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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

Apple has failed to persuade the fanboi legions to abandon the old versions of its mobile operating system and plunge into the many pleasures of iOS 8. Adoption rates of the new version of iOS 8 have stalled, with equal numbers of Apple fanfolk using both the new and old operating system. If true, this means the rollout of iOS …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Oct 2014
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Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

Apple has banned any fanbois running iOS 7 from reverting back to a previous version of the iDevice operating system. Fanbois who downloaded the latest release or developer beta of iOS 7 had the option of retreating back to the warm (and functional) cocoon offered by iOS 6. But with the release of the latest update to its mobile …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013
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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

More than three quarters of all iPhone-toting fanbois have downloaded the latest version of iOS 7, it has been claimed. According to research by advertising company Chitika, iOS 7 is now being used on about 75 percent of iPhones and about 65 percent of iPads. The firm worked out this figure by measuring tens of millions of ad …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2013
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Got a NAKED Jelly Bean Samsung S4 or HTC One? Maybe it's time for a KitKat

Google has begun to roll out version 4.4 of its Android KitKat software to Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. These special editions of the phone use the same hardware as other versions, but do away with the extra proprietary tweaks added by manufacturers. Kitkat has also been made available for the Nexus …
Team Register, 26 Nov 2013
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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

What BlackBerry and new CEO John Chen definitely don't need right now is bad publicity, but that's exactly what The Wall Street Journal has provided them, with a report that one of its remaining high-profile customers, the White House, is mulling over a switch from the formerly high-flying Canuckphone to devices from Samsung or …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Mar 2014

'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

Half of all American iOS users have now updated to the latest operating system, analysts have claimed, while Apple itself reckons 200 million devices worldwide are now running iOS 7. Just a week after the release of iOS 7, eggheads from Chitika Insights found that 52 per cent of web traffic generated by Apple mobile devices came …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Sep 2013
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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

Uptake of Windows 8 for desktop computers – which was never particularly fast – has slowed, according to stats for July from web traffic pollsters Net Applications. Microsoft's latest operating system held a 5.4 per cent of the global desktop OS market last month, up 0.3 points on June which was up 0.83 points on May. A glance …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
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Avira antivirus patched but still not fully Windows 8 ready

Avira has rolled out a patch that makes its popular freebie anti-virus software more compatible with Windows 8. Earlier this month the German firm admitted its products were not yet compatible with Windows 8 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software on Microsoft's latest operating system results in the …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012
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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

Freebie anti-virus firm Avira has admitted its security software is not compatible with either Windows 8 or Windows 12 Server. The German firm issued an advisory on Friday admitting its products would not be compatible with Windows 8 until the first quarter of 2013 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2012
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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

Scientists have invented a dangerous new charger capable of infecting iPhones with any malware they choose. Eggheads from the Georgia Institute of Technology claim to be able to hack an iPhone in under one minute using a "malicious charger" called Mactans. The team claimed their findings challenge the iPhone's reputation as an …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jun 2013
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Keeping your endpoint data safe: some simple precautions

People are out to get you. Your business, your users, your systems and your data all have value to someone. You could be targeted because you have something that someone specifically wants, or because attackers are hoping to find bank account details or email addresses to spam, or because they want your compute power for a …
Adam Fowler, 21 Oct 2013
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Mac gamers a-gog as GOG goes Mac

Online retailer Good Old Games pushes its services onto Mac OS X this week, with a new collection of over 50 titles for the Mac. As well as a bunch of Bullfrog classics and nostalgia point-and-click epics sure to tempt our Antique Code Show readers, Mac gamers can now snag a copy of CD Projekt's highly-rated role-player The …
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2012
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Microsoft acknowledges the long and winding road ahead

Microsoft's latest quarterly results are a mixed bag; record revenues, a slight fall in profits and Windows going full steam ahead – but CFO Peter Klein was taking a cautious tone at Thursday's analyst call. "It's early days, an ambitious endeavor like this takes time," he said. "We've learned a lot over the past quarter and …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2013

