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Bing Translator App Updated With Voice Translation For Chinese

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Microsoft Bing team has today released a minor update to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 devices. This new update v3.0 brings voice translation support for Chinese language. Previous few updates of this app also includes additional languages support. Find info on them below.

New in 3.0:

- Voice translation for Chinese

New in 2.9.1:

- Automatic language detection in Keyboard mode
- Offline translation for Arabic and Persian

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- Camera translation for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Polish and Turkish
- Offline translation for Polish and Turkish
- Online translation for Maltese and Welsh
- Wide live tile

Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Microsoft Talks About The Evolution Of Cortana And Building A Better Digital Assistant

At Microsoft Faculty Research Summit 2014, Microsoft discussed about developing the Cortana digital assitant for Windows Phone devices. Mike Calcagno, General Manager, Bing Experiences, Microsoft, and Larry Heck, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Research discussed the evolution of Cortana and building a better digital assistant on stage. Watch the video above.

As Germany beats Brazil 7:1 Cortana beats Paul the Octopus 13:8: Update–make that 14 in a row

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Yesterday’s historic Germany-Brazil match will not just go down in the history books for Germany’s score but also for Bing and Contana’s, who have now racked up 13 correct predictions.

A blog post written by the Bing team last month explains how Cortana predicts each game.

“For the tournament, our models evaluate the strength of each team through a variety of factors such as previous win/loss/tie record in qualification matches and other international competitions and margin of victory in these contests, adjusted for location since home field advantage is a known bias."

Cortana has now overtaken  the winning streak of Paul The Octopus, who correctly guessing the winners of eight matches during the elimination rounds of the 2010 World Cup in Germany, including the final.

wp_ss_20140709_0001In the same blog post Microsoft wrote:

“Further adjustments are made related to other factors which give one team advantages over another, such as home field (for Brazil) or proximity (South American teams), playing surface (hybrid grass), game-time weather conditions, and other such factors. In addition, data obtained from prediction markets allows us to tune the win/lose/tie probabilities due to the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ phenomenon captured by the people wagering on the outcomes.”

Cortana is currently predicting that Argentina will beat the Netherlands in the next semi-final, which is a controversial position with some experts predicting an all European final.

Do our readers think Cortana will make it to 14 wins? Let us know below.

Update: To the astonishment of the doubters I suspect Cortana has made it 14 in a row, correctly predicting that Argentina would beat the Netherlands.

In the end it went down to penalty time, but Argentina took the game over the Netherlands 4 to 2.   Now Argentina is facing Germany, and Cortana is already predicting a German win.

While the Cup is exciting all by itself, I suspect Cortana and Bing will be one of the big winners of the tournament. Do our readers agree?

Via Mobilechoice.co.uk

Bing Suite Of Apps Updated In Windows Phone Store

Microsoft today updated their Bing suite of apps in Windows Phone Store. This seems to be minor update with bug fixes and performance improvements. The updates are available for Bing News, Bing Weather, Bing Finance, Bing Sports, Bing Health and Fitness and Bing Food and Drink apps.

Find the download links of these apps after the break.

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Microsoft Releases Bing Rewards App For Windows Phone Devices

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With Windows Phone 8.1, Bing Rewards are integrated into the built-in search app. You can earn Bing Rewards for all the searches you do on your Windows Phone device. However, there is no way to manage the Bing Rewards you earned in a convenient way. Today, Microsoft released the Bing Rewards app for Windows Phone devices.

Use the Bing Rewards app to manage your account, earn and redeem credits, enter sweepstakes, and find new ways to earn every day.

Pin the Bing Rewards app to your start screen to track your available credits and complete daily offers. Redeem credits for great rewards from Amazon.com, Starbucks, Xbox, and many more. Check your current status and find out how to get to the next level.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Microsoft’s Bing says “International is now front and center”

Much of the service deficits Windows Phone users in non-US locations experience is due to being under-served by Bing, with features like Bing Vision, Bing Maps and even Bing Search  being much poorer than in USA.

