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Windows 8 public beta slated for release late February

Windows 8 public beta slated for release late February

Word is that the public beta of Windows 8 is apparently slated to be released in late February of 2012, according to sources close to Microsoft. The timing of the public beta launch has been much talked about in tech circles; it's expected that Windows 8 will be officially released in 2012, but the actual expected date for the completion and shipment of the upcoming Microsoft operating system remains, at the moment, unrevealed. Though, with the knowledge of the public beta release's time frame, we'll have a better idea of the overall time frame of the new Windows operating system.

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Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” now available, is most popular open source OS

Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” now available, is most popular open source OS

In just the last twelve months, Linux Mint has surpassed Ubuntu as the most popular open source operating system on open source ranking website DistroWatch. Why, you ask? Perhaps because the latter has been looking with a new perspective on the user interface, and begun aiming at mobile platforms instead. However, note that Linux Mint is actually built on Ubuntu, so it has quite a few of Ubuntu's advantages while doing away with some of its shortcomings, and serving up a plethora of multimedia codecs.

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Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Microsoft's Windows 8 isn't due out in full until fall of next year, but security researcher Peter Kleissner has already found a way to exploit the platform. Kleissner created a Windows 8 bootkit that can bypass the User Account Control using just 14KB of exploit code. It's said to be the first proof-of-concept to find a vulnerability in Windows 8 and he's posted a demo video of the process.

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HP TouchPad may be revived with Windows 8

HP TouchPad may be revived with Windows 8

It looks like HP is still undecided about its TouchPad tablet. Despite the company's announcement back in August that it would discontinue webOS hardware, rumors now suggest that under Meg Whitman's lead as HP's new CEO, the company could revive the tablet by powering it with Windows 8. According to some HP employees, the company is currently testing the TouchPad with Windows 8 as part of a "proof-of-concept."

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK now available

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK now available

Google has just finished unveiling the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at their press event in Hong Kong moments ago and now the SDK for the next-gen platform is available to developers. This new platform brings a refined and unified user experience that will work on smartphones, tablets, and more.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich final build detailed

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich final build detailed

This week Google revealed the final details surrounding Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, its newest and most advanced mobile operating system. This update to a whole new dessert is what Google calls "an entirely new look and feel to Android" and from what we've seen thus far, it certainly is. Ice Cream Sandwich is made to improve multi-tasking, has Wi-fi hotspot and NFC support, new notifications, and a "full web browsing experience," all of it coming first on what Samsung calls the Galaxy Nexus, the next in a line of hero phones made in direct collaboration with Google to provide a perfectly clean version of their new software in what they see as an ideal package.

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