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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Apple has a number of different operating systems for its various device these days, including iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and, of course, OS X for the Mac itself. Ever notice that one of those is not like the other when it comes to the naming convention? Turns out, Apple may already be planning to address this, with OS X possibly being rebranded as "macOS" sometime in the near future. A developer has spotted a hidden file in the latest update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan that makes mention of "macOS" in the name.

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Android update: what’s the point?

Android update: what’s the point?

Google releases another new version of Android and I have to ask: what is the point? Why continue to allow the public to be misled? We asked this question a few years ago, suggesting that Google should never have promised Android updates in the first place. They called it the "Update Alliance" - a group of manufacturers and mobile carriers that promised quick updates to Android whenever Google had them available. It was absurd then. It's still absurd today.

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BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

This week BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially confirmed the death of BlackBerry OS. Speaking at CES 2015, Chen confirmed that the company would release one, maybe two hardware devices in the year 2016, and that both of them would certainly run Android OS. Meanwhile they'll continue to support BlackBerry OS - BB10, as you might know it - but there aren't currently any public plans to release any new devices with the operating system any time soon, if ever.

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Tizen passes BlackBerry in market share, video explains why

Tizen passes BlackBerry in market share, video explains why

BlackBerry is gearing up to release the BlackBerry Priv, its hottest product in a long time. And it might need all the help, publicity, and profits it can get from it because according to Strategy Analytics, the fourth largest smartphone platform this quarter, behind Android, IOS, and, yes, Windows Phone, isn't BlackBerry anymore. That spot belongs to an unlikely contender: Tizen OS. Considering how Tizen-powered smartphones are so few compared to BlackBerry devices, that evaluation sounds almost too good to be true. But if it is, the BlackBerry is in for a world of pain.

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Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

As PC users have had a few month now to get used to Windows 10, it's already nearing time for Microsoft to release the first big update to the new operating system. As it turns out, such a release is only a few short weeks away, according to analyst Paul Thurrott. The update is said to be codenamed Threshold 2, and will include a number of bug fixes, as well as some adjustments to the overall user interface that were intended to be included in the initial release of Windows 10.

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Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whether you like it or not, here might be coming your computer's update to Windows 10. A recent update to genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers has apparently included a checked box intended to be opt-in for an automatic update to Windows 10. As it were, this checkbox was checked by default instead. This means that many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that've updated their system (but not to Windows 10) recently might just be getting that big update anyway. Whether they intended to or not.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Update seems oldest on Marshmallow list

Samsung Galaxy S5 Update seems oldest on Marshmallow list

Another leaked list of Samsung smartphones has leaked with indications for updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This list comes from SamMobile, where they suggest they've attained said information from an inside source. Here you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S5 - the Verizon version along with two Euro editions and a fourth version of the machine. You won't find the SM-G900T nor the SM-G900A - that is the T-Mobile USA and the AT&T versions of the smartphone. No smartphones older than the Galaxy S5 in Samsung's collection will be getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow according to this document.

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Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

How do I download OS X El Capitan? That's the question we've heard many times since WWDC earlier this year. This morning Apple flipped the switch for OS X El Capitan, allowing users around the world to access their newest operating system. This version of OS X brings a revamp to a number of core apps - Maps and Spotlight in particular. Battery performance will be given a kick in the pants, as will processing performance. This update is all about refining and improving what was released with OS X Yosemite last year - and it's a solid update you'll be glad you initiated.

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Jolla Sailfish OS 2.0 released for early access users

Jolla Sailfish OS 2.0 released for early access users

Finnish startup Jolla has just announced good news for users of its custom Sailfish OS: version 2.0 of the software is now available to early access users. The update brings a number interface changes to the Jolla phone, along with supporting Jolla's tablet as well. Sailfish OS 2.0 has been in development for some time now, first being announced back in March. The startup says the two main goals for the update were to make it easier for new users and improve a simplify the overall experience for others.

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Windows 10 sees 75 million installs after only 4 weeks

Windows 10 sees 75 million installs after only 4 weeks

Microsoft is celebrating the four-week anniversary of Windows 10's release by revealing that the new operating system has already been installed on 75 million PCs around the world. Windows 10 has been off to a great start since day one, seeing 14 million installs within the first 24 hours. For comparisons sake, Windows 8 saw 40 million licenses sold in its first month, eventually reaching 100 million at the six-month mark. There's little doubt that Windows 10's adoption rate has to do with it being a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users.

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Micromax developing its own Android-based OS

Micromax developing its own Android-based OS

While the recent Stagefright vulnerability highlighted the problem of the large number of Android variants, it doesn't look like things will be getting better anytime soon. Indian manufacturer Micromax has revealed it has plans to develop yet another forked Android operating system, this time for their own budget-priced devices. According to the company, the new Android-based OS is being designed to work across a wide range of their upcoming devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and even TVs.

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