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Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Want to meet with an associate over a prospective partnership, meet up with classmates to work on a project, or get together with a group of friends for a game of cards? There’s a good chance you’re considering Starbucks as your meeting location of choice. To make getting together there easier, Microsoft has launched a new Outlook add-on called Starbucks for Outlook, and it simplifies the scheduling process.

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Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Another one of the final nails has been hammered into the coffin of Adobe Flash. The latest version of Apple's Safari browser that will be included in the release of macOS Sierra has been revealed to block plugins like Flash and Java while users navigate the internet. As the newest version of Apple's desktop OS, mac OS Sierra — revealed at WWDC this week — and Safari 10 will instead default to HTML5 whenever it's available.

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Affinity Photo, the Photoshop alternative, is heading to iPad

Affinity Photo, the Photoshop alternative, is heading to iPad

Affinity Photo, a Photoshop alternative originally designed for Mac but coming soon as a Windows beta, will also be made available as an iPad app. The company behind the software, Serif, has shown off the app at Apple's WWDC 2016 conference, giving customers and iPad users a look at an "early build" of the app. As with the desktop version, the mobile app promises to offer outstanding performance alongside a very large array of features.

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Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home was introduced this morning in app form, making Apple's smart home initiative "HomeKit" look a lot more pleasing to the end user. Users will be able to launch their "Home" app from their iPhone and control all HomeKit devices with relative ease. This will include garage doors, thermostats, locks, sensors, and fans. It'll include humidifiers, air purifiers, doorbells, cameras, and air conditioners.

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Siri comes to macOS Sierra

Siri comes to macOS Sierra

Following WWDC 2016 announcements of new versions of watchOS and tvOS, Apple premiered the 2016 update to the Mac's OS X. Except, it's not called OS X anymore. Just as has been predicted, the desktop OS has been rebranded to "macOS," putting it in line with Apple's other platforms, including iOS. But just as the last few years have seen the OS feature a sub-name based on a California landmark, so too will this: macOS Sierra.

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iOS 10 official as Siri opens to developers

iOS 10 official as Siri opens to developers

Apple introduced iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad this week at WWDC 2016, suggesting 10 new big features would come with it - at least 10, that is. The first of these was, obviously, user experience. This update would be the "biggest iOS release ever for our users," they said, and it'd begin with a redesigned lock screen. This update would expand on 3D touch, quick interaction with apps, and rich notifications through this screen as well.

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Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

This morning it was announced that Sling TV will finally be coming to Apple TV devices. This announcement was made official at WWDC 2016, Apple's developer conference in San Francisco. This comes after Sling's "When will Sling TV be on Apple TV?" help page read the following: "We are always looking to add to Sling TV’s supported devices. Unfortunately, our service is not currently available on Apple TV." That changes immediately if not soon.

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Siri is already teasing its arrival on Apple’s next Mac OS

Siri is already teasing its arrival on Apple’s next Mac OS

One of the more promising rumors we've been hearing as this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is that Apple will bring voice assistant Siri to the Mac in the newest version of its desktop operating system. Turns out, Siri has had the answer the whole time! One user has just discovered that by making requests involving the term "windows" (the UI, not the Microsoft OS), Siri will sometimes respond with references to "Finder."

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Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Moto Z Droid Edition's free 2-year Original Quality Google Photos storage should come with a more apparent disclaimer. As we've spoken of on more than one occasion before, no free cloud storage-based gift is ever really free. There's always a reason why you'll want to take a second glance at what happens when your temporary free storage has expired. In this case, it has to do with Gmail, believe it or not.

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Minecraft Education Edition enters beta for teachers

Minecraft Education Edition enters beta for teachers

Microsoft's attempt at turning Minecraft into an educational tool will finally debut this September in form of Minecraft: Education Edition. However, the beta has just been opened for teachers, giving them the chance to try out the game's new features (as well as the game itself, if they're not too familiar), and figure out how to incorporate it into their lesson plans.

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Apple website again hints at OS X name change to ‘macOS’

Apple website again hints at OS X name change to ‘macOS’

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is only a few days away, but it's looking more and more like one of the announcements we can expect at the keynote is a rebranding of the Mac's OS X to simply "macOS." Following similar discoveries earlier this year, a page on the company's developer replaced "OS X" with "macOS" (specifically with a lower-case M) alongside Apple's other operating systems like iOS, tvOS, and watch OS.

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LastPass extension for Edge available to Windows 10 Insiders

LastPass extension for Edge available to Windows 10 Insiders

LastPass, the password manager, is now available as an extension for Microsoft Edge browser. The extension is only available to Windows Insiders right now, but the company says it will be available to everyone later on this year. With it, Edge users can manage their passwords in the same way they could with the Chrome browser extension and other options. According to LastPass, the company is “working closely with the Microsoft team” to bring the extension to Edge.

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