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Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

In June, Microsoft saw Windows 8 market share overtake Vista, at the time laying claim to 5.1-percent among every desktop OS in June 2013, trumping Vista's 4.62-percent for the same month. The newest Windows edition still fell behind Windows 7 and XP, however, and now the numbers are heading in the wrong direction, depending on your perspective, with Windows 7 market share growth outpacing Windows 8 for the first time.

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Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

Steam Machines: in 2014, Valve outmodes Xbox One and PS4

SteamOS is on the horizon - an operating system based in Linux made to run on a variety of devices called Steam Machines. The gaming company known as Valve suggests that their Steam Machines will become "a powerful new category of living-room hardware", having been created by a wide variety of manufacturers and working with unique hardware made for all manner of prospective gamers. At the base is the Valve prototype - a Steam Machine optimized for the living room, for gaming, and for Steam.

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Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

This week the gaming-centric company known as Valve has announced plans to release SteamOS, a living room-aimed operating system that will be free to download and free to license. This operating system is based on Linux architecture - similar to how Android is a Linux-based OS - and the company intends on expanding well beyond the confines of their current video games-based model with TV, movies, and music. Is Microsoft too big to fail? We're about to find out.

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SteamOS revealed: Valve head to living room machines with Linux base

SteamOS revealed: Valve head to living room machines with Linux base

It would appear that Valve is opening the doors to the living room experience for Steam with a new operating system they're simply calling SteamOS. This operating system is based in Linux and will be "downloadable soon" and "free forever", just as the Steam client for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines is now. This operating system will be "designed for the TV and the living room" and will take full advantage of the Steam ecosystem already in place.

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OS X Mavericks slated for late October release says sources

OS X Mavericks slated for late October release says sources

Those who were hoping Apple would release OS X Mavericks this month are in for some disappointment, according to sources who claim the next iteration of Apple's operating system will arrive late next month. Such sources are said to be familiar with Apple's launch plans, and though they didn't provide any hard release date, it has been suggested the next OS X installment could arrive after Apple's Q4 financial report.

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Android KitKat branding discussed by Hershey Vice President of U.S. Chocolate

Android KitKat branding discussed by Hershey Vice President of U.S. Chocolate

Google has pulled a first for its Android system, choosing to brand the next version -- Android 4.4 -- with a product's trademark rather than going with a generic dessert. The information was dropped today by Android's Sundar Pichai, who revealed the name but gave precious little information about the branding choice. Hershey's Vice President of U.S. Chocolate, Jennifer Podhajsky, has given some info to the Vancouver Sun, however.

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Kubuntu Linux rolls out commercial support for business users

Kubuntu Linux rolls out commercial support for business users

Kubuntu is the blessed union between the Ubuntu Linux distro and the KDE interface, an option favored by many computers users who represent a variety of industries. For professionals who use Kubuntu in a business or similar setting, the dark days of scouring the Internet for troubleshooting and erstwhile help are nearing their end, with commercial support for the distro being announced.

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Android Fragmentation visualized by OpenSignal: Jelly Bean in the lead

Android Fragmentation visualized by OpenSignal: Jelly Bean in the lead

It's time again to have a peek at how fragmented the world of Google's mobile operating system Android is - and to see how one app can take a stab at bringing a real survey sample to the public in turn. What the developers behind OpenSignal have done is to analyze the Android device market using the data they've collected from users downloading their app. What this amounts to in short is 8 versions of Android still in use today, 37.9% of Android users using some form of Jelly Bean, and 11,868 distinct Android devices "seen" this year alone.

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