Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on 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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VMware adds Windows 10 and enhanced graphics support to its virtual machine software

VMware has released new versions of its desktop virtualization products with support for Windows 10 and more.

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Parallels Desktop 11 lets Mac users say 'Hey Cortana'

Parallels Desktop 11 launched late Tuesday, with support for the latest desktop operating systems, along with new marquee features like the ability to run.

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Microsoft tests iOS app that will read you the news

NewsCast pulls in stories from around the web and then uses text-to-speech tech to fill users in.

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Updates strengthen ties between Microsoft Outlook and other Office iOS apps

Changes give iPhone and iPad users an easier way to share and edit documents through email.

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Microsoft begins private beta of Skype for Business apps for iOS, Android

Microsoft begins sending out invitations to try out the new iOS and Android apps.

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Microsoft doubles down on watch apps with Translator, Outlook and more

New apps bring productivity to users' wrists on Android Wear and Apple Watch

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Office for iOS update adds new document collaboration tools

Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Apple mobile devices also get better Outlook integration.

Apple loses e-book antitrust appeal

The federal appeals court ruling is another setback in the company's attempt to justify its e-book sales practices.

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AppleCare+ offers easier battery replacements for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and more

Apple device owners can get their iPhone, iPad or Watch replaced if it stays below 80 percent battery capacity.

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Apple takes a greater role in Bluetooth development

The company has been named to a permanent seat on the board of directors for the wireless standard.

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Microsoft OneNote's new to-do list feature debuts on iOS first

Microsoft is continuing the cross-platform push for its OneNote note-taking app with new features on iOS.

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Online password locker LastPass hacked

Users will need to change their master passwords after the company detected a breach.

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Uber launches iPhone game to attract new drivers

UberDrive teaches players to navigate the streets of San Francisco and recruits them to drive for the company.

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With iOS 9, developers will be able to limit their apps to newer devices

New functionality means that devices like the iPad 2 and iPad mini will be blocked from installing certain apps

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Apple improves support for right-to-left languages with iOS 9

The iPhone and iPad user interface has been overhauled for readers of languages like Arabic and Hebrew