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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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.

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Dropbox's next play, Paper, is yet another collaborative writing tool

Dropbox threw its hat into the document collaboration ring Thursday with the public beta release of Paper, its simple, cloud-based text editor.

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Adobe teams with Dropbox as part of Document Cloud upgrades

Adobe announced a slew of upgrades to its Document Cloud document management platform on Tuesday, including a new partnership with Dropbox to better integrate Acrobat and the cloud storage provider.

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Tim Cook says businesses need to step up where governments don't

Apple's CEO said that he wants large companies like Apple to play a role in solving societal problems when governments can't.

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Microsoft's new Invite app makes scheduling meetings on iPhone a breeze

The latest project from Microsoft's Garage division is an app that helps users better schedule meetings.

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Google finally brings its Keep note-taking app to iOS

Google has finally brought its note-taking app to iOS, more than two years after launching it on Android.

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iPad Pro users will need to pony up for an Office 365 subscription

The iPad Pro's screen size means that people who want to use Office on Apple's new tablet will have to pay for an Office 365 subscription.