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Windows 8 uses BIOS embedded product key

Windows 8 uses BIOS embedded product key

One thing that has been common on notebook and desktop computers purchased at retail for years is a little sticker on the bottom or on the back of the machine that has the Windows product key. The problem with this sort product key for Microsoft was that having a key in a visible location made it easy for pirates to get a legitimate activation key for Windows. Consumers also had to worry that a torn sticker would fade over time and leave them unable to activate their operating system.

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What’s new in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

What’s new in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

It's time for Google's mobile OS to get another boost, with Android 4.1 turning to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a new set of features galore. This update is largely improving upon what was revealed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, effectively making it more of a "full" update than an incremental one - unless of course you consider that and this as increments, of course. This software will be working on the Google Nexus 10 from Samsung and the LG Nexus 4, tablet and smartphone environments alike.

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Samsung Series 3 Chromebook gets Ubuntu hack via Google itself

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook gets Ubuntu hack via Google itself

It would appear that the folks at Google - or at least one of their ranks - wants to prove the versatility of the hardware behind the newest Chromebook on the market with a port of Ubuntu as an operating system. We've reviewed the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook in full and can say with some confidence that it'd be amazing to have more options than just Chrome as an OS, especially given the undeniably low price point of the unit at $249 USD. The process has already begun with Google's Olof Johansson, right on down on the case - with a dirty port going strong here right as the Chromebook is arriving in mailboxes!

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New Windows 8 poll suggests lagging consumer interest

New Windows 8 poll suggests lagging consumer interest

Microsoft may be doing its best to push Windows 8, but a new poll from The Associated Press and GfK suggests that Microsoft's massive marketing campaign may not be working that well. According to the results of the poll, which surveyed 1,200 adults by phone, a significant 52% of respondents haven't even heard of Windows 8. Not good, especially considering the amount of attention the new OS has been given by the press.

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Microsoft gears up for global Windows 8 launch on October 26

Microsoft gears up for global Windows 8 launch on October 26

Just a reminder to all of you Windows users out there: Windows 8 launches tomorrow at 12:01 AM local time all around the world. Microsoft is gearing up for this global launch with the opening of a ton of temporarily retail locations, and today the company held a launch event for the new OS in New York City. Sadly, we didn't get many new details at the event, but it did its part to ramp up anticipation for the all-new OS.

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Android to surpass Windows in OS market share by 2016

Android to surpass Windows in OS market share by 2016

There's no doubt about it: mobile device sales are booming, while traditional computer sales are leveling out. In fact, PC shipments dipped for the first time in 11 years. However, it's estimated that there will be around 1.5 billion devices running the Windows OS by the end of the year, compared to the just over 600 million devices running Android. In four years' time, though, that may change.

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Windows 8 Review

Windows 8 Review

I have a confession to make: I never tried the Windows 8 consumer preview. You see, I’ve been a lifelong Windows user (I can remember my parents making a big deal out of our switch to Windows 3.1), and as a lifelong Windows user, I’ve been burned plenty of times in the past. Most recently, this happened with Windows Vista, so when Windows 7 came along, I decided that it was the only Windows version I needed for the foreseeable future. Sure, I watched plenty of videos and read plenty of articles about Windows 8, but none of those convinced me that OS was something I needed to have on my machine. Yet here I am, reviewing Windows 8 for SlashGear. Can Microsoft’s latest version of the OS persuade this stubborn Windows 7 user that the grass really is greener on the other side? Read on to find out.

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Microsoft Q1 earnings report swings Windows 8 in like a lamb

Microsoft Q1 earnings report swings Windows 8 in like a lamb

With the dawn of Windows 8 coming in this next quarter, it's time for Microsoft to brace itself for a big change - or what they hope will be a big change after a rather modest financial report here in their Q1 report for 2012. This report has them coming in at $16.01 billion in revenue, which is good, with $5.31 billion in profit, which is certainly OK, but not spectacular for the beast of a company. This update has them coming up over their Q4 report just one quarter ago, but compared to last year at this time, the big M isn't doing nearly so well.

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Should I buy a $249 Chromebook for school?

Should I buy a $249 Chromebook for school?

If you're asking yourself if the brand new $249 Samsung Chromebook is going to get you through the school year, you'll want to know a few details on how this device actually functions. First of all, it may look surprisingly like a MacBook Air, but it's not a full-fledged system in the way you're used to - this device isn't made for massive video editing and it's certainly not ready for any big-name gaming adventures. What it is made for is web-based action - and lots of it.

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Kaspersky developing OS to protect critical information systems

Kaspersky developing OS to protect critical information systems

In an announcement where Eugene Kaspersky tossed around some verbiage about Die Hard 4 and John McClane and cyber attacks on things best left alone, like nuclear power stations, it was revealed that Kaspersky Lab is developing a "secure" operating system for industrial control systems (ICS). Specifically, the upcoming OS will provide protection for key information systems for transportation facilities, utility infrastructure, communications systems, and the like. Says Kaspersky, "Quite a few rumors about this project have appeared already on the Internet, so I guess it’s time to lift the curtain (a little) on our secret project and let you know (a bit) about what’s really going on."

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