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Microsoft’s plan for Invoke speakers is likely to cause the most resentment. The company will push a firmware update to the smart device to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker. “The firmware update will be delivered automatically to devices connected to WiFi within six months of its release,” the company said.


As an olive branch to Invoke owners, Microsoft plans to send them $50 gift cards. To be eligible, you’ll have to have used your Invoke speaker to ask something of Cortana between July 31st and before today’s announcement.   

As mentioned above, Microsoft also plans to remove the current iteration of Cortana from its first-generation Surface Headphones in early 2021. Once the change goes through, you’ll still be able to use the digital assistant, but only through the integration that comes with Outlook Mobile. First-generation Surface Headphones owners can get a $25 gift card.

“We’ve spent a lot of time thinking through this transition and understand that these changes may be disruptive to some of our customers,” the company said. 

As The Verge points, the changes mark another step in Cortana reinvention as a productivity-focused digital helper. Cortana isn’t going away, but Microsoft is tweaking the software to better compliment apps like Outlook and Teams. In doing so, the company likely hopes to carve out a niche for the digital assistant away from the likes of Assistant and Alexa. Of course, all of that is small consolation if you bought into the company’s original vision for Cortana.   

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Miami : Android phones will receive alerts for earthquakes in California Telemundo Miami (51)

California earthquake early alerts will be a standard feature on all Android phones, avoiding the need for users to download the state’s MyShake app to receive alerts, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.

The state worked with the U.S. Geological Survey and Google, the maker of Android, to create earthquake alerts on all phones running the common operating system. The deal was expected to be announced on Tuesday.

“This announcement means that California’s world-class earthquake early warning system will be a standard feature on all Android phones, giving millions of precious seconds to drop, cover and hold when the biggest hits,” Governor Gavin said. Newsom in a statement.

Technology does not predict earthquakes. It is designed to quickly take data from seismic sensors and send warnings to potentially affected areas if an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or greater occurs and if the tremor projected at a particular location has a certain level of intensity.

MyShake technology was developed by the University of California at Berkeley and released in 2019.

Warnings produced by the ShakeAlert system are also sent through the wireless notification system that issues Amber alerts, which means that some people receive both notifications.

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