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Amazon Echo Gets Uber Integration

Amazon Echo Gets Uber Integration

As Amazon prepares to put its Echo device in front of America’s collective face, it appears to be getting some more bells and whistles that will make it appealing to more people. Amazon has already teased a Super Bowl ad for the device, which features Dan Marino and Baldwin with the hashtag #BaldwinBowl. This week, we learned that Echo is …

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Amazon Echo Gets More Appealing With Spotify Support

Amazon Echo Gets More Appealing With Spotify Support

Amazon announced that Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can now listen to music on Amazon Echo, operating it by voice commands. “Additionally, customers can seamlessly switch between playing music on their phone to playing on Echo with Spotify Connect meaning users can listen to music on their headphones and upon walking in the door have Alexa rock the tunes …

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Google Takes Fiber To Public Housing

Google Takes Fiber To Public Housing

Google announced that it will bring gigabit Internet service to residents in all public housing properties that it connects with Google Fiber. This is launching with the Housing Authority of Kansas City at West Bluff. This is the first property to get gigabit Internet as a part of the program and wires 100 homes with Fiber. Families that live there …

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Amazon Fire TV Gets Major Software Update

Amazon Fire TV Gets Major Software Update

Starting today and over the coming weeks, Amazon will be rolling out a free over-the-air software update to Fire TV customers. It includes Alexa support for first-generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. It also includes improvements to Amazon’s Video add-on subscription service, including an easier way for users to sign-up, discover, and access your Amazon Video add-on subscriptions. …

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Microsoft Activates Yammer For Office 365

Microsoft Activates Yammer For Office 365

Microsoft is activating Yammer for all eligible Office 365 tenants without admins having to take additional action. Customers can simply get the full benefits of Yammer with Office 365. “With this groundwork laid, we’re poised to provide a new set of high-value user and admin scenarios. Every Office 365 user with a Yammer license will be able to easily access …

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Gmail, WhatsApp Both Announce 1 Billion Users

Gmail, WhatsApp Both Announce 1 Billion Users

On Monday, Google parent Alphabet released its financials for Q4. On the ensuing conference call, the company revealed that Gmail now has a billion monthly active users. They celebrated on Twitter (via 9to5Google): Thanks a billion for helping us make Gmail better and better!https://t.co/Rd82YqwGjl — Gmail (@gmail) February 1, 2016 Interestingly, Facebook’s WhatsApp also announced that it has passed the …

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Google Compute Engine Ups Storage Limits

Google Compute Engine Ups Storage Limits

Google announced that it is increasing the size limits of all Google Compute Engine block storage products, including Local SSD and both types of Persistent Disk. You can get up to 64TB of Persistent Disk per VM for most machine types including standard and SSD-backed Persistent Disk. The volume size limit has also increased to 64TB. As Google notes, this …

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Yahoo Mail Mobile Apps Get New Features

Yahoo Mail Mobile Apps Get New Features

Yahoo just made a couple of Yahoo Mail announcements. The iOS app is getting new customizable swipes and a recent attachments feature. The Android app is getting the swipes and new actionable notifications. Here’s what Yahoo says about new swipes for iOS (you can see the explanation for Android here): Swipes are one of the fastest ways people clean up …

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Yahoo Updates App, Homepage

Yahoo Updates App, Homepage

Yahoo announced some updates to its mobile app and homepage in the U.S. making it easier to get to news and content and follow developing news stories. The company says it looked at the latest mobile trends to guide its design of the new app and homepage. “With this update, we’ve made it possible to sift through more content in …

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Medium Gets New Publisher Tools

Medium Gets New Publisher Tools

Medium announced three new publishing features, which it is rolling out this week. For one, users can now schedule posts with the new “schedule to publish” feature. You can specify the date and time you want a post to be published, bringing Medium more in line with other blogging platforms. “Clicking on ‘schedule to publish’ from this screen will enable …