Up till now this never seemed a priority for Microsoft, despite more than 90% of Windows Phone users being located outside of USA.

Its seems however this is set to change, if a recent job application at Microsoft Careers is any indication.

There Microsoft writes:

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Bing Rewards now available for all US WP8.1 users

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It appears either the latest update has enabled it, or another switch has been flipped, but it appears that Bing Rewards for mobile search on Windows Phone 8.1 is now enabled for all users.

Users are able to earn half a credit for each search, up to a total of 10 credits per day, which can then be redeemed in the Microsoft stores for a variety of digital goods.

Register for the service at Bing here.

Via Reddit.com

Microsoft reminds WP8.1 users there is a faster way to search than using Google

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We have heard earlier that more than 50% of Windows Phone users use Bing to search, and it seems Microsoft is looking to increase that number even more.

On WP8.1, if you type www.google.com in the address bar of IE11 and press enter the OS will pop up the above screen, suggesting users either just type their search query in the address bar or use the search button, which in USA will activate Cortana.

Interestingly the pop-up will not show up when www.bing.com is entered…

Do our readers think Microsoft is fighting dirty or just fighting back? Let us know below.

Bing Suite Of Apps Updated In Windows Phone Store

Microsoft today updated their Bing suite of apps in Windows Phone Store. This seems to be minor update with bug fixes and performance improvements. The only visual change I could notice was that all these apps have dropped ‘Bing’ branding in their name after the update. For example, instead of ‘Bing News’, its just ‘News’ now.

I’m not a big fan of this little change because I need to search for these app names separately in my App list. Earlier, all these apps were grouped by ‘Bing’ name in the App list and will appear one after another in the list. Find the download links of these apps below.

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Bing Translator App Updated With Wide Live Tile, More Languages Support And More

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Microsoft Bing team has today released a new update to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 devices. This new update v2.9 bring new wide live tile support, support for new languages such as Polish, Turkish, etc,. Find the full change log below.

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- Camera translation for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Polish and Turkish
- Offline translation for Polish and Turkish
- Online translation for Maltese and Welsh
- Wide live tile

Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Bing’s new scientific calculator also works from the Windows Phone Search key

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Here is some great news for the maths impaired.  Bing on the desktop has recently received an upgrade to allow users to enter maths problems and get results, similar to a long-standing Google Search Feature.

It turns out our Windows Phones have also automatically gained support for the same feature, which means you can now press the search button, enter a problem and expect to see a result.

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Microsoft Details Updated Bing Finance, Sports And News Apps For WP8 Devices

Along with the updated Bing apps which provides roaming and syncing of profiles and data across Windows devices, Bing News, Bing Sports and Bing Finance apps have got some new features and improvements.

For example, Bing Finance app now features ‘My Finance’ – the account aggregation feature to securely track your brokerage accounts in the Bing Finance app, including monitoring account balances, portfolio distribution, holdings transactions and more. Bing Sports app now has updated player profiles, Live match coverage and more. Bing News app now adds more sources and much awaited sharing functionality.

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Find the full changes after the break.

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Microsoft Demos Updated Bing Apps For Windows Which Syncs Profile Across Devices

Earlier today, we reported that 6 Bing apps in Windows Phone Store was updated with Microsoft Account sync support. Microsoft posted the above quick video demo to show how this sync feature will work in Bing apps. This new feature will enable you to keep your Bing apps across Windows devices like tablets, PCs, and mobile phones in sync. For example, if you add a weather location on mobile in Bing Weather app, it will automatically show up in Bing Weather app installed in all your other devices.  In the Finance app for example, when you setup your stock watch list on Windows 8, it will show up the same way on the Windows Phone. Same applies for Bing Sports, Bing News and more.

Find the download links for all 7 Bing apps after the break.

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