Will Santa be working overtime to shift Win 8 kit? No. Yes! Maybe

Cash-strapped punters are unlikely to dig deep for a premium-priced Windows 8 PC this Christmas, says Gartner. The bean counter reckons sales into UK channels will be flattish in the fourth quarter compared to the same period a year ago when the market slumped by a fifth - the worst decline in half a decade. Clearly Gartner, …
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2012
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Microsoft kills Windows Vista SP1 support

Microsoft is once again trying to bump the 10 per cent market share of people and businesses still lumbered with the company's unloved Windows Vista over to its latest operating system. The software vendor's Brandon LeBlanc reminded customers in a terse blog post that support for Vista Service Pack 1 ended yesterday. Cue the …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jul 2011
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Let's get graphical with Hyper-V

We recently had a good look at what it takes to get a Hyper-V failover cluster up and running using PowerShell. It isn't quite as scary as it is often made out to be, but like many command line interfaces it is the stuff of laminated cheat sheets for administrators who don't use those commands every day. The alternative is to …
Trevor Pott, 05 Jun 2013
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Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

Apple has released iOS 6.1, which adds LTE support for more carriers worldwide, but not much more in terms of features for a release that's graced with a full "dot-digit" numerical upgrade. "Apple today updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2013
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HP maintains seat atop wheezing, spavined PC market

Hewlett-Packard has stayed at the top of the PC industry, fending off competition from Lenovo to remain the biggest PC vendor in the world with 16.2 percent market share. But the industry as a whole is shrinking, and new stats from research firm Gartner confirm the gloomy prognosis from IHS last week. Dell performed badly, with …
Anna Leach, 14 Jan 2013

AMD alllllmost promises profitability by year end

AMD, slapped around by what CEO Rory Read and other corporate honchos like to refer to as "the challenging macro environment," looks to regain profitability in the second half of this year. On a conference call with analysts and reporters after announcing its weak financial results for its fourth quarter of 2012, AMD CFO …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jan 2013
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Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

Apple has launched an online applications store for its Mac computers. Cupertino hopes that its latest cloudy marketplace will replicate the success of its iPhone apps store and bring on board plenty of software coders for developing progs on the company's latest operating system, Mac OS X. The latest store went live in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2011
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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

This was the week when Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 got what can only be described as a bashing from the folks over at Gartner. Reviewer and research director Gunnar Berger didn't seem to think that the OS was all that good. In fact, when it's not on a touch device, he reckons the software is: In a word: Bad …
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Nexenta trashes Win8 Storage Spaces

Nexenta has scoffed at Microsoft's self-healing Storage Spaces, which is billed as a means of creating and managing pooled virtual drives on Windows 8. What came as a real kick in the pills for the OpenSolaris-meets-Linux biz is the suggestion that Redmond's latest operating system capability has ZFS-like features and that …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

While the Surface RT was aimed at Apple's iDevices, its posh Pro cousin is Microsoft's Windows 8 showcase in the PC space, and on midnight on February 9 the first units will go on sale. But we got one early, lived with it for a week, and have, ahem, surfaced to tell of our experience. Microsoft is adamant that the Surface Pro is …
Iain Thomson, 06 Feb 2013
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Microsoft slams coffin lid on Vista

Microsoft has killed support for its unloved Windows Vista operating system today. The company announced in February that the service pack-free version of its post-XP, pre-Windows 7 OS would hit end of life support in April. This means that from today, the OS which hit manufacturers in late 2006 is left entirely at the mercy of …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Apr 2010
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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

Openistas beware! Politicos at the German Foreign Office are reportedly ditching Linux in favour of returning their desktop PCs to Windows XP-based systems. According to a report on netzpolitik.org, which was diligently spotted by The H, the German Foreign Office recently decided to dump their Linux-based machines. That move …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2011
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Windows XP Mode skips virtualisation hardware requirements

