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RSA Conference 2015 bans ‘booth babes’, says to dress professionally

RSA Conference 2015 bans ‘booth babes’, says to dress professionally

The inclusion of so-called "booth babes" at tech and similar events has been a long-standing tradition, but one that has been falling out of favor in recent years, being regarded as unnecessary or offensive, among other things. Some have rallied to end the practice, which is meant to entice event goers toward some particular booth or product, and those efforts are slowly paying off, with some events and companies banning the practice. Latest to the ban list is the RSA Conference 2015, which has said that everyone who attends must adhere to a business dress code.

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Facebook F8 2015: here’s what happened on day one

Facebook F8 2015: here’s what happened on day one

Today the 2015 version of Facebook's developer conference, F8 2015 that is, started with notes on IoT, Messenger, and sharing videos. The unveiling of Facebook's near future really started earlier this week with rumor that Facebook Messenger would become a platform and some keen dialer testing. Facebook also suggested (again, earlier this week) that they wanted to host the news, not just link to it. Facebook's "On This Day" also started off with a bang in-line. All came to fruition this morning in California.

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Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

As Facebook turns Messenger into a platform, a major pull will likely come via enterprise. In opening Facebook Messenger up to third parties via an API, the company imagines we’ll no longer need to make calls or send emails. If all goes according to plan, that might be a reality. With Messenger’s business angles, we will now have the ability to message a business rather than call them, and get receipts and the like via a message rather than email.

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At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

Facebook Messenger is now a platform. At Facebook’s F8 conference today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Messenger Platform, but what exactly does it do? Zuck says we’ll have ‘more tools for expression’, and Facebook will let other apps piggyback onto Messenger to do that. Apps like Giphy can be used to create and share GIFs, but that’s not all. Calls “don’t feel like the future”, says Zuck, and he’s right. Messengers users can now communicate with a business inside the app, which really ties the service as an actual platform.

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Google I/O registration is open; here’s what you need to do

Google I/O registration is open; here’s what you need to do

Google’s annual Developers conference, Google I/O, is happening in in late May. Though you’ve got plenty of time before you need to be in San Francisco, registration for the event opens today (actually about an hour ago!). In the past, you’d be scrambling to get yourself a ticket, but those days are gone. Rather than the stampede it once was, the event invitations are now lottery-based, which at least eases server strain. If you want to attend, here’s what you need to do.

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Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Yesterday, Google released an app on the Play Store that seemed to mimic their I/O app in a lot of ways. At the time it was flopped into the Play Store, there wasn’t much to discuss. It was clearly an internal project that was either released early (and lazily) or by accident. Either way, it was limited. At the time, we posited that Google may be using it at I/O, and it turns out we’re right. It also turns out I/O is about all it’s good for.

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Windows 10 for phones coming in February for ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 for phones coming in February for ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 is meant as Microsoft’s bridge for all platforms. Rather than imagine the desktop differently from the tablet and/or phone, Microsoft wants to put all their digital eggs in one Windows basket. When will you be able to get your hands on the new Windows, though? That much we don’t know. What we do know is that Windows 10 for PC is coming out next week. then, in February (after the Super Bowl), Windows 10 for phones will be released to Developers.

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Microsoft shows off Spartan, their Chrome/Safari challenger

Microsoft shows off Spartan, their Chrome/Safari challenger

Spartan was shown off at Microsoft’s event today, and we now know how Microsoft envisions the browser. After acknowledging that there was indeed something called Project Spartan, we were told all the fun things Spartan will bring us. We will get the ability to mark-up those marked-down webpages, and and migrate efficiently between touch and keyboard interactions. There is also a new reading list, and Cortana is at your side, as always. Rather than re-build the browser, Microsoft is taking the better parts on others and combining them into one.

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Windows 10 for phones gets better Action Center, PC integration

Windows 10 for phones gets better Action Center, PC integration

Windows 10 is great on the desktop, but what about the phone, or small tablet? Microsoft is ‘evolving’ Windows there as well, but also typing it right back to your desktop. A new feature for Action Center will tie directly to your PC, and the settings menu looks quite a bit more polished to us. Windows 10 on your phone or sub 8-inch tablet is still very mobile, though, and has some features that will likely have some heads turning.

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What to expect from tomorrow’s Windows 10 event

What to expect from tomorrow’s Windows 10 event

In a few short months, we’ve seen Microsoft go in a new direction with Windows. Possibly in an attempt to distance themselves from the aspirational (but ultimately confusing and misguided) Windows 8, we’re now getting Windows 10. Though Microsoft probably isn’t quite ready to bring Windows 10 to the consumer space, tomorrow will likely give us a better idea of what they’ve been working on since last time we heard from them. We won’t expect anything huge, but there’s still reason to be excited.

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