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Siri wasn't just a phenomenal technological achievement. "She" also segued into the core of pop culture, serving as a guest star on hit shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and some even say serving as inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film "Her." However, it looks like she's about to have some stiff competition as makers of Windows phones such as Nokia's Lumia are getting ready to reveal "Cortana." With a more exotic name, this digital PA might just give Siri a run for her money according to a recent report in The Verge. With Microsoft behind the project, Cortana has piqued every tech geek's interest, but does she have what it takes to make Siri lovers stray? According to The Verge, they have "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans" and claim that Cortana will be revealed at the Build Conference in San Francisco in April 2014. She'll be a part of the 8.1 update for t... (more)

The Internet of Things Is Coming to a Home Near You

Over the course of the past decade, there's been a lot of hype pertaining to the_ Internet of Things (IoT)_ and how China leads the U.S. in this technology -- yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of its existence. In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID, Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our "things" will be be able to "talk" with each other. ... (more)

Free iOS 7 Update Could Impact New iPhone Sales

"Why buy the cow when the milk is free?" is a question that one usually doesn't associate with high-tech. However, it's an appropriate question to ask the executives at Apple right now. Apple's latest iPhones come with a new operating system with state-of-of-the-art features. Although this operating system is unimaginatively named iOS 7, it's definitely a "must have" for people who want to stay on the bleeding edge of the technological revolution. However, old school iPhone users can get the exact same operating system on their mobile devices without spending a dime. The new vers... (more)

IT Helping Doctors Provide Better Patient Care

If you were going to list the aptitudes for success as a doctor, your would definitely include having a good grasp of math and science. A keen sense of observation would also be important, since doctors need this skill every time they conduct a physical exam or review x-rays or test results. Clinicians also need the ability to gather information and evaluate it carefully in order to maketo make a diagnosis. Doctor jobs are not just about practicing medicine, though. Anyone who is considering this career path is also going to have to make sure that he or she is comfortable with m... (more)

Danger: Don't Build Your Online Future on Shifting Sand

Surely you know the parable. One guy builds his house on rock. It's tough, it's expensive, but the house is secure and it lasts. The other guy constructs his home on sand. Easy, cheap ... but then it slides into the ocean. Everything's lost. A story to encourage children to work hard? Perhaps. But a surprising number of new businesses are building their online futures on foundations that are just as unstable. Free ... and worth every penny Too many otherwise sensible business people see an offer for free web hosting and leap at the "opportunity." Some think that adding a top-lev... (more)