operating systems

Microsoft brings passwordless security to consumer accounts
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft brings passwordless security to consumer accounts

Customers can even delete their passwords entirely if they wish
16 Sep 2021
Acer Swift 5 review: A skinny legend
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Laptops

Acer Swift 5 review: A skinny legend

So lightweight, you’ll want to take it everywhere you go
15 Sep 2021
South Korea fines Google for abusing Android dominance
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Policy & legislation

South Korea fines Google for abusing Android dominance

The ruling means manufacturers in the country will now be able to use modified versions of Google's OS on their devices
14 Sep 2021
How to virtualise Windows 7 inside Windows 10
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Microsoft Windows

How to virtualise Windows 7 inside Windows 10

It isn’t safe to run a Windows 7 PC connected to the internet, but if you don’t want to lose access to your apps and setup this is a cunning workaroun…
9 Sep 2021
How to factory reset Windows 10
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operating systems

How to factory reset Windows 10

If your Windows 10 system isn't playing ball, you can reset it back to its factory conditions
8 Sep 2021
How to unroot Android
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Google Android

How to unroot Android

If you've rooted your Android device, here’s how to get everything back to normal
7 Sep 2021
How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update
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operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

Has your PC frozen during an update? Here's how to get it running again
3 Sep 2021
16 top BBC micro:bit projects
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Hardware

16 top BBC micro:bit projects

Learn everything from beginner projects to challenges for confident coders
3 Sep 2021
Windows 365 review: Can Windows in the cloud replace your PC?
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cloud computing

Windows 365 review: Can Windows in the cloud replace your PC?

A solid start for cloud-based Windows, although not without performance problems
2 Sep 2021
Windows 11 rollout will begin on 5 October
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operating systems

Windows 11 rollout will begin on 5 October

The phased release will see all eligible devices offered the upgrade by mid-2022
31 Aug 2021
Linux 5.14 offers new security protections
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Linux

Linux 5.14 offers new security protections

The operating system's 30th birthday release helps protect against side-channel attacks
30 Aug 2021
Microsoft updates Windows 11 minimum requirements
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft updates Windows 11 minimum requirements

New OS will be compatible with more CPUs after feedback from users
30 Aug 2021
Microsoft product chief Panos Panay joins executive leadership team
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft product chief Panos Panay joins executive leadership team

The Microsoft veteran has been a key player in the development of the Surface range and Windows 11
26 Aug 2021
Intel’s ‘Thread Director’ will boost CPU performance on Windows 11
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components

Intel’s ‘Thread Director’ will boost CPU performance on Windows 11

This technology will be embedded in the next generation of 10nm hybrid Alder Lake desktop processors
20 Aug 2021
How to speed up Windows 10
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Microsoft Windows

How to speed up Windows 10

Does Windows 10 feel a bit sluggish for you? Read on for tips and tricks to speed up the OS
19 Aug 2021
More than 90 global privacy groups urge Apple to abandon CSAM surveillance
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privacy

More than 90 global privacy groups urge Apple to abandon CSAM surveillance

Groups warn the tech could be exploited by “abusive adults”
19 Aug 2021
Microsoft accused of making it harder to ditch Edge in Windows 11
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operating systems

Microsoft accused of making it harder to ditch Edge in Windows 11

Competitors claim the tech giant has made changing default browsers unnecessarily complicated
19 Aug 2021
Blackberry 'reluctantly' admits to QNX flaw
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vulnerability

Blackberry 'reluctantly' admits to QNX flaw

The vulnerability, known as BadAlloc, impacts pre-2012 versions of BlackBerry’s flagship operating system
18 Aug 2021
Apple shifts stance on CSAM scanning following widespread criticism
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privacy

Apple shifts stance on CSAM scanning following widespread criticism

The tech giant will now only flag images that had been supplied by clearinghouses in multiple countries
16 Aug 2021
Apple says it will reject government requests to use child sexual abuse image scanning for surveillance
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privacy

Apple says it will reject government requests to use child sexual abuse image scanning for surveillance

The tech giant claims it has always "steadfastly refused" to work with agency requests that potentially erode privacy
10 Aug 2021
Windows 11 will introduce ‘focus sessions’ to help with remote work distractions
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Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 will introduce ‘focus sessions’ to help with remote work distractions

This tool pairs tasks on a to-do list with Spotify playlists to allow workers to concentrate while working from home or in the office
6 Aug 2021
Privacy concerns mount over Apple's plan to scan iPhones for child sexual abuse images
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e safety

Privacy concerns mount over Apple's plan to scan iPhones for child sexual abuse images

Edward Snowden publicly criticised Apple’s decision, comparing the tech giant’s flagship devices to surveillance agents
6 Aug 2021
Microsoft launches new layered group policy feature
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft launches new layered group policy feature

Layered feature makes it easier to selectively block USB devices in Windows
5 Aug 2021
Microsoft shuts down Windows 365 free trials after significant demand
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft shuts down Windows 365 free trials after significant demand

The widely anticipated Cloud PC service launched on Monday with configurations available between £17 and £134.60 per user, per month
5 Aug 2021