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Microsoft Announces New Cloud Storage Options For Office Mobile, Office Online

Microsoft Announces New Cloud Storage Options For Office Mobile, Office Online

Nearly a year ago, Microsoft announced the Cloud Storage Partner Program for Office, enabling third-party storage providers like Box, Citrix ShareFile, and Salesforce to connect their services to Office Online for document viewing and editing. This followed a previously announced partnership with Dropbox. On Wednesday, the company announced that it’s making Office easier for customers to use with such cloud …

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Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Just Got A Lot Better On Mobile

Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Just Got A Lot Better On Mobile

Google jus announced that it is finally adding mobile comments to Docs, Sheets and Slides. The announcement came in the form of a cute little anecdote about chocolate cake. From the Google Docs Blog: When Jim, one of the engineers on the Google Slides team, brought a zucchini chocolate cake into the office last week, we knew we had to …

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Google Gives An Update On Its Cardboard Numbers

Google Gives An Update On Its Cardboard Numbers

Google just provided an update about its Cardboard virtual reality efforts, saying that it has shipped over 5 million viewers after 19 months. The company says that in the past 2 months alone, there have been 10 million “immersive app experiences” launched. There have been over 25 million installs of Cardboard apps from Google Play. Here’s a look at the …

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Chrome Gets Some Updates (Including An Important One on iOS)

Chrome Gets Some Updates (Including An Important One on iOS)

Google announced the newest release of Chrome, which includes some significant updates. “In this release, we’re updating Chrome for iOS to UKWebView (Apple’s rendering engine). The highlight here is that Chrome will crash 70% less, and have a ton of performance and stability improvements,” a spokesperson for Google tells WebProNews. “We’re also introducing a data-saving Chrome extension for desktop Chrome …

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Salesforce Introduces Updated App Cloud

Salesforce Introduces Updated App Cloud

Last fall, Salesforce announced Salesforce App Cloud, which it called the “next evolution” of the Salesforce1 Platform. It brought together Force.com, Heroku Enterprise, and the previously announced Lightning user interface, in addition to a learning resource called Trailhead, which includes tutorials and guides. App Cloud falls under the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) category aimed at enterprise businesses focusing on building apps, whether …

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Microsoft Launches Azure Stack Technical Preview

Microsoft Launches Azure Stack Technical Preview

Microsoft announced the technical preview of Azure Stack, which the company calls the next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy and the only hybrid cloud platform consistent with a leading public cloud. The offering enables companies to deliver Azure services from their own data centers. “With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS …

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Google Makes Improvements to Inbox

Google Makes Improvements to Inbox

Google announced some new improvements to Inbox by Gmail, which it says are designed to help users find answers faster. For one, when you search for something like a frequent flyer number or shipping status, Inbox will now show it at the top of search results, so you don’t have to dig through emails to find them. Google says you …

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Adobe Launches New Quick Website Building Tool ‘Portfolio’

Adobe Launches New Quick Website Building Tool ‘Portfolio’

Adobe announced the launch of Adobe Portfolio, a new tool to help people quickly build personalized websites. When we say “quickly,” we mean in minutes, or at least that’s how Adobe describes it. The offering is available to Creative Cloud subscribers. “Because the portfolio is the new visual resume, Adobe Portfolio lets creatives in any field easily design a customized …

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Microsoft Adds Reminder, Calendar Features to Cortana

Microsoft Adds Reminder, Calendar Features to Cortana

Microsoft announced that it has added some features to Cortana, which should prove helpful to Windows users who wish to get things done on time. Included are more ways to be reminded of things and improved calendar management. “People often make promises to do things in email but may forget about them as the days go by and emails pile …

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Google Apps Admins Get More File Sharing Control

Google Apps Admins Get More File Sharing Control

Google announced the addition of a new “Access Checker” feature in the settings in the admin console in Google Apps. This is designed to give admins greater control over sharing options of employees. You can access this by going to Admin console > Apps > Google Apps > Settings for Drive > Sharing settings. Admins will have three options for …

