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Windows 8 To Go puts new OS on old machines

Windows 8 To Go puts new OS on old machines

When you get used to a new version of an operating system, it can be very frustrating if you have to use a computer with an old version. Microsoft has been talking up a new way of bringing Windows 8 to older machines without having to actually upgrade or install software on the older machine. It's very easy to do thanks to the ability to run Windows 8 from a flash drive.

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Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 available now

Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 available now

It has only been a few short weeks since Ubuntu 12.04 was released back in April, along side the LTS support. While I'm sure it still feels new to many we already have the next version. Development never stops in the Linux world and today they've made their next version, Ubuntu 12.10 alpha 1 available for download.

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Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has today all but confirmed that the Nook hardware will never carry Windows 8 or any version of Windows in the future. Speaking with Fortune Magazine, Lynch let it be known that the primary reason Barnes & Noble and Microsoft are pairing up is their ability to bring the Nook ebook software to "millions of screens and windows." The Nook ereader hardware, on the other hand, will continue to run the open-sourced software known as Android through the future.

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Microsoft Nook interaction only apps deep

Microsoft Nook interaction only apps deep

Though it might seem like the obvious next step in line for Microsoft to push Windows 8 to the Nook hardware after they invested millions into Barnes & Noble's newly formed NewCo for the hardware and subsequent apps, it's simply not in the cards that tablet. With Barnes & Noble having already invested heavily in the idea that their bookstore and app environment works with Android - not exactly like Google would like it, but still - they're not likely to move with Windows 8 for future ereaders any time soon. Instead it's the apps we'll be seeing integrated for Nook, the Barnes & Noble library of content, and Windows 8-toting hardware galore.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ready for download

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ready for download

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has landed today, offering enterprise users a secure and stable Linux operating system for their work environment. LTS stands for Long Term Support, with five years of guaranteed updates for the OS, as well as the option to purchase commercial support. The latest version of Ubuntu brings support for Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol 7.1, plus desktop virtualization for Citrix and VMWare.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.01 update improves Android app support

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.01 update improves Android app support

RIM has released an update today for its BlackBerry PlayBook OS, bringing the platform up to version 2.01.358. Although it's not nearly as big of an update as when the company released version 2.0, which finally brought the long promised native email, calendar, and contacts apps as well as Android app support, this new update does bring some welcome performance improvements and bug fixes.

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Ubuntu Phone OS being developed

Ubuntu Phone OS being developed

A recent job listing has revealed that an Ubuntu Phone OS is currently under development. Canonical, the major developer behind the Ubuntu OS, is seeking a Business Development Manager for its Ubuntu Phone OS project that will be responsible for establishing relationships with phone vendors and telecommunications companies to promote the platform.

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Apple unleashes OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Apple unleashes OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Apple today released the second developer preview for its next-gen operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest OS was first revealed in detail back in February, but is not expected to launch until this summer. It will bring more iCloud integration along with several iOS 5 features to the Mac platform.

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Android Key Lime Pie tipped post Jelly Bean

Android Key Lime Pie tipped post Jelly Bean

We've been hearing rumors for a while now that the next version of Android was going to be dubbed Jelly Bean. Google always picks the name of the sugary dessert as the codename for new versions of the Android operating system. The most recent was Ice Cream Sandwich and prior to that, we had names such as Honeycomb and Eclair.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launches Feburary 21

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launches Feburary 21

The much delayed updated to RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook seems confirmed for release on February 21, if internal marketing docs obtained by Engadget prove to be accurate. The update is expected to show at Mobile World Congress later this month, but now we have a more precise date for anxious PlayBook owners.

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Mac OS X 10.7.3 hits with bug fixes, new languages

Mac OS X 10.7.3 hits with bug fixes, new languages

Apple today released its latest Mac OS X Lion update with version 10.7.3 that also includes Safari 5.1.3. The update brings several bug fixes for improved performance and compatibility. It also adds several new languages and RAW image file support for new cameras.

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Google should never have promised Android updates

Google should never have promised Android updates

There are quite a few stories out there over this past week saying that Google ought to be ashamed of themselves for how few devices currently run with their most recent version of Android, the tasty treat entitled Ice Cream Sandwich - but hear me here and now: Google is doing exactly what they intended to do in the first place. When Android was first introduced, Google intended to create their own device, releasing it simultaneously on each of the major mobile carriers and making sure their vision was available exactly as they intended on at least one device - this device survived in what's now called the Nexus line of phones, and although they aren't released in that same perfect way, they are essentially always what Google intends as a perfect Android experience. As for Ice Cream Sandwich - you shouldn't be so bold as to demand it on your year-old device.

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