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— Mobile Technology

Ubuntu transforms dual core phones into fully functional desktop PC's

By - May 3, 2012 3 Pictures
Smartphones and the technology that powers them continue to evolve at an incredible rate. Year after year, phones have continued to close the power gap that separates them with their traditional PC counterparts. Taking advantage of the latest in mobile processors, Canonical is set to release Ubuntu for Android. The OS effectively turns your phone into a full Ubuntu desktop computer when docked and connected to a monitor, meaning the day your smartphone could act as your primary computer is drawing nearer. Read More
— Around The Home

Microsoft tests "smart home" waters with HomeOS

By - May 1, 2012 1 Picture
Microsoft is looking to unify electrical appliances within the home and establish itself in the burgeoning “smart home” market with the development of HomeOS. Essentially a lightweight “smart home” operating system that aims to make it easy for users to manage their home networks and ease the creation of applications by third party developers, HomeOS is designed to provide a central hub through which various household devices can be controlled. Read More
— Computers

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion to developers

By - February 16, 2012 8 Pictures
Just seven months after Lion hit servers, Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) to developers. This tight development cycle is in support of integrating the best features of Apple's iOS mobile operating system into OS X. As Steve Jobs put it in 2010, Apple intends to "hook up" the user environments of the iPad and the MacBook. The result is a substantial step forward for Apple interconnectivity. Read More
— Computers

Windows 8 lets users sync personalized settings and apps across multiple PCs

By - September 26, 2011 1 Picture
Most people like to put their personal stamp on their PC with their own desktop wallpaper and settings that have been tweaked just the way they like them. But all that is lost when they log onto a shared PC on which they don’t have an account set up. All that changes with Windows 8, which allows users to enjoy their own profile, settings and Metro style apps on any Windows 8 PC by logging in with their Windows Live ID. Read More
— Computers

Microsoft releases Windows 8 Developer Preview

By - September 15, 2011 4 Pictures
Microsoft previewed the next version of its Windows OS in June at D9 and a few more details leaked out shortly after that, but the biggest reveal came this week with Microsoft giving a preview of Windows 8 to kick off its Build conference, followed by the Developer Preview hitting Microsoft servers for anyone to download. With the surge in popularity of touchscreen devices over the past few years the new OS is designed to run on a wider variety of devices and chipsets and embraces touch and apps in a big way with the new "Metro style" interface. Read More
— Computers

Apple’s Lion Recovery Disk Assistant makes creating your own OS X Lion recovery drive easy

By - August 11, 2011 1 Picture
One of the big changes ushered in by Apple with OS X Lion was the form of delivery. Since Lion was initially only available as a digital download, users no longer had a physical disc if they wanted to do a reinstall of the OS. Although Lion does automatically create a recovery partition on your hard drive during installation, this isn’t much help if the reason you want to do a reinstall in the first place is because the hard drive itself has failed. Apple has now provided a simple solution that lets Lion users create their own recovery disk – or rather, recovery USB drive. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Mozilla launches Boot to Gecko web-based mobile OS project

By - August 1, 2011 1 Picture
The way we spend our time online is changing fast. While the browser still reigns supreme, more and more people are getting their online fix using apps. Mozilla, the folks behind the popular Firefox browser, has now announced the start of a new project to develop an app-centric, completely open, web-based phone and tablet operating system called Boot to Gecko (B2G). Read More
— Computers Feature

The Lion Roars: Mac OSX 10.7 - the Mac cat’s new features

The world has changed greatly for Apple in the past few years. As of their earnings statement released Tuesday, three quarters of all income comes from the iPhone and iPad and the number of users of iOS is already at least four times that of Mac users. After the under-the-hood tweaks and rationalizations of previous operating system update Snow Leopard, the mission for Mac OS X Lion was clear - make the Mac OS comfortable and familiar to the new Apple mobile user audience without putting off established Mac veterans. Can they pull it off? Read More
— Computers

Apple announces July release for OS X Lion

By - June 6, 2011 1 Picture
The keynote address from Steve Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference today has revealed 250 new features for the next version of its operating system - OS X Lion. Highlights include multi-touch gesturing, system-wide support for full-screen apps, a new way of viewing everything on your Mac called Mission Control, an overhauled Mail app, a new Launchpad home for apps and the inclusion of the Mac App Store directly in the OS. Read More

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