Harman Kardon Teases Cortana-Powered Digital Assistant for the Home, Coming 2017

Ever since Amazon launched Echo, every other company in the field of digital assistants has been playing catch up. With Google launching Google Home, it’s just Microsoft and Apple we’re waiting on, but with the Windows and Harman Kardon teams now teasing a Cortana-powered digital assistant speaker for the home, Apple is all that’s left.  (more…)

Microsoft Outlook Gets a Calendar Update on the Eve of Sunrise’s Death That Benefits Few

The folks who once worked for Sunrise announced this morning that their popular calendar app is now dead. It’s dead because Microsoft bought them and has decided to no longer support the app and instead infuse Sunrise’s brilliance into Outlook, a subpar email app. Today, we are getting a glimpse into the future of Sunrise integrated into Outlook, though most of the goodness is only available to a really small group of users. Most of us, if we are using Outlook, won’t see this stuff for a while.  (more…)

Sunrise Calendar is Now Dead, Users Will be Logged Out Tomorrow for Good

Sunrise, my favorite calendar app of all time, is dead as of today. For those paying close attention, you’ll notice that today is September 13 and not August 31 (the day the app was supposed to original die), and that’s because Microsoft gave Sunrise another couple of weeks to live as they tried to get Sunrise features ready for Outlook, the app that Sunrise is now supposedly baked into.  (more…)

Sunrise, the Calendar App I Already Miss Dearly, Shuts Down August 31

Yeah, I know, that was the perfect opportunity to toss out some lame sun setting joke, but I spared you. Instead, just know this – Sunrise, the really, really good calendar app that Microsoft bought back in 2015 before deciding to kill it off in an attempt to sucker you into using its Outlook app (which I understand is a solid app, but do not care because its existence means the death of Sunrise), will fully shutdown on August 31 and completely stop working.  (more…)

Alpha Test Minecraft: Realms, a Cross-Platform Multiplayer Experience

Ahead of official launch, which isn’t even scheduled yet, users can alpha test the upcoming Minecraft: Realms game, an actual cross-platform multiplayer experience for fans of Minecraft. At launch, Minecraft: Realms will allow players on iOS, Android, PC, and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft (Xbox One) to be in the same world simultaneously, bringing that teamwork spirit that was so popular when Minecraft first launched for PC way back in the day.  (more…)