Windows 10 Desktops Will Soon Be Able to Talk to Mobiles

Microsoft wants to provide a complete and unified infrastructure with Windows 10 and the newest feature in this area is being tested with internal builds at the moment. The new feature is naturally for Cortana and just that feature will soon be able to send texts from your desktop and notify you the same place about missed calls on your mobile phone.

The feature is currently neither available in published nor insider builds, so you don’t need to go searching for it yet. The guys from WinBeta got a chance to play around with the latest internal build of Windows 10 and that is how we’re able to show you a video of it in action. Build 10565 for desktops includes an option to alert you when you miss a phone call as well as let you send a reply text message back; all voice controlled.

This is a really cool feature and I am sure that it is one that will make a difference for Windows 10 users, at least once it has been rolled out and polished. In the test, it took 11 minutes for the desktop to notify the tester about the missed call.

We all have so many gadgets in our homes, but none of them work together on their own. We can sync content between them, but that’s about as far as it goes. With a feature like this and Windows’ vision of a unified system, a smarter setup is on the way. Why should I pick up my phone to use it, if it’s all connected? For example, imagine you put on your headset and just ask Cortana to call someone and it will do so via your mobile phone. That and many other tasks could become a lot easier once devices start to talk to each other.

Jaguar Working on Self-Learning Smart Car Personal Assistant

There have been a lot of talks about smart cars and their ability to make driving a lot safer suing self-driving technologies in order to eliminate human distractions and error from roads. There will even be a time where drivers can even send text messages, video call and browse the internet, but that time is still far away. Until then, Jaguar seems to have designed a piece of tech of its own for the Land Rover to make driving a lot safer, namely the Smart Assistant.

It is said that the Smart Assistant is able to identify the driver of the car based on a smartphone and learns his or her driving style and in-vehicle habits. The information is then ran through an algorithm which keeps track of background information, such as your calendar, traffic conditions and current weather, in order to predict and handle a variety of non-essential tasks. The Smart Assistant even starts before the driver enters the car, adjusting the seat, mirrors and steering wheel based on the individual’s likings.

Once the Smart Assistant learns the driver’s behavior behind the wheel, it can then handle tasks and perform small vehicle adjustments. For example, if a person calls his or her boss each morning, the Smart Assistant is said to ask you if it can initiate a call with your boss. The same goes when running late for work, having the Personal Assistant prompting if you would like to send a text message and notify about you being late.

There are a variety of activities which Jaguar’s Personal Assistant could help you behind the wheel, though the company states that the technology is currently in the works with no known release date planned. An interesting and unique feature present in the Personal Assistant’s design plans is the fact that Jaguar intends to make the tech cloud-based, meaning that if you want to rent a Jaguar when abroad on a business trip, it will still have your personal preferences available and in effect as soon as the car is available to drive.

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Google Now Getting Another Wave of New Features

Google Now is already an awesome feature on Android, giving you a wide range of voice commands to set reminders, get directions, search google, call or text message your friends and a whole lot more. I’m personally pretty happy with the features set on offer already, but Google are eager to push more updates to the service every few weeks, and I’m not going to complain about that.

The next wave of features is rolling out now, but could take a few days to reach all users of the service. Once updated you’ll be able to ask Google Now to remember where you parked your car, handy when you’ve forgotten that you parked in row 95 of some epic cinema car park. The car finding feature is something you can get from other apps, but having it as a core feature of the OS is much better in my opinion.

Not only will you be able to play “Dude where’s my car?” with your phone, but you’ll also be able to add nicknames to your contacts, so “my brother” or “dude” should be perfectly acceptable when telling Google to “call The Dude”. There will also be a new reminders interface, as well as the ability to tweak more settings via voice commands.

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