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Windows 10 beta build 10565 brings sanity to activation

Finally, Windows 7 and 8.1 owners will be able to use their product keys to activate Windows 10, but a big question remains

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Don’t blame Linux for the XOR botnet

The real culprits are the irresponsible vendors behind cheap broadband routers and their clueless customers

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Dismal PC business contraction continues; no bounce yet from Windows 10

Mac sales may also have shrunk, says IDC, though Gartner disagrees; either way, Mac sales grew as a percentage of the marked

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Microsoft recalls bad Surface Pro 3 firmware update

There's no official acknowledgment yet, but the bad firmware update from Sept. 29 is gone from Windows Update and Microsoft download sites

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IBM chases Intel with new Power-based Linux servers sold over the Web

The servers are aimed at scale-out and cloud deployments running big data workloads

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Microsoft gets an earful as Office for Mac 2016 users amp ire over crashes

Apple's latest beta of OS X 10.11.1, aka El Capitan's first update, lists Office 2016 as an area of focus, hinting the OS is at least partly responsible

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Microsoft: Go old-school to lock down Office from changes

Microsoft tells businesses to purchase one-time licenses -- not an Office 365 subscription -- if they don't want to receive constant changes


12 Windows 10 install issues -- and what to do about them

Having trouble installing and setting up Win10? You aren’t alone. Here are a dozen-plus of the most common problems, along with a few solutions

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Apple’s new two-factor authentication bumps up security and ease of use

Apple is slowly rolling out a revised system to let you use a second factor with iCloud and other services that use an Apple ID

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Windows 'snooping' and nagging patches return, including KB 3035583, KB 2952664

Nagware KB 3035583 is marked 'Important' on some PCs and will thus install on Automatic Update

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Surface Book: Finally, exciting hardware from Microsoft

Is a laptop with a removable keyboard the new laptop -- and tablet? Microsoft is betting on that proposition with the Surface Book

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Windows 10 revives the old smartphone-as-PC idea

The portable PC notion was very appealing four years ago, but technology advancements have since passed it by

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Windows 10 users back away from the Edge

Another metrics vendor weighs in with data that shows Edge run by just 12 percent of Windows 10 users in the U.S.

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Linux kernel dev Sarah Sharp quits, citing 'brutal' communications style

A prominent Linux kernel developer is stepping down from her direct work in the kernel community

Microsoft to live-stream Tuesday's Surface Pro 4, Lumia event

Microsoft on Tuesday will live-stream the New York City event where it's expected to unveil a new Surface Pro 2-in-1 and a pair of flagship smartphones.

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HP goes after Cisco, Arista with open source OS

HP teams with Broadcom, Intel, and VMware on OpenSwitch NOS

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Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

'We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue,' says a company manager

Stealthy Microsoft Surface Pro 3 firmware update brings BSODs, mayhem

Microsoft has issued 19 separate firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3 in the past 15 months

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