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Day: January 16, 2018

  • Scaling up VR to areas larger than your living room is a focus for a number of game developers right now, but Microsoft is working on expanding the size capabilities of the tech for a much more important reason: disaster management. In a lecture video, the Microsoft Research team explains how it’s reconstructing entire buildings in a VR sphere to help occupants learn how to act in disaster scenarios, such as earthquakes or flooding. Engadget I could see this being huge with education.
  • Microsoft has applied to patent a mind-controlled interface, so you may soon be able to open and control an app just by thinking about it. The patent called ‘Changing an application state using neurological data’ was published last week and describes a device that can read human brain waves via electroencephalography (EEG), a technique often used in a clinical setting that involves placing electrodes along a user’s head. The data collected would then be used to launch and control an application. TechRadar I really think Microsoft is on a different path with Cortana.
  • January 16, 2018

    Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

    The Amazon Alexa platform dominated CES this year. The virtual assistant is shaping up to be the most important new operating system. A few years ago, chatbots were supposed to take over as a leading way to interact with the internet. They would live on our phones and in our messaging apps. Whenever we needed anything, all we had to do was type out a question. Things are turning out … differently. Computer World
  • LAS VEGAS — Lost in the shuffle of Amazon and Google’s digital assistant showdown this week at CES is another tech giant’s virtual brain: Microsoft’s Cortana. Unlike fellow tech heavyweights Facebook and Apple, which don’t go to CES, Microsoft does have a presence here. But it is more behind the scenes than Google’s flashy booth or the array of Alexa announcements. That’s because, in Microsoft’s view, the voice assistant market is in the very early stages. Geekwire They said the same thing about Windows Phone.
  • The latest update to Google’s Arts & Culture app has created a viral sensation by allowing users to compare their selfies to museum portraits. Users, including a number of celebrities, have been taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their portrait “doppelgangers.” Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani was quite impressed with the result. Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik also entered her selfie into the app. Musician Pete Wentz has been enjoying the app. NYPost This is a really fun app.
  • There are so many IM apps around and it is difficult to decide which one to stick with for long term use. The latest in the town is Google Allo, which is giving tough competition to others. In this article we compare Allo and iMessage and see which one wins. App Support and Compatibility The one thing that’s common between Allo and iMessage is that both of them need you to have the same app on the other device with which you wish to communicate. When it specifically comes to the iOS devices, both Allo and iMessage are supported. In fact, iMessage is exclusive to the Apple devices only. Allo doesn’t include any SMS feature. However, iMessage is available inside ‘Messages’ on your iOS device and it goes well with SMS service too. You would know that iMessage is available on the Mac computers as well. But, Allo doesn’t have any desktop or web version. So, that’s somewhat a drawback if you wish to use it on a computer. But, Allo offers cross platform compatibility so that’s a plus. Another point to note is that a lot of iOS users prefer iMessage over any other instant messaging app. So, if you use iOS, there is a fair chance you will like iMessage more than Allo. However, if you need to communicate with someone with a non-iOS device, Allo would be a better choice. And, let’s not forget another popular messaging app WhatsApp, which is also a cross-platform service. Basic Features Comparison There are plenty of commonalities between Allow and iMessage in terms of basic features. Both let you send private messages to the others. Both offer encrypted messaging. But, there are more shared features. Allo and iMessage both offer group chats. You can create groups and add people. You can...