Cortana had a crappy CES

Source: Cortana had a crappy CES Begin: WordPress Article Content Cortana gets no respect. Microsoft’s smart assistant is actually pretty solid, all things told, but it rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Maybe it’s a problem of marketing —the company was quick to point at Build in May that its smart assistant now has 141 million monthly users. More likely though, it’s a problem with Microsoft’s hardware strategy. The company knew as well as the rest of us that CES 2018 was going to be a smart assistant battleground, but Cortana barely entered ...

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Skype adds e2e encrypted ‘private chats’ powered by Signal Protocol

Source: Skype adds e2e encrypted ‘private chats’ powered by Signal Protocol Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft-owned VoIP and messaging platform Skype has long been criticized for lacking end-to-end encryption. Which means Skype communications are not protected by a zero access architecture — and the company could be leaned on to provide authorities with your decrypted content data, for example. It’s also previously been shown accessing links sent via the platform. But it is now partially rectifying that situation — by launching an opt-in e2e encryption feature, utilizing the industry standard Signal Protocol, which also powers WhatsApp’s e2e encryption and is ...

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Kohler wants to make your bathroom smarter with Konnect

Source: Kohler wants to make your bathroom smarter with Konnect Begin: WordPress Article Content Kohler, a name you may recognize from the faucet, or commercials about a faucet, is delivering a new line of smart bathroom and kitchen appliances called Kohler Konnect. Because why not? With the help of Alexa, these appliances can be given various voice commands to perform specific tasks. The line includes a shower, a bathtub, two toilets, a mirror, and a kitchen sink. The platform primarily runs off Microsoft Azure, but some of the new products are also compatible with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant. In ...

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Cloud infrastructure vendors begin responding to chip kernel vulnerability

Source: Cloud infrastructure vendors begin responding to chip kernel vulnerability Begin: WordPress Article Content Several cloud vendors began responding to the chip kernel vulnerability that has the industry reeling today. Each Infrastructure as a Service vendor clearly has a stake here because each one is selling CPU cycles on their platforms. TechCrunch sent a request for comment to six major cloud vendors, including AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Rackspace and DigitalOcean. At the time of publication, we had heard directly from three of the companies: Microsoft, Rackspace and DigitalOcean. In the case of Google and AWS, we learned their response indirectly ...

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