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Apple unwraps OS X Yosemite public beta Thursday

Apple will release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite early Thursday

By Gregg Keizer | 24 July, 2014 02:39

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

Apple "inadvertently admitted" to iOS backdoor: forensics expert

Apple has "inadvertently admitted" to creating a "backdoor" in iOS, according to a new post by a forensics scientist, iOS author and former hacker, who this week created a stir when he posted a presentation laying out his case.

By John Cox | 23 July, 2014 08:17

Tags: Apple, security, ios, nsa, software, operating systems

OS X Yosemite public beta nears release

Apple may release a public beta for OS X Yosemite as early as next week, according to an online report Monday.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 July, 2014 22:20

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

Red Alert app warns of imminent missile attacks in Israel

Red Alert: Israel is a free app for both iOS and Android that provides real-time alerts when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel. It's also become a specialized kind of social network.

By Matt Hamblen | 22 July, 2014 06:44

Tags: consumer electronics, ios, Android, smartphones, software, operating systems, mobile apps

Lenovo spins 180, says it's still in the 8-in. Windows tablet game

Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 July, 2014 05:44

Tags: computerworld, hardware systems, Windows, Lenovo, software, tablets, operating systems, IDG

Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens

The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 19 July, 2014 21:21

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, ios, Android, smartphones, software, operating systems, Facebook, mobile apps

Google starts work on Chrome bug that slurps Windows laptop juice

Google engineers have begun working on a fix for a months-old Chrome bug that drains Windows' laptop batteries, a move triggered by a story on Forbes' website.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 July, 2014 06:05

Tags: Firefox, Google, applications, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft may drag out layoffs for a year

It could take Microsoft a year to lay off the 18,000 workers it plans to cut, a drawn-out morale-busting process criticized by both labor experts and industry analysts.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 July, 2014 20:26

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, IT transformation, IT industry, Microsoft, Nokia, Windows, software, operating systems

Surface survives Microsoft cuts, but tablet strategy remains muddled

Microsoft plans to press ahead with its in-house Surface tablets, but the company's strategy remains vague and elusive.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 July, 2014 05:28

Tags: Microsoft, Nokia, hardware systems, Windows, software, tablets, operating systems

As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones

In addition to announcing its largest job cuts ever, Microsoft today also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones.

By Matt Hamblen | 18 July, 2014 01:53

Tags: Motorola, Microsoft, Android, Nokia, smartphones, Windows, Lenovo, software, operating systems, Google, consumer electronics

Microsoft WPC 2014: Future under Nadella less about Windows, more about mobile and Cloud

Microsoft's future will be less devoted to its Windows operating system as it continues to push into mobile and cloud services, CEO Satya Nadella said, using his keynote speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about where the company is headed.

By Joab Jackson | 17 July, 2014 03:35

Tags: applications, WPC, Microsoft, Windows, software, internet, cloud computing, operating systems, mobile

Reaction: Apple fashions 'brilliant' partnership with IBM for instant enterprise cred

The business-focused deal between Apple and IBM is "brilliant," one analyst said, noting that Apple now gets into the enterprise through the front door rather than the back.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 July, 2014 10:23

Tags: IT industry, Apple, ios, IBM, software, Forrester Research, operating systems, mobile apps, CNBC

Apple and IBM team up on big enterprise push

Apple and IBM today unveiled an "exclusive partnership" that melds IBM's big data and analytics capabilities with Apple's iPhone and iPad.

By Ken Mingis | 16 July, 2014 07:11

Tags: Apple, ios, IBM, software, operating systems, mobile apps

MIcrosoft WPC 2014: Microsoft plans price war to stymie Chromebook growth

Microsoft's COO says his company and its army of OEMs will compete on price with Google's Chromebooks, a milestone in Microsoft's battle against the encroaching enemy.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 July, 2014 06:01

Tags: Microsoft, computerworld, hardware systems, Windows, laptops, software, acer, operating systems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Google

Microsoft gets real, admits its device share is just 14%

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner acknowledged today that his company's operating systems power only a small fraction of all devices worldwide.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 July, 2014 04:07

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Windows, software, tablets, operating systems, PCs

Ubuntu 14.04: Is Canonical taking on too much?

The recent release of Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support/LTS (Trusty Tahr) proves to us once again that it doesn't matter if you're Oracle, Microsoft, or Canonical: Bringing a fleet of products into new release revision synch is tough.

By Tom Henderson | 14 July, 2014 22:47

Tags: open source, Canon, Microsoft, canonical, software, Open Source Subnet, Red Hat, ubuntu, Oracle, Docker

Apple quickly counters China claim of iPhone spying

Apple has denied claims by China's state-run television that its iPhones track owners' locations.

By Gregg Keizer | 13 July, 2014 07:58

Tags: Apple, security, ios, software, operating systems, privacy

China calls the iPhone and iOS 7 threats to national security

China's state-run TV is telling iPhone owners that the device is a threat to national security because it tracks their movements.

By Gregg Keizer | 12 July, 2014 00:59

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

Tip of the Hat: Samsung's warning should be no surprise

Several analysts argue that Samsung's warning about Q3 profits is due to its strategy of competing on price.

By Mike Bucken | 10 July, 2014 04:53

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, computerworld, smartphones, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile, Apple, consumer electronics

Dev interest in OS X Yosemite is 4X what it was for Mavericks in '13

Developer interest in OS X Yosemite appears to be quadruple that of 2013's Mavericks.

By Gregg Keizer | 10 July, 2014 04:13

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

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