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Apple TV Aerials screensaver now available on your Mac

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 5:23 pm

Apple shot a series of aerial videos over New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, China, and London for its Apple TV screensaver, with astounding results. If you want that on your Mac, an open source project now lets you achieve that. Hit the source for the download and instructions.



Unfortunately, there is no day/night cycle support (so you only see day versions in the day, and night versions at night). Redditor InkognitoV says it doesn't seem to support it right now, but he "may fork the project and try to add this feature" if he can find the time.

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Next major Windows 10 update hitting early November

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 9:28 pm

Those preview builds we've been reporting on in recent weeks will roll out to the public in early November, Microsoft says.




Among the changes and additions:


  • darker title bars
  • smaller context menus for mouse usage
  • improved Media Creation Tool
  • Cortana improvements (including text from PC)
  • Edge improvements (Tab Preview and Favourites and Reading list items syncing, among others)
  • extra column of live tiles on the Start menu
  • native Skype calling and messaging


These were all intended to make it into the launch version of Windows 10, so when the update hits, you can rest easy knowing you have the version of of the operating system its designers wanted you to have.

Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572 lets you text from your PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 5:05 pm

Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572 is now live, and as with the last release, it includes many exciting changes and feature additions. Perhaps most exciting of all is the ability to text from your PC -- no need to leave your phone by the desk or go get it to text someone anymore.




The new feature is handled through Cortana which can also show you missed calls. When you see a missed call, you simply click "text reply" and proceed to, well, text reply. If you want to text someone at any time, type or speak "text" and who you want to text (as you would on your phone), and Cortana will handle the rest.


To set it up, sign into Cortana with the same Microsoft account on your phone and PC. Notifications can be disabled on any device at any time through Cortana.

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Windows 10 upgrade attempting to self-install on some systems

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 6:46 pm

The Windows 10 upgrade already automatically downloads on Windows 7 and 8 machines, but recently it's gotten even more aggressive. User reports have come in stating the upgrade attempts to automatically install without them initiating the process. You are still required to intervene to actually begin the installation, but this is still disconcerting.




Microsoft says this is a simple error that will be rectified, if it's not already: "As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel. This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are removing the check."

Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10549 improves texting

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 14, 2015 6:37 pm

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 went out last week for PC users, and now Build 10549 has arrived for mobile users apart of the Insider program.




Be warned, Microsoft discovered a black screen bug with this build, so if you want to install it without issue, you must go back to Windows 8.1 using the Windows Device Recovery Tool, install the Insider app, choose the Fast ring, reboot, then download the build. There are a few other issues with missing apps, notifications, WhatsApp calls, and more, too. Though they all have workarounds, there is some level of hassle involved. If you can't be bothered with any of this, take this news purely as a look at what's to come.

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Windows 7, 8, 8.1 keys can now activate Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:44 pm

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 released yesterday with numerous functional improvements, but also a key change in the activation scheme: Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 product keys can be used to activate Windows 10. Previously, you could install these operating systems as normal and then upgrade to Windows 10 for free; Microsoft is mercifully making that step unnecessary by allowing you to simply enter in the product key of the previous OS to validate your new Windows 10 install.




There is a stipulation: if you're going through the upgrade process instead or clean installing, the key you use with the PC you've installed Windows 10 on must have been used to activate the previous installed version of Windows. So for example, if you installed Windows 7 on your PC and then want to upgrade to Windows 10, you can do so, but you can't install Windows 7 on your laptop and then use that key to upgrade to Windows 10 on your desktop and then activate it (you'd have to have installed it on your desktop first at some point).


To start the process, go to Settings > Update & security > Activation, and then select Change Product Key if upgrading, and if clean installing, simply use the key during setup.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 includes heap of improvements

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 6:08 pm

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 has been released for Windows Insiders in the "Fast ring" today, and with it comes a slew of improvements and changes to the operating system.




Among the long list: Skype integration (including Quick Reply from Action Center functionality), Tab Preview and Favourites and Reading list items syncing for Edge, Cortana event reminders and trip planning functions , darker title bars, and smaller context menus for mouse usage.


Hit the source if you want the full list of details.

Microsoft accidentally publishes Windows 7 test update

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 4:32 pm

If you're still on Windows 7, you may have been put off by a strange update in the past 24 hours going by a name something like "gYxseNjwafVPfgsoHnzLblmmAxZUiOnGcchqEAEwjyxwjUIfpXfJQcdLapTmFaqHGCFsdvpLarmPJLOZYMEILGNIPwNOgEazuBVJ". The update is flagged as "important".




No need to worry about your system being compromised by Shodan, though: Microsoft says it was a mistakenly released test update and should be removed by now.

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Tim Cook reiterates Apple will not be merging iOS and OS X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 30, 2015 7:40 am

We've seen Microsoft merge the worlds of Windows RT and the desktop side of Windows 8 at the time into a singular OS; Windows 10, but Apple has no such plans of merging iOS and OS X.




Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated the news in a chat with Aaron Levie from Box, where he said that it "subtracts from both", with Cook arguing that you "don't get the best experience with either". Cook said he feels no pressure to catch up to Microsoft in this regard, adding that he doesn't believe in "holding grudges" and that Microsoft and Apple can "partner on more things" than they compete in.


We've seen iOS-friendly versions of Office updates that were unveiled with the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iOS 9, showing that Microsoft and Apple are very friendly indeed. The enterprise on the other hand, wants to see Apple and Microsoft working together, and not fighting. Considering Apple secured itself a very hefty $25 billion in enterprise revenue in the last 12 months, it should come as no surprise that Apple has pushed into the enterprise-class market with the iPad Pro and its collaboration with Microsoft on iOS-friendly Office apps.

Android is home to 1.4 billion, with 400 million new users since June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 30, 2015 2:34 am

Google has just unveiled their new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones, a couple of new Chromecast dongles, and unleashed Android 6.0 Marshmallow all this afternoon. But how many people are using Android?




According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, over 1.4 billion active monthly users are now on Android. This is quite the increase from a few months ago, where back in June the company announced it had 1 billion users - indicating a huge 400 million additional users on Android. The company is expecting continued growth with Android, as smartphones becomes more affordable, especially under their Android One initiative.