Blair Hanley Frank

U.S. Correspondent

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on the public cloud, productivity and operating systems businesses for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Google's Jamboard will cost $5,000 and ship to the U.S. in May

Google's Jamboard will cost $5,000 and ship to the U.S. in May

Google is getting ready to put its smart whiteboard on sale. The company announced Thursday that the Jamboard, its big touchscreen that’s designed to serve as a digital collaboration space for business users, will be available in May....

Google launches official Gmail Add-on program

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.

Google's new cloud service eases data preparation for machine learning

Google's new cloud service eases data preparation for machine learning

Google launched a bundle of big data features on Thursday, including one that's supposed to ease the preparation of data for machine learning applications.

Google goes after Slack with Hangouts overhaul

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...

Google announces three new cloud regions, contract discounts

Google announces three new cloud regions, contract discounts

Google announced Thursday that it’s launching new data centers in California, Canada, and the Netherlands, in addition to a suite of pricing changes.

Google Drive will let users stream files from the cloud

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.

Astro is an A.I.-powered email client with big dreams

Astro is an A.I.-powered email client with big dreams

This startup wants to help people get hold of their workplace communications with the power of A.I.

Google touts its enterprise chops in cloud keynote

Google touts its enterprise chops in cloud keynote

Enterprises: Google wants you. That’s the message coming out of the first keynote address at the company’s Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The tech titan’s Cloud team really wants enterprises to know that...

Here’s how Microsoft has rethought its approach to email

Here’s how Microsoft has rethought its approach to email

The tech titan has made a concerted move to change its position in the email market over the past few years, driven by the overall move to mobile. Here's how it happened.

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017 hits general availability

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017 hits general availability

Microsoft’s tools for developers hit another milestone when the company made Visual Studio 2017 generally available. As the name implies, this is the next major release of Microsoft’s integrated development environment.

Microsoft's Slack competitor is coming March 14

Microsoft's Slack competitor is coming March 14

Microsoft’s entry into the modern workplace chat app market will be generally available in a week. The company announced Tuesday that it will be marking the occasion with a webcast to discuss what’s new since the service was announced...

Salesforce launches custom image recognition tool

Salesforce launches custom image recognition tool

Salesforce is getting into the computer vision business with a new tool that lets users easily train a custom machine learning based image recognition system.

IBM-Salesforce deal will bring Watson data into applications

IBM-Salesforce deal will bring Watson data into applications

Watson and Einstein are teaming up, and IBM and Salesforce hope the pairing proves as smart as it sounds. The two companies are working together to bring information from IBM systems into Salesforce’s products through a series of...

Okta acquires Stormpath to boost its identity services for developers

Okta acquires Stormpath to boost its identity services for developers

The deal should help Okta improve its developer-facing capabilities.

Microsoft's budget Windows VR headsets roll out to developers soon

Microsoft's budget Windows VR headsets roll out to developers soon

Microsoft announced that the Acer Mixed Reality Developer Edition headset will start rolling out to a handpicked batch of software makers starting the end of March, with more coming later.

Azure Stack's third technical preview arrives

Azure Stack's third technical preview arrives

Azure Stack, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud system, is getting close to release. On Wednesday, the tech giant unveiled the third major public beta for customers that want to test it out.

'Meet' Google's new videoconferencing service for the enterprise

'Meet' Google's new videoconferencing service for the enterprise

Google appears to have accidentally revealed its new group videoconferencing service for businesses a week before a big user conference.

 HTC’s Netflix-esque VR subscription costs $6.99 per month

HTC’s Netflix-esque VR subscription costs $6.99 per month

HTC is giving users of its Vive virtual reality headset access to a Netflix-like subscription service. Everyone who currently owns a Vive will get a free trial for a month, and the service will cost $6.99 a month thereafter.

A.I. scheduling startup launches subscription for businesses

A.I. scheduling startup launches subscription for businesses

A New York startup called x.ai wants to simplify meeting scheduling with the help of a bot, and it just launched a product aimed at serving businesses.

Google's new Perspective A.I. aims to end abusive online comments

Google's new Perspective A.I. aims to end abusive online comments

Google and Jigsaw (an early stage incubator at Google parent company Alphabet) are working on a project called Perspective that aims to curb online abuse through artificial intelligence.

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