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  • Microsoft: It's time to put Windows XP to bed
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    Microsoft: It's time to put Windows XP to bed

    By 12 July 2011

    Microsoft is urging Windows XP users to jump ship as the ancient operating system nears the end of its days - in terms of extended support at least. Speaking via the Windows Team blog, Microsoft's Stephen Rose said it was time that XP became a relic of...

  • Ballmer talks up 'dawning' of Windows tablets, as Windows 7 continues to sell well
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    Ballmer talks up 'dawning' of Windows tablets, as Windows 7 continues to sell well

    By 11 July 2011

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Windows 8, the company’s next version of its operating system, will be the “dawning of Windows slates” at the company’s annual Worldwide Partners Conference. Ballmer took to the stage to talk all things...

  • BlackBerry PlayBook OS update adds advanced Facebook features
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    BlackBerry PlayBook OS update adds advanced Facebook features

    By 7 June 2011

    Whilst RIM's big rival was making a big song and dance about its latest OS updates over in California, the Canadian manufacturer quietly released details of a fresh new version of its tablet OS - using its blog to announce BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5....

  • Mac OS X Lion out in July
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    Mac OS X Lion out in July

    By 6 June 2011

    Over at the Moscone West Conference Center in San Francisco at WWDC 2011, Apple's top Mac OS X men Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi took to the stage to officially show off Mac OS X Lion for the first time - despite the fact that it was previewed at...

  • Apple Mac OS X Lion: What’s new?
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    Apple Mac OS X Lion: What’s new?

    By 6 June 2011

    UPDATE: While Steve Jobs and co demonstrated Mac OS X Lion at WWDC 2011 in San Francisco, it occurred to us that there is little or nothing new to the features that we haven't written about already. So, here's the extensive line-up and explanation of...

  • Windows 8 confirmed - but it's only a codename
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    Windows 8 confirmed - but it's only a codename

    By 2 June 2011

    Microsoft has finally gone official with its confirmation of Windows 8 - a week or so after CEO Steve Ballmer jumped the gun by talking about it over in Japan at the company's developers forum. The next revolution in Microsoft PCing was announced by Windows...

  • Windows 8 coming for slates, tablets, PCs in 2012
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    Windows 8 coming for slates, tablets, PCs in 2012

    By 24 May 2011

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on great form over in Japan at the Microsoft Developers Forum. First up, he got the Windows Phone 7 fanboys all worked up promising 500 new features for the platform, and now he's got the PC world all a flutter by stating...

  • Ubuntu 11.04: an OS for your mum
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    Ubuntu 11.04: an OS for your mum

    By 20 May 2011

    The world is a big place, and it seems of no coincidence that Canonical’s offices sit 27 floors up in the Millbank Tower with a 360-degree view of it right in the middle of London. Canonical is the parent company of the most popular distribution free,...

  • Microsoft: Intel wrong about Windows 8
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    Microsoft: Intel wrong about Windows 8

    By 19 May 2011

    Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky and his team have claimed that Intel comments about Windows 8's inability to run legacy Windows applications on its ARM version are "factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading". Intel senior vice...

  • Ubuntu 11.04 brings Unity to Linux
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    Ubuntu 11.04 brings Unity to Linux

    By 29 April 2011

    Canonical, the business side to several open source Linux platforms, has announced the arrival of Ubuntu 11.04. The release, which has the codename Natty Narwhal, brings with it a number of key features, most notably the introduction of the new Unity...

  • Apple found tracking your location in iOS 4 privacy breach
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    Apple found tracking your location in iOS 4 privacy breach

    By 21 April 2011

    Apple is in the firing line for placing iPhone and iPad customers' privacy at risk after reports emerged that the two Apple devices track the users' location before downloading the information onto their computer when synced. The research, coming from...

  • New Windows 8 details emerge showing new features
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    New Windows 8 details emerge showing new features

    By 16 April 2011

    Microsoft may have been trying to get everyone to focus on it’s MIX 11 event in Las Vegas this week, but that didn’t stop developer code of it’s next major project, Windows 8 slipping out into the wide for all to see. Details are decidedly thin,...

