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Cortana Takes On Apple’s Siri In The Latest Windows Phone Commercial (Video)

Microsoft today released a new commercial to promote Lumia 635 devices running Windows Phone 8.1. All Lumia 635 devices in the US is powered by Cortana, new digital personal assistant. In this ad, Microsoft compared Cortana’s features like setting reminders when you call next time, traffic levels, etc, with Apple Siri.

Say hello to Cortana, your new personal assistant. Cortana will remind you to leave early to beat traffic and help you get to your destination on time, will remind you that you need milk when passing the grocery store, and will remind you to say happy birthday when your mom calls. Available now on the new Nokia Lumia 635 and on other Lumia phones.

Grab Lumia 635 at Microsoft here.

More Details About Microsoft’s Voice Assistant Cortana Leaked

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We already know lot of things about Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant that will be part of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. Today, The Verge reported some new information regarding it. Here are them,

  • Cortana is represented by a circle graphic that expresses what it’s doing by various animations like spinning, flipping, etc.
  • You can set your name or nickname which Cortana will use to call you.
  • There is a concept called Notebook which will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. It will use them to provide contextual information for you, similar to what Google Now does.
  • Microsoft will demo Cortana during the upcoming Build developer conference.

Source: The Verge

Aria – the best Siri replacement for Windows Phone 8!

From Floppy Disk Apps comes a BRAND NEW release for Windows Phone 8 – Aria, a Siri replacement for Windows Phone 8

Aria adds to the default Windows Phone speech systems by integrating in additional features, such as weather and translation. It is different from the other apps in the Windows Phone store that offer speech features as it is integrated into the speech system and it uses a more natural format of interaction like Siri does; an example of this being that Aria has a range of human-like responses to weirder interactions like “Aria, I love you” and “Aria, I hate you”. You don’t have to call  it Aria, infact you can change it to ANYTHING you want. It is also different because it supports all English speech sets on Windows Phone (United States, United Kingdom and Indian) Below is an example of what you can say (of course there are many more commands you can use that are listed within the app)

  • Aria call Joe Bloggs
  • Aria translate into German
  • Aria what’s the weather for tomorrow
  • Aria what is the battery percentage
  • Aria look up an email address for Joe Bloggs
  • Aria call Joe Bloggs
  • Aria cheer me up
  • Aria email Joe Bloggs
  • and much much more

We’ve used Joe Bloggs as an example, but Aria has offline recognition for your whole list of contacts. The weather service also uses location based data to work out where you are and give you the most up-to date forecast for that area. Aria is being constantly updated on user feedback to not only add new features but to make existing ones more natural. It interacts with you and helps you with most data being copied to the clipboard for easy use in other applications like OneNote, etc. You can also dictate a text message or email with the help of Microsoft’s online speech recognition service.

So what are you waiting for? You can try Aria today for FREE and it’s only 99p, $0.99 and 55 rupees to upgrade to get all the features. Get it on the windows phone store by clicking here or scanning the QR code below! Over 5,000 people already have!

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Report: Microsoft Working On Apple Siri Competitor Codenamed ‘Cortana’

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Along with the report that notifications and multi-select Live Tile options are coming to Windows Phone 8.1, WPCentral reported that Microsoft is working on a Apple Siri competitor codenamed ‘Cortana’. The codename is not surprising given that Cortana is a fictional artificially intelligent (AI) character in the Microsoft’s own Halo video game series.

“…an overhaul to the TellMe service is in the works under the codename ‘Cortana’ that should give Siri a run for its money…”

In July, Microsoft Bing’s director Stefan Weitz in an interview to CNET revealed that Microsoft will release a Apple Siri/Google Now competitor only when they think it is revolutionary. And he told that when it gets released, they expect it to leapfrog their competitors.

“We have had internal debates about when to ship something. We could come out with something now like them, but it wouldn’t be state of the art. It’s too constrained to be an agent now,”

“We are not shipping until we have something more revolutionary than evolutionary.”

“There are teams working hot and heavy on this right now.”

Microsoft is already working on the backend for such AI agent with Bing Satori.  Satori is a knowledge repository of over a billion objects digested in the last 3.5 years, it catalogs entities and the associated data and relationships among them all over the web. Based on the new report, I think Microsoft is ready to reveal something quite remarkable in early 2014. Are you excited?

