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  • Power Nap – keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps
    Laptops

    Power Nap – keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps

    By 11 June 2012

    Apple has created a new feature for its latest OS X Mountain Lion operating system that promises not only to get your email while your computer is closed and dormant, but also back up your Time Capsule and download new system updates. The new feature...

  • Jeep Wrangler with futuristic dashboard courtesy of RIM-owned QNX shown off
    Cars

    Jeep Wrangler with futuristic dashboard courtesy of RIM-owned QNX shown off

    By 8 June 2012

    QNX has been talking about the future of cars, and it's all about customisation. The operating system has been demoed in a Jeep Wrangler Sahara and sees the digital instrument cluster (that’s a dashboard to us Brits) configured according to your personal...

  • Windows 8 tips for non-touch users
    Laptops

    Windows 8 tips for non-touch users

    By 1 June 2012

    The Windows 8 Release Preview download is out and available for all to install and, if you’re a regular here at Pocket-lint and of the non-Mac persuasion, it’s well worth doing. In fact, according to Microsoft, it’s even worth doing if you run a...

  • How to install Windows 8 on a Mac
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    How to install Windows 8 on a Mac

    By 1 June 2012

    You are intrigued aren't you? While you brag about OS X to your mates there is something rising inside you that just wants to see what all the fuss is about. You want to have a go to see what all your PC owning friends are going to be using, and as it...

  • Windows 8 upgrade will start from just £10
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    Windows 8 upgrade will start from just £10

    By 31 May 2012

    Microsoft will offer its next operating system update, Windows 8, from just £10 to customers who buy a new PC from 2 June. "Beginning June 2, 2012, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets, including the US and Canada," the company...

  • Windows 8 Release Preview now ready to download
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    Windows 8 Release Preview now ready to download

    By 31 May 2012

    Microsoft has released the latest preview version of its Windows 8 operating system - Windows 8 Release Preview. The new offering, which Microsoft says is still a work in progress, builds on the preview released to the public in February, albeit a more...

  • Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview: download or not?
    Laptops

    Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview: download or not?

    By 31 May 2012

    The Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview download presents a simple choice for the tech enthusiast of the PC persuasion: should you install it or not? Well, first, it’s probably a good idea to know what a release preview build is. So far, Microsoft has...

  • Windows 8 Release Preview expected today - thanks to Microsoft blog slip-up
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    Windows 8 Release Preview expected today - thanks to Microsoft blog slip-up

    By 31 May 2012

    Microsoft has inadvertently spilled the beans on when its Windows 8 Release Build is expected to hit, and it's today (31 May). A blog posting heralding its arrival, by Chuck Chan, corporate vice-president of the Windows Development Team,  was accidentally...

  • Apple updates OS X Lion, fixes FileVault password issue
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    Apple updates OS X Lion, fixes FileVault password issue

    By 9 May 2012

    Apple has released a software update for Mac OS X Lion on Wednesday night, bringing the OS up to version 10.7.4. The 10.7.4 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility,...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III: TouchWiz UI explored
    Phones

    Samsung Galaxy S III: TouchWiz UI explored

    By 4 May 2012

    The Samsung Galaxy S III has turned up with just as much a media storm as has followed it since we first got wind back in May 2011. Finally, we know what this Android superphone is all about. While a rundown of the hardware and specs is useful for an...

  • No DVD playback for Windows 8
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    No DVD playback for Windows 8

    By 4 May 2012

    The only way to watch DVDs on Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, will be through purchasing Media Center or other third-party software. The absence of any native DVD player was announced on Microsoft’s official Building Windows 8 blog, which...

  • OS X Mountain Lion adds Do Not Disturb option for notifications
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    OS X Mountain Lion adds Do Not Disturb option for notifications

    By 2 May 2012

    Apple has added a Do Not Disturb feature to OS X Mountain Lion Notification Center, for developers using the dev preview version of the OS to check out ahead of its official launch later this summer. Presumably worried that some users might find the...

  • Windows 8 to be called, err, Windows 8
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    Windows 8 to be called, err, Windows 8

    By 17 April 2012

    Microsoft has confirmed that the next version of Windows 8 will be called - wait for it - Windows 8. That's right, instead of something catchier like Windows XP, Windows ME, or even Windows Vista, the Redmond-based company is sticking with the Windows...

