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Apple's Turn: Morning Tech Report for June 3, 2017

Apple's WWDC Starts Monday


Google had its turn. So did Microsoft. Monday is Apple's turn as Tim Cook is set to give the keynote to this year's WWDC on Monday. The Verge previews:

Apple's WWDC 2017: a Siri speaker, iOS 11, and what else to expect

It's June again, so it's time for Apple to give the world a look at what it's been up to and what we should expect from the iPhone, the Mac, and everything in between in the months to come. On...

Shocker: Nintendo Gets Online Right

After years of subpar offerings and vision, Nintendo nails the online service for Switch.

Nintendo May Finally Be Getting Virtual Console Right With the Switch's New Subscription Model

Now we just have to wait until 2018. Opinion by Kat Bailey, 06/02/2017. Let's start with the bad news: It's kind of a drag that the Classic Game Selection won't be available on the Nintendo Switch until 2018.

Sounds Great! Will Do! OK!

Google adds one of Inbox's great features to Gmail.

Save time with Smart Reply in Gmail

It's pretty easy to read your emails while you're on the go, but responding to those emails takes effort. Smart Reply, coming to Gmail for Android and iOS, saves you time by suggesting quick responses to your messages.

Everyone's Doing It

It's Microsoft's Turn to Copy Snap -- The Motley Fool

It seems like copying (( Snap NYSE:SNAP) is all the rage these days. Facebook is easily the most direct competitor to do so, notably with considerable success. Messaging services have been a major battleground for years for the tech heavyweights, including Microsoft NASDAQ:MSFT), which acquired Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011.

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Two great stories for Deep Dive Sunday. Deconstructing the Failure of Windows Vista from the Inside Hackernoon's Terry Crowley dissects the broad dysfunction of the Window's Vista release cycle from his vantage point of a member of the Office Team at the time.
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