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Open-source really could help get you a job, study finds

Cloud, OpenStack, and networking expertise in open source are all sought by those filling jobs

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Relax: KB 3035583 patch is not overriding Windows 10 registry settings

Contrary to recent media claims, tests on numerous systems show Microsoft has not changed its rules on Windows 10 upgrades

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Businesses can now buy apps in bulk from the Windows Store

Developers will now be able to offer their software at a volume discount for businesses

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Microsoft replaces WSUS patch KB 3148812 with KB 3159706

Microsoft tries again with a faulty WSUS patch, but more work will be required of users to fix the problems caused by its predecssor

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Confirmed: Windows 10 free upgrade will end on July 29

On the same day, Microsoft will also take down the controversial Get Windows 10 app


Windows 10 File History offers a simple backup solution anyone can do

The File History feature lets you set up an external drive to back up your files automatically. You don’t need any extra software, and it’s very customizable.

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Apple patches vulnerable OS X Git version that put developers at risk

Apple has released a new version of its Xcode development tool in order to patch two critical vulnerabilities in the Git source code management client.

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Linux Foundation tackles open source security with new badge program

The Core Infrastructure Initiative's Best Practices Badge program will help businesses identify which open source projects follow a security-focused methodology


Microsoft tackles .Net Framework compatibility

Developers are advised to target the latest version but not to retarget older apps

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Recommended KB 3133977 patch can cause Asus PCs to freeze

Blame Asus for the headache, which is apparently caused by a conflict with a Secure Boot setting in the Asus BIOS

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DuckDuckGo's 2016 open source donations

Also in today's open source roundup: PieMessage offers iMessage support on Android, and have MacBooks disappeared from Linux conferences?

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Mystery solved: KB 3150513 is another Windows 10 update-enabling patch

Released by Microsoft without documentation, it's safe to hide this patch if you don't want Windows 10 or its related updates

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WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2 appears to be badly broken

Windows Update server won't synchronize and is throwing errors 7032 and 7053 when trying to connect

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Microsoft re-releases Windows OLE patch KB 3146706 with little explanation

Microsoft doesn't say whether the new version fixes conflicts with EMET 5.5 caused by the original, so it's best to steer clear

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Windows 10 nagware patch KB 3035583 back on Windows 7 PCs

Documentation is sketchy, but the patch has just appeared as an unchecked optional sucker punch

How to break Into Android development

Could Android eventually reach 100 percent market share?

Also in today's open source roundup: The best customizable Android Wear watch faces, and what's new in Lubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Windows 10 on pace to reach 20% share by June

Growth slows in April after a push by Microsoft the month before


PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam shoot-out, laptop fight, and Burning Man for the 1 percent

Jon, Flo, and Gordon talk iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 cameras, MacBook Pro vs. XPS 15, and if it's right to have a fully catered Burning Man without dirty hippies.

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