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Android, Chrome OS, and the future of Google's platforms

Android and Chrome OS are destined to come together -- but not necessarily in the way you might think.

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Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft today released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an AMD graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

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First look: Windows Server 2016 goes on a cloud diet

Under the familiar skin, Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 offers something very different.

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5 details you may miss in Apple’s new Macs

Apple ships new MacBook Pro and cheaper 5K iMac

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Even with free annual upgrades, Apple faces stubborn OS X fragmentation

While Yosemite powered the majority of Macs last month, Mavericks accounted for 21%, Mountain Lion and Lion for 6% each, Snow Leopard for 8%, and Leopard for nearly 2%. More than four in every 10 Macs ran an aged OS in April.

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Forecast update: 410M PCs on Windows 10 in 18 months

Microsoft should have Windows 10 on more than 410 million PCs within 18 months of the new OS's release, an analysis of user share data and upgrade tempos shows.

Microsoft bars more enterprise devices from seeing Windows 10 upgrade 'nag' campaign

Microsoft has modified an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs so that fewer business devices will see a campaign hawking the Windows 10 upgrade with on-screen ads.

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Microsoft's latest on Windows 10 to pirates: No deal

Microsoft has retreated from earlier statements that owners of counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 this summer.

Some perspective on Flash Player bugs

Adobe's Flash Player has had 143 bug fixes in the last year. After 18 years of development, no software should be this flawed. Here are four Defensive Computing approaches to being as safe as possible when running Flash.

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Whole lotta Windows 10 goin' on as Microsoft spells out 6 SKUs

Microsoft has laid out the list of Windows 10 editions it will sell this summer, adding a new academic SKU and one for smartphones and smaller tablets in the enterprise.

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Windows 10 must somehow form a family (it was much more than a hunch)

Preach it. Microsoft's VP of Windows Marketing, Tony Prophet, did just that yesterday -- spreading the word about multiple (and we mean multiple) versions of Windows 10...

China-based hackers used Microsoft's TechNet for attacks

Microsoft has moved to stop a China-based hacking group from using its TechNet website as part of its attack infrastructure.

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Master Mac Multitouch in 5 minutes

Sometimes it helps to review what you know; Your Mac’s Multitouch trackpad – like so much in OS X -- does much more than is immediately obvious.

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Apple mobile devices still dominate at companies, but Windows, Android gain

Apple products are still the preferred mobile devices among enterprise users, but competitors are chipping away at the company's lead, especially in the tablet market.

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MacKeeper security program opens critical hole on Macs

A critical vulnerability in MacKeeper, a controversial security program for Macs, could let attackers execute malicious commands when their owners visit specially crafted Web pages.

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GPU malware could also affect Windows PCs, and maybe Macs

A team of developers who created a Linux rootkit that runs on graphics cards has released a proof-of-concept malware program that does the same on Windows. And a Mac OS X implementation is in the works.

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If Windows 10 is the 'last version,' it needs names

With Microsoft now saying that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows," the company may have a naming problem.

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Review: The GNU Make Book

Here's a book that could teach you more than you ever thought possible about make. One of those Unix utilities that I took for granted all these years, make is actually a lot more versatile than I imagined and quite a bit more...

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