Spoken-language app makes meal logging easier, could aid weight loss

Spoken-language app makes meal logging easier, could aid weight loss

For people struggling with obesity, logging calorie counts and other nutritional information at every meal is a proven way to lose weight. The technique does require consistency and accuracy, however, and when it fails, it’s usually because people don’t have...
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Discover stories within data using SandDance, a new Microsoft Research project

Discover stories within data using SandDance, a new Microsoft Research project

Data can be daunting. But within those numbers and spreadsheets is a wealth of information. There are also stories that the data can tell, if you’re able to see them. SandDance, a new Microsoft Garage project from Microsoft Research, helps...
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Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers (Update)

Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers (Update)

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...
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Can smartphones answer your call for help?

Can smartphones answer your call for help?

If you’re depressed and suicidal, a victim of rape or domestic violence, can your smartphone’s personal assistant answer your call for help? Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University say don’t coun...
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Report suggests that Android malware doubled in quantity since 2014

Despite Google’s efforts to curb Android malware, it seems like there’s no stopping this menace. According to a report from Trend Micro, the amount of Android malware has doubled in quantity by 2015, as compared to 2014. This speaks volumes...
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Here’s why Cortana leaves Siri and Google Now in the dust

It isn’t often that Microsoft is the company that beats Apple and Google to the punch, especially when it comes to something as cool and sophisticated as virtual assistants but, with Cortana, Redmond has done just that. The presentation that...
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