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The four Mac security options everyone should know

By default, the Mac is pretty secure. But with the help of a couple of built-in options, you can make it even more so

Google Cloud offers streamlined Ubuntu for Docker use

Ubuntu Core provides a minimal Lightweight Linux environment for running containers

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New patch KB 3025096 fixes Windows 10 Technical Preview patch KB 3020114

But why did it take Microsoft so long to post an official notification?

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Newly leaked Windows 10 build 9901 teases with Cortana, other neat features

Microsoft struts its stuff with a grand if flawed Cortana and new apps, including a worthy Photos app and the beginnings of a new Windows Store

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Windows 7 hit by rash of bogus 'not genuine' reports, validation code 0x8004FE21

Windows 7 is suddenly telling users it isn't genuine -- and it has nothing to do with Windows being stolen

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Get started with FreeBSD: A brief intro for Linux users

If you've never tried FreeBSD, take a few minutes now -- you might be surprised

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Patches aplenty: Microsoft sends out KB 2920807, KB 2920738 for Office

If you are running an installed version of Office 2010 or 2013, here are two more patches for your collection

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Microsoft releases 'Silver Bullet' patch KB 3024777 to eliminate KB 3004394

More information unfolds about the Windows Root Certification patch and its foibles

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Microsoft on KB 3004394 patch: Uninstall it ... pretty please

It's official: If you installed KB 3004394, you need to uninstall the patch manually

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KB 2553154, 2726958 clobber Excel ActiveX; KB 3011970 Silverlight, KB 3004394 Root Cert pulled

KB 3008923 crashes IE, KB 3002339 still hanging on install, KB 2986475 still pulled -- but there's a small silver lining

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Microsoft pulls Exchange Server 2010 SP3 update rollup 8, KB 2986475

The company says that if you started deploying update rollup 8, you need to roll it back

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Botched KB 3004394 triggers error messages, but no response from Microsoft

That's not the only bad patch in yesterday's release: There's also an easily fixed error that prevents KB 3002339 from installing

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Snappy Ubuntu Core takes easy upgrades to the cloud

Technology originally developed for Ubuntu Phone now powers updates for Ubuntu's cloud edition that can be rolled back on demand

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Warning: Today's Windows 10 security update has a known conflict with Office

Microsoft's Gabe Aul tweets that one of today's Windows 10 Tech Preview security updates has a problem -- but doesn't mention which one

The Turla espionage operation also infected Linux systems with malware

A newly identified Linux backdoor program is tied to the Turla cyber espionage campaign, researchers from Kaspersky Lab say

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Microsoft falls short (again) in communicating about Windows 10 patch KB 3020114

The problem isn't with the bug, it's with the way Microsoft handled the bug. Redmond still hasn't updated the KB with a workaround

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New data center OS allows single-source command for Linux servers

Mesosphere DCOS offers a single point of command for disparate Linux machines

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Early version of Cortana on Windows 10 leaked via video

WinBeta gets its hands on an early version of Cortana for Windows 10. It's ugly, but it works... sort of

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