network.

Dolby hopes the app -- codenamed '234' and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live -- will draw musicians and artists away from SoundCloud. The company... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

There's always a new trend or gimmick on Facebook or Instagram. Users might remember the 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram, asking your friends to describe you in a gif, describing yourself in three fictional characters and most recently, the "How Hard Has Aging Hit You" challenge.

Also known as the 10 Year Challenge, users on Facebook or Instagram post the most recent picture of themselves next to a photo from 10 years ago.

Instead of jumping on the... Read More »

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WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

A new study from analytics firm App Annie found that WhatsApp has become Facebook's most popular messaging app with over 1.5 billion monthly users worldwide. The report notes that Facebook has an astounding amount of control over the messaging app market, with both Facebook Messenger and Instagram pulling in over 1 billion users each on top of WhatsApp's growing share of the worldwide market.

The dominance of WhatsApp has taken place against the backdrop of a larger battle between Facebook and Apple... Read More »

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NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.

Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »

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