Operating Systems archive

  • HTC planning to develop its own OS?
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    HTC planning to develop its own OS?

    By 14 April 2010

    In an interview with Bloomberg, HTC's CEO Cheng Hui-Ming has revealed that his company is looking into the possibility of developing its own operating system from scratch. "We continue to assess, but that requires a few conditions to justify it", he told...

  • Apple updates OS X to 10.6.3
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    Apple updates OS X to 10.6.3

    By 29 March 2010

    Apple has released a new update to its Operating System on Monday evening fixing a number of issues and generally enhancing the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac says Apple. The list of improvements, isn't exactly exciting, however as...

  • 10 reasons to switch to Android
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    10 reasons to switch to Android

    By 15 March 2010

    With so much talk on our pages, as well as with tech news in the papers and the Web, it's quite impressive to think that Android has only been around for 16 months or so. In that time we've seen the software updated thrice, the launch of at least 10 different...

  • Motorola flees to Bing in Android deal
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    Motorola flees to Bing in Android deal

    By 11 March 2010

    Following Google's noisy exit from China in January, Motorola's been wondering what to do about the handsets that it's planning to launch in the country in 2010. It can't run Google Search or Google Maps any longer, so instead it's jumped into the arms...

  • Zune to get Windows Phone 7 OS?
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    Zune to get Windows Phone 7 OS?

    By 10 March 2010

    The next edition of Microsoft's Zune MP3 player might run the company's Windows Phone 7 operating system, if rumours are to be believed. Fuelling that suggestion Microsoft has confirmed that its XNA platform - used to create games on the Xbox and Zune ...

  • North Korea builds its own OS
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    North Korea builds its own OS

    By 4 March 2010

    The North Korean government has developed its own operating system based on the open source Linux OS. The "Red Star" operating system has apparently been in development since 2006 but came to light after Russian news channel, Russia Today, covered a blog...

  • Ubuntu Linux gets visual makeover
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    Ubuntu Linux gets visual makeover

    By 4 March 2010

    If there was ever a bit of software in dramatic need of a little bit of sexing up, it'd be Linux. For some time, the open-source OS has had a little bit of an image problem - seen as the operating system of choice for beardy coding types. That image wasn't...

  • First videos of Symbian^4 emerge
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    First videos of Symbian^4 emerge

    By 26 February 2010

    A couple of remarkably short videos demonstrating the next version of Symbian have surfaced on the Web. While we've already seen the forthcoming version - Symbian^3 - this is the first we've seen of its successor. If you lean your head to one side, you'll...

  • Microsoft starts countdown to phasing out Windows XP, Vista, 2000
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    Microsoft starts countdown to phasing out Windows XP, Vista, 2000

    By 25 February 2010

    Don't panic, the date's not just yet, however as promised by Microsoft last year, the company is starting to inform Windows users that it will be phasing out support for its earlier operating systems. "Back in October 2009 we talked about upcoming dates...

  • LG predicts death of Symbian, BlackBerry, webOS
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    LG predicts death of Symbian, BlackBerry, webOS

    By 18 February 2010

    Scott Ahn, head of LG's mobile business, has told a press conference that he thinks the smartphone market will increasingly consolidate - with the number of operating systems reducing to just three - iPhone, Android and Windows Phone - within a couple...

  • Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition announced for emerging markets
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    Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition announced for emerging markets

    By 16 February 2010

    A new version of Windows Mobile is due to be available, and in contrast to the Windows Phone 7 Series just announced for launch towards the end of the year, this version is aimed at emerging markets. Bsquare, a software solutions provider and the global...

  • VIDEO: Symbian^3 revealed
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    VIDEO: Symbian^3 revealed

    By 15 February 2010

    The Symbian Foundation has unveiled the first release of "Symbian^3" due to be "code complete" by the end of next month. The video above from Nokia gives an overview of the updated platform, with more advanced usability, faster networking and graphics...

  • Nokia and Intel announce MeeGo
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    Nokia and Intel announce MeeGo

    By 15 February 2010

    8 months after Nokia and Intel announced a partnership to work together the company has launched MeeGo.   Rather than a handset with a Moorestown chipset as found in the LG GW990 announced at CES, the collaboration will instead be a software platform...

