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Android 12 new Color Space system could be an IT nightmare

Android 12 new Color Space system could be an IT nightmare

There's a bit of a clue about the future in the latest build of Android. Prepared for what would appear to be Android 12 is a system similar to that of the Google Pixel "Space" color theme system. The color would be selected from a Google-delivered pre-set of colors or otherwise eye-dropper selected from any source the user wished. If clues are indicative of what's truly headed for Android 12, Google is about to make a mistake.

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Apple M1 Macs can now run Ubuntu Linux thanks to Corellium

Apple M1 Macs can now run Ubuntu Linux thanks to Corellium

The sheer impressive power of the Apple Silicon M1 processor has made developers, hackers, and tinkerers daydream about possible use cases beyond what Apple intended or would even allow. Some have already gotten Windows to run on it, in a virtualized environment fashion, of course. Now a few security researchers have also figured out how to run Linux directly on the hardware, albeit with a few catches that could still make it not that useful for a daily driver for Linux users.

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Windows 10X on Surface Pro 7 shows a touch-centric experience

Windows 10X on Surface Pro 7 shows a touch-centric experience

To date, people mostly think of Windows as an operating system for desktops and laptops. Despite Microsoft's efforts since Windows 8 and various "special editions" like Windows 10 S, the OS has struggled to fully adapt a user experience that could rival the likes of iPadOS or even Android when it comes to touch-based devices. Windows 10X, which was initially intended for the fully touch-centric Surface Neo, could be the break that Microsoft needs and a new video showing it in action could prove exactly that.

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Windows 10X, Windows 10 Sun Valley Start Menus couldn’t be more different

Windows 10X, Windows 10 Sun Valley Start Menus couldn’t be more different

By the end of the year, there might be two versions of Windows being installed on PCs. One is the much-delayed Windows 10X which will drop by single-screen computers first before exploring dual-screen contraptions if it ever lasts that long. Microsoft, however, won't be exactly be dropping the traditional Windows 10 and might be giving it a substantial visual refresh. Needless to say, neither might resemble the Windows 10 you know today right from the start, literally.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 21286 arrives with a useful new update for the taskbar

Windows 10 Insider Build 21286 arrives with a useful new update for the taskbar

Microsoft today announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286, which adds a collection of new features for all Insiders in the Dev Channel to test out. Chief among these new features is a new button on the taskbar that's taking up residence right alongside the system tray. This button will show weather information at a glance, and when clicked, it will pull up a new window that features a "feed of dynamic content."

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Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 “super devices” pave way for future without Google

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 “super devices” pave way for future without Google

The way Huawei speaks about the newest version of HarmonyOS, you'd think they didn't need Google at all. HarmonyOS is the operating system Huawei is using to diverge away from the OS they've used most commonly on smartphones so far: Google's Android. With the release of HarmonyOS 2.0, Huawei's broken past the point of "will it work" straight into "Google might be worried."

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CloudReady Chrome OS for old laptops is now owned by Google

CloudReady Chrome OS for old laptops is now owned by Google

Although Android's and Chrome OS' open source natures allow them to be reshaped and installed on a variety of devices, Google has never really endorsed or even encouraged putting them on anything other than smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and a small number of boxes. Companies like Neverware have taken it upon themselves to make that happen, creating CloudReady OS, a version of Chrome OS that can be installed on a wide range of laptops, including older and unsupported Chromebooks. Now it seems that Google has acquired Neverware, opening the door to Chrome OS' greater expansion, presuming Google allows it.

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Google Fuchsia OS gets serious, development opened to the public

Google Fuchsia OS gets serious, development opened to the public

Google has quite a few platforms under its care like Android, Chrome OS, and customized variants of those. For the longest time, pundits have been waiting for Google to finally come with its own operating system, whether it's just Android or, more likely, just Chrome OS. For some time, it seemed that Fuchsia would be that long-awaited Google OS, at least until it silently retreated into the background. Now Google is pushing Fuchsia OS back into the spotlight, explaining the project's purpose and letting others outside the company shape its future.

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macOS Big Sur reportedly making older MacBook Pros unusable

macOS Big Sur reportedly making older MacBook Pros unusable

While Big Sur's biggest claim to fame is its support for Apple's new ARM-based computers, a major macOS update is still a major macOS update. Finally released to the public just last week, it's no surprise to learn that many Mac owners are jumping on board early. It's also not surprising to hear those early adopters running into some issues. Most of those, however, can usually be fixed by resetting various components but one case, in particular, seems to be turning old MacBook Pros into unusable bricks according to a handful of owners.

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Apple macOS Big Sur release date confirmed

Apple macOS Big Sur release date confirmed

Much of the focus of today's Apple event was centered around Apple's new M1 chip and the Macs it will power - a new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini - but we also learned a bit more about Big Sur, the operating system all of these Macs will be running when they release later this month. While it's true that most of Apple's Big Sur information centered around how the M1 chip will help the operating system run better, we did get one key detail about Big Sur separate from the M1 reveal: its release date.

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Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows has changed considerably over the years and every Windows 10 major release takes it further away from the Windows that some have grown to love or love to hate. One thing that has so far withstood the test of time, other than the arcane Windows Registry, is the Windows Control Panel. Here one could find almost any and all things related to your computer's settings but Microsoft is now taking bigger steps to retire the powerful tool for its prettier but less flexible Windows 10 Settings app.

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In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

Signs point to a major refresh of the Windows 10 user interface for the masses in the second half of the year 2021. This UI refresh was reported today to roll with a codename "Sun Valley." In the mix is a set of changes that could very well change the way you use your Windows machine in a top-level sort of way. These changes are said to aim at "reinvigorating" and modernizing the Windows desktop experience.

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