Move over Siri, competition is on its way…. Apple fan boys the world over scoff at the Cortana commercials, standing by their trust Siri personal assistant… Perhaps not for much longer? 

Roumer has it Cortana is making its way to iOS and Android devices! Albeit in somewhat a restricted incarnation.. For obvious reasons, the hands free “Hey Cortana” activation will not work on iOS devices. Also launching applications on either Android or iOS via voice commands will not be supported! 

However, Cortana on all OS’s will use and in fact sync Cortana’s notebook. Meaning all your Cortana interactions should be seamless regardless of OS. 

Cortana should have hit the respective app stores by the end of June this year. 

It would be interesting to see what the take up is like on both OS’s – or, if the owners decide to stay true to the grandfather of assistance. 

You can read more about this over at Microsoft’s Blog



Ozeri WeightMaster II

Hands On:

On taking the scales out of the box, I was immediately impressed by the build quality of this instrument.
The scales are very tactile and Have been ergonomically designed, The top of the scales is warm to the touch and feel comfortable when you stand on them in your bare feet. the surface of the scales has been treated with microban antibacterial material which is a bonus when standing on the scales one different people stand on scales in their feet.

The scales can be utilised by up to eight different users, each one can set up their own profile on the scales and then subsequently the scales will automatically recognise the user by their weight.

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CentOSInstalling Tweepy on CentOS can be a little challenging if you are trying to following other tutorials based on mainstream desktop Linux OS’s.

Don’t forget – to use Tweepy you will need to obtain your keys from the Twitter developer site

Below you can find the commands you require to install on CentOS:

rpm -ivh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
yum install -y python-pip
pip install tweepy

That’s it.. Now you can call tweepy from the command line or scripts.

If you are looking for a Python script to take advantage of Tweepy check out this post from RasPi.TV. Which works perfectly on my Pi and CentOS boxes.



Ozeri Precision II Digital Bathroom ScaleKeeping fit and healthy is something I often (sometimes not often enough) strive to do. So keeping a keen eye on what I eat and what I weigh is an important part of my lifestyle. The market is awash with all sorts of personal health and fitness related technology from wearable tech to home gym equipment. One area of the market which in its self has a mass collection of varying tech is that of the bathroom scale section.

Each set of scales offers its own collection of features and fittings, some being so over complex they even offer pitfalls. However, the American based firm Ozeri are known for their easy to use intuitive product range, and the Precision II doesn’t vier far from default.

 

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