Microsoft adds another feature to Cortana, Foursquare data now serves up recommendations

Earlier this year, Microsoft invested 15 million dollars into Foursquare and the fruits of that investment are starting to pay off as the data is now being integrated into Cortana. The feature is now able to pull in data from Foursquare to help suggest local places that you might enjoy visiting. 

As you can see in the screenshot above, Cortana is able to fetch Foursqaure data based on your preferences, which allows for customized recommendations; you can add this to the growing set of features for the platform. Microsoft has already said that they plan to update Cortana at least twice a month and this is the latest feature to be introduced for the digital personal assistant.

Microsoft has also released a new advertisement that shows how Cortana bests Siri in many different ways and how the rapid pace of new feature additions is widening the gap between the two platforms. Cortana is designed to truly be a personal assistant where she can offer up information before you even ask, with local data from Foursquare now feeding into the platform, the recommendations she can make just got a whole lot better.

Because of Foursquare's massive database of user-centric data around local attractions and Cortana's knowledge of your habits and preferences, she can easily aggregate this information to give customized suggestions for places to eat or visit. It's a great use of both platforms and when they are combined, they are able to offer up smart recommendations that help to differentiate Cortana from other digital assistants. 

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Sraf said,
You severely underestimate how bad most people are at on-the-spot basic math

+1 gazillion to that.

I went to a burger joint and get something for $8.50. Didn't have $5 note so hand the girl over the counter $13.50. She was confused to the point where she had to get the manager in! Damn...

lt8480 said,
I'm sure most people could work this out before you can unlock a phone.

It took me 30 seconds to figure out what lcd was, let alone do the math!

lt8480 said,
I'm sure most people could work this out before you can unlock a phone.

The LCD of 256? If you're so smart, what is the answer?

Not even Wolfram Alpha can tell you what the LCD of 256 is. It's not an answerable question.

rfirth said,

The LCD of 256? If you're so smart, what is the answer?

Not even Wolfram Alpha can tell you what the LCD of 256 is. It's not an answerable question.


You can find the LCM of 256, but if I remember right, LCD requires 2 numbers (least common denominator).

ians18 said,

You can find the LCM of 256, but if I remember right, LCD requires 2 numbers (least common denominator).

Least common denominator and least common multiple are actually the same thing, and both require 2 numbers... unless you just define the LCM of a single number to be itself.

Glad to see +ians18 and rfirth brought this up, a least common multiple (LCM) problem requires 2 numbers and a least common denominator (LCD) problem requires 2 fractions, although as rfirth said, LCM and LCD are closely related. The LCM of the denominators of the fractions is the LCD of those fractions.