  • Your contacts data to be safer with OS X Mountain Lion
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    Your contacts data to be safer with OS X Mountain Lion

    By 19 March 2012

    Apple has released a new version of its OS X Mountain Lion developer preview, which adds a new feature that helps protect a user's contacts book from apps on the computer. The OS now asks users to grant permission to apps that want to access their contacts...

  • iCloud Safari Tab Syncing lets you sync your web browsing between Apple devices
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    iCloud Safari Tab Syncing lets you sync your web browsing between Apple devices

    By 19 March 2012

    Apple has introduced a new feature to its OS X Mountain Lion developer preview. The second release has appeared ahead of the launch of the next operating system in the summer and it brings an addition to iCloud's functionality. Called iCloud Safari...

  • Apple iOS 5.1 available now
    Phones

    Apple iOS 5.1 available now

    By 7 March 2012

    Apple has released the iOS 5.1 update today for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The new update - which is available either via the Software Update feature within iOS or by connecting your Apple device to your computer and iTunes - brings a number...

  • First Look: Apple OS X Mountain Lion review
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    First Look: Apple OS X Mountain Lion review

    By 6 March 2012

    You always hear about the lion roaring, about the big noise the big cat makes, but you never really hear about the mountain lion. It is more of a reclusive animal, and it is fair to say that Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion takes a lot of cues from its namesake....

  • First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
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    First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    By 2 March 2012

    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is here, allowing you to have a play with some to the new features before the final version of Windows 8 arrives later in the year. As with Windows 7, Microsoft has allowed users interested and keen to review the new OS...

  • Mozilla Boot to Gecko pictures and hands-on
    Phones

    Mozilla Boot to Gecko pictures and hands-on

    By 2 March 2012

    Boot to Gecko, the mobile OS that isn't really an OS, officially launched over in Barcelona at MWC after the idea was touted by Mozilla back in July last year. Unlike the theory back then though, when Mozilla's Andreas Gal stated that the platform would...

  • Ubuntu for Android pictures and hands-on
    Phones

    Ubuntu for Android pictures and hands-on

    By 1 March 2012

    Canonical has come up with an idea for really putting purpose into your multicore Android phone. So powerful have mobiles become in the past 12 months that the London-based company is suggesting we use them to power our desktop computers - and power them...

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview available now
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview available now

    By 29 February 2012

    Microsoft's president of Windows Steve Sinofsky took to the stage over in Barcelona at MWC (well, a bus ride from MWC to be more accurate) to officially launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Describing the forthcoming OS as "a bold re-imagining of Windows",...

  • Windows To Go: The Windows 8 feature that lets you carry your desktop on a USB drive
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    Windows To Go: The Windows 8 feature that lets you carry your desktop on a USB drive

    By 29 February 2012

    Microsoft has detailed how businesses who sign up to Windows 8 when it goes on sale later this year will be able to offer their staff a copy of Windows 8 along with the user's business apps, data and settings on a USB drive rather than giving them a...

  • iOS style notifications hit OS X Mountain Lion in new Notification Center
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    iOS style notifications hit OS X Mountain Lion in new Notification Center

    By 16 February 2012

    Apple OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) will feature iOS style notifications Apple has confirmed when the new version of the operating system is released in the summer. The new notifications will come in two guises detailed by Apple in a developer preview of...

  • Reckless Racing multiplayer Mac vs iPad becomes a reality thanks to Mountain Lion
    Gaming

    Reckless Racing multiplayer Mac vs iPad becomes a reality thanks to Mountain Lion

    By 16 February 2012

    Apple has announced that it will be bringing multiplayer gaming support between iPad, iPhone, and the desktop in the next version of the company's latest operating system, Apple OS X Mountain Lion, when it launches later this summer. Demoing the new tech,...

  • Windows 8 on ARM officially detailed by Microsoft
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    Windows 8 on ARM officially detailed by Microsoft

    By 10 February 2012

    We all knew that Windows 8 would be ARM compatible but up until now the details of exactly what the move might entail have been sketchy. Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky has now come clean with all the official details, solving a few mysteries and confirming...