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Ubuntu Yakkety Yak review: Head in the cloud, feet on the desktop

Despite being a desktop OS, Ubuntu 16.10 feels more like a cloud and server OS. And that’s a good thing.


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Step-by-step guide to setting up dual boot on your PC or laptop

Are you tired of your operating system dictating what you can and can’t do with your PC or laptop? Need more control over your computing environment? Dual boot might be the answer.


How to repair Windows 10's Master Boot Record

You should know how to repair your Master Boot Record, because if ransomware or some other disaster bricks your PC, you just might be able to save it. Here’s how.


Use Windows 10's Battery Saver to squeeze more life out of your laptop

Settings for screen brightness, low-power mode and more will help you last longer on a charge.

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Windows: When no growth is an improvement

Microsoft said revenue in the September quarter for the More Personal Computing group was down 2%, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines.

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Easy-to-exploit rooting flaw puts Linux computers at risk

The maintainers of Linux distributions are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability that's already being exploited in the wild and poses a serious risk to Linux based servers, desktops and other devices.

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Windows GDI flaw leads to PowerShell attacks

APT group FruityArmor exploited Windows GDI memory handling to break out of browser sandboxes and launch PowerShell in targeted attacks

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Cloud growth continues to be the name of the game for Microsoft

Microsoft's ongoing move to the cloud paid off once again over the past quarter, as strong growth from Azure and Office 365 offset declines in the PC market.

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32% off Asus 15.6-Inch Laptop, 2.1GHz Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 10 - Deal Alert

Housing multiple USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer and the latest 802.11ac wireless for fast Internet connectivity, Asus promises it'll be fast and easy to get things done with their F555 laptop, currently discounted 32%.

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Celebrating 12 years of Ubuntu

Founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the first public release of Ubuntu – version 4.10, or “Warty Warthog” – on Oct. 20, 2004. The idea behind what would become the most recognizable and widely used Linux distributions ever was simple...

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Free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks

A new open-source tool called MBRFilter can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.

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3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

Windows Server 2016 could be a generational shift in security on par with Bill Gates’ introduction of Trustworthy Computing in 2002.

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10 beloved PC programs Windows 10 renders obsolete

Some of the best third-party PC software around has been usurped by native Windows 10 tools and features.

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Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

Windows 10's cumulative updates have ballooned in size, and a similar bloat will affect the Windows 7 updates Microsoft revamped this month.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick benches Microsoft's Surface, says it's undependable

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that "he's done" with the Microsoft Surface tablets that the NFL uses.


Review: HP Elite x3 Windows phone

Incredible hardware, Win32 apps, Continuum: the HP Elite x3 is the first Windows phone your friends are going to envy.


Raspberry Pi-powered ghosts will haunt your house on Halloween

Learn how to create a fully automated ghost show that you can project on any screen — or the walls of your house.

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UML to be ejected from Microsoft Visual Studio

The company is removing UML support in Visual Studio 15 due to a lack of usage


What to do when you hate Windows 10

You have a few options for backing out of Windows 10, but most of them aren’t pretty.

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