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Kickstarter Finally Comes to Android

Kickstarter Finally Comes to Android

It’s hard to believe, but Kickstarter hasn’t had an Android app until now. They launched an iOS app about three years ago, but despite having a much larger share of the smartphone market, Android has once again been an afterthought. Couldn’t they have just raised money for this through Kickstarter years ago? Either way, it’s here now. Unfortunately it doesn’t …

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Skype Android App Lets You Schedule Calls, Open Office Files

Skype Android App Lets You Schedule Calls, Open Office Files

Last week, Microsoft announced Skype call scheduling from the Outlook apps for iOS and Android to make it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call with friends and colleagues. The Outlook team wrote in a blog post, “It can be challenging keeping up with friends, family and colleagues. Finding a time that works for everyone and remembering …

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Amazon Makes Initial Dash Replenishment Devices Available, Adds New Brands

Amazon Makes Initial Dash Replenishment Devices Available, Adds New Brands

Amazon just announced the first Amazon Dash Replenishment devices are now available. These include select Brother printers, a GE washer, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor. If your’e unfamiliar with the service, it lets connected devices automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies get low. Printers can order more toner or ink, for example. The program also now …

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Google Drive Gets New Organizational Features

Google Drive Gets New Organizational Features

Google announced a handful of new organizational features. The company bills them as “improvements that will help you more easily put things where they belong.” First off is a new “move” icon for files already in Drive when you’re browsing files. There’s an “Add to My Drive” option for everything else. When you preview files, you’ll now see an icon …

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Skype Previews Slack Integration

Skype Previews Slack Integration

Teams using Slack can now take advantage of a new Skype integration to engage in voice and video calls. Skype announced that this is now available in preview. To set it up, just go to the Skype integration for Slack product page, and click “Add to Slack”. “Once the Skype integration has been configured, anyone on the Slack team can …

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Amazon Working On A New AWS Region in Canada

Amazon Working On A New AWS Region in Canada

Amazon announced that it intends to open an AWS region in Montreal this year. This will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run workloads and store data in the country for the first time. The company currently has four other regions in North America, which include: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and …

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Google Adding Cast Functionality Into Chrome

Google Adding Cast Functionality Into Chrome

Google appears to be in the early stages of making its cast technology part of its Chrome browser. Currently, Chromecast users have to use the Google Cast extension to be able to cast browser tabs, but may change in future versions of Chrome. Google Chromium evangelist François Beaufort writes on Google+ (via The Verge): The chromium team is currently experimenting …

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Mozilla is Shutting Down Persona This Year

Mozilla is Shutting Down Persona This Year

Back in 2012, Mozilla launched Persona, am ambitious plan to replace passwords and attempt to provide a single sign-in solution for the web. It didn’t quite work out. Mozilla revealed that it’s shutting it down this year. You can see a message from Mozilla’s Ryan Kelly here. It begins: When the Mozilla Identity team transitioned Persona to community ownership, we …

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Amazon Expected To Launch Smaller, Cheaper Echo

Amazon Expected To Launch Smaller, Cheaper Echo

Last summer, Amazon Launched Echo, its voice-controlled smart device that talks to you, lets you add items to your shopping list, and gives you information, music, news, weather, etc. The device has sold pretty well (which must be a relief after the failure of the Fire Phone), and the company is reportedly readying the next version, which will be smaller …

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A Lot of Small Businesses Still Using IE Versions Microsoft Is Ending Support For

A Lot of Small Businesses Still Using IE Versions Microsoft Is Ending Support For

Microsoft recently announced that it would stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer, which means a lot of businesses are going to need to take action very soon. A survey from Manta finds that 61% of small business owners who use Internet Explorer are still using version 10 or older, which are those that Microsoft stops supporting on Tuesday. “With …

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