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Ubuntu 16.04: A desktop for Linux diehards

Striking a balance between LTS stability and nice features, Ubuntu's Xenial Xerus is special

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Stali distribution smashes assumptions about Linux

Stali, which is built with statically linked binaries for speed and compactness, upends traditional ideas about how a Linux distribution should work

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Native apps crushed mobile Web apps -- and that's a good thing

The notion that all apps should be Web apps is a naive but common one; we actually need both native and Web apps for different purposes

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Adobe releases huge update to Photoshop and new 3D modeling app, Fuse

Interface tweaks and new features come to Photoshop, along with a new integrated app for creating 3D models to pose or animate

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Apple apologizes to Mac devs for App Store certificate screw-up

One developer wonders why the company isn't saying 'Sorry' to customers as well

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When is a flaw not a flaw? The WinRAR question

A researcher found remote code execution flaw in WinRAR, but the real question is why are you opening unknown RAR files

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6 admin tools you ought to meet

You may not know about these admin tools, but it's not too late to take advantage of them

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Hackathons for all: Microsoft tool simplies setup, admin duties

Microsoft is planning to bring its internal tool for running hackathons to the public next year, starting by allowing a few select colleges to test drive it at their own events.

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Windows 10 Start menus: Start10 vs. Classic Shell

The best Windows 8 Start menu replacements bring their Win7-inspired magic to Windows 10. Which should you choose?

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10 tools that fix common Windows frustrations

Windows is full of niggling little irritations, but these tools come to the rescue

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Microsoft to devs: We want your iOS and Android apps

Four recently unveiled Microsoft initiatives allow Web, iOS, Android, and legacy Windows apps to be ported to the Windows Store, but legacy Windows issues don't dispel easily

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Questions loom over 'open source' Swift

Apple says it will open-source the Swift language, but the issue of software freedom lingers

Microsoft CodePlex: 15 open source gems for every Windows admin

15 open source gems for Windows ... from Microsoft

We mined Microsoft's CodePlex repository to unearth 15 invaluable Windows admin tools -- and they're all free

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Getting started with PowerShell: The basics

Learn how to perform simple tasks and make your way around the syntax

Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant could well come to Windows 9

It could be a race between Apple and Microsoft as to who gets a voice assistant on the desktop first

Top 25 free tools for every Windows desktop

Whatever your poison -- Windows 7 or 8, updated or not -- there's a desktop tool begging to become part of your repertoire

10 things you should know about Apple's Swift

Apps built using Swift won't be accepted to the iOS or Mac App Store until the fall, so there's still time to learn the ins and outs of this new programming language

Apple rolls out more features for iWork for iCloud

Apple's iWork for iCloud gets a handful of worthwhile improvements that are well integrated with the rest of the suite

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