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Apple preps final non-security Mavericks update

Apple is working its way toward releasing OS X Mountain Lion 10.9.5, very likely the last non-security update for the 10-month old operating system.
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In his own words: Best quotes of Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer's decision to step down from Microsoft's board draws to a close a 34 year-long career that took him from business manager to CEO.

Petition demands Apple fix MacBook Pro graphics woes

A petition started last year that urges Apple's CEO to recall older MacBook Pro laptops to fix a graphics problem has passed the 10,000-signature mark, part of an ongoing effort to get Apple to do something.

New Yosemite dev preview may herald public beta update later this week

Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite today.

Microsoft offers custom Windows OS to all first-gen Intel Galileo owners

Microsoft is encouraging more hardware hackers to develop Windows-based smart devices and appliances with expanded availability of a preview OS to all owners of Intel's Galileo board.

Update: Microsoft pulls crippling patch from Windows Update

Although Microsoft has pulled a patch from Windows Update that crippled some computers, it is still pushing a truncated version of the security update that contained the flawed fix.

New Microsoft same as the old Microsoft

For all the talk by its CEO about a new and different Microsoft, the company's money-making software groups remain lashed to hardware-intensive divisions that increasingly drag down the firm's overall margin.

Microsoft urges customers to uninstall 'Blue Screen of Death' update

Microsoft is quietly recommending that customers uninstall one of last week's security updates after users reported that it crippled their computers with the infamous "Blue Screen of Death."

Windows 'Threshold' to go public within weeks

Microsoft will issue a preview of "Threshold," the current code name for Windows 8's successor, as soon as next month, according to an online report today.

Microsoft: Give IE another chance

In a wide-ranging "Ask Me Anything" chat on Reddit, developers and program managers from the Microsoft Internet Explorer team urged users to give the browser another chance.

Operating Systems In Depth

Lenovo N20p Chromebook review: An affordable dual-mode device

Lenovo's latest N20p Chromebook functions as both a regular laptop and a stand-supported tablet. But what is it like to use in the real world?

How to fix your Ubuntu Linux Internet connection

Ubuntu's included NetworkManager software aims to make your network connections "just work." Nevertheless, sometimes thing go awry.A There are times you have to adjust or change your connection settings, especially when using a laptop--justA likeA inA Windows.

Hands on: OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta shows off a new look and features

The beta of Apple's latest operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, promises a sparkling new design and some very useful features.

13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers

For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.

Two New Apps That Can Help Save You Money (Seriously)

Looking to spend less dough on stuff you want or need? I've got two new, free apps that can help.

OutSider App Tells You When the Weather is Right for Running

The folks at The Weather Channel have come up with another cool app,A OutSider, that's designed for weather geeks who are also runners, walkers, hikers and/or cyclists.

Getting started with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp

There are several deployment choices, but none is overly complex to set up.

How-to: Get started with Docker

Docker makes virtualization light, easy, and portable; follow this step-by-step guide from installing Docker to building a Docker container for the Apache Web server

Using Enlightenment as desktop environment

Over the last few months I've been living, quite happily, with GNOME Shell as the Desktop Environment on my Linux machines. Then, recently, I gave Enlightenment another try. I was blown away by how impressive it was (and, more importantly, how interesting it was).

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Give us the Windows 8 Start menu and no one will get hurt

It's looking like Microsoft won't be bringing back the Start menu until 2015. Way to put the customer first, Microsoft!