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Microsoft discloses zero-day flaw, publishes quick fix

Attacks are under way using PowerPoint file, the company said

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New Windows 10 TP build adds Windows Phone Action Center

The new build, out Tuesday, includes almost 7,000 changes, most of them bug fixes and improvements

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New Windows 10 Technical Preview Build Includes Notifications, Battery Saver, Data Monitor

Build 9860 of Windows 10 adds new notifications capabilities via the Action Center, as well as the ability to sign up for more frequent build updates.

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Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update, Starts Testing Fast-Paced Delivery System

Microsoft today issued the first update for Windows 10 Technical Preview, inaugurating its fast-cadence release practice.

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Why Would You Want Windows for IoT Anyway?

The IoT market is overcrowded, but a headless version of Windows has definite advantages if you're building your own hardware - and it could save you money.

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

NFC Chip Implants: First Apple, Now This Guy

It's hard to steal Apple's thunder on anything these days, but a self-professed "body modification" enthusiast might have done just that: He's had an NFC chip implanted in his hand.

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Microsoft Outlines Vision for Azure With New Services

Microsoft puts the pressure on cloud competitors Amazon and Google with a slate of new Azure offerings, including a 'cloud-in-a-box' hardware appliance geared for on-premises hybrid deployments.

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Mac Revenue Tops iPad as Apple Sells Record 5.5 Million Computers

Apple said it sold a record 5.5 million Macs in the September quarter, boosting sales by 21% year-over-year during a stretch when the overall PC business remained in the red.

Alibaba's mobile OS in China boosted by Meizu partnership

Alibaba's YunOS has struggled to attract partners, amid Android's dominance

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Bottom Line: Should You Upgrade to OS X Yosemite?

Chris Breen considers the advances Yosemite brings to the Mac and what it means in Apple's vision of our computing future.

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

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Ubuntu Turns 10: A Look Back at Desktop Linux Standard Bearer

A brief history of Ubuntu, as alliterative as all-get-out.

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Apple iOS 8.1 is Here: Not Your Run of the Mill Dot One Release

Apple iOS 8.1 software release points to the future and harkens back to the past: NFC-powered Apple Pay comes to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users in the United States, while the unceremoniously dumped Camera Roll feature is resurrected.

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Why Apple Pay is Apple’s Most Important Product in Years

Good timing, solid security, and major partnerships will make Apple Pay the most disruptive product of 2014.

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Windows 10: The Votes are Pouring in for These 10 Features

The people are speaking! Users of the Windows 10 Technical Preview can suggest and vote for desired features. Here are the features getting the most thumbs-up right now.

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You'll Pay a Lot More for an Unlocked Nexus 6 Smartphone

Google's new Nexus 6 smartphone will start at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin Oct. 29. The price is nearly double the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago.

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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

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5K Display Aside, Apple's New iMac is Barely Changed From 2013's Desktop

Except for the 14.7-million-pixel display of Apple's new 5K Retina iMac, the machine is virtually the same as last year's model, according to iFixit

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