Microsoft pushed out a software update late last week that strips away some hardware requirements for running Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 computers, in a move designed to convince more SMBs to upgrade their operating systems. The software maker said Windows XP Mode no longer needed hardware virtualisation technology to run. " …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2010
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Win 7 up, Mac OS X down in market share wars

The latest operating system market-share figures are in, and the news is good for fans of Windows 7, and ho-hum for Mac OS X aficionados. Since its release last October, Windows 7's star has been steadily rising — and this July it passed the lamentable Windows Vista to become the world's number-two OS, according to stats from …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2010
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Windows Phone 7 blocks out popular HTC model, blames buttons

Windows Mobile 6.5 devices will not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 7. Microsoft confirmed to APCmag.com yesterday that users of popular devices such as the HTC HD2 handset won't upgrade to the company's latest operating system for the mobile network. Even though the HD2 model meets much of the criteria set out in Redmond's ' …
Team Register, 02 Mar 2010
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Mac Lion blindly accepts any LDAP password

Apple's latest version of Mac OS X is creating serious security risks for businesses that use it to interact with a popular form of centralized networks. People logging in to Macs running OS X 10.7, aka Lion, can access restricted resources using any password they want when the machines use a popular technology known as LDAP …
Dan Goodin, 26 Aug 2011
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Parcelforce fails to deliver for Windows 7 lovers

The Royal Mail's Parcelforce website is upsetting some Windows 7 fans, because the service doesn't support Microsoft's latest operating system. One customer told us that the site refuses to let him proceed with a payment on Parcelforce.com because Windows 7 "failed to meet the necessary requirements for completing a transaction …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Microsoft takes on Wet Willie's to punt Windows 7 in Paris

And so to Paris, where we find Microsoft getting in a froth about its upcoming Windows 7 launch next month by becoming a café owner to punt a slice of OS with its watery espresso. The software vendor will be peddling its operating system wares on the chic streets of France’s capital, where it plans to open a Windows Café on 22 …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2009
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Ten Windows tablets

Twelve months ago the idea of compiling a list of Windows tablets that you would actually want to buy would have been as impossible to do as it would have been farcical to suggest. But with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT all that has changed, and we are now faced with a bewildering array of fondleslabs all running …
Alun Taylor, 16 Apr 2013
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Blighty customers see some Windows 7 prices halved

Amazon UK is punting the full version of Windows 7 Home Premium at half the price it's selling for in the US, and scoring a healthy amount of publicity to boot. The retailer is heavily trailing Microsoft's forthcoming operating system on its homepage. The Windows 7 Home Premium edition can be scooped up for around £65, which is …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Aug 2009
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Apple confirms Windows 7 support for Mac OS X boot camp

Apple confirmed yesterday that it will support Windows 7 with "Boot Camp" in its Mac OS X Snow Leopard platform within the next few months, for those fanboys with a strange inclination to mix and match their operating systems. The Cupertino-based firm announced its plans on its website on Thursday, which was the same day …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2009
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Microsoft leaks cloudy OS name

Another day, another cloudy name for Windows arrives, this time it’s all about Strata, apparently. Microsoft temporarily flashed the name Windows Strata on its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) website, before removing the moniker yesterday after a few blogs zeroed in on it. Image courtesy of blogger Kit Ong MS head …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Oct 2008
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Parcelforce to drop Windows 7 compatibility through letterbox in New Year

Parcelforce plans to overhaul its website early next year to allow Windows 7 users to access its service. As we reported yesterday, The Royal Mail's parcel delivery website has been upsetting some Windows 7 fans, because the service doesn't support Microsoft's latest operating system. Customers have been struggling to access …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2009
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Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people

Microsoft hopes to sell 14 million copies of Windows 7 to UK consumers next year. The software vendor has set itself an ambitious target with its latest operating system, which will hit stores in a few hours from now. Blighty's population is roughly 60 million. Microsoft said it had been buoyed by the response from its 15 …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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Trojans likely to follow Win 7 activation hack

