Microsoft's Cortana: rival to Apple's Siri named after fictional AI

The next-generation of 'intelligent personal assistants' will step even closer to sci-fi's vision of artificial intelligent, but will this be in name only?

Nokia-built 10-inch Windows RT tablet leaked

Codenamed 'Sirius', the tablet looks sharp but the price is more than a little off-putting

Jim Armitage: Cracking the code is the way to business success

Outlook A footnote from a meeting with Wonga's chief executive earlier this week. I know, I know: to many readers, Errol Damelin is the epitomy of all that's wrong with British capitalism. But when it comes to tech, the veteran of three different start-up firms knows his stuff.

Undeniable charm: the Nokia Lumia

Honest charm: the Ikea of the phone world

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Xbox One release date announced by Microsoft

New console will be available in 13 markets from launch

Stephen Elop back in Microsoft's fold and in the field for CEO after Nokia deal

No sooner had Stephen Elop been named Nokia's chief executive in 2010 than rumours began to circulate about a closer relationship between the Finnish firm and Mr Elop's long-time employer, Microsoft.

James Moore: Stand by for some fun as Microsoft strives to get its house in order with Nokia deal

Outlook A cynic might see the real prize for Microsoft with its $7.2bn (£4.6bn) takeover of Nokia's mobile business as the return of Stephen Elop, who could provide a tidy solution to the question of who should replace Steve Ballmer as CEO.

Microsoft shares tumble after €5.4bn Nokia takeover

US software giant buys Finnish group's mobile business as it attempts to catch up with Apple and Samsung

Microsoft buys struggling mobile arm from Nokia for £4.6bn

The software giant is looking to make gains in the mobile market, and will acquire all of the Finnish handset-maker’s patents as part of the deal

Sony's PS4 will support voice commands and facial recognition

However, the Eye camera will have to be purchased separately.

Columbia: Troops on streets after two die in Bogota riots

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has deployed troops to patrol the capital following disturbances in which at least two people died.

Microsoft's new CEO: bookies offer 5/1 on Nokia chief Stephen Elop; Apple CEO Tim Cook at 100/1

Elop leads a pool of possible candidates mostly populated by Microsoft insiders past and present.

Xbox one, price: £429

A morning with: The Xbox One

Price: £429
Includes: Blu-ray player, built-in wi-fi, Kinect, Xbox wireless controller
Processor: Customized AMD chip with eight-core CPU
Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive: 500GB
Video: 1080p, 60 frames per second

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

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