Cortana Trash Talks Android

I love my Android phone and I also love the way Cortana trash talks Android. Microsoft is building a lot of character into their personal assistant. Just be careful what you ask her as this AI has survived the Covenant invasion and a lot more.



Source: Neowin

Android APp Pick - Vanishing Hitchhiker

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get mysterious with Shiver - Vanishing Hitchhiker Hidden Objects. This is a fairly standard hidden objects game, but with a story. If you like finding stuff as well as a good murder mystery novel, this game combines both to give you hours of good fun. Check it out!

Vanishing Hitchhiker



Readers absorb less on Kindles?

A new study has come out that is trying to figure out if you retain information better on an ebook reader or on paper and according to their findings paper still wins when it comes to readers remembering what they've read, especially when it comes to timing of events. This is interesting as ebooks become more and more popular, yet there are still a large amount of people who prefer good old fashioned paper. The Guardian has the full story.

A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.

The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month and set to be published as a paper, gave 50 readers the same short story by Elizabeth George to read. Half read the 28-page story on a Kindle, and half in a paperback, with readers then tested on aspects of the story including objects, characters and settings.

Microsoft Sucks at Math

Microsoft is pushing hard to get Windows 9 in the hands of users to experience how a desktop OS should be - as Windows 8 was a bit of a failure in this regard. While it's true that Windows 8 is fast and stable, many desktop users miss the features found in Windows 7 and previous operating systems. It appears that Windows 9 will be the blend of speed, stability, security and convenience that is the love-child of Windows 7 + Windows 8 = Windows 9. The downside here is that they will probably end-of-life Windows 7 quickly in order to maximize on selling you a new much-better OS.

Well, the rumors are starting to take shape with specific dates and plans of action, instead of vague guess-work. Now it seems Microsoft will be issuing Release Clients as early as the end of September 2014 for beta testing. If the past RCs are any indication, we can expect to see PCs running the new Windows OS as early as Fall 2015. That is moving rather fast for Microsoft, but Windows 9 isn’t exactly full of new concepts.

Source: FutureLooks

Amazon Fire Phone Flop

The Amazon Fire Phone never struck me as a device that would sell well and it appears that I'd am right. There really isn't room for a new device from a company that is offering a somewhat proprietary OS and this proves it. Data suggests that no more than 35,000 Fire Phones have been sold and this isn't surprising to me, but I think Amazon figured it would do better than that. Of course Firefox OS, Ubuntu Phone and others have flopped and the Fire Phone won't be any different.

Amazon famously never gives sales figures for any of the devices it sells, preferring to let its financial results do the talking. Analysts can make estimates of how many devices have been sold, based on their information from sales channels and any guidance the company might give. But it’s not as definitive as, say, the smartphone sales that Apple or BlackBerry include in their financial figures.

Source: TheGuardian

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