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Microsoft looks to kill Cortana on Skype in favor of Alexa

Microsoft looks to kill Cortana on Skype in favor of Alexa

As of April 30,Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana, reportedly will no longer be a part of Skype.

Skype users have reported seeing notifications saying the Cortana bot will no longer be supported in the video chat app. Skype is also encouraging people to try the Alexa integrationMicrosoft announced in November, said OnMSFT.

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

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cortana was first added to... Read More »

Topics: Voice Recognition Software , Video Players , iOS Software , Android

Apple News Plus: 7 tips to use Apple's new magazine subscription service

Apple News Plus: 7 tips to use Apple's new magazine subscription service

Apple News Plus, the new premium news service the company announced at a star-studded event on Monday, gives you unlimited access on the iPhone, iPad and Mac to more than 300 magazines and newspapers, and is packed with features designed to help you discover stories you'll be interested in.

The premium subscription service is available in the US on iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave for $9.99 a month, with a... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

T-Mobile's free year of MLB.TV is a home run for baseball fans

T-Mobile's free year of MLB.TV is a home run for baseball fans

T-Mobile is teeing up for another season as Major League Baseball's official wireless sponsor.

MLB's opening day is Thursday. To get customers primed for the great American pastime, T-Mobile is offering a full season of MLB.TV at no additional cost to its regular monthly subscribers.

SEE: The best baseball apps to follow the MLB 2019 season

The subscription, the All Teams plan, includes hundreds of out-of-market baseball games and would regularly cost almost $120. You cn use All Teams... Read More »

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

Why the BBC pulled its podcasts from Google app and Assistant

Why the BBC pulled its podcasts from Google app and Assistant

If you search "BBC" in the Google Podcasts app today, you'll be disappointed. Most BBC podcasts have been removed from the app and apparently aren't searchable through Google Assistant either.

Listeners, like myself, are bummed.

The BBC was unhappy that Google had started directing searches for BBC podcasts to Google's own podcast app, rather than any other podcast service, Kieran Clifton, director of the BBC's distribution and business development, said Tuesday in a blog post.

SEE: 7 best podcast listening apps in 2019

Google's... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to create a public event with Google Maps

How to create a public event with Google Maps

Google Maps has added a feature that lets you create a public event through Maps for Android. The new feature is live now, according to Android Police, but doesn't appear to be available to everyone. CNET staffers didn't see the option to create an event.

Google wasn't immediately available for comment.

SEE: The best Google Maps alternatives in 2019

On the support page, Google said the feature might not be available in some regions. Here's how to check... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google Street View lets you explore 'Mars on Earth'

Google Street View lets you explore 'Mars on Earth'

Becoming an astronaut isn't a quick or easy task. But you now can stroll around Earth's version of Mars -- Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic -- via Google Street View, the search giant said Monday in a blog post.

No space suit required.

Street View, the vast, barren, rocky landscape of Devon Island stretches far and wide. Low clouds rest above the horizon. You can see tracks from ATVs. Those tracks mostly belong to a team using the... Read More »

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

Study confirms that your smartphone is why you're tired and lazy

Study confirms that your smartphone is why you're tired and lazy

The most dangerous thing I can say to myself in the morning is "I've got time." Like many people, I check my phone when I wake up. If I'm not quite ready to get out of bed, I keep scrolling. Articles lead to memes, memes lead to videos, and before I know it, I'm looking up what everyone from The Wonder Years is doing now. I'm also late to work.

Researchers call it "technoference." It means you prioritize your... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

10 coolest mobile games we saw at GDC 2019

10 coolest mobile games we saw at GDC 2019

PC and console developers are showing off their AAA games in giant booths from Microsoft, Sony, Epic Games and others on the show floor at this week's Game Developer Conference. Not to be left out, casual games for mobile devices played a key role at GDC, too. We found a bucket of engaging games that have just shipped or are about to. These 10 were our favorites.

1. Sky

An iOS-only game expected to release this year, Sky is a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Top 7 trends in mobile gaming this year from GDC 2019

Top 7 trends in mobile gaming this year from GDC 2019

The two biggest topics at this week's Game Developer Conference (GDC) has been Google's upcoming Stadia streaming service and the stranglehold Fortnite has on the youth of America. But for those interested in mobile games, the convention this week in San Francisco offers lots of hints about where iOS and Android mobile game developers are going in 2019 and beyond.

1. Cloud-based gaming is coming to your phone

Google announced Stadia this week... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google Duo celebrates Holi festival with colorful video effects

Google Duo celebrates Holi festival with colorful video effects

Google is celebrating Holi, India's colorful spring festival, by bringing special effects to video calling app Duo. If you're in India, you'll be able to dress up your recorded video messages with colorful face powders, sunglasses, flowing borders, floating foods and a Happy Holi message, Android Police reported.

Justin Uberti, a creator and tech lead at Google Duo confirmed on Twitter that the feature is available only in India.

SEE: How India became a new epicenter of the app economy

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Topics: Video Players , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software