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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Skype for Business finally makes its way to the Mac

Microsoft has launched a new beta of Skype for Business that runs on Mac, following its launch of a revamped work communication product last year.

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Dropbox wants to stretch desktop file storage to infinity

A new demo shows the company's vision of files that show up on your computer but don't take up space.

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Microsoft Word Flow keyboard launches private iPhone beta

Microsoft has its own mobile operating system, but that hasn't stopped it from opening a public beta for a new iPhone keyboard.

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Watch out: Facebook has a VR selfie stick

If there are two hot new tech trends that make users look colossally dumb, it's virtual reality and selfie sticks. At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook showed how the two can be brought together in an unholy marriage.

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Facebook levels up its live streaming service with new video tab and developer tools

Facebook is doubling down on its investment in video with a new tool that will help hardware makers build devices to stream live to the social networking service.

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Facebook Messenger now includes news and purchase support, thanks to bots

Facebook Messenger users will be able to talk with automated bots using a new set of developer tools that the social networking company announced Tuesday during its F8 conference in San Francisco.

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Facebook kills the password, in favor of new login tools in Account Kit

Facebook is giving developers a whole host of new tools that are designed to help them better access and engage with users, including improved analytics and new ways to let users log in to an app.

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Facebook takes on Pinterest and Pocket with a new Save to Facebook button

Facebook is expanding its developer platform to help users save content and share quotes through new services that it announced at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco Tuesday.

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Outlook for iOS and Android gets new calendar integrations

Users of Outlook for iOS and Android now have new ways to get important reminders and events into their calendars, thanks to integrations that Microsoft unveiled Thursday morning.

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Apple TV update adds Siri for App Store, dictation

Apple TV users who are tired of typing out usernames and passwords will soon be able to tell them to Siri.

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Amazon disabled encryption on its Fire tablets and phone because nobody used it

Amazon caught flack on Wednesday for disabling the encryption capabilities of its Fire phones and tablets with a software update. The company says its reasoning was simple: people didn't use it.

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Skype introduces free group video calling across iOS and Android

Skype announced Thursday that iOS and Android users in the U.S. and Western Europe can expect to start making group video calls from their smartphones and tablets in the coming week. 

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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.