To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. What sort of requests they got from their bosses, and how they handled them.
From there, engineers created what they feel is the first real digital assistant. Siri was just a prelude.
So, when Lucas Westcoat, a senior Microsoft product manager showed off what Cortana (named after a character in the Halo video game) could do, the first task was asking her for a reminder to congratulate the wife on a great new job the next time we spoke. That would kick in, he said, when the next phone call, text or e-mail from her was generated.
USAToday hosts a panel with Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants CEO Michael A. Depatie; Choice Hotels International CEO Stephen Joyce; InterContinental Hotels Group President of the Americas Kirk Kinsell; and Best Western CEO David Kong.
Photo Credit of pilot at Starwood where guests can use their smartphones as room keys
Hundreds of employers of all sizes are contracting directly or through their insurers with telehealth providers to cut medical costs and give workers 24-hour access to doctors and nurse practitioners. WellPoint teamed up with Boston-based American Well to offer telemed services to 3.5 million of its health-plan subscribers last year and intends to extend the service to another 32.5 million over the next 12 to 18 months. UnitedHealth Group began a pilot program in January, providing 310,000 subscribers in Nevada with virtual doctors’ visits.
Time interview with Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre as they move into streaming music beyond their hugely successful headsets
And the younger generation had no idea what the music was supposed to sound like. That’s why both of us take great pride in the fact that this company is turning a lot of young people onto quality sound, when what they were getting before was really bad earbuds and computers where the speakers faced the table. Dre was very frustrated with that, and we talked about that quite often, because my beginning was as a recording engineer as well. So we’ve always shared that – it was our connection from day one, speakers and audio. And this came about and we did this, and we’re very proud of the fact that an entire generation now is turned onto audio.
“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.”
Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is being tested with numerous manufacturers for various applications, and high-volume production capability has been demonstrated. The RoomWizard by Steelcase, a web-based room scheduling system, will feature Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass…
The Four Seasons Philadelphia and three Loews properties — two in Orlando and one in Nashville — have pilot programs that let guests make any request through text messages. The hotels have partnered with a personal texting service called Zingle, which has worked with companies such as McDonald's and Subway.
It works like this: Once you check in, the hotel will register your phone number to your personal "service on demand" profile. You will then be able to text any request, whether you are inside or outside the hotel, for your entire stay. The hotel guarantees that your text will be answered within four minutes.
“A backpack version of the Street View camera system, the Trekker contains 15 cameras that peer out from a basketball-size geodesic dome. They snap photos every three seconds while low-power lasers collect 3D geometry data. Software later stitches the images together into 360-degree, street-level maps. Google staffers have traveled around the world with the Trekker on their backs and custom fit it to vehicles like boats and dogsleds. Recently, the company also partnered with Parks Canada to begin collecting imagery of national parks—many of which are remote and inaccessible even to Canadians.”
“This is the first Street View project that has really involved climate-change science,” she tells me. “But even though I believe climate change is happening, I’m also someone who lets data and imagery speak for itself. I want to bring this up a year from now, five years from now, ten years from now, because I do believe it’ll look very different in ten years. And if PBI wants to take it to a completely different area in the future, that’s great. I feel like I’m an enabler for access to technology that could the change way they map an ecosystem.”
So Margaret and I stopped by the Apple Store in Frankfurt and were admiring the glass staircase.
Well just a few hundred feet away at the Ziel Gallery, Samsung dominates the glass elevator, the escalators, the 7th floor balcony and even has their version of the Genius Bar in a glass adorned section.
CarPlay allows iOS users to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages through touch and voice-based controls. Users can control CarPlay from the car's dashboard or push and hold a control button on the steering wheel to activate the iOS voice assistant, Siri.
CarPlay also supports third-party applications including Spotify and iHeartRadio.
Automakers slated to offer CarPlay include Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Kia, Hyundai, Honda, General Motors and Toyota.