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The complexity of password complexity

Password complexity settings on Linux systems is a lot more interesting -- and complex -- than it might appear.

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Here's how Windows 10's rapid release works, and looks

Microsoft's grand plan for maintaining Windows 10 on a regular twice-a-year cadence sounds so simple. It's not. Here's help figuring it all out.

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Google raises heat on Microsoft with new Chrome bundle for enterprises

Google has rolled out an enterprise bundle that packages Chrome, management templates and an add-on for dealing with legacy sites and apps, building on the success its browser already has on the web.

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Tower of power, Apple-branded display promise Mac resurgence

Apple has a rich history of bucking trends. Why not show the world they're listening to customers by giving them what they want instead of what Apple thinks they need?

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Google I/O: What about Android on Chrome OS?

Google introduced many neat new Android features at the conference. Moving forward with Android on Chrome OS wasn’t one of them.

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Why I’m worried about Microsoft Teams deployment

Microsoft Teams is a little confusing and a little too flexible for real-world use at this point. It's also too ambitious.

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No, Windows XP didn't fuel WannaCry

The global WannaCry attack that started 10 days ago affected just a handful of Windows XP PCs, a security expert said today.

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Microsoft does enterprise no favors when it won't explain Windows 10's schedule

Microsoft has failed to explain to corporate customers the repercussions of its twice-a-year schedule to deliver Windows 10 upgrades in March and September.

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Windows Mixed Reality vs Hololens

What's the difference between Windows' new mixed-reality devices and the HoloLens? We go hands on to tell you.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Now updated for build 16199, released on May 17, 2017: Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone as they roll out from Microsoft.

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Apple simplifies Windows 10 installs with support for Creators Update

Apple updated macOS Sierra to more easily allow users to install the latest version of Windows 10 on their Macs.

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Windows 10 S is crippleware

We now know more about Windows 10 S — and the more we learn, the more idiotic it looks. No Chrome? No third-party browsers at all? Rewrite all apps? Ha!

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WWDC: Apple’s Kaby Lake MacBook upgrades coming soon

MacBook Air gets reprieve as Apple puts it up against Surface in key enterprise markets

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Surface Pro 4 vs. Surface Book: How to decide

Two great machines, one hard choice. We walk through the pros and cons so you can decide.

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Who's hogging the network? Bandwidth usage on a Linux system

How to get a clear view of network bandwidth usage on a Linux system.

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Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie 'WannaCrypt'

Microsoft took the unprecedented step of patching long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from the ransomware.

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'Kill switch' helps slow the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated.

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Microsoft posts PowerShell script that spawns pseudo security bulletins

A Microsoft manager this week offered IT admins a way to replicate -- more or less -- the security bulletins the company discarded last month.

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