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Get help from your voice-activated virtual assistant

Get help from your voice-activated virtual assistant
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If you've heard about voice-activated computer and smartphone assistants, or seen your family members using them, you may be thinking you'd never have a reason to use one. After all, typing words into a search engine works perfectly fine.

But the next time you're driving, maybe on a snowy road, it would be a lot safer to ask your smartphone for directions to a nearby hotel, rather than stop and search the Internet yourself. Or, next time you've got a hot cup of coffee in your hand, and want to know how your stocks are performing, it would be so much easier to just say, "How are my stocks doing?"

You've heard about voice-activated assistants like Apple's Siri, Google's Google Now, and Amazon Echo's Alexa. But, if you haven't heard of Microsoft's Cortana, you should give this voice-activated assistant a shot.

In fact, after a few tries, you may just find that you never want to type in Web searches again. You'll find Cortana is even handier in the car than at home.

Next page: Ask Cortana any question
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