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Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

Chinese Windows 8 Preview Release leaked

We’re edging closer to the Release Preview of Windows 8, promised to be made available during the first week of June, but the Chinese version of the preview has leaked out onto the internet. The 64-bit operating system weighs in at a hefty 3.34GB download, but doesn't include any English language capabilities. Users have already downloaded the build and confirmed it to be legit.

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Microsoft: Steve Ballmer kind of, sort fibbed a little bit

Microsoft: Steve Ballmer kind of, sort fibbed a little bit

This month we heard Steve Ballmer shoot out a figure that put Windows 8 adoption well into the record books for highest adoption rate in the history of operating systems: 500 million by 2014 - Microsoft has since clarified. This week we're finding a Microsoft spokesperson making things a little more clear, saying that it's not that Windows 8 will be on half a billion computers, but that it'll be POSSIBLE for it to be on that make computers by the end of 2013.

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Automatic Downloads added to Mountain Lion

Automatic Downloads added to Mountain Lion

Apple continues to add more and more iOS-like features to Mountain Lion. The latest addition to the developer preview brings the Automatic Download function for apps purchased from the OS X App Store. Just like iOS, once you enable this feature any Mac that is logged on the same account will automatically download purchased apps. The feature doesn’t seem to be fully baked in just yet, however.

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Microsoft improves multi-monitor support in Windows 8

Microsoft improves multi-monitor support in Windows 8

Microsoft has taken to the Building Windows 8 Blog in order to detail multiple monitor support in Windows 8. The company has further improved its support in the operating system thanks to the increasing popularity of multiple monitor setups. Features that Microsoft will be adding include multi-monitor desktop backgrounds, panoramic pictures spanning multiple monitors, a multi-monitor taskbar, and the ability to launch Metro apps on any display.

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Windows 8 offers new parental controls with weekly reports

Windows 8 offers new parental controls with weekly reports

Microsoft has announced a new parental control feature for Windows 8 that will debut with the upcoming preview build expected to launch next month. The new feature is called Family Safety and will allow parents to monitor what their children do on the computer, including the web pages they've visited, their latest searches, and their most used apps and games.

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Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Android and iOS may be seeing massive success in Europe and the United States, but Baidu is poised to compete against both in China. The search based company is planning to launch a new version of its operating system, Baidu Cloud, which will feature cloud-based products such as storage. Executives at Baidu have told Reuters that the company is in talks with “global” partners.

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Tizen 1.0 SDK and source code released

Tizen 1.0 SDK and source code released

MeeGo may have bitten the dust, but from the ashes rose Tizen, the open source OS backed by players like Intel and Samsung. News surrounding Tizen has been somewhat quiet as of late, but here’s a pretty big milestone: the OS has just hit version 1.0, codenamed Larkspur. The Tizen group will be releasing a new SDK to go with the release so that developers can get to the grips with all the new additions, as well as the source code.

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Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has today all but confirmed that the Nook hardware will never carry Windows 8 or any version of Windows in the future. Speaking with Fortune Magazine, Lynch let it be known that the primary reason Barnes & Noble and Microsoft are pairing up is their ability to bring the Nook ebook software to "millions of screens and windows." The Nook ereader hardware, on the other hand, will continue to run the open-sourced software known as Android through the future.

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