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Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
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Review: Windows Embraces the Past
Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering Windows to embrace the past, with the divide between old and new less pronounced in the latest update.
Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes
It’s the fourth Patch Tuesday of 2014 -- but it’s the last for Windows XP and Office 2003. Microsoft released four patches on Tuesday -- two are critical and two are important. The patches cover 11 flaws.
China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal
Following a longer than usual wait, China has approved Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business. The $7.4 billion deal had been held up over patent licensing concerns.
Microsoft Pulls Plug on Windows XP
The end is here -- Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP -- and software companies see a lucrative opportunity in Redmond’s moves to stop updating the popular version of its OS.
Against a Wall, Some Buy XP Support
Not all are ready for April 8 cutoff.
Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003
Microsoft closing out support for two.
3 New Lumia Phones Feature Win 8.1
First to market with new OS version.
Win 8.1 Updates Enterprise Features
Better legacy-app handling, UI fixes.
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5. Data Defenders Should Share Resources, Says Symantec Expert
6. Google Unveils Android Wear for Smart Watches
7. Sprint Rolls Out Branded Prepaid for $45
8. Apple Dials Up Effort To Meld iPhone with Cars
9. Microsoft Targets Evernote with Free OneNote, New Mac Version
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11. Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
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Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

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