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Android is switching to a regular maintenance schedule for more predictable updates

The changeup means continued polish, refinements, and bug fixes will come to Nougat in a less haphazard manner than previous Android releases.

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LinuxCon: Q&A with inventor of, um, Microsoft PowerShell

The creator of Microsoft's recently open-sourced scripting and configuration framework PowerShell, Jeffrey Snover, sat down with Network World at LinuxCon North America 2016.

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Linux at 25: Containers and unikernels prove less is more

Linux remade the data center and created the cloud; now it’s revolutionizing app development and delivery

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EFF condemns Windows 10 data collection

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is lambasting Microsoft over Windows 10's telemetry technology, and wants it to "come clean" with customers.

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Linux Foundation chief reflects on 25 years of open source

Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, took the state at LinuxCon this week to address the evolution of the open source OS and look back on its history.

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Blame it on your brain: Researchers discover why we ignore PC security warnings

A BYU study finds that you'll most often ignore security warnings when you're busy, which is bad for both the developer and you.

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LinuxCon: With open-source’s great power comes great responsibility

One of the biggest Linux events of the year opened with a look at the social role of the largest open-source project in history, as well as Linux’s potential place in the history books.

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Another day, another 4,600 lines of Linux kernel code

The Linux kernel is improving faster than ever, gaining 7.8 patches per hour and 4,600 lines of new code every day.

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Windows 10 browser beatdown: Who’s got the edge?

Windows 10 users: Not all web browsers are created equal. In fact, it might startle you a little to realize how diverse the range of top-end browser software has become, if you came of age in the era of “Internet Explorer or go home.”...

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is breaking webcams

Tweaks in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update are breaking webcams left and right.

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Why Microsoft open sourced PowerShell and ported it to Linux

You can already test PowerShell in Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS

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macOS Sierra's beta cadence points to October launch

Apple's macOS Sierra has been on a slower tempo of preview releases than El Capitan in 2015, hinting that the upgrade will launch in October.

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Windows smartphone sales collapse

Sales of Windows smartphones plunged 76% in the second quarter of this year compared to 2015.

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9 reasons your next PC should be a Chromebook

An affordable price and access to millions of Android apps is just the start.

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Microsoft PowerShell goes open source and lands on Linux and Mac

Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

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PowerShell for Linux makes it easier to mix clients, servers and clouds

Multiple platforms are now the norm for IT infrastructure. To address that Microsoft is bringing its key configuration tools to Linux and Mac OS to make it easier for customers and partners to handle their workloads, which also...

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Microsoft promises fewer forced sign-ins to Visual Studio

Developers had griped about frequently re-entering credentials to access the company's IDE; now, sessions should last for months

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Microsoft Rewards is how Microsoft will pay you to use Edge, Bing and more

If you liked Bing Rewards, you'll probably love its evolution into Microsoft Rewards. The company will pay you not just for using Bing, but for using its Edge browser or shopping at its online or brick-and-mortar stores.

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