Microsoft’s Cortana might be lagging behind Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant — but Microsoft says there’s a master plan (MSFT, AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

There’s a lot of skepticism about Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It lags in apps, smart home support, and hardware integrations. However, Microsoft says Cortana isn’t cooked yet: It’s going to come to more devices beyond just Windows 10 PCs, and you’ll see Cortana make more use of Microsoft’s data. Some changes are coming to Cortana on the Windows 10 PC, too, with Microsoft signaling that it’s going to bring Cortana into more parts of the operating system. Microsoft says that its long-promised integration with Amazon Alexa is in the final stages of testing and coming soon. While Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant dominated the conversation… Read More

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First Martians board game makes a powerful case for staying on Earth

Enlarge / The components are (generally) good quality. (credit: Owen Duffy) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. For millennia, humans have been captivated by Mars. To the ancient Romans, the “red planet” represented the god of war, presiding over conquest and glory. To the 19th-century astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, it was a world connected by vast canals, evidence of an advanced civilization. Today, our cosmic neighbor is a place to be explored, analyzed, and understood; the prospect of setting foot on Martian soil seems tantalizingly close. But if the board game First Martians is anything to go by,… Read More

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How Tech Firms Are Embracing Ex-Prisoners

Richard Bronson made millions on Wall Street in the 1990s, but by 2005 he found himself destitute with no home and no money–and only his sister’s couch on which to sleep. No one would give him a job or even entertain the idea. “I tried to put the past behind me, but doors were slamming in my face,” says Bronson. The event that turned him into a pariah? A two-year stint in federal prison for securities fraud that followed Bronson’s time as a partner at the infamous Stratton Oakmont brokerage firm, dramatized in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Eventually, nine years after his release from… Read More

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There are problems with Apple’s iPhone battery explanation — and the company might end up paying the price in court (AAPL)

Apple is under fire for a software feature that slows down the speed of iPhone processors to prevent unexpected device shutdowns. Congress, attorneys, and customers are criticizing Apple for not being clearer when the feature was introduced in early 2017. Apple’s CEO says that when Apple “did put it out, we did say what it was.” The feature was not mentioned in the release notes accompanying the update, but Apple quietly revised the notes to include a line about “power management” at some point after the update was released. Apple is under fire for a software feature distributed to iPhones in 2017 that prevents shutdowns in devices with older batteries,… Read More

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