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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos is probably well known for its almost endless list of budget smartphones and tablets, and even odd ones like a gaming handheld or a kid's ablet. Now the French manufacturer is trying its hands at a slightly different market. The company has just announced its first ever formal venture into the world of the academia, revealing tablets and notbeooks of varying sizes, as well as varying operating systems, that are specifically designed and priced to cater to the younger crowd, particularly students.

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Windows Defender destroys Superfish

Windows Defender destroys Superfish

Supposing you were worried that Superfish was going to ruin your Lenovo computer-loving life, there's good news this afternoon. Windows Defender version 1.193.444.0 has been pushed. This version of Windows Defender does two things. First, it detects and removes Superfish entirely. Second, it detects and removes all system certifications affected by Superfish. This means Superfish is gone, erased, and will have left the building in a way that should make it seem like this was all a bad dream. It's time to kick Superfish directly out the door.

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Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

This week the folks at Microsoft have teamed up with Intel on Wireless Display to make good on the no-wires-required equation. With this Wi-Fi Certified Miracast device, you'll plug one end in your HDMI port on your display, the other end in a USB port for power, and boom! You're ready to go. You'll be able to send your screen - from whatever Intel Wireless Display-capable device you have - to your larger display with a tap. PCs, notebooks, and smartphones are all included.

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Panasonic Toughbook 54 officially “semi-rugged”

Panasonic Toughbook 54 officially “semi-rugged”

It's time to bring heat to the "semi-rugged" laptop environment with the Panasonic Toughbook 54. So suggests Panasonic this week as they unveil this laptop that they also suggest is the thinnest and lightest in its class. This machine works with a 5th-gen Intel Core i5 vPro professor, a battery that they say will last 11 hours, and the option for a replaceable battery that'll last 18 hours. This Toughbook 54 laptop is made for mobile workers - people in the field with construction, field service, utilities, and video production.

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Windows 365 trademark hints at subscription-based updates

Windows 365 trademark hints at subscription-based updates

Offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for most Windows 7 and 8.1 owners seems like a generous move, but Microsoft might simply just be carving the path for a new way users will be getting updates in the future. Redmond has just recently filed a trademark for the "Windows 365" name and, judging by its similarities with Office 365, it could very well be a clue to Microsoft's plans to make Windows updates a subscription-based fare in the future, instead of a one time fee per version.

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Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

If you want to edit photos like a pro, the term ‘Photoshop’ has become as synonymous with doing so as ‘Google’ is to searching the Internet for stuff. A new editor is on the horizon, though, and it’s pretty special. Affinity Photo is currently in beta, but packs a ton of Photoshop-y tools that pros and amateurs alike will find useful. It’s the same team behind another very useful Photoshop tool, Affinity Designer, and packs just as much punch for photo editing as Designer did for things like vector art.

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comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

Of the estimated 182 million smartphone users in the United States, just over half use Android, according to comScore. The analytics firm just released their year-end report, and it shows just over 53% of us are using Android, while 41.6% are using iOS. Microsoft still holds a 3.4% market share with Windows, and BlackBerry fell hard, dropping half a point to capture just 1.8% of the overall smartphone market. In the OEM market share race, things are getting interesting, but are still dominated by Samsung and Apple.

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Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows Phone 10 or, as it's otherwise known, Windows 10 for phones, will be hitting the Technical Preview soon. Good news for those of you with the HTC One M8 for Windows, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1520 is that it would appear that the first line of devices to gain access to the Technical Preview will be - well - you. This won't be the exclusive list of devices to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, of course - there'll be lower-end devices to get the update as well.

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Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Star Wars Humble Bundle summons the Dark Forces

Today Humble Bundle brings heat with a number of Star Wars-themed games for PC, Linux, and Mac. The team behind Humble Bundle have successfully high-fived the folks who own the rights to these games - previously called LucasArts - and are pushing cash to charity. Users are asked to pay $1 or more - hopefully a lot more - to gain access to a number of rad games from Star Wars history. And what's that - at least one super classic title - Dark Forces, the original 3rd-party Dash Rendar-like character first person shooter back from the dead.

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