Is Cortana set to take over Google Home?

Personal assistants were once considered a status symbol for busy professionals that didn’t have time to run errands, make notes or answer calls and while that is still partially true, almost anyone can get their hands on a personal assistant these days.

 

Yes, they might be digital but that doesn’t detract from how helpful they can be. When talking about personal assistants we normally hear about Alexa or Google Home but Microsoft’s Cortana may be set to take the spotlight soon.

 

The personal assistant market is becoming increasingly competitive due to the growing popularity of such devices but also the widely accepted future of voice search with a recent survey indicating that 60% of users are using their devices for general search questions.

 

With Microsoft’s Cortana scoring only a 5.1% word error rate in Switchboard it could be set to surpass marketer leader Google Home. Particularly since Amazon and Microsoft have teamed up to integrate their own personal assistants to better coordinate with each other.

 

While Bing voice search results are more inaccurate than Google it may be an issue for another department.

 

Cortana may not be the most popular personal assistant in the market but it is definitely not to be overlooked, particularly with how rapidly technology is being developed.

WhatsApp answers your Prayers

It seems as though dreams do come true. No, it isn’t winning the lottery, but it’s very, VERY close. WhatsApp has announced that they are in the midst of testing and developing a feature that can retract messages sent by accident.

That’s right! That drunken text you accidentally sent your boss or the screenshots that were delivered to the wrong person can now be taken back.

No official statement has been released explaining how this new development will work or when it will be released but a screenshot of the testing process has surfaced.

From what can be understood from the small teaser that we have been gifted is that messages can be revoked if they have been sent. However, once they are have been delivered or read, the ship has already sailed and your chances at saving yourself are gone.

 

Could this news from WhatsApp indicate a shift in messenger format? In a perfect world this ‘revoke’ action would be a permanent addition to any messenger platform but it is too soon to make assumptions.

We shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet though because this wonderful feature may never be officially implemented into the messenger service but it is something to look forward to in 2017.

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