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Microsoft Outlook on iOS adds voice dictation for emails, search and calendar invites

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Since 2019, Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant has allowed you to listen to emails that land in your Outlook mobile inbox. Nearly two years later, Microsoft is making voice a much more significant part of the Outlook experience. Starting with the iOS version of the software (with Android to follow), you can use your voice to dictate emails, schedule meetings and conduct searches.

To access Outlook’s new capabilities, tap the plus icon floating above the app’s main navigation bar and then press the “Use Voice” prompt. You can ask Cortana things like “When’s my next team meeting?” or for more complex requests like “Set up a meeting with Jill and her team for next Monday about the Q1 budget.” When you’re scheduling an event, you can also ask the assistant to add specific individuals to the invite. It’s even possible to use Cortana to add attachments to your emails, and the speech-to-text tool allows you to both respond to emails and write new ones.

Powering a lot of the functionality is Microsoft’s Graph tool, which provides the assistant with context when it needs it. That information allows Cortana to do things like spell the names of your co-workers correctly when you mention them in an email.

As The Verge points out, today’s announcement aligns with Microsoft’s broader push to reframe Cortana as a productivity assistant instead of a competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant. To that end, the company recently discontinued the Cortana iOS and Android apps.

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‘Trek to Yomi’ is a Kurosawa-inspired 2D samurai game coming in 2022

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If you played through the entirety of Ghost of Tsushima in Kurosawa mode and it left you wanting for more cinematic samurai action, you’ll want to look out for Trek to Yomi. Announced today during Devolver Digital’s E3 presentation, the 2.5D side-scroller sees you play as a young samurai charged with protecting their town and its inhabitants. You’ll face off against both human and supernatural enemies. Like Tsushima, the game attempts to emulate the look of Akira Kurosawa’s films. Judging by the trailer, it does a pretty good job of it too.          

Developed by Flying Wild Hog and Leonard Menchiari, Trek to Yomi will come out on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC in 2022. 

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‘Far Cry 6′ will bring back the series’ best villains (if you pay more)

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Far Cry 6 will see the return of past villains from the franchise as playable characters in post-launch DLC included with the game’s season pass. As you can see from the trailer below, Vass Montenegro, Pagan Min and Joseph Seed from Far Cry 3, 4 and 5 are back, with Michael Mando, Troy Baker and Greg Bryk reprising their roles. If that amount of fan service wasn’t enough, the season pass will also include Far Cry 3’s excellent Blood Dragon DLC.

Ubisoft will release Far Cry 6 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Stadia on October 7th.

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Ubisoft’s Avatar game will arrive in 2022

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Ubisoft’s Avatar game is finally starting to take shape. The game publisher has revealed that Massive Entertainment’s newly-named Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Luna and Stadia sometime in 2022. Yes, that’s right — unlike some of Ubi’s other recent games, there won’t be versions for last-gen consoles.

There isn’t much to say about the plot of the first-person action game at this point, but you’ll play as a Na’vi traveling across the “never-before-seen” Western Frontier of Pandora. Not surprisingly, you’ll have to deal with both the planet’s wildlife as well as the human RDA forces determined to exploit the world for all it’s worth. The Avatar title will take advantage of the newest version of Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, and it’s clear that will involve a lot of visual detail befitting James Cameron’s CG world.

The timing will be convenient. Cameron’s repeatedly delayed Avatar sequels should arrive starting December 16th, 2022. The game will no doubt be part of the hype campaign for that movie release. Still, it should be interesting to see how well the eco-conscious sci-fi franchise translates to a video game.

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‘Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope’ is coming to Switch in 2022

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Nintendo and Ubisoft have teamed up once again for a sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The original was a well-received turn-based strategy game that came out in the Switch’s early days. Now, Nintendo and Ubisoft are revisiting the series with Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope.

The sequel will take Mario, Luigi, Peach, Rabbid Rosalina and others beyond the Mushroom Kingdom. They’ll have to save a whole galaxy and face off against a villain named Cursa. However, they’ll have some new allies on their side called Sparks, which look like Rabbid versions of the Lumas from Super Mario Galaxy.

This time around, the developers say they’re adding new action elements to “push the boundaries of tactical games even further.”

The first cinematic and gameplay trailers were shown at the Ubisoft Forward E3 event, but details initially emerged earlier on Saturday. Nintendo appeared to jump the gun with a Sparks of Hope eShop listing that was later taken down. 

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is a Nintendo Switch exclusive. It’ll be released in 2022.

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