Category: Siri, Cortana and talking phones

How to connect Bluetooth devices with your Android smartphone or tablet

We live in the era of digital communication, which means that everything develops really fast. Just a couple of years ago, being a technology fan meant “being wired”, but nowadays everything is going wireless. Bluetooth is one of the most versatile radio communications means. You can use it to wirelessly connect keyboards, mice, headsets and you can even use it to transfer files. In this tutorial, we will show you how to connect Bluetooth devices to your Android smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry, you only need to take a couple of easy steps!

NOTE: For this tutorial we used a OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenOS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1. This ROM is very similar to the stock Android experience, so you should have no problem finding the settings mentioned here. If your device’s interface is heavily modified, please refer to the device’s user manual or the manufacturer’s support website for additional information

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How To Pin HERE Drive+ Locations To Your Windows Phone’s Start Screen

If you drive pretty often to a certain destination, it might prove be quite convenient if you could pin your favourite places to your Start screen. That way, you wouldn’t have to first search for the location in Here Drive +, so everything will be faster. Fortunately, Here Drive + for Windows Phone lets you do that and, in this article, we will show you how. Let’s get started:

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Top 50 Funniest Cortana Commands & Questions

We bet almost everyone has heard about Cortana by now. In some of our recent articles we’ve shown you how to interact with her and we’ve also seen some of the most useful commands and questions Cortana can do or answer. But what if you don’t feel like working, and you already got bored reading magazines, watching videos or scrolling till the end of Facebook? Even in such a situation, Cortana is there for you: talk to her, and she’ll talk back! She’s always ready to chit-chat, tell you jokes or even sing for you!

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Top 16 Most Useful Cortana Commands & Questions

Recently we promised you that we’re going to take a detailed look at what Cortana, your personal Windows 10 assistant can do for you. It’s time for us to keep our promise, so in this article we’re going to show you the most useful the commands and questions you can ask Cortana to do or answer. As you’ll see, she’s not only able to understand what you tell her in writing, but she’s also very talented when it comes to understanding your spoken commands or questions.

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How To Use Cortana On A Windows 10 PC, Notebook Or Tablet

Cortana is one of the best new features brought by Windows 10. She’s your personal virtual assistant and she can help you be more productive in lots of ways: she can make searches for you, she can set reminders, launch apps, take notes and even tell you jokes or sing songs. Last time we talked about her, we showed you the first steps in configuring her. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at what she can do for you and how you can work with her.

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How To Setup Cortana For The First Time, in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with lots of new features, and Cortana is one of the most interesting of the lot. Cortana is a program that acts as your personal digital assistant that can help you interact in a more human way with your Windows 10 device.Because of that, and also because Microsoft refers to Cortana as “her”, we’ll do the same. You can tell her to do various things, like launching apps, take notes, remind you when you have an appointment or even ask her about the weather prognosis or whether she likes Siri or not. And these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Cortana can do for you. But before you’re able to interact with Cortana, you must first go through a first time setup. In today’s article, we’re going to show you the steps required for you to do that.

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Screenshots: Declutter your phone with one of these handy apps

Like PCs, smartphones can accumulate a lot of clutter in the form of duplicate pictures, temporary files, and unused applications. All this clutter can rob your phone of performance and decrease available storage space. Fortunately, a number of utilities can help you to cut through some of the mess.

Note: This article is also available as an image gallery and a video hosted by TechRepublic columnist Tom Merritt.

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How To Share Files Between Smartphones & Windows PCs With Feem

Has it ever happened that you wanted to share some files between your smartphone and your computer, but you had no USB cable with you? If there was no Internet connection either, you probably had to use the slow and problematic Bluetooth. Thankfully, both your smartphone and your Windows PC have a WiFi adapter and you can connect the two devices directly. Today we will demo the Android version of a multiplatform application called Feem that lets you do exactly this: send files from your smartphone to your PC and vice versa. Here’s how.

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How To Scan QR Codes Or Text With Your Windows Phone

Windows Phone has the built-in capacity to scan special barcodes, such as QR codes, and no third-party apps are required for this task. Also, you are able to scan text and translate it using the same feature. The procedure is really simple: just “point and shoot”. In this article we will show you how to use this feature in a simple and efficient manner. Let’s get started:

NOTE: This tutorial works with Windows Phone 8.1.

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How To Free Up Storage Space On Your Windows Phone

If you have bought an affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device like Lumia 530 or Lumia 630, chances are that their amount of storage space is a problem for you. Cheaper devices like the ones we mentioned generally have limited storage space available and reaching its limits doesn’t take too long. To help you out, Microsoft offers the Storage Sense app, which allows you to check how much storage space is available and clear up some of it. It works both with your smartphone’s internal memory and with yourSD card. In this guide we will show you how to use the Storage Sense app to learn how much space you have available and how to clear up some of it

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