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Senate Approves Budget Plan That Smooths Path Toward Tax Cut

WASHINGTON — The Senate took a significant step toward rewriting the tax code on Thursday night with the passage of a budget blueprint that would protect a $1.5 trillion tax cut from a Democratic filibuster.<p>The budget resolution could also pave the way for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

News Pro is Microsoft’s new personalized news app for Android

Google<p>Everything is about personalization these days: fitness apps create a workout routine for your specific needs, music streaming apps have customized playlists ready for you, and now, Microsoft is joining in on the fun with its new app. News Pro is a news app much like Flipboard or Yahoo News, …

Apps

Facebook And Apple's Messaging Dreams Face A Global Problem

Earlier this week Apple made its first public move to transform Messages into a platform that could one day be as profitable as the App Store. Now open to third party developers, Messages on just-released iOS 10 has become a place where you can download stickers and GIFs, and even “apps” like …

Apps

Microsoft closing Skype office in London, laying off employees

Microsoft plans to close Skype's London office and lay off just over half of the nearly 400 people employed there, according to the <i>Financial Times</i> and <i>ZDNet</i>. Microsoft confirmed the layoffs to an extent, telling the <i>Times</i> that it has "made the decision to unify some engineering positions, potentially …

Employment

Skype will let you text your friends through your PC

Microsoft released an update to the Insider program and Skype Preview for PC and Mobile that allows you to send and receive SMS messages directly from your PC or Windows Phone.<p>To be clear, this is different from just sending text messages through Skype’s paid service. Instead, it’s sending messages …

IDC says smartwatches kind of aren’t catching on

We’ve seen from polls that many of our readers are proud smartwatch owners, but it seems like these handy wearables just aren’t catching the eye of the populace at large. IDC predicts that somewhere around 20.1 million smartwatches will ship in 2016.<p>If that number seems large, you should take into …

Wearable Tech