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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here: Should you upgrade now?

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Windows 10 after two years: Was the upgrade worth it? After a little more than two years, Microsoft has finally settled into a rhythm with its new, fast-paced development cadence for Windows 10. Check Settings System About to see full details about the current Windows 10 installation. What Microsoft's marketers are calling the Fall Creators Update (officially version 1709) begins arriving on desktop PCs today via Windows Update and will soon be available for download at all the usual places. The final build number for this release is 16299.


Taechyon's 'Septaer' Breaks the Mold of the Talking AI Speaker Gold Rush - Cerebral-Overload

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Septaer is designed to be viewed from any side with its omni-directional display technology and has large high-end speakers to let users control room ambiance and environmental lighting according to a user's mood. Septaer will offer the current smart speaker AI capabilities of an Alexa, Google Home or Cortana, as well as Septaer-to-Septaer full room video conferencing, entertainment and sharing of user-created interactive characters and content. I am hoping families facing each other interacting with a single device viewable from all sides will bring families closer together," said Steve Favis, CTO of Taechyon Robotics Corporation. Alexa, Google Home and Cortana have done an excellent job of providing a wide variety of voice-based user interactions and functionality for the early devices which will be available with Septaer.


Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

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The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big events highlighting their latest smart speaker plays, making the already busy field a heck of a lot more crowded.


Cortana may talk users through Windows settings with 'follow me'

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Microsoft tipster Walking Cat spotted a new feature that could be coming to Windows. Called'Follow Me,' it will allow the voice assistant Cortana to verbally walk users through processes, like configuring settings or installing software. While the video in Walking Cat's original tweet isn't available to watch in some regions, another was uploaded to YouTube demonstrating the new feature. There's no indication when the feature will get added to the voice assistant's repertoire, but with the Windows Fall Update possibly coming next week, here's hoping it's included.


AWS, Microsoft launch deep learning interface Gluon

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Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have teamed up to launch an open-source, deep learning library called Gluon that the companies say will make machine learning accessible to more developers. The library gives developers an interface where they can prototype, build, train and deploy machine learning models for cloud and mobile apps, the companies explained in a joint press release. "We created the Gluon interface so building neural networks and training models can be as easy as building an app." The Cortana Skills Kit allows developers to make use of services and/or bots created with the Microsoft Bot Framework and publish them to Cortana as a new skill.


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Using this model, we observe three challenges, namely, expanding of the von Neumann architecture; testing and ranking the intelligence quotient of naturally and artificially intelligent systems, including humans, Google, Bing, Baidu, and Siri; and finally, the dividing of artificially intelligent systems into seven grades from robots to Google Brain. The Liu/Shi/Liu paper suggests the average IQ of a six-year-old is 55.5. They also suggest that humans are a "special artificial intelligence system made by nature," due to our ability to create and be creative.


Cortana On Android, iOS: Microsoft Rolling Out Feature For Skype

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Microsoft announced it is rolling its Cortana digital assistant in the Skype app for iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. "With Cortana's in-context assistance, it's easier to keep your conversations going by having Cortana suggest useful information based on your chat, like restaurant options or movie reviews," The Skype Team said on their blog post. Microsoft first announced Cortana's integration in Skype back in March 2016. Skype for iOS and Android devices now comes with Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant.


Microsoft just added Cortana to your Skype contacts

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Microsoft is rolling out its AI assistant Cortana on Skype for iOS and Android, offering smart replies, and help to schedule events, set reminders, find restaurants, and look up movie reviews. According to Microsoft, Cortana on Skype can suggest information based on the user's chats with friends, offering quick access to movie reviews and restaurants options mentioned. Later this year Samsung-owned Harmon will also launch the Harmon Kardon smart speaker with Cortana and Skype inside. Cortana on Skype can suggest information based on the user's chats with friends, offering quick access to movie reviews and restaurants options mentioned.


Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype TXTs

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If you're really, really awkward in Skype text conversations, or you just want someone to think you're paying attention without all that pesky human interaction, you can now get help from Cortana. All you need do is add Cortana as a Skype contact – currently, only if you're in the USA, running Skype on Android and iOS – and Redmond's not-at-all creepy service will scan your text conversations, run it through its AI and offer its suggestions. As shown in Microsoft's FAQ for the service, once you've okayed Cortana to access your texts and location she'll suggest appropriate responses in chats … How does Microsoft describe this plastic-pal-who's-fun-to-be-with stuff? Vulture South would note that capabilities like this are a natural objective of Microsoft's decision, unpopular at least among Skype old-timers, to abandon the peer-to-peer model and run conversations through its cloud.


Microsoft's Cortana finds answers inside your Skype chats

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You can already count on a dash of AI assistance in some mobile messaging apps, whether it's Google Assistant in Allo or the smart replies you find across iOS. But what if Skype is your chat app of choice? You're covered: as of today, Microsoft is rolling out its Cortana assistant to the Skype apps for Android and iOS. Skype now has smart replies that pop up based on what your contacts are saying as well as event-related activity.