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PCWorld Show Episode 18: Microsoft trickery, WinPhone woes, and Twitter upgrades

Jon, Brad and Gordon rage about Microsoft's decision to trick people into upgrading to Windows 10, Twitter tries to make its service usable and Windows Phone dies a little more.

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It's back! Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 app, KB 3035583, reappears

The nagware upgrader’s fourteenth version in fourteen months arrives with no fanfare

Containers 101: Linux containers and Docker explained

A brief introduction to lightweight, portable, flexible Docker containers and why developers love them

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Mingis on Tech: 4D printing arrives -- and so does the mystery gadget guy

You've already heard of 3D printing, but what about 4D? Executive News Editor Ken Mingis gets the details from Senior Writer Lucas Mearian and they both puzzle over the mystery gadget guy's mystery gadget.

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Annoying myths about Linux that won't go away

Also in today's open source roundup: More ads are coming to Google Maps, and why some Chromebooks will not get Android apps

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More Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 driver updates roll out -- details included

The round of updates is dated May 24, 2016, and for the first time we get detailed documentation

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PowerApps first look: Create mobile apps without coding

Microsoft’s nascent no-code development tool is limited and limiting, but also promising

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76% off Intel Compute Stick - Deal Alert

The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny device the size of a pack of gum that can transform any HDMI TV or display into a complete computer. It's regular list price of $490 on Amazon has been dramatically reduced to just $115.90.

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Microsoft has been conning Windows users for two months

Microsoft has been using a deceptive tactic to dupe Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users into upgrading to Windows 10 for at least two months

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Visual Basic at 25: Microsoft looks back and ahead

The Silver Anniversary Celebration will include such details as forthcoming language features

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Microsoft dials back Windows 10 upgrades to twice a year

Microsoft has scaled back its Windows 10 release schedule to two feature upgrades a year, not the three annually it once envisioned.

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Why are Chromebooks outselling Macs?

Also in today's open source roundup: Will Chromebooks and Android apps kill Windows PCs? And DistroWatch reviews the Clonezilla Live utility

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Hit by an unexpected Windows 10 upgrade? Here's how to recover

If you know somebody who woke up to find Windows 10 on their computer, perhaps this advice will console them

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Add accents, symbols and more with Alt codes for special characters

Pressing the Alt key and a number code gives you access to hundreds of special characters from currency to copyright symbols, to linguistic characters and tiny graphics like snowmen and smiley faces. Here's how they work.

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Windows 10 tutorial: How to uninstall apps and programs

You have two new ways to uninstall programs in Windows 10. We’ll show you how it works.

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Open source tool watches Linux systems, containers for suspicious activity

New from Sysdig, Falco alerts you to unwanted behaviors, not just in Docker apps, but throughout the system

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Windows 10 beta patch KB 3158988 turns build number to 14342.1001

When is a cumulative update not a cumulative update?

Linux containers vs. VMs: A security comparison

More vulnerable than virtual machines? In fact, containers have some security advantages

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