Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on hyperscale cloud providers, Microsoft and its competitors in the desktop OS, office suite and browser business for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Outlook for iOS gets a calendar widget as Sunrise's sunset looms

Microsoft quietly updated Outlook for iOS on Wednesday, with support for a calendar widget that makes it easy to see your schedule at a glance.

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Box, Dropbox users can now edit Office documents together in real time

Business users who rely on cloud storage providers such as Dropbox and Box now have some improved tools in their collaboration arsenal, thanks to a set of integrations that Microsoft announced Wednesday.

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Microsoft's Garage has developed a new iPhone app that aims to be your news feed for work

Microsoft wants to provide a news feed on the iPhone for users' business interests, thanks to a project called News Pro from the company's Garage internal incubator.

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Surprise! Mozilla just launched a Firefox-branded ad blocker for iOS

Mozilla continued its push to provide users with privacy options for their Web browsing on Tuesday when it released a new content blocker for the iPhone and iPad.

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Google Calendar now nags you to go to the grocery store

Google Calendar added native support for reminders on Monday, allowing users to track things that they need to do but don't have a set time for alongside the events they have to attend.

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Is Evernote getting out of the retail business?

Two years ago, Evernote shocked the world when the company began selling a whole smorgasbord of physical products. Now, it seems its retail ambitions are winding down.

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Google+ redesign focuses on Reddit-like communities with shared interests

Google isn't done with its attempts at running a social network. On Tuesday, the company gave Google+ a redesign focused on people getting together around shared interests.

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Google Chrome gets new iOS beta program

Google is now letting iPhone and iPad users take a cutting-edge version of its browser for a spin. The company quietly launched a new Chrome for iOS public beta program on Friday.

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Microsoft OneNote picks up video embeds, new iPhone features, and more

As part of its massive November update cycle, Microsoft pushed a smorgasbord of new features to its OneNote notetaking software across a wide variety of platforms.

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Apple flub leaves users confused over 'damaged' apps

Mac users who rely on apps provided through Apple's App Store are facing some confusion today after an error caused by Apple erroneously told them that they had to re-install their applications.

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Google Keep for iOS gets closer to Evernote with ease-of-use features

Google's Keep app for iOS got a bit more competitive with other apps like Evernote thanks to new features the company added Thursday.

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Firefox keeps your browsing truly private with new Tracking Protection feature

Firefox users who want to keep their browsing under wraps have a new tool to use, thanks to Mozilla’s launch of Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in its latest browser release on Tuesday.

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My Kafkaesque nightmare with the iPhone Upgrade Program

Getting an iPhone through Apple's new subscription-based upgrade program is supposed to be easy. It doesn't always live up to that promise.

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Outlook for iOS and Android gets a subtle redesign as Microsoft moves to unite email apps

Outlook for iOS and Android is getting a visual refresh, as Microsoft celebrates having more than 30 million monthly active users running the app.

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Microsoft's Office Lens scanner app levels up on iOS and Android

Microsoft's scanning app for mobile devices now integrates with Office 365 for business and education users, while Office Lens for Android now has a business card mode, which lets users easily turn physical cards into digital contacts.