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Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei appears to be in a position now to bring heat to their biggest competitors in Google and Apple. Whether or not by necessity, Huawei's moving forward with their alternative to Android, HarmonyOS, with a version of the operating system coming to smartphones this December. That means that before the end of 2020, Huawei's releasing their biggest stand-alone effort in the smartphone market yet.

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Chrome OS Windows apps support compared to needing a VHS tape player

Chrome OS Windows apps support compared to needing a VHS tape player

Google has been shaping Chrome OS to almost be the end all and be all of operating systems. It is practically a glorified web browser where apps based on web technologies can feel at home while now also supporting "foreign" apps from Android and Linux. Its recent announced partnership with Parallels to bring Windows software to Chrome OS sounds like a partial admission of defeat that it can't really provide everything that its users need. Google pretty much acknowledges that but amusingly also tries to downplay it by comparing it archaic technology.

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Mac OS 8 emulator lets you relive the past for the first time

Mac OS 8 emulator lets you relive the past for the first time

When people talk about Macs or Mac OS, they're most likely referring to what was previously and perhaps lovingly called "OS X". That "X" is, of course, the Roman numeral that notes that this is the 10th incarnation of Apple's desktop operating system. Few of today's Mac users have probably used Macintoshes before that, let alone older versions of their favorite operating system. Whether you're discovering it for the first time or planning a nostalgia trip, a new macintosh.js project now lets you run the 90s era Mac OS 8, even without owning a 90s era Macintosh.

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Windows 10X reportedly pushed to 2021 – and with a key feature missing

Windows 10X reportedly pushed to 2021 – and with a key feature missing

Things have generally been quiet on the Windows 10X front in recent months, but today, a handful of new rumors are spilling a lot of details on the upcoming operating system. Not only do these new rumors tell us when Microsoft may launch Windows 10X, but they also explain what the Windows landscape will look like once Windows 10X launches and what limitations the new operating system will have on release.

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Android 11 release date leaked, here’s how

Android 11 release date leaked, here’s how

Today Google essentially revealed the release date for Android 11, a version of Android that does not (yet) have a dessert name. While Google maintains that they will no longer be giving fancy food names to their new Android iterations, we're now about to let that stop us from naming it ourselves. How about Red Velvet Cake, or ...roscón de reyes (ring of the kings)?

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Windows 10 Preview 20161 shows new Start Menu design, Alt+Tab behavior

Windows 10 Preview 20161 shows new Start Menu design, Alt+Tab behavior

There has been some speculation, even worries, about how the Windows 10 Start Menu would be changing but Microsoft is now calming those fears by confirming that nothing much is changing. At least nothing yet as far as big sweeping design and behavioral changes are concerned. The latest preview build for Insiders shows off a slightly refreshed Start Menu but it's the new multi-tasking behavior that may have some users a tad annoyed instead.

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Big iPhone changes with iOS 14 (you can skip)

Big iPhone changes with iOS 14 (you can skip)

Some big iPhone software changes are in the making now with WWDC 2020 and iOS 14's big reveal for 2020. This update will be released to Public Beta in July and is out for developers in an early Beta now - and will be available to everyone by the end of the year. But if you don't want to change the way your iPhone looks, you don't need to - pretty much everything is optional.

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Windows 10 Start Menu upgrade might not be so radical after all

Windows 10 Start Menu upgrade might not be so radical after all

You only use it for a few seconds to search for or launch a program but it has become one of the most controversial parts of Windows in the last decade. Ever since Microsoft drastically changed it with Windows 8, the Windows Start Menu has become the subject of much design debates and changes over the years. It may be due a refresh in the next major Windows 10 release but if this latest teaser is any indicator, the next Start Menu will just get an aesthetic upgrade, at least for now.

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Chrome OS will soon run Windows app through Parallels

Chrome OS will soon run Windows app through Parallels

It may not be Google's OS but Chrome OS is truly shaping up to be the one OS to rule them all. It can already run software from Android and Linux in addition to its own native web-based Chrome apps and soon it will add what may be the most important set of apps for users. Full Windows applications are coming to some Chromebooks but those will be running via a third-party solution and only to a very select few Chrome OS users.

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Windows 10 2004 update today: These key features added

Windows 10 2004 update today: These key features added

Today the folks at Microsoft responsible for updating Windows released Windows 10 version 2004, also known as Windows 10 May 2020 Update. This update should be downloaded immediately if you do not already have your computer set to download Windows updates immediately. This version of Windows 10 has a wide variety of bug fixes and performance upgrades, including all those fixes included in the previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1909.

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Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Microsoft has just released the first major Windows 10 update of the year, version 2004 a.k.a. the May 2020 update, and, to no one's surprise really, there are a few issues that will cause users no small amount of headaches. There are no reports of disappearing files yet, thankfully, but some Windows 10 owners might want to hold off from updating immediately. Fortunately, this time Microsoft has found a way to inform users before they taking the plunge.

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Chrome OS 83 brings family controls and tab groups to Chromebooks

Chrome OS 83 brings family controls and tab groups to Chromebooks

Computers and smartphones have become important devices these days but it isn't just Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS that have taken the stage. Chrome OS and Chrome itself have become indispensable tools in a heavily Web-centric world. Even the COVID-19 pandemic has only slowed down but not stopped Google work on its Web platforms and it's now rolling out the latest update to help bring a bit of sanity and control back to users' lives, even if only on their Chromebooks.

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