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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update requirement generates confusion

The reasons and conditions for demanding that customers install this OS update are arbitrary and contradictory. Why is Microsoft doing this?

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Linux pros use tweak tools to customize their OS, and so can you

Customize everything from fonts and icons to search functionality and Web apps with these third-party helpers.

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Oracle subpoenas Comcast in connection with Solaris support lawsuit

Comcast is resisting Oracle's demand for documents, according to a court filing

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HP expects first x86 Nonstop systems next year

Nonstop customers will get a path off of Intel's Itanium chip

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Windows 8 gains natural-language Smart Search, with hints that Cortana could follow

If you can ask Windows a question as a real sentence, speaking that sentence seems the next logical step. But Microsoft would neither confirm nor deny that Cortana could be coming to Windows.

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Canonical's audacious Ubuntu for Android project isn't quite dead, but it is in limbo

The audacious 'One device to rule them all' project may be headed for the bush leagues, supplanted by Canonical's own Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

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Oracle Solaris update plays nice with OpenStack

Oracle is adding an OpenStack distribution to its latest Solaris release

Inkjet printer builds custom circuit boards

Printing a circuit board on your home inkjet printer and creating basic electronics is what Microsoft Research hopes will be the future for hobbyists and makers.

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Oracle wants an illegal monopoly on Solaris support, company alleges

Oracle has sued Terix and Maintech, saying they provide support for the OS in an illegal fashion

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Four things Microsoft needs to do now to boost Windows Phone

The hard work starts now that its Nokia acquisition has been closed

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Microsoft Q1 earnings top estimates, with strong growth in Office 365 subs, Xbox sales

The company reported revenue growth in all product-related business units.

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Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say

IOS users were kept vulnerable for three weeks to known security issues previously patched in Safari for OS X, a former Apple employee said.

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5 ways Microsoft will enable your PC to see, sense, and understand

At its Silicon Valley TechFair last week, Microsoft Research showed off how its Kinect computer-vision sensor could transform the way you use webcams, whiteboards, and more.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS plays better with high-res displays, forms Ubuntu's tablet backbone

Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' is here as Canonical's latest LTS release. It's more about stability than new features, but still begins a new era for Ubuntu.