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Yes, You Can Use Cortana in Windows 10 With Any Old Microphone

One of the coolest new Windows 10 features is talking to your computer. For many people, it’ll be the first time they’ve had a voice-activated personal assistant on tap. And yet, most computers won’t have Cortana turned on by default—allegedly because they don’t have certified high-quality microphones built-in. » 7/25/15 12:35am 7/25/15 12:35am

How Lycos Almost Won the Search Engine Wars

It was exhilarating to be back in the game again, a 20-year-old college dropout with stock options, working at the center of the internet revolution. But I was overwhelmed. I’d only ever worked on a team with a half-dozen people, and Lycos was a huge company with hundreds of employees. All the developers seemed much… » 7/22/15 4:00pm 7/22/15 4:00pm

Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically scifi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in… » 2/09/15 12:40pm 2/09/15 12:40pm

Google Wants To Sell You Concert Tickets Right On The Search Page

In the Google Utopia, no-one will ever have to click past the search page; all worldly desires can be fulfilled from the results page. Or, at least, that seems to be the plan. You're probably familiar with things like weather and sports scores popping up in search; now, Google's going to serve you event tickets… » 1/17/15 10:19am 1/17/15 10:19am