Ping 223: CastleStorm, xBox One Comedy Central app, Inbox Personality Rules, MSFT Hardware and Home Automation

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Hey everybody! Welcome back to Ping!  It's episode 223, which is country code, not an area code.  Travel schedules and studio availability got the best of us this past week - sorry about that!  As a bonus - there were LOTS of comments on 222 - so much so, we took the first 9 minutes of the show talking about them all!  But we digress....

We talk about your suggestions about the coolest cooler and more these stories that we've been pinging each other about...

[09:09] CastleStorm: Definitive Edition available for xBox One

[10:22] Cancel Your Plans: Comedy Central's Now on xBox One

[11:37] Give your inbox a personality with Advanced Rules in Outlook.com

[14:12] Microsoft Creates a keyboard for iOS and Android tablets

[15:37] Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

[18:15] Insteon integrates with Microsoft Cortana for voice control in the home

 

[14:32] Question of the week! What commands would you like Cortana to respond to with Home Automation?

 

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    developkc

    'Kinda like the White House' (~4:55) - that made me laugh - especially if the video was recorded before the whole Secret Service/White House incident happened...maybe that guy thought he was at building 34.

    Always-On Cortana on the Xbox One, controlling the home would be a killer ecosystem to develop for...It would be like the Jetsons in real-life.  A central hub that knows your life and can adjust accordingly.  I really wish MS would open up the Xbox One for app development.

    'Cortana - Im leaving to go on vacation' - Cortana could then adjust AC/Heating to reduce usage while you're out - randomly turn lights on/off to make it look like you are home. 

    Set your alarm through Cortana - when she wakes you up - she can tell you whether you need a jacket or umbrella for the day. 

    How about if your kids are playing the music too loud - 'Cortana, turn the music down in the kids room'

    'Cortana, tell the kids they need to find a ride home' - she could send a text to their phones.

    'Cortana, when my wife gets home, remind her to call Joe Bob' - when Kinect sees your wife - Cortana could relay the message.

    'Cortana, if my wife goes to the store, tell her to pick up milk' - if her phones GPS goes near a grocery store - she gets a message to pick up milk.

    'Cortana, run the Roomba at 9am'

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    tgrt

    Colder days are coming, so it'd be great if Cortana could warm up the shower for me.

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    Dirtbagg

    Cortana, Coffee...

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    Fabulous_​Fadz

    Wait, did Mark say Halloween on December 31st? It sure sounded like it :S

    Cortana, when is Halloween?

    Cortana stop the neighbors from hacking my WiFi

    Cortana Let me know when "Person of Interest" is on (Notification on my phone or if I'm in front of the TV then Xbox goes to Person of Interest)

    Cortana, record "How to get away with #@$%@#" (I can't bring myself to type that last word)

    Developkc covered most of what I'd like from home automation so all that's left for me is entertainment related.

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    Doctor Who

    I love Outlook.com! Glad to see these advanced rules, will incorporate them into more of the emails that I get in my Outlook.com email.

     

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