Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Software/Operating Systems

Apple stops selling budget iPhone 6 and SE in India ahead of fall event

Nearly a year after ending direct sales of the iPhone 6 and SE in most countries, Apple is reportedly phasing out its least expensive models in India, raising the entry price of its flagship product line in a large but notoriously price-conscious market. The Economic Times suggests that the change is part of a strategy shift to […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Your Phone, calendar, and passwordless improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with with Your Phone, calendar, and passwordless improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18932 (made available to testers on July 3) to build 18936. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of […]

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Apple bumps entry MacBook Pro to 4-core CPU and Touch ID, cuts Air price

Back in May, Apple refreshed its higher-end 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops with new CPUs and subtly improved keyboards — now it’s the lower-end 13-inch models’ chance for a 2019 update. The entry-level laptops are gaining CPU, GPU, security, and screen improvements that will make them more compelling alternatives to their higher-priced peers, while […]

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As Ive departs, Apple should refocus on durability and user interfaces

There’s no question that Apple’s design chief Jony Ive is leaving the company with a complicated legacy — too many elegant hardware designs and patent-worthy enabling innovations to count, offset by some profoundly misguided software interface decisions and an irritating track record of fragile products. It is now impossible to consider Apple’s triumphantly thin MacBook […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Eye Control, notification, and Your Phone improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with Eye Control, notification, and Your Phone improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18922 (made available to testers on June 19) to build 18932. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of […]

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Apple may finally be working on a much cheaper iPhone for China

If there’s any iPhone rumor that seems to persist year after year, it’s this one: Apple is working on a China-specific iPhone with sub-flagship features at a lower price point. That’s the familiar theme of a new report from China’s Global Times and Caijing, which claim that Apple is making a new phone specifically for […]

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Apple recalls some 2015-2017 15-inch MacBook Pros over battery flaw

Apple announced today that it’s issuing a voluntary recall for certain 2015-2017 MacBook Pro laptops due to the possibility of overheating batteries. The company says that the batteries in 15-inch computers “sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017” can overheat and pose a safety risk to users. According to Apple, all potentially affected machines […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with language settings improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with language settings improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18917 (made available to testers on June 12) to build 18922. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of next year. Windows 10 […]

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Microsoft launches Chromium Edge builds for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Microsoft today released the first Chromium Edge builds for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. You can download the preview now from microsoftedgeinsider.com. In December, Microsoft embraced Chromium for Edge development on the desktop, announced it is decoupling Edge updates from Windows 10 updates, and said that Edge is coming to all supported versions […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with WSL 2

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with download, Narrator, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and inking improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18912 (made available to testers on June 5) to build 18917. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the […]

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Hands-on with Find My: Track Apple devices, people, and probably Tags

Many years after Apple added both GPS and location services to iPhones, I’m still a little uneasy about having family and friends track my whereabouts, and repulsed that strangers might gain access to my current or historic location data. It’s not that I have anything to hide — my existence is regrettably quite sedentary — […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Narrator and some hidden improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with Narrator improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18908 (made available to testers on May 29) to build 18912. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of next year. Windows 10 is […]

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macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13 hands-on: Lots of good reasons to upgrade

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple introduced a record five operating systems — expected updates to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, plus the unexpected iPadOS, a newly forked version of iOS specific to Apple’s tablets. Collectively, these five operating systems contain so many changes that they’re impractical to address in a […]

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Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2019

So the first day of Apple’s annual developer extravaganza came and went, complete with myriad new features, tools, software, and hardware. Here’s a brief recap of everything Apple unveiled at its WWDC 2019 conference. iPhone and iPad As expected, Apple officially unveiled iOS 13 for iPhone and iPod Touch, with enhancements such as improved Face […]

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Apple debuts SwiftUI and new Xcode interactive development experience

HomeKit, macOS, and tvOS weren’t the only platforms that Apple touched on during its 2019 WorldWide Developer Conference in San Jose. Today, it announced SwiftUI, a complement to its open-source compiled programming language for iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, Linux, and other platforms. SwiftUI lets developers specify UI with simple declarations. In practice, it reduces hundreds […]

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Apple launches ‘Find My’ for iOS, iPadOS and macOS, replacing Find my iPhone

It’s been nine years since Apple introduced Find my iPhone, and nearly eight years since it launched Find my Friends, separate apps to ease the process of finding Apple devices and users. As was rumored in April, Apple is today combining these tools into a single app called Find My, and expanding the feature further […]

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Apple’s macOS Catalina 10.15 adds media apps and Catalyst for iPad app porting

Apple’s Mac computer lineup might look much the same as it did several years ago, but macOS — the operating system underlying all those machines — has been slowly but surely evolving to become more like iOS for iPads and iPhones. That process continues today with the announcement of macOS Catalina, aka macOS 10.15, at […]

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Apple unveils modular 2019 Mac Pro

If there’s any Mac computer that’s ideally rolled out at a developers’ conference, it’s the $5,000 Mac Pro — Apple’s highest-end machine, kitted out with parts more suitable for engineers and scientists than mainstream customers. Despite a blustery introduction at WWDC in June 2014, the last Mac Pro was a flop, leading Apple in April […]

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Apple debuts iOS 13 for iPhones and iPods, splits off iPadOS for iPads

Apple’s annual operating system cadence has guaranteed a steady stream of June betas and September final releases for years of WWDCs, so it’s no surprise that the company is today announcing iOS 13, the latest major version of its core software for mobile devices. The new release promises dramatic performance improvements under the hood, increasing […]

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Researcher hacks macOS using plugins for secretly whitelisted apps

Security researcher Patrick Wardle has spotted a number of noteworthy flaws in the hack protection systems used by macOS and — with Apple’s WWDC only hours away — has identified (via TechCrunch) a significant new flaw: an attacker can use a malicious plugin for a trusted app to seize control of a user’s microphone, camera, […]

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