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Windows 7 gets patch reminding users of 2020 end-of-support date

Mar 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Windows 7 patch will begin sending notices of the impending end-of-support date beginning April 18

Huawei prepared own OS in case of Android, Windows ban

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:18 AM

'We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared,' says Huawei executive Richard Yu

YU. Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei consumer business group, attends a press conference and launch of new 5G Huawei products at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on January 24, 2019. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP


Future version of Windows 10 will reserve system space for updates

Jan 10, 2019 - 5:46 PM

'With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected,' Microsoft explains

Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 as most popular operating system

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Net Applications' report says Windows 10 now has 39.22% market share compared to Windows 7, which has 36.9%

iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime rolls out on Wednesday

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

With the new update, FaceTime now supports 32 concurrent participants, up from 2


Google appeals record EU fine over Android

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:27 AM

In its July decision, Brussels accuses Google of using the Android system's huge popularity on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut out rivals

Google hit with record 4.3-billion euro fine in EU over Android

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The new sanction nearly doubles the previous record EU anti-trust fine of 2.4 billion euros, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017. Google says it will appeal the fine

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

High Sierra flaw lets in anyone onto a Mac as admin

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Apple is working on a software fix to the issue, but advises people to set a root password in the meantime to prevent unauthorized access

Apple releases macOS High Sierra update

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:34 PM

macOS High Sierra is out and ready for users to download. Are you upgrading to the new operating system?

HIGH SIERRA. The High Sierra update for macOS is live. Image from Apple.

Windows 10 update set for October release

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will come the same day that Windows Mixed Reality headsets powered by the software hits the market Microsoft executive vice president of operating systems Terry Myerson says in a blog post

MICROSOFT'S WINDOWS 10 UPDATE. This file photo taken on April 18, 2017 shows the French headquarters of US multinational technology company Microsoft in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP

Everything you want to know about Windows 10 S

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:38 PM

Here is a look at what Windows 10 S is what it isn t and who will benefit most from its features

WINDOWS 10 S. Speed and security with some tradeoffs in usability. Screen shot from Microsoft website.

Google rejects EU anti-trust charges over Android

Nov 10, 2016 - 10:34 PM

Google responds to a long rapsheet of charges involving Android that the EU filed in April They include the claim that Google used practices such as making manufacturers pre install its search engine as the default in phones

GOOGLE. A Google logo and Android statue are seen at the Googleplex in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. Photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

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Nov 04, 2016 - 10:13 PM

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Android gets record 87.5% of smartphone market – survey

Nov 04, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Android s leadership of the global smartphone market looks unassailable at the moment says Strategy Analytics Woody Oh

ANDROID DOMINANT. A picture taken on September 21, 2016 shows a statue donated by Google during its inauguration in Montelimar, as Google decided to launch a new version of the android operating system called Android 7.0 or Nougat. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/ AFP

Apple launches MacOS Sierra, iOS 10 public betas

Jul 08, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The public beta program will allow more people to test the software and features as well as report bugs that need to be addressed before the official release

APPLE BETA. A glimpse of iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra. Screen shot from Apple Beta Software Program page.

Reminder: Free Windows 10 upgrades end July 29

Jul 04, 2016 - 4:15 PM

An anniversary update for Windows 10 is also slated for August 2 so those who want access to that will want to upgrade sooner rather than later

ANNIVERSARY UPDATE. Windows 10's anniversary update is coming on August 2. Screen shot from Microsoft.

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Jul 01, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Android N officially named Android Nougat

Jul 01, 2016 - 12:27 AM

Android N finally gets its official dessert related name after a few months in beta

ANDROID NOUGAT. Screen shot from Twitter.

Future Windows 10 update will stop updates when you're busy

May 16, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Active Hours lets you specify up to 10 hours in a day where Windows will not install updates or bother you to ask for a restart of your computer

WINDOWS 10 START. Image from Microsoft.

Rumor: Apple's OS X to be rebranded as MacOS?

Apr 18, 2016 - 4:45 PM

A change in the branding would make MacOS in line with its cousins – tvOS iOS and watchOS

REBRANDING? Is Apple planning to change the branding on its computer operating system? Image from Apple.com

Whatsapp to end support for older mobile operating systems

Feb 29, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Whatsapp says the move is meant to let the company focus its efforts on mobile platforms the vast majority of people use

WHATSAPP SUPPORT. The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone in New York, February 20, 2014. File Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Samsung pushing Android 6.0 to its latest phones

Feb 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the first two devices that will be getting the Android 6 0 Marshmallow upgrade

Microsoft: 74 companies to pre-install its apps on Android

Feb 12, 2016 - 11:07 AM

This means that Microsoft’s apps – such as Office Skype and OneDrive – will be hitting a wider number of Android devices in the future

MORE MICROSOFT ON ANDROID. Microsoft pushes for inclusion into the daily activities of the average Android user. Image from Microsoft.

ISIS has an Android app for encrypted chat

Jan 18, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The AlRawi app cannot be downloaded from Google Play and must be instead installed manually

Windows 10 now on 200 million devices worldwide

Jan 05, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The adoption rate of Windows 10 is also reportedly faster than that of Windows 7 and 8 outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140 and Windows 8 by nearly 400

WINDOWS 10. Image from Windows blog.

