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Windows XP support countdown timer begins now

Windows XP support countdown timer begins now

As of today, you have exactly two years left to get support on your Windows XP-powered computers. The same goes for Microsoft Office 2003. Okay, so it's not exactly time to flip over the sand timer, but it is finally a real milestone that points to the death of an operating system that, for years and years and years, simply would not die. And it means that hordes of companies around the country are finally going to need to upgrade.

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Apple war on Android ‘for show’ says Google

Apple war on Android ‘for show’ says Google

In an interview surrounding his current CEO post at Google, Larry Page spoke on how real the Apple war, led by Steve Jobs, really was on Android. As Page tells it, there really wasn't as much fervor as you might expect from the source of the news in the first place: the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs. Instead, Page says, the fire lit under the bottoms of Apple employees may have just been to get them pumped up about beating the competition - their only competition for iPhone at the time.

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HTC Vivid on AT&T gets Android 4.0 udpate

HTC Vivid on AT&T gets Android 4.0 udpate

AT&T announced today that it is making the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update available for the HTC Vivid smartphone, making it the first carrier in the US to issue an ICS upgrade on a device that originally shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. HTC Vivid customers can also expect new Beats by Dr. Dre audio enhancement and an upgrade to HTC Sense 3.6.

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Anonymous OS version 0.1 released and detailed

Anonymous OS version 0.1 released and detailed

This week its been quietly announced that members of the hacker group known as Anonymous are releasing their very own desktop operating system. This system is known at the moment as Anonymous-OS and is currently in as infant a stage as it possibly could be at version 0.1. That's pre-pre-Alpha, for those of you counting, and we're not even going to tell you to download it or do a search for it - keep your eyes off of it!

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iOS 5.1 is now available for download

iOS 5.1 is now available for download

Apple's just announced iOS 5.1 update is available now for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The update was shown running on the new iPad, formerly iPad 3 or iPad HD, unveiled this morning and is expected to roll out over-the-air starting today. New Siri Japanese language support in iOS 5.1 was highlighted during Apple's presentation among a host of other improvements.

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped by ASUS

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped by ASUS

There's a good chance that the next version of Android will be code-named Jellybean, that we already knew - now what we're hearing from ASUS is that they're quite likely to be on the list to be first on the market with said operating system. Generally Google chooses one manufacturer to work closely with them to create one of what they call their "Nexus" line of devices to demonstrate a "vanilla" or "virgin" version of their newest operating system. As ASUS now has a close relationship with Google, so says their corporate vice president, they'll likely be amongst the first to release a device with the update right out of the box.

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Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

This week the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event showed the system on everything from a ten-inch tablet to a massive Gorilla Glass toting television as wide as the average human is tall. We've seen Lenovo devices, dual-screen monitors showing an ultra-massive set of screens running Windows from a device small enough to fit in your purse, and your everyday average 15-inch display. NFC is being shown to be working right out of the box with Windows 8's Consumer Preview between Bluetooth devices, and on the whole there's no doubt that Microsoft is coming in strong with manufacturer partner heat.

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Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

This week Michael Angiulo of Windows Planning held aloft an early build of a device made to show off Windows 8 Consumer Preview running on an ARM-based architecture - namely NVIDIA's own Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Also on stage was a device running Texas Instruments OMAP 5, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, and an Intel Clover Trail tablet as well. As Angiulo held the Tegra 3-toting tablet on stage he noted, "It's not only great for browsing the web, its great for apps as well."

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“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8’s Leblond

“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8’s Leblond

Assuring the public today in Barcelona at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during MWC 2012, Antoine Leblond of Windows Web noted that, of course, "the desktop is still there." The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was shown at this event on a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo notebook, and an Acer all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen interface. What we've seen here is that it's easy to use touch, it's easy to use your mouse, and it's easy to use both!

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