PlayStation 4 hacked to run Linux

In today's open source roundup: failOverflow demonstrates Linux running on the PlayStation 4. Plus: Microsoft's Cortana is available for Cyanogen OS. And Valve adds more improvements to the Steam Controller in a new beta

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Microsoft's Cortana available for Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen OS is an Android variant and now it will be able to offer Microsoft's Cortana personal assistant. Cortana integration into Cyanogen OS offers an alternative to Google Now.

John Devon reports for Neowin:

Since debuting on Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana has steadily spread to other operating systems and services, including Windows 10, iOS, Android and Xbox Live. Microsoft’s personal assistant has now made its way into the Android variant Cyanogen OS with its 12.1 release, available now for some OnePlus devices.

Back in September, Cyanogen was reported to be working with Microsoft on Cortana integration. At the time, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster highlighted the desire to replace Google Now. In particular, he noted the potential of Cortana's speech recognition hooks into Android, saying, “When Apple launched Apple Music at WWDC, they showed the Siri integration with Apple Music. Siri doesn’t power Spotify like that so we can do these kind of things with for example, integration of Microsoft’s Cortana into the OS enabling natural language to power Spotify and other services.”

In addition to avoiding technical challenges like microphone access conflicts experienced by the Cortana app on many Android devices, direct integration into the operating system should provide reliable voice access to functions not provided by the stand-alone app, such as networking, sensors and quiet time.

With Microsoft reported to be a contributor to a $70 million investment round earlier last year, Cyanogen has outlined ambitious plans. CEO McMaster told the Wall Street Journal last year, “We’re going to take Android away from Google.”

More at Neowin

Valve adds more improvements to Steam Controller in latest beta

Valve's Steam Machines have caught the attention of many Linux gamers, but the company is not taking anything for granted. It's working hard to offer improvements, including some to its Steam Controller in a new beta.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Valve has announced the they've updated the Steam Beta Client for all supported operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux, with even more improvements to their Steam Controller device.

Among the enhancements, we can mention support for renaming the non-Steam game shortcuts via the Manage Shortcuts options in the Big Picture mode, along with support for fine tuning binding selections for non-Steam game community configurations, thanks to the ability to share them by name.

It is now possible to save legacy configurations for games that have native controller support, the Steam Controller configurator has been updated to better display the title and author of a certain set of bindings, along with their templates, and the configuration selector is now more responsive.

More at Softpedia

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