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Lilbits: Qualcomm’s current and next-gen laptop chips, Google Voice loses a key feature

Windows laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors have been around for a few years… but they’ve offered generally underwhelming performance, especially now that Apple has shown that laptops with ARM-based processors can be much faster than equivalent models with x86 chips. But Qualcomm isn’t done making laptop processors. Details about an upcoming chip are starting to […]

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Microsoft is pulling the plug on Cortana for Android, iOS, and the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker

Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant software isn’t exactly dead, but it’s not exactly living its best life either. Earlier this year Microsoft announced that it was killing off some key features including support for third-party Cortana skills and support for using Cortana to control music playback and smart home devices. Now Microsoft has confirmed that all […]

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The only Cortana-powered smart speaker seems to be on the fritz

Apple has Siri. Amazon has Alexa. Google has Assistant. Samsung has… Bixby, I guess. And Microsoft has Cortana. But Microsoft’s voice assistant never really took off the same way as its competition, despite coming pre-loaded on millions of Windows PCs. Recently Microsoft announced it was killing its standalone Cortana apps for smartphones. And now it […]

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The first Cortana-powered smart speaker launches Oct 22nd for $200

As expected, the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker goes on sale this Sunday for $200. While there’s no shortage of smart speakers on the market, this is one is kind of special, because it’s the first to use Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant. It’ll go up against Amazon’s $99 Echo speaker and Google’s $129 Google Home. But […]

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Harman Kardon’s Cortana speaker coming Oct 22nd for $200 (probably)

Amazon currently dominates the smart speaker space it helped create, although Google is trying to catch up and Apple wants in. But so does Microsoft… and it looks like you may finally be able to buy a speaker with Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant soon. The company first announced it was working with third-party hardware makers […]

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Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker with Cortana coming this fall

Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant is currently available to pretty much anyone with a Windows 10 PC or smartphone. But in December Microsoft announced Cortana would also be coming to third-party hardware, including an upcoming smart speaker from Harman Kardon. Update: Now Microsoft and Harman Kardon have officially unveiled the Invoke Intelligent Speaker with Cortana, which […]