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Apple OS X 10.9 sees boost in secret beta testing

Apple OS X 10.9 sees boost in secret beta testing

Back in November when we heard that OS X 10.9 was being secretly tested by a select number of users (most likely various Apple employees), we remained curious to see what kind of progress the new rumored version would make after a few months. Apple has been releasing updates to OS X every year or so, which means that 10.9 will most likely release sometime this summer based on the operating system's updating cycle.

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Gartner: Hybrid apps take 50% of mobile market by 2016

Gartner: Hybrid apps take 50% of mobile market by 2016

This week the analysis team at Gartner has made it clear that they expect the mobile app market to be more than 50% made up of apps that are cross-platform, aka "hybrid apps". These apps will be working with a combination of the "portability" of HTML5 Web apps with a native container for each different device, regardless of mobile OS. This means that, as many high-end apps release today already do, so will a much more vast cross-section of brands bring their apps to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and more.

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Windows Blue reportedly keeps Windows 8 Metro interface

Windows Blue reportedly keeps Windows 8 Metro interface

If you're not a big fan of the Metro-style interface found in Windows 8, then we've got bad news for you. As it turns out, the controversial interface might not be changing much as we move into Windows 9 - yes, Windows 8 has only been available for a couple of months, but that's not stopping the Windows 9 rumors from popping up. According to one poster over on the Taiwanese PCBeta forums, Windows 9, which has been codenamed "Windows Blue," will keep the Metro train rolling whether you like it not.

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Windows 8 licenses blast past 40 million sold

Windows 8 licenses blast past 40 million sold

The folks at Microsoft are glad to report that they've reached 40 million Windows 8 licenses sold in the new operating system's first month on the market. Microsoft notes specifically that "to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses" and wants to make it clear that they're not just pumped up about this pace of upgrade and new users, they're glad to share that it's outpacing the adoption of Windows 7.

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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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