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Yosemite deep-dive review: OS X 10.10 gets ready for the big time

OS X 10.10, otherwise known as Yosemite, is the 11th iteration of the operating system that powers the desktops and laptops created by Apple. This update, expected to be released later today, marks the second version of OS X whose code name is based on a California location instead of a species of cat -- and the second time Apple has let loose a major update for free.

By Michael deAgonia | 16 October, 2014 23:36

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

Windows 10 Technical Preview deep-dive: A promise of better things to come

It's been nearly a week since Microsoft announced that it will follow Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 -- and released its Technical Preview so that those interested could take a first look at the new operating system. Since then I've been exploring the new OS, alongside the sparse documentation Microsoft has released.

By Simon Bisson | 10 October, 2014 21:36

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

The best new features in Windows Server 10 (so far)

Alongside Microsoft's Oct. 1 release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the company offered early previews of the next iteration of Windows Server and System Center. With final releases not expected until the summer of 2015, these extremely early technical previews are a marked departure from the norm for Microsoft. Far from being feature complete or even stable, the Windows Server Technical Preview nevertheless presents a way to become familiar with new features coming down the pike, and to put the UI changes through their paces.

By Tim Ferrill | 08 October, 2014 21:06

Tags: Microsoft, windows server, Windows, software, operating systems

4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has gotten a lot of attention as a way to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional notebooks. Its snap-on keyboard and pull-out rear stand tries to offer the best of both worlds, but with a 12-in. screen and weighing 1.8 lbs. (without its keyboard cover), the Surface Pro is not as light as it could be, particularly for nomadic workers. And starting at $800 for a system equipped with an Intel i3 with 64GB plus $130 for the Type Cover, it is not an inexpensive system.

By Brian Nadel | 16 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: hardware systems, Windows, Lenovo, software, tablets, toshiba, acer, intel, operating systems, HP, Windows 8, Microsoft

Review: RHEL 7 lands with a jolt

There's a lot to like in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but some fundamental changes may prove problematic

By Paul Venezia | 28 August, 2014 00:19

Tags: Linux, Configuration / maintenance, fedora, hardware systems, software, operating systems, Data Center, Red Hat

A review of Swing Copters: Under no circumstances should you play this game

Mercifully, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen pulled his simple, addictive and fiendishly difficult twitch game from the Android and iOS marketplaces after it exploded in popularity earlier this year, but he's back with a new assault on your attention span: Swing Copters.

By Jon Gold | 22 August, 2014 04:10

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

Hands on: OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta shows off a new look and features

The beta of Apple's latest operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, promises a sparkling new design and some very useful features.

By Michael deAgonia | 30 July, 2014 03:02

Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, software

Review: Dell XPS 15 Touch is the best Windows laptop ever

Dell's big, fast, 15-inch flagship laptop and its amazing touchscreen give the MacBook Pro Retina a run for its money

By Woody Leonhard | 11 July, 2014 20:03

Tags: Laptop PCs, Dell, Microsoft Windows, computer hardware, software, nvidia, intel, GT, operating systems

First look: Apple's Swift is simple, at first

Swift's clean and modern syntax makes it quick and easy to get started, but mastering this new language will take a while

By Peter Wayner | 25 June, 2014 20:07

Tags: Mobile Development, application development, ios, software, Mac OS X, objective, operating systems, Development tools, Apple, Google, mobile technology, Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 deep-dive review: Has Microsoft finally got it right?

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 is supposed to work as both a tablet and a laptop. After working with it for a week, does our reviewer agree?

By Preston Gralla | 30 May, 2014 20:40

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

Review: HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 scores with snazzy trackpad

HP's buttoned-down EliteBook Folio 1040 has a lot going for it -- especially the multitouch, pressure-controlled Synaptics ForcePad

By Woody Leonhard | 23 May, 2014 20:05

Tags: Laptop PCs, HP, Microsoft Windows, computer hardware, software, intel, operating systems

Tails 1.0: A bootable Linux distro that protects your privacy

Whatever your primary OS, Linux distro Tails 1.0 offers a plethora of security features to help you work online without worrying about privacy issues.

By Carla Schroder | 10 May, 2014 05:48

Tags: Linux and Unix, security, privacy

5 Twitter clients for Linux

Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

By Himanshu Arora | 09 May, 2014 21:12

Tags: Linux and Unix, Internet-based applications and services, Desktop Apps, twitter, Vasco, GT, social media, internet, ubuntu

Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense

In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

By Preston Gralla | 11 April, 2014 02:20

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

By Maria Korolov | 31 March, 2014 22:24

Tags: Cloud, Networking, fedora, wireless, software, acer, internet, intel, cloud computing, ubuntu

Review: Windows 8.1 Update offers an olive branch for mouse users

Windows 8.1 Update brings a tiny handful of mouse-centric improvements and a hodgepodge of interface tweaks

By Woody Leonhard | 19 March, 2014 10:05

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements

Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

By Michael deAgonia | 14 March, 2014 10:33

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Apple, Networking, ios, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile

Asus Chromebox review: A simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop

The second desktop system to use Google's Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive alternative to traditional desktops.

By Brian Nadel | 12 March, 2014 13:03

Tags: hardware, Google, hardware systems, software, intel, operating systems

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people

We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

By Brian Nadel | 11 March, 2014 11:11

Tags: Windows, hardware systems, laptops, software, operating systems

Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever

One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.

By Michael deAgonia | 05 March, 2014 14:09

Tags: Apple, WD, Macintosh, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Mac OS X

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