May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

When it comes to compact smart speakers, Google and Amazon lead the pack—and right now the dueling companies are offering their most popular tiny speakers on sale.Across many retailers, including the Google Store and Best Buy, the Google Home Mini is on offer for $39, a savings of $10, or you can save $40 when you buy two. Either way, you’ll be able to access the Google Assistant (probably the smartest of all digital assistants) via voice control to do everything from querying Google’s search engine to controlling various smart home devices.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Just days after notifying users that bill-pay reminders are coming to Outlook.com, Microsoft took the extra step and said that you’ll be able to soon actually be able to pay those bills via email, too.Outlook.com users will “soon” be able to click a button and trigger payments right from within the Web service’s interface, Microsoft announced at its Build developer conference. Outlook will support payment processors (including Stripe and Braintree), billing services, and invoicing services like FreshBooks, Intuit, Invoice2Go, Sage, Wave, and Xero.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

You know what’s better than a 29-inch UltraWide FreeSync display? A 29-inch UltraWide FreeSync display for less than $200. B&H has such a deal right now. You can get the LG 29UM68-P for $180 when you use the discount code MOMDAY18 at checkout.It’s not clear when this deal will end, although sometime around Mother’s Day is a good bet. Nevertheless, it’s a fantastic buy. B&H’s current regular price is $350 and Amazon usually sells it for around $300.This IPS display features 2560×1080 resolution, a 5-millisecond response time, and a refresh rate of 75Hz. Yet no feature here is quite so…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Occasionally, for whatever reason, we browse parts of the web we know could be dangerous, where malicious pop-ups, ransomware or other malware could infect our PCs. While no solution is totally safe, Microsoft now has a free, specialized version of its Edge browser specifically designed to protect you online: Windows Device Application Guard, or WDAG.WDAG was originally developed for Windows 10 Enterprise, protecting companies with billions of dollars at stake. Now that same protection has migrated to Windows 10 Pro—sorry, Windows 10 Home users—as an optional feature that you can turn on within Windows, for free. It debuted on Windows 10…

May 7, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Cortana can see you. Maybe. A mysterious, cone-shaped device, shown in a demo Monday at Microsoft’s Build event in Seattle, hinted at a big leap in capability for the company’s digital assistant: the ability to see and identify people.In the ruthless war among Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant, this is a feature we haven’t yet seen from the competition. What we don’t know is what this prototype is, and whether it will ever come out.Microsoft’s official, overshadowed demonstration showed us the conference room of the future. Microsoft incorporated Cortana, the Surface Hub, and Skype’s translation and transcription features,…

May 7, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Amazon and Microsoft announced a surprising partnership last fall, allowing the digital assistants for the two companies—Alexa and Cortana, respectively—to work together. Microsoft’s partnership with Alexa failed to appear by the end of 2017 as promised, however. During its Build conference keynote, Microsoft revealed that the collaboration is moving ahead, but it still remains in a limited beta. Megan Saunders, the general manager for Microsoft Cortana, appeared on stage with Tom Taylor, the senior vice president for Amazon’s Alexa, to demonstrate how the two devices will interact. Put simply, Cortana will run on Alexa devices, while you’ll be to call Alexa from within…

May 7, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft debuted the fourth generation of its Kinect sensor on Monday, bringing the hardware inside the next-generation HoloLens to the company’s developer community. The Project Kinect for Azure sensor will be used to improve “artificial intelligence in the real world,” the company said.At Microsoft Build, Microsoft is expected to talk about how mixed reality and its HoloLens device is moving from the consumer space into a solution for business. Microsoft sees the new Project Kinect sensor as the eyes of computers and the cloud, making sense of the real world with the help of Azure AI. Kinect once was the eyes…

May 7, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Bluetooth earbuds let you tune in to your music no matter where you go, and if you’re looking to invest in a pair for your workouts and walks, you’re in luck—right now you can get SoundPeats wireless Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon for $24, their lowest price yet and down from an average of $29.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico