new Spotify, Microsoft Cortana is coming, Apple Watch course, brain sharpening

Spotify has a new feature that matches song-beats to your running pace
Spotify has a new feature that matches song-beats to your running pace

Hands-on with the new Spotify: still the streaming service to beat — Spotify took the wraps off its new app at a major New York press event last week that featured appearances from D’Angelo, Questlove, DJ Tiësto, and Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Streaming music’s dominant player spared no expense to prove that it’s the company to beat.

Cortana comes to iOS and Android as Microsoft builds a bridge to Windows 10 — Microsoft is rolling out a red carpet for iPhone and Android users, giving them a standalone version of Windows Phone’s Cortana digital assistant and some help syncing their data to Windows PCs.

Apple Watch Course: go from newbie to pro building 14 apps — The time has come to make your mark on the Apple Watch app ecosystem. In this full-spectrum training, you’ll get your hands dirty right off the bat coding 14 real-world apps with Swift and WatchKit. The result? You’ll be fully prepared to bring your dream app to life, and take the wearable tech world by a storm. (This is at 87% discount – the course is currently US$25 instead of US$199.)

Apps to keep your brain sharp — Work by scientists and the medical research community has shown that it should be possible for the brain to be ‘trained’ to create new pathways and places for memory and cognition to occur. There are apps for that.