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.

Here's how Google is preparing Android for the AI-laden future

Google's Smart Reply for Gmail may make automated replies sound less canned

Google's Smart Reply for Gmail may make automated replies sound less canned

Google is making it easier for people to dash off a quick email reply from Gmail on their smartphones using contextually-aware, computer-generated responses via the app for iOS and Android.

Dropbox Paper's mobile apps now work offline

Dropbox Paper's mobile apps now work offline

Dropbox Paper users will now be able to edit their documents offline while using mobile devices, thanks to an update released Tuesday.

Facebook's M assistant launches in US, will offer chat suggestions

Facebook's M assistant launches in US, will offer chat suggestions

More than a year after introducing a virtual assistant in its Messenger app, Facebook is launching M to the masses.

Google Home stops spouting Disney ads after user outcry

Google Home stops spouting Disney ads after user outcry

Google Home users got a surprise Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend. The ad has since been pulled.

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...

Dropbox boosts mobile productivity with offline folder support

Dropbox boosts mobile productivity with offline folder support

Dropbox announced Tuesday that users of its mobile apps will soon be able to save files locally for use offline.

Facebook taps machine learning to transform videos into works of art

Facebook taps machine learning to transform videos into works of art

Using a technique called style transfer, Facebook takes live video and turns it into something that resembles the work of Van Gogh, Picasso and other artists.

Here's a look inside Google I/O's playground for developers

Here's a look inside Google I/O's playground for developers

Google held its massive I/O conference this week at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Here's a look at what developers found inside.

A big update to Google's Android Wear will make fitness tracking easier

A big update to Google's Android Wear will make fitness tracking easier

Android Wear, Google’s operating system for smartwatches, is getting its biggest update to date with the upcoming 2.0 release of the software that brings improved messaging and fitness support.

Google is taking another shot at messaging with its new Allo app

Google is taking another shot at messaging with its new Allo app

Google announced Wednesday that it's taking another swing at the messaging space with a new app called Allo.

Android users can now quickly translate text in any app

Android users can now quickly translate text in any app

Google has now made it possible for a wide variety of Android users to get text translated in any app on their phone.

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