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Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting

1_9i1yHAa.max-1000x1000.jpgGoogle added Rich Communication Services (RCS) into its Android OS to help it compete with Apple’s popular iMessage. Google has also been exploring texting from your web browser since at least February. Now the feature appears to be officially availa…


Netflix resurrects Lucifer following Fox cancellation

Last month, Fox revealed that it wasn’t going to renew Lucifer for a fourth season. The news upset fans who, despite the series short run, had grown fond of the show and its relatively unique story. Here to save the day is Netflix, which has acquired Lucifer and promised to give fans, at minimum, a fourth season. The show was … Continue reading


Westworld mobile game making iOS, Android debut June 21 – CNET


Maybe you can do a better job than the people running Westworld in the show.


Supreme Court to hear Apple App Store antitrust arguments – CNET


The question is whether consumers can sue over commissions charged to developers.


The Dark Side of the Crypto Revolution


As the trustless, decentralized world of digital tokens expands, fraudsters, gamblers, sex workers, and drug dealers are cashing in.


Ninja’s new Fortnite event sells out in minutes


Ninja’s new Fortnite event sells out in minutes  ESPNNinja Partners with Red Bull Fortnite Event, Sells It Out in Minutes  ShacknewsNinja, Red Bull team for a Fortnite event 99 floors off the ground  FanSidedFull coverage


Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid


Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early last year, it reported an 800 percent year-over-year growth in teacher accounts.

It’s certainly a play that makes sense in Microsoft’s portfolio, as the company looks to take back the education market currently being dominated by Google, thanks to its wildly popular Chromebook category. In May of last year, the company launched an educational variant of Windows 10, which joined such existing plays as its Minecraft Education Edition.

“We’re thrilled to see the impact Flipgrid has had in social learning thus far and look forward to helping them continue to thrive as part of the Microsoft family,” Microsoft VP Eran Megiddo, said in a release tied to the announcement. “We’re diligently committed to making sure their platform and products continue to work across the Microsoft, Google and partner ecosystems to benefit students and teachers everywhere.” 

How, precisely, Flipgrid will fit into Microsoft’s overall edtech play remains to be seen, though the company has already integrated the app into Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. As with its Office 365 Education offering, the company will be making the app free for schools. Those who already purchased an account, meanwhile, will be getting a refund.

A round of updates to the app is forthcoming, as well. Microsoft will be unveiling those at Flipgrid’s education conference in early April. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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A look at the iPad-specific features in iOS 12


A look at the iPad-specific features in iOS 12  AppleInsideriOS 12 will automatically share your iPhone’s location with 911 centers  TechCrunchApple’s iOS 12 will save thousands of American lives  ComputerworldFull coverage


How to Save a Microsoft Word Document as a Web Page

You may not think of Word as a tool for designing web pages, and that’s okay—it’s really not very good at it, anyway. But, if you have an existing Word document that you need to turn into a web page for whatever reason, Word has you covered with some built-in tools.


How to Transfer Data Between Two Computers Without Losing Anything


If you’ve treated yourself to a shiny new computer then the excitement might be tempered somewhat by the thought of having to shift all your files and programs over to the new machine. With the right tools and know-how though, this doesn’t have to be a chore—here’s how to get it done quickly.

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