This week in The 848 Update, we’re discussing Microsoft Flow, a new IFTTT-style service designed to automate actions between multiple applications, impending changes to Microsoft OneDrive and a pair of gloves that may change lives.

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If, like me, you’re a big fan of IFTTT (a web service allowing you to automate actions between applications and programs) then you’ll be interested to know Microsoft is working on its own offering of a similar nature.

Microsoft Flow is designed for use in the work place to make applications work the way you want to. You’ll be able to set different connections between Microsoft and third party applications. For example, by linking your Twitter with Yammer you will be able to post to both whilst Tweeting with a particular hashtag. This is great news for automating office systems and Microsoft Flow could offer unlimited customisation for processes in the future.

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It’s been on the cards for a while, but Microsoft have now notified OneDrive users of the date their storage will be reduced. Users now have until the 27th July to ensure their OneDrive is below the new limit (1TB for Office365 customers, 5GB for free users) and make arrangements to back up excess files elsewhere.

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A particularly exciting bit of tech news to emerge this week is the development of gloves that can read and translate American Sign Language (ASL). SignAloud gloves, developed by students Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, will allow ASL users to communicate and project their own thoughts, leaving just one end of the conversation without translation.

We’re still a while off a universal deployment as sign language is equally as diverse as verbal dialects (ASL differs from British Sign Language as it uses a one handed alphabet, for example) but this is still great news for the future!

From office automation to changing lives, technology has had a great week. Which bits of tech news have caught your eye?