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3 tools that easily unsubscribe you from emails

Email subscriptions can quickly overwhelm your inbox. Use these services to clean up the mess.

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Slack channel names can be written in more languages

Slack’s international customers are now able to set channel names in their native tongue, thanks to an update the group chat service rolled out Thursday.

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Chrome starts throttling background tabs to prolong battery life

Google Chrome's going to throttle background tabs in the quest for longer laptop battery life.

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Google Hangouts won't disappear for consumers despite enterprise focus

While Google Hangouts is making a shift to serve enterprise users, it won’t be vanishing for consumers.

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3 Windows text expanders that take the tedium out of typing

These apps let you easily insert commonly used phrases and sentences with just a few keystrokes, saving you time and effort.

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Microsoft ratchets up group chat competition with Teams launch

Microsoft’s work chat app Teams hit general availability on Tuesday, as part of the company’s push to compete with Slack, HipChat, Google and other players in the group chat market.

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Dungeons and Dragons ditches pen and paper with D&D Beyond

Dungeons and Dragons is coming to your smartphone and other devices with D&D Beyond.

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Playing the name game with Intel’s object recognition software

Object recognition tools are key for things like self-driving cars and surveillance systems, and Intel’s SXSW demo shows us how it works.

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Here’s why Google Cloud support is now priced per person

One of the key messages out of Google Cloud Next last week: The company has gotten serious about serving enterprise customers in a way that meets their needs. A key component of that is a new set of support plans for customers of its cloud platform.

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How much are vendor security assurances worth after the CIA leaks?

Google, Apple, Microsoft and other software vendors are working to identify and patch the vulnerabilities described in the CIA leak, but ultimately this doesn't change the status quo of software security.

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Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users

Anyone with a Plex Pass subscription can now get at their media libraries from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive (personal) with Plex Cloud.

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Google launches official Gmail Add-on program

Google is making it possible for developers to bring their services into Gmail using new integrations called Add-ons.

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Google goes after Slack with Hangouts overhaul

Google’s Hangouts work chat and videoconferencing service is undergoing some major changes to better serve businesses. The company announced Thursday that it’s going after the work group chat market as well as the group videoconferencing market even harder than before by splitting Hangouts’s functions in two.

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Google Drive will let users stream files from the cloud

Google Drive users will be able to see all the files they have stored in the company’s cloud service on their desktop without downloading them, thanks to a new feature the company announced Thursday.

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Texas hospital struggles to make IBM's Watson cure cancer

If IBM is looking for a new application for its Watson machine learning tools, it might consider putting health care providers' procurement and systems integration woes ahead of curing cancer.