  • Google does have hardware restrictions for Honeycomb tablets
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    Google does have hardware restrictions for Honeycomb tablets

    By 15 April 2011

    It's been rumoured and suggested since Android 3.0 was announced but Pocket-lint has had it confirmed that Google does indeed have a set of hardware restrictions for devices looking to carry the Honeycomb OS. At the IFA Global Press Conference in Alicante,...

  • Windows 8 build appears online for illegal download
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    Windows 8 build appears online for illegal download

    By 13 April 2011

    Purporting to be Windows 8 but looking incredibly similar to Windows 7, a very early build of the next operating system from Microsoft has appeared on torrent sites for illegal download. Build 7850 has been in the grasp of manufacturers for a while, and...

  • Leaked Windows 8 screenshots emerge
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    Leaked Windows 8 screenshots emerge

    By 4 April 2011

    We still don't know exactly when Windows 8 will land (a couple of leaked manufacturer roadmaps suggest early next year) but we do know that Microsoft bods are making good progress on the new system, following the emergence of some leaked screenshots....

  • Android is UK's most preferred operating system
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    Android is UK's most preferred operating system

    By 30 March 2011

    Phones 4u has polled its customers on their most preferred operating system and Android has come out top, beating Apple's iOS by a healthy margin. Out of 596 respondees, 36 per cent of them prefer Google's OS, while only 26 per cent favour iOS: “The...

  • Google nears Chrome OS launch
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    Google nears Chrome OS launch

    By 29 March 2011

    Google has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it is getting ready to go live with its Chrome OS machines, with a Q2 (possibly June) launch on the cards for several countries, including the UK. The Big G is currently thrashing out retail deals with manufacturers...

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread after all
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    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread after all

    By 25 March 2011

    They said it won’t happen, but Sony Ericsson has just confirmed that the Xperia X10 will be getting Gingerbread after all. “We earlier stated that we did not have plans for further upgrade of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 beyond Android 2.1 Éclair,...

  • Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices delayed until 2012?
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    Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices delayed until 2012?

    By 14 March 2011

    Nokia fans looking forward to seeing some Windows Phone 7 action may have a bit of a wait on their hands. A wait of around a year if reports prove accurate. The news of a delay until 2012 for Nokia WP7 devices comes as a result of an interview with Nokia...

  • webOS on all HP PCs by 2012
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    webOS on all HP PCs by 2012

    By 9 March 2011

    All HP PCs will come with webOS pre-installed in 2012, the CEO of HP has said. “Starting next year, every one of the PCs shipped by HP will include the ability to run webOS in addition to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows,” Leo Apotheker told Businessweek...

  • Microsoft Windows upgrade odyssey from 1.0 to 7
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    Microsoft Windows upgrade odyssey from 1.0 to 7

    By 3 March 2011

    A video has been posted on YouTube that catalogues the Windows operating systems upgrades from 1.0 through to Windows 7, in what could be described as a Microsoft Windows odyssey, although slightly less perilous than Homer's. The Windows install and upgrade...

  • First Look: Mac OS X Lion review
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    First Look: Mac OS X Lion review

    By 1 March 2011

    Apple’s new Operating System, Mac OS X Lion, has roared into existence and ready to download if you’re a member of Apple’s developer programme. While there are still months to go before the official launch, we downloaded the preview build to see...

  • Samsung Galaxy S Gingerbread update coming March
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    Samsung Galaxy S Gingerbread update coming March

    By 25 February 2011

    It appears that Samsung has confirmed that its Samsung Galaxy S phone will be getting the Android 2.3 update come March 2011. The news of the Gingerbread update, if correct, will mean that it's been 5 months since the handset's previous update to Froyo...

  • AirDrop - the latest Apple sharing feature
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    AirDrop - the latest Apple sharing feature

    By 24 February 2011

    Apple has today released a preview for developers of its new operating system, OS X Lion, expected to launch later this year. Although many of the features have already been detailed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, that hasn't stopped Apple adding some more,...

  • Jolicloud 1.1.1 promises to resurrect your old laptop from the dead
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    Jolicloud 1.1.1 promises to resurrect your old laptop from the dead

    By 24 February 2011

    Jolicloud, the company behind the OS that’s basically based in “The Cloud”, has released a new version of said operating system that brings more support to even older machines, meaning you can start to turn that old hunk of junk you’ve got sitting...