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This trick will stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates, but be careful

A little white lie could save Windows 10 Home users from automatic updates, but it comes with big responsibilities. Watch for the full details.

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Windows revenue ticks up slightly in June quarter

Second-quarter revenue for Microsoft's More Personal Computing division was down 4%, even though Windows revenue was up over the prior year.

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Windows 10 personal data collection is excessive, French privacy watchdog warns

Windows 10 breaches French law by collecting too much personal information from users and failing to secure it adequately, according to the French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL).

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Latest leap-second plan poses a dilemma for conscientious sysadmins

Conscientious sysadmins face a dilemma on Dec. 31, when a new leap second will threaten the stability of computer systems and networks.

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Skype sets a course for the cloud, ditching some apps on the way

Skype is leaving behind its peer-to-peer roots and going all in on the cloud. While the popular messaging app made it this far by facilitating connections between computers for video calls and other communications, it's moving to a...

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Microsoft steps up legal pressure against Windows 10 pirates

Microsoft last week filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows and Office.

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Can you name these Linux distributions?

Linux has over 250 distributions. Here are 25 of them -- can you ID them given a couple clues?


2 ways to get out of Windows 10 Safe Mode

You went into Windows Safe Mode to fix something, and now you can't get out. Luckily, you have two emergency exits. Watch for more details.

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Apple updates OS X El Capitan with final non-security fixes

Apple today updated OS X El Capitan, likely for the last time other than for security patches.

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Skype updates its Windows 10 app beta on desktop and mobile

Skype is bringing a new app to smartphones, computers, and tablets running Windows 10 on Monday, ahead of Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update launch.

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HP's Elite X3 smartphone with Windows 10 will ship this month for $699

Not many are using smartphones with Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile, but HP's flagship Elite X3, which ships this month, could boost the sagging fortunes of the OS.

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15 free Modern Windows apps for IT pros

There are countless free app lists out there for traditional Windows applications and mobile OSs, but not as many for the newer Modern Windows apps. Most of these apps are still very basic in their functionality, but nevertheless...


Microsoft disavows 1B-or-bust goal for Windows 10

Microsoft won't make its self-imposed goal of putting Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by mid-2018.


Unix tip: Arranging data and running commands with xargs

Useful things that you can do on the command line with xargs

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Windows as a Service: What's it mean?

Microsoft's decision to unveil a subscription licensing model for Windows 10 for enterprises could be a boon for some companies, a bust for others. Here's what to consider.

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Raspberry Pi 3 creator hopes for Windows 10 desktop OS support

Raspberry Pi started off as a hobbyist device and can now function as a Linux computer. If support for the Windows 10 desktop OS is added to the board computer, it could threaten the shipments of conventional PCs.

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Mac shipments slump for third straight quarter

Apple sold between 4.4 million and 4.6 million Macs in the second quarter, a year-over-year decline of between 5% and 8%, according to IDC and Gartner.

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Mingis on Tech: Sierra, Siri and Pokemon, oh my!

With the public beta of macOS Sierra out, it's time for a closer look at Apple's newest OS. But our tech trio -- Executive News Editor Ken Mingis, Apple guru Michael deAgonia and Multimedia Editor Keith Shaw -- can't avoid the Pokemon...

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