Microsoft is ditching Cortana for Android and iOS in certain markets

Cortana was once positioned as a serious competitor to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but these days it feels more like a Windows add-on – and now the Cortana app for Android and iOS is disappearing in certain regions. As per a new support article, the app will no longer be available in certain countries […]

New Microsoft patent shows off a floor mat for your virtual reality experiences

Trying to roam through vast computer-generated worlds from your not-very-vast living space poses a number of challenges for virtual reality – and a new patent filed by Microsoft promises to offer some assistance in keeping you from colliding with real world objects. The patent, spotted by Variety, details a floor mat that marks out a […]

Google is adding a helpful play button to the toolbar in Chrome

Google appears to be on a mission to improve the online media playback experience: not long after adding support for keyboard controls, it’s now experimenting with a play button that appears on Chrome’s toolbar. As spotted by ZDNet, the idea is you can quickly stop and restart audio and video files playing in a tab, […]

Bethesda’s latest Elder Scrolls adventure pulled over plagiarism claims

It looks as though the new Elder Scrolls tabletop spin-off, entitled Elsweyr, has been pulled for good – having been released only yesterday, it was quickly noted that it had a lot of similarities to a Dungeons & Dragons module published in 2016. And we do mean a lot of similarities… introduction text that matches […]

Facebook’s latest blunders affected contacts and passwords for millions of users

Facebook has a long, long record of privacy fails and data scandals, but even by its standards the latest one is a jaw-dropper: the platform has revealed up to 1.5 million Facebook users might have had their email contacts unknowingly uploaded to the site. The process was unintentional – according to Facebook – and happened […]

Facebook looking to restrict livestreams, open to more regulation

It’s not been an easy couple of years for Facebook in terms of user privacy and data security and everything else, but the giant social network seems determined to start sorting out at least some of its problems. TechCrunch reports on an open letter published by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, in which she […]

Valve unveils its own virtual reality headset: the Valve Index

There had been whispers that Valve was working on its own virtual reality headset, having previously launched VR kit in partnership with HTC, and now those rumors have turned into a real product: the Valve Index. However, the name is just about all we know about the new VR headset for now. Valve has put […]