Microsoft's Cortana can now remind you to follow through on email promises

Microsoft’s Cortana can now remind you to follow through on email promises

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Microsoft’s assistant Cortana keeps getting smarter.

Cortana can now send reminders for tasks based on the contents of your inbox, Microsoft announced Monday. The company also added new features that make it easier to organize calendar appointments.

The new reminders feature means that Cortana will be able to remind you to followup on tasks you said you would do in emails. It comes via a collaboration with Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul explains on Microsoft’s Windows blog.

“People often make promises to do things in email but may forget about them as the days go by and emails pile up,” Aul writes. “Microsoft Research (MSR) was pursuing an intriguing and powerful idea around this challenge—automatically recognizing when people make commitments to one another in email messages and providing reminders.” Read more…

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Facebook upgrades its iOS app with new 3D Touch features

Facebook upgrades its iOS app with new 3D Touch features

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Facebook’s iOS app is getting an update iPhone 6S users will appreciate: new 3D Touch actions

The social network is beginning to roll out support for new “peek and pop” 3D Touch actions in its iOS app. The update, which is starting to roll out to iPhone 6S users Thursday, allows iPhone 6S users to utilize 3D Touch while browsing their News Feed and other areas of the Facebook app.

Facebook first began rolling out support for 3D Touch last year, but it only added quick actions, which you can access from the app’s icon on your home screen. Read more…

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5 can't-miss apps: Interact, Jukebox, 'Smurfs Epic Run' and more

5 can’t-miss apps: Interact, Jukebox, ‘Smurfs Epic Run’ and more

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With Apple previewing new iOS features, including a new Night Shift feature, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps.

Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a disappearing messaging app for small groups of friends, a contacts management app and a task management service.

Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps.

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Periscope videos will soon autoplay in tweets

Periscope videos will soon autoplay in tweets

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Your Twitter timeline is about to get noisier.

Live stream videos from Periscope will soon autoplay inside of tweets on Twitter’s app and website, the company announced Tuesday. The update means you will no longer need to open a separate website or app to watch Periscope streams.

The feature is rolling out to Twitter’s iOS app “over the next few days” and will launch on its website and Android app at a later date, Twitter says.

Once live, the feature will enable videos shared to Twitter via the Periscope app to automatically play in tweets when you’re scrolling through your timeline, search results or another users’s profile. Tapping into a a video will launch a full screen view of the video, along with the comments and hearts you would expect to see in a typical Periscope live stream. Read more…

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