Microsoft Announces Its Cortana Personal Assistant For Windows Phone, Powered By Bing

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Microsoft Announces Its Cortana Personal Assistant

Microsoft Announces Its Cortana Personal Assistant

Here at its Build 2014 developer’s conference, Microsoft has just announced Cortana, a new voice search tool for Windows Phone 8.1 powered by Bing. It fully replaces the search function in Windows Phone, and you’ll be able to access it (her?) through a special Live Tile. On top of finding things for you, it can make calls, send texts, take notes, give reminders and set alarms. Microsoft said it’ll work with third party apps as well, and has been working with select developers to integrate it. So far, it’s showed Hulu Plus and Facebook operating in the app, though there’s no official word about that yet.

From Engadget


HP announces new Pavilion x360 convertible PC, new business tablets

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HP announces new Pavilion x360 convertible PC, new business tablets

HP announces new Pavilion x360 convertible PC, new business tablets

HP announces a few new devices including the new HP Pavilion x360 convertible as well as HP ElitePad 1000 and HP ProPad 600 business tablets. The HP Pavilion x360 is convertible PC with touch that has a special 360-degree hinge that converts the PC into several modes: notebook mode, stand or tent mode, or tablet mode. You can see the Pavilion x360 in all those modes in the above photo. You can use it comfortably almost anywhere like at a desk or relaxing on the couch. It weighs a little over 3 pounds, comes with a beautiful 11.6-inch diagonal HD SVA display with 10-point capacitive multitouch and Intel Pentium processor, and comes in two colors: Brilliant Red and Smoke Silver. It also comes with Beats Audio (dual speakers) for great audio. And it also has mobile broadband capabilities too (HP’s DataPass service). The HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in the Brilliant Red color in the on Feb. 26th for a starting price of $399.99 in the U.S.

HP has also given the HP ElitePad 1000 an upgrade. It now comes with a direct-bonded 10.1-inch diagonal WUXGA multitouch display that is outdoor viewable with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also now comes with 4G mobile broadband capabilities. The ElitePad 1000 is HP’s thinnest tablet ever at just 9.2 mm thin and weighing only 1.5 pounds. The updated HP ElitePad 1000 is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $739 (U.S.).

The new HP ProPad is built for businesses who need mobility and all-day battery life. It comes with the latest Intel Atom Quad-Core Processor, a 10-inch high-res WUXGA display wih Corning Gorilla Glass, up to 64GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot for 32GB or more additional storage space. It also has a built-in micro-HDMI to connect to an external display but you can wirelessly display via Miracast as well. The HP ProPad is expected to be available in April.


Unlimited access to articles from The New York Times on your Windows PC or tablet and Windows Phone

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NYTimes, Windows 8

NYTimes, Windows 8

Starting today and running through January 31st, you can enjoy FREE unlimited access to articles from The New York Times courtesy of Microsoft and The New York Times. You can download The New York Times for your Windows PC or tablet from the Windows Store here or for your Windows Phone here from the Windows Phone Store (it’s called “NYTimes” on Windows Phone). With The New York Times app, you can explore more than 25 sections, watch videos, and view picture slide shows. You can also pin your favorite sections and blogs from The New York Times directly to your Start screen as well. Grab the app today if you haven’t already and enjoy a week of free access!


SlingPlayer now available in the Windows Store

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SlingPlayer

SlingPlayer

Download SlingPlayer ($14.99) from the Windows Store today and watch live or recorded TV shows remotely right from your Windows tablet or PC. With the SlingPlayer app for Windows, you can find interesting TV shows to watch using the SlingPlayer Gallery, change channels, and control your DVR right on your device! Don’t have a Slingbox? Click here to save $30 (and get free shipping) on a new Slingbox 350 or 500.