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Firefox OS coming to US, developed markets in 2016

Firefox OS, the smartphone operating system from Mozilla targeted at low-cost smartphones in emerging markets, is coming to more developed markets.

By Martyn Williams | 02 March, 2015 03:03

Tags: lg, consumer electronics, Telefonica, smartphones, KDDI, software, operating systems, mozilla, Verizon Wireless, MWC

Red Hat Shenandoah boosts Java garbage collection

Red Hat engineers are moving forward with their Shenandoah garbage collection technology, which would give Java a boost in large-heap applications.

By Paul Krill | 26 February, 2015 03:16

Tags: application development, java, software, Red Hat

AOL, Apple iTunes connection will soon be history

Apple has alerted AOL subscribers who use their credentials to access iTunes and other Apple services that they will need to switch over to an Apple ID for access as of March 31.

By Bob Brown | 25 February, 2015 04:23

Tags: AOL, Apple, applications, ios, music, software, operating systems

Critical remote code execution flaw patched in Samba

Security researchers are urging users to install new Samba security updates in order to address a critical vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

By Lucian Constantin | 25 February, 2015 02:51

Tags: patches, intrusion, security, samba, patch management, Red Hat, Exploits / vulnerabilities, ubuntu

Microsoft to double price of XP's post-retirement support

Microsoft will double the per-PC price of support for enterprises still stuck with Windows XP systems when the anniversary of the aged OS's retirement rolls around in April, a licensing expert said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 February, 2015 06:17

Tags: windows xp, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, beca, software, operating systems, Idea

Torvalds: ‘People who start writing kernel code get hired really quickly'

Now more than ever, the development of the Linux kernel is a matter for the professionals, as unpaid volunteer contributions to the project reached their lowest recorded levels in the latest "Who Writes Linux" report, which was released today.

By Jon Gold | 19 February, 2015 02:43

Tags: Linux, The Linux Foundation, linux foundation, fcc, software, operating systems

Mozilla reveals Firefox add-on lockdown

Mozilla yesterday detailed plans to require Firefox add-ons to be digitally signed, a move meant to bear down on rogue and malicious extensions, and one that resembled Google's decision years ago to secure Chrome's add-on ecosystem.

By Gregg Keizer | 13 February, 2015 05:34

Tags: Firefox, web browsers, net applications, Google, internet, search engines

Microsoft files for 'Windows 365' trademark, hints at future service

Microsoft late last month filed to trademark "Windows 365" with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office (USTPO), documents showed.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 February, 2015 02:53

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

To avert another Heartbleed, group narrows list of projects in need of support

A group dedicated to averting another Heartbleed-style vulnerability is narrowing down a list of critical open source projects that will receive its funding and support.

By Jeremy Kirk | 10 February, 2015 13:35

Tags: Core Infrastructure Initiative, open source, security, linux foundation, software, Exploits / vulnerabilities

OS X Yosemite's adoption tempo must make Microsoft smile

Three-and-a-half months after its release, Apple's OS X Yosemite powered almost half of all Macs, a statistic that may predict success for rival Microsoft later this year when it issues its own free OS upgrade.

By Gregg Keizer | 10 February, 2015 04:41

Tags: Apple, net applications, Microsoft, OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, software, three, operating systems

Better open source hygiene would have spooked GHOST

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By By Bill Weinberg, Senior Director, Open Source Strategy, Black Duck Software | 06 February, 2015 06:25

Tags: gnu, Shell, security, software, operating systems, debian

Windows 10 forecast: On almost a quarter of all PCs within a year

Microsoft's decision to make Windows 10 a free upgrade could put the new OS on more than 350 million PCs within its first year, an analysis of user share data shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 February, 2015 05:07

Tags: Apple, net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows 10, software

Free Windows, end-of-XP spree, drops Microsoft revenue by $US455m

Microsoft last week said that revenue generated from sales of Windows licenses to computer and device makers dropped $455 million, or 13 per cent, when compared to the same period a year prior.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 February, 2015 08:02

Tags: Dell, Gartner, Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows, software, Lenovo, operating systems, HP

The Raspberry Pi 2 is more powerful, but you still get what you pay for

The Raspberry Pi 2 packs more memory and a faster processor than its predecessor, which is enough to turn it into a more functional PC, but don't expect any miracles: It's still a US$35 product.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 03 February, 2015 08:05

Tags: Premier Farnell, consumer electronics, Raspberry Pi Foundation, hardware systems, RS Components

Microsoft talks up Windows 10 for business, but questions mount

Microsoft last week dribbled out a bit more information about how enterprises will be able to deploy and update Windows 10, answering some questions but leaving analysts asking more.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 February, 2015 01:54

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Raspberry Pi 2 is six times faster than Pi 1, supports Windows 10

A faster Raspberry Pi 2 computer is now shipping without a rise in price, and for the first time it will support Microsoft's Windows 10 OS for the development of smart devices and appliances.

By Agam Shah | 02 February, 2015 20:01

Tags: hardware systems, Windows, Raspberry Pi Foundation, software, operating systems, Raspberry Pi

Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it

Microsoft on Friday said consumers would become coal mine canaries who turn up bugs and problems in each Windows 10 update months before businesses have to commit to the fixes.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 February, 2015 03:23

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Wi-Fi issues continue to hamper OS X users despite updates

Apple's efforts this week to remedy the Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing many OS X users produced mediocre results, judging by comments left in Apple's support forum.

By Fred O'Connor | 30 January, 2015 06:51

Tags: Apple, telecommunication, Mac OS, applications, ios, Mobile OSes, software, mobile, operating systems

Microsoft previews OneDrive for Business for the Mac

Microsoft on Wednesday released the promised preview of OneDrive for Business for OS X, the first way to sidestep the browser when accessing company documents and the only way so far to sync files for offline use on a Mac.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 January, 2015 23:23

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

Apple updates Yosemite, again claims to fix Macs' Wi-Fi flops

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 that again aims to improve -- or in cases simply enable -- Wi-Fi on Macs that have suffered connectivity issues since October.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 January, 2015 07:47

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

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