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Firefox makes it easier to take and share screenshots, links

Firefox makes it easier to take and share screenshots, links

It isn't time yet for Firefox's biggest update, but Mozilla is serving up some small features as an appetizer. While not yet Project Quantum fast, the latest version of Firefox is still faster because it removes the need for convoluted processes and workarounds just to perform some of the most common tasks you do on the web, like filling out forms, taking screenshots, or sending links to your future self.

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Firefox 57 “Quantum” promised to be faster, sleeker, more modern

Firefox 57 “Quantum” promised to be faster, sleeker, more modern

Once the browser that made Internet Explorer look like a dinosaur (ironic considering Mozilla's former mascot), Firefox has sadly been pushed to the background by the fast-paced development of Chrome, the novelty of Microsoft Edge, and even the persistence of Opera. Making up for lost time, opportunity, and market share, Mozilla is aiming or a quantum leap in progress with a new browser engine and new UI engine, all of which will come together in the next version aptly nicknamed "Firefox Quantum".

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Plex News brings personalized news broadcasts from around the world

Plex News brings personalized news broadcasts from around the world

Plex has announced a new product called Plex News that brings news content to anyone, including people who aren't running or using a Plex Media Server. The new product follows Plex's acquisition of Watchup, and makes it possible to find news segments on a variety of topics from major networks, including CNN, Scripps, CBS News, Financial Times, Tribune Media, The Street, Sky News, and more.

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Microsoft Office 2019 release revealed for the cloud-averse

Microsoft Office 2019 release revealed for the cloud-averse

It's been a busy week for Microsoft at its yearly Ignite conference. Just yesterday, the company revealed a slew of new features coming to Microsoft Teams, its freshly-launched collaboration software meant to go head-to-head with Slack. Today's reveal is arguably bigger than those Teams features, as Microsoft announced the next perpetual version of Office - Office 2019.

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Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Virtual reality is still a bit of flux at the moment, with so many players and so many variables that make the setup a tad complicated. When you do manage to get your hands on a rig powerful enough to run VR programs and a not so cheap VR headset, you will sometimes discover that the experience isn't all that, especially when it comes to simply watching videos on YouTube. Opera is trying to fix the latter by baking a VR player into the next version of its web browser.

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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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