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Microsoft expands Spectre, Meltdown patches to include Windows 7/8.1, more Intel chips

Add Windows 7, Windows 8.1 to the list of Microsoft operating systems protected against Spectre and Meltdown, as well as the Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Skylake chips from Intel.

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WWDC 2018 will be held from June 4-8 in San Jose

Apple's big yearly developer conference is coming, right when you most expect it!

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Microsoft sets May kill date for OWA apps on iOS, Android

The move riles enterprise users who still rely on older apps to access email because Outlook apps don't cut it for them.

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iOS vs. Android: When it comes to brand loyalty, Android wins

Android smartphone and tablet owners tend to be slightly more loyal to their brand than do Apple iOS device users.

Microsoft to name Windows 10 1803 'Spring Creators Update'

The feature upgrade is now expected to be released in early April; Microsoft's naming convention drew some barbs on Twitter.

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Get a $250 9.7-inch iPad with Best Buy's Tax Time Tech Sale, along with other Apple goodies

iPads, MacBook Airs, Apple TVs, and Beats headphones are all on sale at Best Buy for the next three days.

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First Look: The Sims Mobile puts a fresher freemium spin on the familiar life game

EA's enduring favorite gets a new iOS game that's closer to the Mac editions.

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iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji: Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke

Apple's Animoji on iPhone X has a competitor in AR Emoji on the Samsung Galaxy S9. Here's how they stack up.

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Mingis on Tech: The rationale for buying an iMac Pro

When it comes to expensive Macs, you can't get much pricier than the iMac Pro, an all-in-one workstation that starts at $4,999. Just who needs that kind of horsepower? This week's guest, that's who.

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Microsoft expects the 'majority of customers' to use Windows 10's S mode

Though just a few devices use Windows 10 S today, a senior Windows executive has made the bold claim that the majority of Microsoft customers will use Windows 10's new S mode—but if they don't like it, they'll be allowed to upgrade...

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Get a 2016 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and cellular at Costco for just $400

It's only available in gold or rose gold, but the previous-generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro remains an impressive device for work and play.

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iPad 2018 rumors: New iPad Pro design with Face ID to launch at WWDC in June

If you want to get a sense of where the iPad will go in 2018, look to the iPhone X.

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Windows 10's Sets will reappear in the fall Insider builds, with support for legacy apps

Microsoft said Wednesday that its tabbed interface for Windows 10, known as Sets, is returning in the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 5 release. New improvements include support for legacy Win32 apps.

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Windows ML will tap your PC hardware to smarten up Windows 10 apps with AI

Microsoft announced Windows ML, an API that third-party Windows app developers will be able to use to make their own Windows apps smarter and increase the overall intelligence of Windows.

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iOS 11: How to hide sensitive info in notification previews

With iOS 11, you can hide the content of notifications without turning them off entirely.

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Confirmed: Windows 10 S will evolve into a 'mode' of Windows 10 in 2019

Joe Belfiore, a senior executive within Microsoft's Windows group, confirms that Windows 10 S will be folded in as a "mode" of Windows 10 in 2019, rather than a separate version.

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iOS 12 wishlist: What we want from Apple's next major OS update

iOS 12 is probably not going to deliver a big overhaul, but there's still plenty of room for impactful improvements.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 shows signs of enterprise upgrading

Migration watch: Windows 10 has been on an upward climb since its 2015 debut, and though its user numbers softened a bit last month, there are signs businesses are starting to migrate.

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Windows 10 quick tips: 8 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.


iPhone Photos app: 8 cool features you should be using

Make GIFs, salvage blurry photos, and label your friends with some of the lesser-known Photos features for iPhone.

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