Microsoft Turns Siri Against Apple in New Ad

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The Microsoft-Apple rivalry is heating up again

In a new 30-second ad for Windows 8, Microsoft manages to skewer the iPad, Siri and Apple’s promotional strategy

The ad shows the iPad and a Windows 8 tablet side-by-side with Siri repeatedly apologizing for not being able to do what Microsoft’s tablet can. “I’m sorry, I can only do one thing at a time,” Siri says, before adding, “I guess PowerPoint isn’t one of those things. Should we just play ‘Chopsticks?'” Sure enough, the person in the video starts playing a flawed version of the song “Chopsticks,” poking fun at Apple’s iPad Mini commercials which focused on users playing piano. Read more…

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Twitter Launches Two-Step Authentication and Other News You Need to Know

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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world.

Today, we’re looking at three ways that tech giants are expanding their reach. Google’s Chrome browser added conversational search. In its single biggest market expansion in the tablet space, Amazon increased the availability of Kindle Fire. And Twitter finally announced two-factor authentication to help keep accounts secure.

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

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Facebook Home Hits The Rocks In Europe, With UK And France Launch Of HTC First Delayed Indefinitely

smudged fb home pageMore signs today the HTC First might also be the last smartphone to ship with Facebook Home pre-installed: UK carrier EE confirmed today that the first Facebook Home phone won’t be launching in the UK soon as planned, as Facebook has decided to concentrate its efforts on making improvements to the Home software before looking to add international markets. EE says it will soon be contacting customers who already used its pre-order system to express interest in the First to let them know about the delay, which is indefinite in length.
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