Ever since Microsoft closed on its LinkedIn acquisition at the end of 2016 and began publicizing the unit’s revenues, Redmond has kept those LinkedIn figures separate from the rest of the company’s tallies. In many ways, this makes a lot of sense, as Microsoft is largely treating LinkedIn as a completely separate entity and there’s been fairly little integration between LinkedIn and its parent company.
Link: Microsoft is adding ‘commercial’ LinkedIn revenues to its ‘Commercial Cloud’ tally
Android development has long only been possible on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. That changed with the release of Chrome OS 69 and Linux app support. Here’s how you can start developing Android apps from Android Studio on Chrome OS. There are a few important steps you should take before we proceed.
Link: How to install Android Studio on Chrome OS
Microsoft’s Skype has waned in popularity over the years, as newfangled video chat tools like Apple’s FaceTime and Facebook Messenger have stolen the spotlight. But Skype still has many fans — after all, it’s the only video chat tool built into Windows 10 PCs and the Microsoft Xbox One console. So it may come as a pleasant surprise that Microsoft today announced that Skype is available for devices powered by the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
Link: A new team-up between Microsoft and Amazon gives us a whole new reason to doubt Microsoft’s voice assistant
The apps that Apple pre-installs on the iPhone are meant to be helpful. But if you don’t use them, they’re just taking up valuable storage space and a spot on your Home screen for no reason. Up until now, the only solution for many of Apple’s primary iOS apps was to cast them to a folder and forget about them.
Link: How to (Really) Delete Your iPhone’s Built-in Apps
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Link: Wrench acquires rival Otobots to expand mobile car repair service nationwide
iOS 12 is a performance focused software update, aiming to boost the usability of older iPhone and iPad models. But that doesn’t mean iOS 12 is without new fancy features too, so while the iOS 12 update may not be as outwardly flashy as some other past releases, there are still some interesting…
Link: 5 Great iOS 12 Features You’ll Actually Use – Apple, Tips and Tricks
Google has given a preview of what to expect at a congressional hearing next week when the privacy of internet users takes center stage. In a letter to three U.senators that became public on Thursday, Google defended how and when it lets app developers at other companies scan and share the contents of Gmail accounts, saying that it continuously vets the developers who have that level of access.
Link: Google says apps may scan Gmail accounts if they get user consent