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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Microsoft launches StaffHub to connect deskless workers

Microsoft is taking another step towards serving workers who aren’t at computers all day with a new Office 365 service launched Thursday. StaffHub, which is part of the company’s enterprise productivity offering, allows managers to set schedules for deskless workers like retail employees and service technicians.

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Facebook really, really wants to work with journalists

On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new suite of initiatives aimed at improving its collaboration with journalists and media companies.

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Tech luminaries team up on $27M A.I. ethics fund

A team of philanthropists and tech luminaries have put together a fund aimed at bringing more humanity into the A.I. development process.

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Microsoft is retiring the Blue Screen of Death for some users

Microsoft is turning the BSOD into a GSOD for users of its Windows 10 beta.

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Microsoft will let some users take a time out on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft is giving users some more control over Windows 10 updates, with a new beta build of its operating system released Monday.

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Hey Alexa, what are your competitors doing?

Internet-connected intelligent gizmos had a big showing at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and there is one common thread between them: Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant.

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Hands-on with Intel’s Project Alloy untethered VR headset

Intel’s Project Alloy prototype is cool, but a lot is still unknown about what consumers will get when it ships later this year.

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Microsoft is bundling cloud services to make cars smarter

Microsoft just announced a new Connected Vehicle Platform, which brings together a suite of services for connected cars.

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Intel says standalone VR is coming by the end of this year

Intel is serious about bringing its Project Alloy untethered VR headset to the masses. On Wednesday, company CEO Brian Krzanich said that it will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. That will be roughly a year and a half after the company announced it at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

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LG unveils smart home robots, Wi-Fi appliances, and ultra-thin TV

LG kicked off the second press day of the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday with a 45-minute keynote featuring robots, consumer appliances, and more. Here are the biggest announcements that the company made:

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5 underrated Microsoft announcements that could change the world

2016 was a big year for splashy Microsoft announcements. But there was some news that flew under the radar.

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Microsoft CMO: Forced Windows 10 upgrades were 'pretty painful'

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer said in an interview that foisting a Windows 10 upgrade on users wasn't entirely the right thing to do.

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2016's top trends in enterprise computing: Containers, bots, AI, and more

It's been a year of change in the enterprise software market. Here are some of the top trends from this year that we’ll likely still be talking about next year.

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Microsoft opens dataset for teaching computers to talk

Microsoft is trying to help create machines that can have conversations by releasing a new set of data for free.

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Zinc launches new tools for putting workers on blast

Zinc, a messaging platform for businesses, announced Friday that it is launching a set of new features aimed at helping desk-less workers get the most out of enterprise instant messaging.