Trojan attacks are likely in the wake of the Windows 7 product activation system cracks developed last week, less than a month after the release of Microsoft's latest operating system. The RemoveWAT (and the similar ChewWGA) utility allow a prospective Windows 7 user to bypass the Windows Genuine Advantage registration procedure …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2009
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Windows 7 tool gets GPL v2 makeover

Microsoft reposted its Windows 7 download tool online yesterday, after yanking it off the internet last month when it coughed to violating a series of GNU General Public Licence (GPL) terms. In November Microsoft called the violation a mistake, and while the code had been supplied by a third party, it took responsibility for not …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows 7

The Sugababes may be clumsily plodding along without any original members left in their line-up, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from enlisting Heidi, Amelle and Jade (who they?) to big up Windows 7. As usual Microsoft has completely misjudged its audience with the company's latest marketing campaign. It's already been …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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Microsoft expects to flog 300m 270m copies of Windows 7 in 2010

Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, claimed yesterday that the software vendor would sell 300 million 270 million copies of Windows 7 this year, even though he expects businesses to keep their budgets tight. Earlier this week the company said it had already flogged 90 million copies of its latest operating system …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2010
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Windows 7 'genuine' nagware winging its way to OS

Microsoft has been keeping a surprisingly low profile about its recent nagware win - could that have anything to do with its latest efforts to sink marauding software pirates? The company confirmed yesterday that it would pump out a Windows Activation Technologies patch for Windows 7 before the end of this month. Microsoft said …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2010
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PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

DSGi is betting big on Windows 7 sales with a special promotion clearly designed to convince more customers to visit the firm’s not exactly bustling PC World stores. From tomorrow PC World will be offering up to £100 off to anyone who trades in an old, working laptop for a Windows 7 machine. The High Street retailer’s computing …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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Google Nexus S Android smartphone

What do you want from a smartphone? Good looks? New, new features? Decent battery life? The latest operating system? If so, the Nexus S should be right up your alley. The latest Android handset comes direct from Google but where its predecessor, the Nexus One, was made by HTC, this one is created for Google by Samsung. Google …
David Phelan, 12 Jan 2011

Apple apps not ready for Vista

How many of Apple's Windows-compatible applications are ready for Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista? According to the Mac maker's own tech support site... er... none of them are. Earlier this week it emerged that iTunes isn't yet ready to run on Vista, and neither is the iPod it seems. Apple's current advice is for …
Tony Smith, 09 Feb 2007
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Seminal password tool rises from Symantec ashes

More than three years after Symantec unceremoniously pulled the plug on L0phtcrack, the seminal tool for auditing and cracking passwords is back with a set of new capabilities. Starting Wednesday, L0phtcrack 6 is available from the same team of hackers who introduced it to the world a decade ago. The program was pulled from the …
Dan Goodin, 27 May 2009
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Windows 7 lessons - the must know before you buy

Today's launch of Windows 7 by Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer marks the end of a 12-month product turn around - one of Microsoft's fastest. But what price did Microsoft pay to build Windows 7 so quickly? And what should we expect from Microsoft, and the Linux competition, as the company tries to entice people into …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2009
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Snow Leopard security - The good, the bad and the missing

Apple Engineers missed a key opportunity to implement an industry-standard technology in their latest operating system that would have made it more resistant to hacking attacks, three researchers have said. Known as ASLR, or address space layout randomization, the measure picks a different memory location to load system …
Dan Goodin, 29 Aug 2009
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Dell profits down, hopes up

As is true with most every tech company during the ongoing meltdown, Dell announced Thursday that its just-finished fiscal quarter saw shrinking revenues and income. Despite some ugly numbers, the company's chairman and CEO Michael Dell predicts better days ahead - although those days may not arrive for some time. During Dell's …
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2009

Windows Vista marketing 'deceived' consumers

Microsoft has been accused of deceiving US consumers by marketing PCs as "Windows Vista Capable" when they could only run the most basic version of its latest operating system. A US lawsuit filed today claims Microsoft overstated the ability of PCs to run Windows Vista, and that an upgrade program added insult to injury by …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2007