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Ubuntu 13.10 available for desktop and smartphone users

Ubuntu 13.10 available for desktop and smartphone users

With Windows 8.1 officially launching today, refreshed operating systems are on the minds of a lot of computer users. If your tastes lie in an operating system other than Windows, you may be interested in the latest version of Ubuntu Linux that launched yesterday. Ubuntu 13.10 launched on October 17 bringing a number of improvements for fans of the operating system.

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Windows 8.1 now officially available

Windows 8.1 now officially available

We've known since August that today was the official launch date for Windows 8.1. Microsoft has now officially announced that Windows 8.1 is available globally. If you've been following Windows 8.1, you may already know some of the things that the new version of the operating system brings to the table. Microsoft promises that Windows 8.1 will create a better user experience.

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HTC at Work on Smartphone OS Targeting China

HTC at Work on Smartphone OS Targeting China

Smartphone maker HTC is rumored to be in the process of developing a new smartphone operating system that specifically targets the Chinese market. The tip comes from a source who claims to be familiar with the project at HTC. It really comes as no surprise that smartphone makers are developing operating systems specifically for China considering that it's one of the biggest growth markets in the world.

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Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 is, Microsoft claims, the culmination of listening to feedback around Windows 8 and finessing the features users have been most demanding or vocal about. The original version shook up long-standing PC fans, with its Live Tile interface and marginalization of the traditional desktop, but there's more of an attempt to merge the two in Windows 8.1. That's certainly not all the new OS has to offer, however; we caught up with Microsoft to dig through some of the features the company is quietly proud of: read on for our pick of the hidden gems.

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Apple WWDC 2013 hardware wrap-up: MacBook Air, AirPort Extreme, Mac Pro

Apple WWDC 2013 hardware wrap-up: MacBook Air, AirPort Extreme, Mac Pro

In Apple's 2013 developers conference main keynote, the company showed a select few bits and pieces in the hardware realm. While no new mobile devices were unleashed, the desktop environment was given a bit of a bump with a MacBook Air refresh as well as a total re-thinking of the way the Mac Pro exists: 1/8th the size of its predecessor.

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Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Microsoft's Windows Blue will launch as Windows 8.1, new leaks suggest, not Windows 9 as some have predicted, with the top-level branding still expected to be Windows 8. The update, tipped to be released to manufacturing this August, will stick closely to Microsoft's existing OS branding, sources tell ZDNet, though as per previous nomenclature around Windows Phone, will make only minor reference to the .1 incremental change.

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Synology DiskStation Manager makes jump to version 4.2 beta

Synology DiskStation Manager makes jump to version 4.2 beta

While most companies seem to use CES to unveil new products and hardware, some use the show to launch new software. Synology is one such company, bringing its DiskStation Manager up to version 4.2 beta during the show. DiskStation Manager, as pretty much every Synology user already knows, is the operating system the company has developed for its network attached servers.

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Android 4.2 deletes December dates from the People app

Android 4.2 deletes December dates from the People app

If you're an Android 4.2 user who has important dates you need to remember in December, you need to be aware of an issue. Android 4.2 has some sort of flaw that is affecting the "People app" which is the default app for keeping contact information that Android devices use. The flaw is significant in the fact that the entire month of December has disappeared from the app calendar.

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Android to surpass Windows in OS market share by 2016

Android to surpass Windows in OS market share by 2016

There's no doubt about it: mobile device sales are booming, while traditional computer sales are leveling out. In fact, PC shipments dipped for the first time in 11 years. However, it's estimated that there will be around 1.5 billion devices running the Windows OS by the end of the year, compared to the just over 600 million devices running Android. In four years' time, though, that may change.

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OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date application released, quickly disappears

OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date application released, quickly disappears

It would seem that Apple is in the final stages of preparing for the upcoming launch of OS X Mountain Lion, as an application for its Up-to-Date program when live for a brief period today. The Up-to-Date program, which was announced last month, allows users who purchased a Mac after June 11 to receive a free upgrade to the new OS. However, the application was taken down shortly after it went live, so it appears that Apple isn't quite ready to roll out the program just yet.

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Windows 8 release date finally announced

Windows 8 release date finally announced

After spending what seems like eons with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft has finally given us a release date for Windows 8. We already knew that the next version of Microsoft's famous OS was going to be hitting shelves in October, but now, thanks today's announcement from Steven Sinofsky during the company's annual sales meeting, we have the actual day: October 26, 2012.

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Microsoft Windows 8 retail may be axed entirely

Microsoft Windows 8 retail may be axed entirely

The latest Windows-related rumor might be a big one, depending on what you're tempted to believe. According to Microsoft insiders Paul Thurrot and Mary Jo Foley, the company may be looking to drop the retail version of Windows 8 entirely. This would leave Windows 8 with just two versions: the $40 upgrade DVD and the Windows 8 System Builder Kit (OEM version).

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