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Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Starting today, users all around the world will begin to gain access to Windows 8.1 Update. This is the first major update to the Windows 8.1 system, a re-structuring of what was originally offered in the touch-friendly Windows 8. This update will be accessible through Windows Update primarily, a system which you can access by moving your cursor to the bottom-right of your display or by pulling in from the right of your display if you have a touchscreen PC or tablet.

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Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Supposing you’re one of the last users of Windows XP out there in the universe, you’ll want to make sure you understand the implications of continuing to use that operating system after tomorrow. Tomorrow, after all, is the last day Microsoft will be offering technical support for Windows XP for the public. After that, it’s all about Custom Support for Windows XP.

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Universal Windows apps to tie Microsoft ecosystem together

Universal Windows apps to tie Microsoft ecosystem together

It would seem that Microsoft is aiming to become a much more integrated system this season with what they’re calling "universal Windows apps." Speaking for "a platform for today and tomorrow" this week at BUILD 2014, David Treadwell, CVP of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group made the case clear.

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iOS 7.1 addresses animations that cause motion sickness

iOS 7.1 addresses animations that cause motion sickness

It hasn't been that long since the last iOS update was launched by Apple. The update to iOS 7.1 brought with it a number of features and fixes. Among the new features was support for CarPlay and other tidbits. One of the things about the versions of iOS that some didn’t like was the use of lots of animations.

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iOS 8 details leaked in WIP screenshots

iOS 8 details leaked in WIP screenshots

A number of screenshots taken with an iPhone have leaked additional verification of several future apps for the platform this morning. These shots were taken by Weibo microblogger TD Beta, a leakster who has (in general) provided well-sourced content in the past. In general, the takeaway here is not that we’re seeing finalized icon delivery, but that these apps exist.

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Jolla Sailfish OS launching as a launcher to invade Android

Jolla Sailfish OS launching as a launcher to invade Android

This week the folks behind the smartphone hardware and software brand Jolla have decided they’d be invading the world through Android. Before Sailfish 1.0 is launched across the whole world with smashing success, the company has decided they’d be rolling in a way for users on Android (the most common OS out there today for phones) to test their Jolla-made bits. This test will come in the form of a launcher.

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Samsung ZEQ Tizen smartphone readied for MWC 2014

Samsung ZEQ Tizen smartphone readied for MWC 2014

A leak of a smartphone that looks awfully similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been shown off in press photo form this morning. This device is tipped to be rolling with a 4.8-inch display with WXGA (1280 x 720 pixel) resolution as well as a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Under the hood is the first real-deal market-ready iteration of Samsung's own Tizen for 2014.

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SteamOS Beta update brings dual-boot options

SteamOS Beta update brings dual-boot options

This week the folks at Valve have introduced a new Beta release - the second of two so far, that is - of SteamOS. This operating system is delivered in an ISO file, coming now with the ability to install to non-UEFI systems. This update includes work done by the developers known as directhex and ecliptik who created the system called "Ye Olde SteamOSe".

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Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu will be including a default new scope with the aim of encouraging its philosophy of Free Culture directly into the user experience via the search engine of the OS. It will allow The Pirate Bay users to perform BitTorrent searches directly from the desktop.

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Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft's clandestine Midori, a skunkworks project developing a non-Windows OS, could spawn a new open-source programming language called "M#" insiders claim, a spin-off of existing C#. Chatter of the scheme came after one Midori team member publicly confirmed a new language was in development; that, sources told ZDNet, is M# (aka "M-Sharp"), developed alongside Midori, and is being seen as potentially even more evidence that the mysterious platform will see a launch.

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OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

OPPO N1 with pre-installed CyanogenMod ships Christmas Eve [UPDATE]

Google this week approved CyanogenMod's operating system for pre-installation on the OPPO N1 smartphone, a CyanogenMod developer announced yesterday. The CM operating system is an open source project that changes Google's Android OS in a wide variety of ways. The OPPO N1 will be the first major handset to ship with a CM pre-installation option. [UPDATE: CM has released a demo video of its OS running on the N1; read on and click play when you get there!]

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Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Earlier this month, Microsoft's operating system lifecycle chart was given an update with little (read: no) fanfare. With the update came two dates, one showing the end of retail sales for Windows 7, and one showing the end of OEM sales for the same aged OS. The revelation sparked grumbles and whatnot, but as it turns out, only half of the lifecycle chart was correct.

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