Apple has filed a patent application for a “virtual assistant in a communication session.” On first glance, application 14/713,410 might scare developers of chat bots and the like, but Apple is specific in the scope of their claims – Siri, their virtual assistant platform, will be able to directly communicate with either user in an iMessage conversation and then be able to act on the instructions given. The other participant of the conversation will not see messages intended to Siri, nor messages sent from Siri to the user activating her. This is somewhat different from current implementations of chat bots and virtual assistants in chat programs, in that the classical chat bot for, [...]
Only a few years ago the idea that Microsoft could actively promote Linux and join the Linux Foundation would have sounded like science fiction, but that’s exactly what happens now: Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member.
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Microsoft is killing a controversial feature introduced in Windows 10 that enabled users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts, automatically.
When Windows 10 was introduced, a feature called Wi-Fi Sense was borrowed from the mobile operating system used for the Windows Phone to be included into the popular PC operating system. As a feature, it allows users to automatically connect to hotspots and amazingly share users’ Wi-Fi passwords with contacts when they are on the same network.
A simple checkbox enabled the passwords for Wi-Fi networks saved on the user’s PC to be shared with contacts on Skype, Facebook and Outlook.
The general feedback [...]