Operating Systems

Can SDN usher in better IT security?

That software-defined networking (SDN) is a coming reality is starting to gain traction in IT security circles, with some vendors arguing it could lead to a level of interoperability in security largely missing at present.

By Ellen Messmer | 30 August, 2014 01:02

Tags: SDN, Citrix, linux foundation, security, Networking, OpenDaylight, IETF, intel

Red Hat CTO abruptly resigns

CTO Brian Stevens is out at Red Hat, according to a curt press release issued by the company Wednesday evening.

By Jon Gold | 29 August, 2014 06:37

Tags: Linux, open source, software, operating systems, Red Hat

Microsoft purges 1,500 copycat, fraudulent Windows 8.1 apps

Microsoft has begun clamping down on sham Windows Store apps that try to dupe users into paying for free software, the company announced Wednesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 23:32

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft reissues patch that crippled Windows PCs

Microsoft today re-released a security update that was pulled two weeks ago after users packed the company's support discussion forum with reports of crippled computers.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 06:30

Tags: Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Free, fast Windows updates are the future - and they could hurt PC sales

Microsoft will unveil the next edition of Windows in just over five weeks, according to a widely-cited report last week.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 04:16

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 9

15 insanely stupid Apple predictions

The years have not been kind to Apple's critics. Here are fifteen laughable predictions that show how Apple has been going out of business since 1984.

By Jonny Evans | 27 August, 2014 02:40

Tags: steve jobs, iPhone, hardware systems, Mac OS X, tablets, iPad, HP, Apple, Dell, ipod, consumer electronics, steve ballmer, smartphones

China says Microsoft hasn't been fully transparent in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities are claiming that Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government's anti-monopoly investigation, and is demanding more information about its media player and Web browser distribution.

By Michael Kan | 26 August, 2014 17:33

Tags: regulation, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, government

You drain me: Apple replaces some iPhone 5 batteries for free

Apple will replace some iPhone 5 batteries free of charge, claiming "a very small percentage" of the smartphones need to be charged more often and those charges were quickly exhausted.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 August, 2014 06:45

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, ios, computerworld, smartphones, software, operating systems

First Firefox OS smartphone goes on sale in India for $33

Mozilla today announced that a smartphone powered by its Firefox OS mobile operating system went on sale in India, one of the key markets that the company has targeted.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 August, 2014 23:59

Tags: Firefox, Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, smartphones, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile

Microsoft cuts prices of Surface 2 in possible sign of new models this fall

Microsoft has cut the prices of its Surface 2 tablets by as much as 22 per cent, dropping the entry-level Windows 8.1 RT device to $US349.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 August, 2014 20:52

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, hardware systems, Windows, software, tablets, operating systems, mobile

China to launch home-grown OS in October as Windows replacement

China hopes to launch a home-grown operating system by October to wean the country from foreign-made OSes like Windows.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 August, 2014 03:55

Tags: Reuters, Xinhua, software, operating systems

Trade-in volume signals 'tremendous' sales for iPhone 6

Apple will have a "tremendous" opening of the iPhone 6, buy-back vendors said today, basing their predictions on recent activity by consumers locking in prices for their old smartphones.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 August, 2014 06:34

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, ios, smartphones, software, operating systems

Microsoft engineer: 'Definitely problems' with test process after crippling Windows patch

A week after Microsoft pulled a Patch Tuesday update that crippled some Windows 7 PCs, the company has yet to provide a working fix for either the original flaw or the resulting problem.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 August, 2014 21:31

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, computerworld, LinkedIn, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities, philips

Carmakers put Apple's CarPlay in the slow lane

Some car manufacturers are delaying their rollout of CarPlay, the software platform from Apple that synchronizes an iPhone to a vehicle's infotainment system.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 20:42

Tags: ios, Emerging Technologies, Android, hardware systems, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, operating systems, three, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, ABI research, smartphones, software, IHS, Volvo, BI Research

What matters in the fall smartphone lineup: brand, display size, battery life, LTE

Given that at least five top-flight smartphones will be launched in September, would-be buyers will have plenty of choices.

By Matt Hamblen | 22 August, 2014 20:15

Tags: consumer electronics, ios, Android, computerworld, smartphones, software, operating systems

Apple updates OS X Yosemite public beta

As expected, Apple today released the second public beta of OS X Yosemite.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 August, 2014 06:05

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Mac OS X, software, operating systems

As sales deadline approaches, OEMs continue to push Windows 7 PCs to consumers

With a Microsoft-mandated deadline a little more than two months away, computer makers are still selling PCs equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 August, 2014 20:49

Tags: IDC, Microsoft, security, Windows, Lenovo, software, operating systems, Hewlett-Packard, HP, Dell

Linux Foundation to offer new certification for IT workers

With an eye toward deepening the global Linux talent pool, the Linux Foundation today announced that it will offer two new certifications for engineers and administrators.

By Jon Gold | 20 August, 2014 23:26

Tags: Linux, linux foundation, careers, software, Open Source Subnet, operating systems, IT management

Apple preps final non-security Mavericks update

Apple is working its way toward releasing OS X Mountain Lion 10.9.5, very likely the last non-security update for the 10-month old operating system.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 August, 2014 20:48

Tags: Apple, desktop pcs, hardware systems, software, Mac OS X, operating systems, PCs

5 cool new security research breakthroughs

University and vendor researchers are congregating in San Diego this week at USENIX Security '14 to share the latest findings in security and privacy, and here are 5 that jumped out to me as being particularly interesting.

By Bob Brown | 20 August, 2014 08:46

Tags: Apple, Columbia University, security, ios, Georgia Tech, software, operating systems

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