North Korea's Redstar OS brings totalitarianism to computing

Dec 28, 2015 - 3:24 PM

RedStar takes Linux s open source development but strips away the rationale behind Linux and computing in general

iOS 9 now on 66% of all compatible devices

Nov 04, 2015 - 5:00 PM

25 of Apple device owners are still using iOS 8 while another 9 are on earlier versions of iOS

Cebu Pacific flights delayed, cancelled over new operations system upgrade

Oct 02, 2015 - 4:29 PM

3rd UPDATE The Manila International Airport Authority also suspends its daily 1:30 3:30 am closure of the runways to allow Cebu Pacific extra time to operate its flights

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Windows 10 free upgrade goes live in 190 countries

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Windows 10 can be picked up on most Windows 7 and Windows 8 1 PCs via an app downloaded onto your computer

WINDOWS 10. Screen shot from Microsoft.

Windows 10 to launch to Insiders first, phased release follows

Jul 03, 2015 - 10:07 AM

Windows 10 will launch on July 29

WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE. Image from Microsoft.

Windows 10 to launch July 29

Jun 01, 2015 - 5:03 PM

Existing legitimate users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8 1 can get Windows 10 via a free upgrade for the first year after launch

IOS 9, OS X 10.11 to focus on quality

May 23, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Insiders spill the goods on the future of Apple’s operating systems and the company s older devices

APPLE. The company's logo at an Apple Store in Washington, DC, USA, 27 January 2015. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Android Lollipop on 1.6% of devices in just 3 months

Feb 03, 2015 - 9:23 AM

While Android Kitkat and Jelly Bean still lead the pack the adoption rate of Android Lollipop has finally become significant enough for Google to add it to its charts

ANDROID SEGMENTATION. Most users are still running Android Kitkat or Jelly Bean. Screen shot from Android Dashboard

Windows 10 free for Windows 7, 8.1 users for first year

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:58 AM

The free upgrade offer will be available for the first year of Windows 10 s launch for all Windows 7 8 1 and Phone 8 1 machines and devices

WINDOWS 10. Screen shot from Windows 10 website.

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Jan 09, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Microsoft patches Sandworm vulnerability

Oct 15, 2014 - 3:07 PM

The vulnerability allows for someone to remotely execute code on another s computer if a user opens a compromised file with a specially crafted OLE object

Microsoft announces Windows 10

Oct 01, 2014 - 1:45 AM

Joe Belfiore of Microsoft: We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first generation Prius and now with Windows 10 it s like a Tesla

WINDOWS 10. Image from Microsoft Windows blog.

New Apple mobile software arrives Sept 17

Sep 17, 2014 - 11:52 AM

The iOS 8 mobile operating system will be available free for download to many iPhone and iPad models and will be pre installed on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi (L) and Apple CEO Tim Cook speak during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014, in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Microsoft announcing September 30 Windows event

Sep 16, 2014 - 2:33 PM

The September 30 event is meant to introduce developers and enterprise level consumers to the next step for Windows operating systems

AFTER 8.1 Microsoft is likely to announce the next big thing for the Windows OS on September 30.

China confirms Microsoft probe for monopoly actions

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:01 PM

China s State Administration for Industry and Commerce says it has set up a case to investigate Microsoft for alleged monopoly actions

MONOPOLY? A file picture dated 06 January 2010 shows the Microsoft booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Google previews latest version of Android

Jun 26, 2014 - 1:30 AM

Google previews Android L at Google I O 2014

ANDROID L. Sundar Pichai begins the explanation of Android L's developer preview. Screen shot from keynote.

Apple opens OS X Mavericks Beta to all

Apr 23, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Known as the OS X Beta Seed Program the initiative lets users run pre release builds of Apple s computer operating system Mac OS

BETA TESTERS. Apple is opening the floodgates for OS X beta testing with a new program. Screen shot from Beta Seed website

Windows 8.1 Update: What to expect

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:22 PM

Here s a quick list of some of the functional improvements that are coming in Windows 8 1 Update which is expected to arrive later in the day

LITTLE TWEAKS. Screenshot of Windows 8.1 Update from http://blogs.technet.com/

Microsoft to stop selling Windows 7 PCs October 31

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:38 PM

Microsoft ceases selling consumer grade machines with Windows 7 Home Basic Home Premium or Ultimate pre installed on October 31

OCTOBER 31. You won't be able to buy consumer-grade PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed after October 31.

TechRap: Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor round-up

Jan 31, 2014 - 4:10 PM

China s mobile operating system Cherry Mobile s high end phone with stylus and Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors

Microsoft releases Windows 8.1, in restart

Oct 17, 2013 - 10:20 PM

The revamped version brings back the start button which disappeared last year

RESTART THE START BUTTON. A new ad for Windows 8.1 features the return of the Start button. Screen shot from YouTube

Apple finalizes October event

Oct 16, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Apple is set to announce something new on October 22

OCTOBER 22. Will Apple announce a new iPad at its upcoming event?

Windows 8.1 ad brings Start back

Oct 01, 2013 - 5:14 PM

Microsoft s latest ad for Windows 8 1 reintroduces the Start button

RESTART THE START BUTTON. A new ad for Windows 8.1 features the return of the Start button. Screen shot from YouTube

WebHits: Android KitKat

Sep 05, 2013 - 8:00 AM

KitKat s Chief Breaks Officer describes why KitKat 4 4 is the future of confectionery

Android KitKat and 1 billion activations

Sep 04, 2013 - 1:16 PM

With 1 billion Activations under its belt Google announces Android 4 4 KitKat

ANDROID KITKAT. Android 4.4 is announced, along with a new milestone for Android activations. Screen shot from Android.com