Source: WPC

Microsoft Not Releasing Apple Siri/Google Now Competitor Until They Have Something More Revolutionary

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One of the frequent question that emerges in every discussion on comparing Windows Phone with Apple iOS and Google Android is the availability of AI agent like Siri and Google Now. Siri was introduced by Apple few years back with much fanfare that it is going to change the way we search the web, etc,. But it still remains as a very limited AI agent despite Apple adding many new features in each OS release. Google Now came last year with more advancements than Siri, even it lacks the polish and features that will allow millions of customers of use it everyday as part of their daily life.

Microsoft Bing’s director Stefan Weitz in an interview to CNET have revealed that Microsoft will release a Apple Siri/Google Now competitor only when they think it is revolutionary. And when it gets releases, they expect it to leapfrog their competitors.

“We have had internal debates about when to ship something. We could come out with something now like them, but it wouldn’t be state of the art. It’s too constrained to be an agent now,”

“We are not shipping until we have something more revolutionary than evolutionary.”

“There are teams working hot and heavy on this right now.”

Microsoft has already started building the backend of such service. The backend is called Satori, a knowledge repository of over a billion objects digested in the last 3.5 years, it catalogs entities and the associated data and relationships among them all over the web.

Read the full interview from the link below. It is really worth a read!

Source: CNET

Want Siri to tell you which is the best smartphone? You just have to ask the right questions!

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While apple has been plugging the holes in Siri’s Reality Distortion field recently, careful probing can still get Apple’s voice control system to admit that, overall, Windows Phone 7 users love their Nokia Lumia 900’s maybe just a little bit more than Apple users love their iPhones.

So while Siri will no longer admit that the Nokia Lumia 900 is “the best smartphone ever” asking it which is the phone with the best customer satisfaction does produce the now expected results (until Apple changes the script again of course : ) )

Prank your iPhone totting friends while you can!

Thanks Brent3000 and Riven for the tip and screen shot.

Apple fixes embarrassing Siri flaw, now denies the existence of other phones

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Apple apparently thought Siri made a “mistake” when it recommended the Nokia Lumia 900 as the best smartphone ever. While quite hilarious, the iPhone 4S’s virtual assistant has quickly been patched to give out hard-coded answers like “the one you’re holding“, “you’re kidding, right?” and and the reality-denying “wait… there are other phones?” instead of relying on user satisfaction ratings.

To be fair, the previous response was determined by a grand total of four reviews, as you can still see on Wolfram Alpha, where Siri gets its data from. Still, over 300 reviews on Amazon don’t paint a very different picture…

Hopefully at some point not just consumer ratings but market share itself will deliver Apple a wake-up call.

Source: CNET, image credit: The Verge

Siri knows which is the best phone ever, and its not the iPhone

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This is rather hilarious, but it seems Windows Phone’s off the chart customer satisfaction scores have finally started to penetrate even Apple’s greatest fan, with Siri answering rather truthfully that the best cellphone ever is of course the Cyan Nokia Lumia 900 (what else?)

Of course this answer was not programmed in by Steve Jobs, but is the result of the excellent analytical engine Wolfram Alpha, and appears pretty genuine, as can be seen here.

So if you want to have the ultimate wind up on your iPhone 4S  totting friends, simply ask their phone Which is the best cellphone ever :)

Thanks Enda and Luis for the tip and screen shot.

Ziggy–a Siri app for Windows Phone?

Ask Ziggy is a new Windows Phone 7 app which aims to bring Siri-like features to Windows Phone 7.

ziggyqrThe free app is profiled in the video above by WPCentral, where it works extremely well.  Unfortunately it appears to rather hate my accent, and based on reviews in Marketplace, where it received only 1 star, I am not the only one disappointed.

On the other hand unlike a built-in Windows Phone feature the app is likely to improve rapidly, and as its free nothing is lost by giving it a try.

Ziggy can be found in Marketplace here.

Thanks Brianna for the tip.

Siri vs Tellme – round 2 (or is it 3?)

The developer of SurfCube3D, András Velvárt, has posted this above video of a face-off between Apple’s Siri service and TellMe built into Windows Phone 7.

Calling it a fair comparison, the theme is clearly that Tellme is all business and Siri a lot more fun. While Tellme comes of a lot better in this comparison, it still clearly lags when it comes in features (e.g. setting an appointment) and contextual input e.g. understanding the word Tomorrow.

Hopefully Microsoft is hard at work fixing these deficiencies, at least in the feature gap, if not the entertainment value.