Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on the public cloud, productivity and operating systems businesses for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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The next versions of Visual Studio are here on Windows... and Mac

Microsoft's Connect developer conference kicked off Wednesday with some expected news: the next versions of the Visual Studio IDE have arrived on Windows and Mac. (Yep, you read that right.)

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Facebook taps machine learning to transform videos into works of art

Using a technique called style transfer, Facebook takes live video and turns it into something that resembles the work of Van Gogh, Picasso and other artists.

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Microsoft goes after Slack with new Teams service

Microsoft is jumping into workplace collaboration with both feet, launching a new chat product called Teams that integrates deeply with Office 365

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LinkedIn aims to take the guesswork out of salary negotiations

Discussing salaries at work can be tricky. LinkedIn is trying to take the guesswork out of all that by giving users the ability to view aggregate data about salary trends by profession.

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I switched from an iPhone to Google's Pixel phone and survived

Google tried to simplify the process of moving to a Pixel from the iPhone. Here's how that shook out for one Apple die-hard.

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Well, I never! iOS 10's voicemail transcription has a potty mouth

Anyone who has looked at automatically-generated subtitles on YouTube can tell you that asking a computer to describe what a human says can lead to hilarious results. Now, Apple has brought that to iOS 10 with support for transcribing voicemails.

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Microsoft PowerShell goes open source, lands on Linux and Mac

Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

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Microsoft says Pix, its new iOS camera app, is better than Apple's

Pix enhances your photos as they're shot, and even imitates Apple's own Live Photos feature.

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This new Outlook feature will organize your inbox for you

Microsoft is finally bringing one of the best features of its Outlook mobile app to the desktop: Focused Inbox.

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Here's all the gear you need for a Pokémon Go adventure

Pokémon Go is hotter than a Charizard right now, but the game asks a lot from people who want to play actively. It’s a huge battery hog, and long play sessions require a lot of physical endurance. Here’s what you need in your Go bag to make your time in the field last, based on my year of experience playing Ingress, its predecessor.

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Microsoft’s new iOS app can bring your toy car collection online

Microsoft's internal idea incubator has created a new, wacky way to share your physical collections with the world, called Thinga.Me

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Dropbox is changing its free tier with a major update

Dropbox made some major changes to its free tier on Wednesday, including support for read-only folders and a change to automatic photo uploads that requires users to download the Dropbox desktop app.

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Dropbox enhances its productivity tools across the board

Dropbox just dumped a ton of new productivity features on users of its file storage and collaboration service that are all aimed at making it easier for people to get work done within its applications.

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Microsoft's Sharepoint app for iOS is here

Microsoft announced earlier this year that its popular SharePoint collaboration software was getting a full-featured mobile app. Starting Tuesday, iPhone users can take a crack at it.

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The top 5 productivity improvements from Apple's WWDC

Apple held its big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Monday morning, and it announced a metric ton of new features. Here are the top 5 most important ones for business and enterprise users.