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BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

This week BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially confirmed the death of BlackBerry OS. Speaking at CES 2015, Chen confirmed that the company would release one, maybe two hardware devices in the year 2016, and that both of them would certainly run Android OS. Meanwhile they'll continue to support BlackBerry OS - BB10, as you might know it - but there aren't currently any public plans to release any new devices with the operating system any time soon, if ever.

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Tizen passes BlackBerry in market share, video explains why

Tizen passes BlackBerry in market share, video explains why

BlackBerry is gearing up to release the BlackBerry Priv, its hottest product in a long time. And it might need all the help, publicity, and profits it can get from it because according to Strategy Analytics, the fourth largest smartphone platform this quarter, behind Android, IOS, and, yes, Windows Phone, isn't BlackBerry anymore. That spot belongs to an unlikely contender: Tizen OS. Considering how Tizen-powered smartphones are so few compared to BlackBerry devices, that evaluation sounds almost too good to be true. But if it is, the BlackBerry is in for a world of pain.

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Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

As PC users have had a few month now to get used to Windows 10, it's already nearing time for Microsoft to release the first big update to the new operating system. As it turns out, such a release is only a few short weeks away, according to analyst Paul Thurrott. The update is said to be codenamed Threshold 2, and will include a number of bug fixes, as well as some adjustments to the overall user interface that were intended to be included in the initial release of Windows 10.

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Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whether you like it or not, here might be coming your computer's update to Windows 10. A recent update to genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers has apparently included a checked box intended to be opt-in for an automatic update to Windows 10. As it were, this checkbox was checked by default instead. This means that many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that've updated their system (but not to Windows 10) recently might just be getting that big update anyway. Whether they intended to or not.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Update seems oldest on Marshmallow list

Samsung Galaxy S5 Update seems oldest on Marshmallow list

Another leaked list of Samsung smartphones has leaked with indications for updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This list comes from SamMobile, where they suggest they've attained said information from an inside source. Here you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S5 - the Verizon version along with two Euro editions and a fourth version of the machine. You won't find the SM-G900T nor the SM-G900A - that is the T-Mobile USA and the AT&T versions of the smartphone. No smartphones older than the Galaxy S5 in Samsung's collection will be getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow according to this document.

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Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

How do I download OS X El Capitan? That's the question we've heard many times since WWDC earlier this year. This morning Apple flipped the switch for OS X El Capitan, allowing users around the world to access their newest operating system. This version of OS X brings a revamp to a number of core apps - Maps and Spotlight in particular. Battery performance will be given a kick in the pants, as will processing performance. This update is all about refining and improving what was released with OS X Yosemite last year - and it's a solid update you'll be glad you initiated.

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Jolla Sailfish OS 2.0 released for early access users

Jolla Sailfish OS 2.0 released for early access users

Finnish startup Jolla has just announced good news for users of its custom Sailfish OS: version 2.0 of the software is now available to early access users. The update brings a number interface changes to the Jolla phone, along with supporting Jolla's tablet as well. Sailfish OS 2.0 has been in development for some time now, first being announced back in March. The startup says the two main goals for the update were to make it easier for new users and improve a simplify the overall experience for others.

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Windows 10 sees 75 million installs after only 4 weeks

Windows 10 sees 75 million installs after only 4 weeks

Microsoft is celebrating the four-week anniversary of Windows 10's release by revealing that the new operating system has already been installed on 75 million PCs around the world. Windows 10 has been off to a great start since day one, seeing 14 million installs within the first 24 hours. For comparisons sake, Windows 8 saw 40 million licenses sold in its first month, eventually reaching 100 million at the six-month mark. There's little doubt that Windows 10's adoption rate has to do with it being a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users.

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Micromax developing its own Android-based OS

Micromax developing its own Android-based OS

While the recent Stagefright vulnerability highlighted the problem of the large number of Android variants, it doesn't look like things will be getting better anytime soon. Indian manufacturer Micromax has revealed it has plans to develop yet another forked Android operating system, this time for their own budget-priced devices. According to the company, the new Android-based OS is being designed to work across a wide range of their upcoming devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and even TVs.

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Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

While 14 million people or so may have already installed Windows 10, Microsoft's just-released operating system, you may be curious to try it without wanting to make the full commitment yet. See, while Windows 10 may be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, installing it will completely overwrite the older OS. Thankfully, Microsoft has made a free, 90-day trial version of Windows 10 Enterprise available, letting users try Windows 10 without completely eliminating their Windows 7 or 8.1 installation.

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Can Windows 10 save the desktop?

Can Windows 10 save the desktop?

Today Windows 10 is released to the bulk of the first wave of users that'll be running Microsoft's next desktop-based OS. It works with a variety of features that aim to make users happy they've decided to purchase a new PC - it'll also be aiming to bring Apple desktop users to the Windows PC environment. But what will Windows 10 do to stem the leaky boat that is user movement from full-time daily desktop to 60% (or more) mobile computer users? Microsoft might by trying to save their share of the desktop PC, but what's left to save?

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Windows 10 guide to downloading and loading from a USB stick

Windows 10 guide to downloading and loading from a USB stick

Today upgrades to Windows 10 begin to be unleashed by Microsoft for all the most modern computers, including yours. Microsoft is releasing this operating system upgrade for free for most users - assuming they've got a Windows operating system from the past couple of generations -- if you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should be safe. Today we're having a peek at how simple it is to load Windows 10 to your computer using a disk image (ISO file) downloaded from Microsoft to a USB stick.

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