• Microsoft’s Cortana can now interact with smart bots

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    Microsoft wants you to talk more with your computer – and have more useful conversations (Source: AP)
    Microsoft wants you to talk more with your computer – and have more useful conversations.
    The giant software company is promoting new uses for Cortana, its voice-activated answer to Apple’s Siri digital assistant, including the ability to interact with software “bots” that can have limited conversations with users and help with tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery.
    Voice-activated services like Siri, “OK Google,” or Amazon’s Alexa can already perform tasks for users like playing a song at a request or answering a question. Bots are smarter than traditional software apps, though, using artificial intelligence to respond to a wider range of commands and in a convenient, conversational w…

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  • Microsoft HoloLens shipping to developers with NASA and Autodesk as partners

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    Microsoft has started HoloLens to developers who preregistered for the augmented reality headset (Source: AP)
    At Build 2016, Microsoft has announced that its holographic computer running Windows 10, HoloLens is shipping to developers. HoloLens is an augmented reality headset that projects holograms around the vision of its user. HoloLens is priced at $3000 for developers and enterprise customers.

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    • Microsoft HoloLens shipping to developers with NASA and Autodesk as partners
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    Microsoft showcased the real capabilities of HoloLens at Build 2015 and this year it showed how developers have caught on with that idea. Microsoft’s initial set of developer partners includes Autodesk, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Lowe’s, Japan Airlines to name a few.
    The…

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  • Sony launches SQD SD card series, MRW-E90 card reader starting at Rs 3,500

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    Sony has announced a range of XQD and SD cards as well as MRW-E90 card reader starting at Rs 3,500.
    Sony has announced a range of XQD and SF SD cards as well as MRW-E90 card reader starting at Rs 3,500. While, the Sony XQD-M series can deliver a transfer speed up to 440MB/s (read) and 150MB/s (write); SF-M series can deliver speeds up to 260MB/s (read) and 100MB/s (write).
    Sony says that the new card reader technology can backup 64 GB of data in approximately 3 minutes.The XQD-M series available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities at Rs 3,500, Rs 6,700 and Rs 14,500 respectively.
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  • Samsung Gear S2 Classic Rose Gold, Platinum versions launched in India

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    Samsung Gear S2 in rose-gold colour, platinum casing have been launched in India along with a white variant.
    Samsung Gear S2 Classic in India now has three more variants; one in a white version, the second is an 18K-plated rose gold colour option, and a Platinum version. Samsung has priced the Gear S2 White at Rs 24,300, while the gold and platinum variants will cost Rs 34,900. The new variants will be available all across Samsung’s retail channels.
    Samsung has also pumped up the number of apps and dial faces for the Gear S2, and that watch now supports Uber, G’Night sleep tracking app, My Notes and an all-new YouTube browsing app Xenozu. Samsung says the Gear S2 will also feature a host of new games, where the rotating bezel can be used as a game controller.
    Watch our video review of the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch  

    “Gear S2 is a sleek and…

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  • Oculus Rift VR headset begins shipping; gets mixed reviews for now

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    Oculus Rift VR headsets are now getting delivered to customers. (Source: Palmer Luckey’s Facebook page)
    The first consumer-ready Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset was delivered to a real person over the weekend, and reviewers got their first taste. The initial feedback: It’s a beautiful, wonderful device that immerses you, yet it still has a ways to go.
    Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hand-delivered the first Rift to software developer Ross Martin in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, kicking off a new era in virtual reality by putting the most powerful VR device yet into a consumer’s hands.
    Martin, who had never tried VR before, spent a few hours on the Rift Monday morning. He watched a short movie, played a game and explored a virtual environment that included an up-close encounter with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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  • Meet OLO: A $99 device that will turn your smartphone into a 3D printer

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    A US-based company has designed a portable device that lets you turn any smartphone into a 3D printer using the light from the touchscreen to process your plastic creations. (Source: olo3d)
    A US-based company has designed a portable device that lets you turn any smartphone into a 3D printer using the light from the touchscreen to process your plastic creations, a media report said.
    The gadget called OLO is designed to be simple to understand and operate, and is battery-operated and fully portable, weighing just 780 grams, ScienceAlert reported citing Kickstarter, the company which helped develop the creative device.
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    The device consists of three parts: A reservoir, which holds 400 cubic cm of printing volume; 100-gram bottles of coloured photopolymer resin to bu…

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  • Xiaomi launches its first 65-inch curved Mi TV 3S in China

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    Xiaomi Mi TV 3S is the first curved TV from the Chinese company (Source: Hugo Barra/Facebook)
    Xiaomi has announced its first curved TV in China. The Xiaomi Mi TV 3S comes with 65-inch curved display, which makes it company’s first curved television.
    Xiaomi global VP, Hugo Barra posted about the new TV on his Facebook account. The Xiaomi Mi TV 3S is 5.9mm thin which makes it thinner than Mi Note whose profile is 6.95mm.
    Xiaomi Mi TV 3S features a 65-inch curved display from Samsung and has slim 5.9mm metal body. The TV is powered by Mstar 6A928 TV processor and supports Dolby and DTS audio with dual decoding.

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  • Amazon warns Kindle users for software update before March 22

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    Amazon has warned Kindle users with old models to upgrade the software by March 22.
    Amazon has warned Kindle users with old models to upgrade the software by March 22. Users, who fail to update their devices will lose Internet connectivity and will not be able to download Kindle books from its store, it said in a post.
    The Amazon post reads, “Customers using an outdated software version on Kindle e-readers require an important software update by March 22, 2016 in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on their device.”
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  • Asus ZenWatch 2 update adds speaker support for voice calls

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    Asus ZenWatch 2 now supports voice calls with native speaker support and audible alarms
    Taiwanese smartphone maker ASUS on Friday rolled out the update for ZenWatch 2 models, thus, offering improvements and new features in the device.
    The update to its ZenWatch 2 models WI501Q & WI502Q includes a speaker support for making phone calls (WI501Q) when connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, setting audible alarms and hear app notification alerts and sound effects.
    Scroll through cards, open apps, return to the watch face, and more with simple and intuitive wrist gestures. With screen dimming gesture the watch instantly turns into ambient mode for extra privacy and reduce battery drain by an intuitive gesture.
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    Also, users can now play video an…

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  • Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to offer Fitbit progress updates

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    Amazon’s voice assistant will tell you how well you slept and how much more exercise you need (Source: AP)
    Alexa, what can you tell me about my health?
    Starting Thursday, Amazon’s voice assistant will tell you how well you slept and how much more exercise you need – at least if you have a Fitbit fitness tracker and an Alexa-compatible device, such as Amazon’s Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming devices.
    Alexa, Amazon.com Inc.’s answer to Apple’s Siri, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, is part of the online retailer’s ambitions to control your living room, as people start embracing a “smart,” automated home. You can already use voice commands to ask Alexa for weather, movie listings and sports scores. Fitbit is adding several commands to Alexa’s vocabulary.

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