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Android 5.0 Lollipop guide: a Nexus-friendly SlashGear 101

Android 5.0 Lollipop guide: a Nexus-friendly SlashGear 101

When Google releases a new version of Android, it’s like a celebration for devices of all sorts. Your device might not get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in its entirety when it’s released, but you can bet that Google’s innovations in the software will trickle down to you eventually. What we’re doing today is checking out everything Google has in store for the Nexus line of smartphones - their babies. Their "this is what we want, ideally" devices.

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iRobot announces new OS for more autonomous military robots

iRobot announces new OS for more autonomous military robots

iRobot, most known to consumers as the company that makes the popular automated vacuum cleaner Roomba, has announced a new operating system that can improve autonomous robots used by the military and in disaster situations. Through the use of an Android app, iRobot hopes to allow military robots to better think on their own, requiring less human time at the controls.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview now available

Windows 10 Technical Preview now available

Microsoft took the wraps off Windows 10 yesterday (we've got nine things you should know about it), and today it has released the technical preview version, allowing anyone interested to download it and give it a go. Both x64 and x86 ISOs are available to download.

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5K iMac tipped to launch with OS X Yosemite

5K iMac tipped to launch with OS X Yosemite

That’s one whopper of a display panel there, folks, but it’s certainly a possibility in rumors that’ve appeared pre-launch for OS X Yosemite. The OS X Yosemite Beta builds released to testers thus far include references to 4096 × 2304, 5760 × 3240, and 6400 x 3600 pixel displays, and we have heard that Apple could be releasing far more densely-packed desktop machines in the near future.

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Windows 9 release details: early downloads and previews

Windows 9 release details: early downloads and previews

This week Microsoft will be detailing the release of their next big operating system update: Windows 9. Before we get there though, we’ll see a Technical Preview. This Technical Preview will be split in two, one for Enterprise, the other for the general public.

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Microsoft sends invites for Windows 9 event on September 30

Microsoft sends invites for Windows 9 event on September 30

It has long been expected that Microsoft would be showing off the next version of Windows this month, something the company has confirmed with an invite to an event taking place in San Francisco on September 30. The invite promises details on "what's next for Windows".

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Windows 9 preview in September: a return to classic form

Windows 9 preview in September: a return to classic form

It’s time to get back to basics. This September it’s looking likely that the "Threshold" tech preview of Microsoft’s next big Windows release is set to take place. This means that people who are willing to test the software otherwise known as Windows 9 early will be able to do so in less than a month.

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Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Those of you that enjoy changing the theme for your smartphone on a daily basis will appreciate what the folks behind Elementary OS are trying to do. They’re not trying to be your "Monday" theme, but your next operating system - and they’re trying to do it with Linux tied to an aesthetic that’s a cross between Chrome OS and Apple’s OS X.

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Update to Windows 8.1 now with new fixed program

Update to Windows 8.1 now with new fixed program

Back on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to the public for free download as an upgrade to Windows 8. A number of users were unable to grab the update at that time - and since - because of a problem which locked them in an update failed cycle. Microsoft’s newest solution to this comes in a Windows 8 and Windows RT Pilot Program.

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Windows 9 on the way with custom Mini Start Menu

Windows 9 on the way with custom Mini Start Menu

The Start Button appears to be making its way back to Windows with the oncoming release of Windows "Threshold," also tipped to be called Windows 9. This system has not been confirmed by Microsoft, nor has it been officially suggested as removing the Metro UI revealed in Windows 8 at all - instead, it’s likely to be a slightly more incremental update than Windows 8 was in the first place.

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Android Wear notifications reveal next step in wearables

Android Wear notifications reveal next step in wearables

The Google-made software experience known as Android Wear is made for wearable smart devices like watches. Revealed earlier this year, Android Wear will be created for devices with circular or square displays, at first catering to those that will be worn around your wrist. This week Google has revealed a number of screens which give us insight on what Android Wear will look like.

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Apple takes Japan: Android dominates Europe and China

Apple takes Japan: Android dominates Europe and China

If one thing is to be understood about Apple’s method of selling smartphones, it’s that they’ve got one big brand that works: iPhone. According to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech sales data - for the three month period ending in March of 2014 - Apple has "bounced back" this quarter after loosing some ground in the quarter before. This is due largely, he suggests, to the release of the iPhone 5s.

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