Tech buzz: Hackers port Cortana to Android, Norway to switch off FM radio by 2017 - The Indian Express

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In this blog, we'll be taking a look at some interesting technology stories from around the world, the ones that are beyond your usual dose of smartphone leaks and launches.

Forget Cortana, meet Portana for Android: Microsoft might have made its voice assistant Cortana only for Windows Phone, but a group of hackers have found a way of porting it to Android.

Slashgear reports that a group of Italian hackers called OrangeSec have managed to port Cortana to Android and for now they've called her Portana. Sadly she can only speak Italian right now, and the hackers admit that the project hasn't been entirely successful.

Norway to switch off FM-Radio by 2017, plans move to digital radio: According to a report on Ars Technica, Norway plans to say goodbye to FM-Radio by the year 2017. Ars Technica was quoting a report on Radio.Norway.

The original report on Radio.Norway says that the decision has been taken by Norway's Ministry of Culture and the switch-off will start from 11 January, 2017. Once Norway switches to Digital radio, it will be the first country in the world to "decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels," according to the announcement.

Computer security expert jokes about hacking into flight, gets de-boarded: Be careful what you tweet on social media and making jokes about airplanes is a strict no-no these days.

A computer security researcher Chris Roberts, found out the hard way in the US, when one of his jokes about hacking into the plane's computer systems backfired. Needless to say the FBI was not amused and he was de-boarded from the flight, says a report in Cnet.

Roberts' tweet was this: "Find myself on a 737/800, lets see Box-IFE-ICE-SATCOM, ? Shall we start playing with EICAS messages? "PASS OXYGEN ON" Anyone ? :)" In case, you don't understand what the fuss was all about Roberts was joking about how he would make oxygen masks appears after hacking into the plane's communication system.


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