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iTunes 12.7 tosses the App Store out the window

iTunes 12.7 tosses the App Store out the window

It’s a flurry of announcements coming out of Cupertino but some are not as welcome as others. Apple has announced, silently or otherwise, the updates that will be coming to its software and platforms. One update however, might be something that users might prefer not to install, though they might not have much choice in the matter. iTunes 12.7 is just around the corner and its integrated App Store won’t be coming along for the ride.

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Slack Shared Channels make it easy to work with anyone

Slack Shared Channels make it easy to work with anyone

Slack has announced a new feature called Shared Channels that enables teams to use the service with anyone, eliminating the hassle of adding guests into the mix. One example is a client -- it is arguably easier to work with a client through Slack with its various features than it is to keep batting emails back and forth. That's where a Shared Channel comes into play.

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Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Today Google made a point to feature 6 new use-cases for ARCore. ARCore is Google's augmented reality toolkit for developers, and their examples this week are quite impressive. The most powerful show of AR power comes with virtual positioning of a smartphone within Google Maps Street View, updating a system that's already awesome.

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Kodi battles trademark trolls trying to profit from free software

Kodi battles trademark trolls trying to profit from free software

Following its transformation from XMBC, the free media software now known as Kodi has caught the public's attention in a big way. Though some know it simply as that thing that can be used to pirate movies, the software has overall become a favorite among those who want a central location for all their media, one that can run on just about any device. And that's where the 'trademark trolls' come in.

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Kaspersky security software pulled from Best Buy over Russia concerns

Kaspersky security software pulled from Best Buy over Russia concerns

PC users will no longer be able to find the well-known internet security software from Kaspersky Lab at Best Buy, as the electronics retailer has pulled the products, both from store shelves and online. As the cybersecurity firm is based in Moscow, Best Buy says its decision is based on concerns over connections Kaspersky has to the Russian government.

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Microsoft’s My Workspace is a productivity menu bar app for Mac

Microsoft’s My Workspace is a productivity menu bar app for Mac

If you're a Mac owner who frequently uses Microsoft's software products, the company has a new productivity tool to help your workday flow more smoothly. Called My Workspace, the app is a menu bar item that, when clicked, presents a slew of Microsoft software products in a single window. Users get direct access to their OneDrive files, Skype contacts, calendar plans, and more.

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Google Drive File Stream release signals death of Drive app

Google Drive File Stream release signals death of Drive app

The Google Drive desktop client is dead. Long live Google Drive File Stream! Actually, also long live Google Backup & Sync! Google has just announced the general availability of its new Drive File Stream desktop application for all G Suite users. But even if you aren’t such a customer, you might also need to pay heed, because with Drive File Stream’s availability comes the deprecation and, soon, shut down of the old Google Drive client for PCs and Macs.

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Plex for Kodi addon is now free for everyone

Plex for Kodi addon is now free for everyone

This past December, Plex announced an addon that would bring the best it has to offer to Kodi users, enabling the latter to access their Plex server via a device running Kodi. That was great news, but only for those who use Plex often enough to justify buying a Plex Pass. That has quietly changed, as now the Plex for Kodi plugin is available to anyone and everyone, and it is free.

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Tumblr gives mobile users three new posting features

Tumblr gives mobile users three new posting features

Tumblr has responded to user requests by adding three new posting features, ones that are particularly targeted at those using the mobile app. If you're posting on Tumblr via a tablet or smartphone, you can add new styles to your blog, including modifying the header, adding lists, applying 'fancy cursive' text to the post, and more.

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Dropbox Paper adds Sketch previews, mobile folders, archiving and more

Dropbox Paper adds Sketch previews, mobile folders, archiving and more

Dropbox's online collaborative environment, Paper, has received some updates that improve the usage experience. Chief among the changes is new integrations with Figma and InVision, and that itself is joined by the new ability to preview Sketch files within Paper, no longer requiring users to toggle out of the service. The new features are rolling out to Dropbox Paper users today.

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These iPhone 8 designs show Apple’s biggest change in action

These iPhone 8 designs show Apple’s biggest change in action

A series of leaks this morning show Apple's iPhone 8 in action, describing how the frontside display will be handled with its newly integrated notch. Over the past few weeks we've seen all manner of possibilities from UI designers and concept creators - today we're apparently closer than we've ever been before. What we've got here is word that Apple's design will embrace the notch rather than hide it.

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DJI Bug Bounty program offers rewards for finding security issues

DJI Bug Bounty program offers rewards for finding security issues

DJI, the drone maker hit with recent security concerns after a US military memo came to light, has announced a new bug bounty program that asks individuals to report any security issues they may find with DJI's software. The program offers to reward those who find and turn in bugs; assuming the discovered issue qualifies, the person who finds it could get between $10,000 and $30,000. The company is calling this the DJI Threat Identification Reward Program.

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