  • XP patch brings blue screen misery
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    XP patch brings blue screen misery

    By 12 February 2010

    Windows XP users are lighting torches and collecting pitchforks for an assault on the castle gates following a set of security patches issued on 9 February by Microsoft. If reports on the company's support forum are true, the updates have caused widespread...

  • Windows 8 to be "completely different"
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    Windows 8 to be "completely different"

    By 11 February 2010

    Now that Windows 7 is out of the door and bringing in the cash for Microsoft, the software giant has set its sights on the next version, which has been codenamed Windows 8. A couple of snippets of information about the upcoming OS have been revealed....

  • Symbian goes open source ahead of schedule
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    Symbian goes open source ahead of schedule

    By 4 February 2010

    The Symbian Foundation has announced it has completed the open source release of the source code for the widely-used smartphone platform. This means the 10-year-old Symbian platform, which has been the OS for over 300 million devices around the world,...

  • Vinyl Android collectibles coming soon
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    Vinyl Android collectibles coming soon

    By 3 February 2010

    The symptoms are clear - HTC Hero clutched in your hand, dismissal of the iPhone as "for mums", Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar open in three Chrome tabs. It's time to admit it - you're an Android fanboy. Or fangirl. Fanperson doesn't have the...

  • Microsoft investigating Windows 7 battery issues
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    Microsoft investigating Windows 7 battery issues

    By 3 February 2010

    Microsoft has said that it's probing reports that Windows 7 is falsely reporting problems with batteries. Many users have complained that the OS warns that power is exhausted before it is, and even that the battery needs to be replaced entirely. The software...

  • iPhone OS 3.1.3 update released
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    iPhone OS 3.1.3 update released

    By 3 February 2010

    Apple has released an update for the iPhone, bringing the version number up to 3.1.3. It brings a few minor new features, a whole host of bug fixes, and a handful of security patches which close up the holes that jailbreakers use to get inside the handset....

  • Microsoft reveals 60 million Windows 7 sales
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    Microsoft reveals 60 million Windows 7 sales

    By 29 January 2010

    Microsoft's second quarter financial results have revealed just how many copies of Windows 7 the software giant has shifted since it went on sale in October 2009. While announcing record revenue, sales figures of 60 million Windows 7 licenses from Microsoft...

  • Android to overtake iPhone in 2013
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    Android to overtake iPhone in 2013

    By 26 January 2010

    Latest estimates from mobile analysts IDC suggest that Google's mobile operating system, Android, will overtake both the iPhone and Blackberry operating systems by 2013. IDC estimates that it'll gain an install-base of 68 million handsets, giving it second...

  • Boot Camp 3.1 brings Windows 7 support
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    Boot Camp 3.1 brings Windows 7 support

    By 20 January 2010

    Fashionably late, Apple has updated Boot Camp - its utility that allows Mac users to dual-boot Windows on their Apple hardware - with support for Windows 7. There are two updates available, one for 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and one for 32 bit versions. ...

  • Froyo will be the next Android version
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    Froyo will be the next Android version

    By 18 January 2010

    The next version of Google's Android operating system will be called "Froyo", according to Erick Tseng, Android's senior product manager. It'll follow previous updates titled Cupcake, Donut and Eclair. Originally, the update was going to be titled "Flan",...

  • Microsoft admits Windows Mobile 7 delay
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    Microsoft admits Windows Mobile 7 delay

    By 17 December 2009

    Windows Mobile users have some time to wait until the platform sees a major refresh, it's been revealed, as Microsoft has owned up to further delays for the next-gen version of the OS. While Windows Mobile 6.5 launched late this year, Windows Mobile 7...

  • Windows patch threatens black screen of death
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    Windows patch threatens black screen of death

    By 1 December 2009

    Microsoft is said to be investigating reports that a recently-released security update is causing computers to lock up and display a "mostly" black screen with no desktop, taskbar, sidebar or anything else - just a My Computer explorer window. The issue...