2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial
Microsoft has a new TV commercial for its Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana assistant in which it’s taking new shots at one of its biggest competitors, Apple’s voice-based assistant Siri. The new ad, titled “Happy Anniversary,” shows a smartphone user issuing certain commands to an iPhone 5s (Siri) and a Lumia 635 (Cortana), with only the latter able to recognize them and deliver appropriate responses. FROM EARLIER: How Microsoft plans to give Cortana more brain power than anything Siri can muster Microsoft is basically advertising Cortana’s context-aware algorithm, which will let a Windows Phone user set up a reminder based on a certain type of command that uses various elements, including location and/or the user’s relationship with a person. Interestingly, while Google’s Google Now assistant can offer plenty
- Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance
- Yahoo News Exclusive Interview with Ofir and Bat-Galim Shaer
The parents of one of the three Israeli teens abducted and killed by Palestinians last month say they hold Hamas responsible for the murders despite questions raised recently about whether the Islamic group's leadership actually ordered the operation. The kidnapping set off a chain of events that led to the current war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, with more than 1,000 dead.
- U.S. judge signs order to seize Kurdish oil from tanker off Texas
By Terry Wade and Supriya Kurane HOUSTON (Reuters) - Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge has signed an order telling the U.S. Marshals Service to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker off the Texas coast, court filings showed on Tuesday. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying some 1 million barrels of crude worth about $100 million, arrived near Galveston Bay on Saturday but has yet to unload its disputed cargo. The ship, which is too large to enter ports near Houston and dock, was given clearance by the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday to transfer its cargo offshore to smaller boats that would deliver it to the U.S. mainland.
- This girl is not a fan of bike thieves
- NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Off-World Driving Record
NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars has now boldly gone farther than any vehicle has before on the surface of another world, space agency officials announced today (July 28). As of Sunday (July 27), the Opportunity rover has driven 25.01 miles (40.2 kilometers) on the Red Planet, NASA officials said. "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," Opportunity project manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. "This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance.
- PLO offers 24-hour truce, says it speaks for Hamas
- Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.