Things are heating up in the podcast studio this week and it's either Terrence's cardigan, Amazon's new Fire TV or the residual effects of Joseph's encounter with a real action hero. There's also a pile of news that came out of Microsoft's Build conference, which isn't surprising considering how long it dragged on. Redmond's own has released Windows Phone 8.1 -- complete with notifications (!) and the Cortana voice-search tool -- amidst a flurry of other news. Having had a few days with Amazon's new streaming box already, the crew offers insights about the development of the Fire eco-system and its chops as a gaming device. We've got plenty in store, so be sure to head to the streaming links below for this week's episode of the Engadget Podcast.

Hosts: Terrence O'Brien, Joseph Volpe, Ben Gilbert

Producer: Jon Turi

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02:27 - Having a chat with Cortana, Windows Phone's new personal assistant
05:32 - Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana officially revealed at Build 2014
06:31 - Microsoft Build 2014
08:57 - Having a chat with Cortana, Windows Phone's new personal assistant
19:13 - Microsoft pushes universal apps that run on everything Windows
19:27 - Microsoft teases a classic Start Menu for Windows 8.1 with built-in Live Tiles
24:56 - Amazon's Fire TV promises a premium set-top experience
27:05 - Fire TV 'isn't trying' to be a game console, but is Amazon's first real investment in gaming
36:14 - An afternoon with the Fire TV
55:55 - Amazon's first Fire TV games include in-house titles and Minecraft
01:03:20 - Felix Baumgartner is the man who fell to Earth and lived to tell the tale
01:04:50 - Apple confirms WWDC 2014 will begin on June 2nd

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