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Complaints mount about Yosemite crippling Wi-Fi

There has been a steady stream of reports from users whose Wi-Fi connections were affected after installing the latest version of Mac OS X

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

Mac OS X has always respected user privacy by default, and Yosemite should too, says an engineer who's studied the new OS


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Microsoft warns users to kill botched KB 2949927 patch

Microsoft yanked SHA-2 patch KB 2949927, and now goes further and cautions users to uninstall the update

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Deathmatch review: Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Yosemite

Windows 8.1 has languished as Microsoft seeks to move past its failure, while Apple has extended its Mac OS into an intriguing new direction

Microsoft yanks botched patch KB 2949927, re-issues KB 2952664

Windows 7 upgrade compatibility patch gets a tweaked installer, while the SHA-2 hashing patch is summarily removed without explanation

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The best new features in OS X Yosemite

Look for these cool capabilities in the Mac's newest OS

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite

The free upgrade runs on all Macs sold since 2009, as well as some even older models

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Four more botched Microsoft patches: KB 3000061, KB 2984972, KB 2949927, KB 2995388

Windows users are reporting significant problems with four more October Black Tuesday patches

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Windows 7 patch KB 2952664 fails with error 80242016

Microsoft sends KB 2952664 through the automatic update chute for the seventh time -- and still can't get it right

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Microsoft dabbles in per-user Windows licensing

For the first time, Microsoft will offer user-based Windows licenses to enterprises, a change one expert called "substantial" but another downplayed as unlikely to have much of an impact.

Hackers exploit two more Windows zero-day bugs

Microsoft plans to add this pair of vulnerabilities to today's Patch Tuesday

Cheap Windows 8.1 tablets flood the market

Seven-inch Windows 8.1 tablets are available in Hong Kong for $65, with steep discounts on other cheap Win 8.1 tablets

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Monday's OS X Yosemite public beta may be the same as the final

With just days to go before Yosemite's expected Mac App Store launch, it's likely Monday's build is identical to the final code

Cumulus Linux 2.5: A Cisco-killer in the data center

Cumulus Linux 2.5, designed for white-box data center hardware, helps Hadoop, VMware, and OpenStack users ramp up their networking

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Microsoft hesitates to trumpet Windows 10; fears consumers will delay PC purchases

After the holiday sales season Microsoft will start talking about the benefit of Windows 10 and Cortana for consumers

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The cruel crucible of open source development

The open source development community is not the vicious hellhole some describe, but what goes around often comes around

The Onion’s 9 best bits about Microsoft

Poking fun at the software giant and founder Bill Gates since 1996

Mayhem malware spreads through Linux servers via Shellshock exploits

The botnet targets Web servers that haven't been patched for recent vulnerabilities found in the Bash Linux shell

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Salvation or shell game? It's anyone's guess with Windows 10

Windows 10 will save us from Windows 8! But a look at upgrade paths and licenses will send you down the rabbit hole

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Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro is a solid, capable tablet-laptop

The Venue Pro's beautiful HD screen, decent processing power, and good battery life more than compensate for its chubbiness

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