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Microsoft holds up Windows 10 feature upgrade after finding BSOD bug

The company delayed the update, which had been expected to arrive on either April 3 or April 10, for an unspecified period.

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What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

Windows Hello gives Windows 10 users an alternative way to log into their devices and applications using a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. Here’s what the technology does, who uses it and the hardware required.

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Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Just one week after a round of cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions, we get two additional, big patches for Win10 1703 and 1607. There’s also a confusing re-issue of KB 4099950, the largely misunderstood and poorly documented...

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Is Apple about to kill the SuperDrive on Macs?

Apple has decreed death to 32-bit apps on Macs. But with DVD player, QuickTime 7, and CD/DVD authoring apps stuck there, what's the future of the Mac SuperDrive?

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2-Minute Linux Tip: Learn how to use the alias command

In today’s 2-minute tip, we’re going to look at the alias command – a tool that can save you a lot of time and trouble and maybe even a few brain cells.

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What the Mac 32-bit app phase-out means to you

Apple has been pushing developers to move their software to 64-bit since last summer. Now it's warning end users about the upcoming change. Here's how to suss out which apps are affected.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17134, released on April 16, 2018.

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10 super useful Mac Finder tips

Short, sweet and useful — here are 10 really useful Mac Finder tips you should know about.

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Node.js tips and tricks

In this explainer video, learn several techniques that can improve your Node development experience.

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Does moving your pen drag the canvas? Welcome to yet another bug in Win10 1709 patches

The company hasn’t officially acknowledged the bug just yet, but a brave Microsoft engineer has presented a detailed explanation of it, complete with a manual Registry fix. It seems that beta testers liked the new behavior so much,...

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Surprise! There’s a new version of this month’s buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118

Microsoft says it fixed the problem in April's Win7 Monthly Rollup that required installing the security-only patch KB 4093108 in advance, and it re-released KB 4093118.

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LG's 'Software Upgrade Center' feels slightly too familiar

How many times can a company cry wolf before we all stop listening?

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Patch Tuesday brings some surprises, some early crashes, and a surreal solution

Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 continue to get beaten into the ground, and the Win10 1709 patch prompts complaints, as the Windows security patching business gets even more complex.

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What is the 'not optimized for your Mac' warning message?

Macs running the latest OS version now warn users that any 32-bit app they launch is not “optimized for your Mac” and needs to be upgraded.

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2-Minute Linux Tip: Learn how to use the history command

In today's 2-minute Linux Tip, we look at the bash history command – a tool that shows you commands you've recently used and allows you to use them again without having to retype them.

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2-Minute Linux Tip: Learn how to use the logsave command

In today’s 2-minute Linux Tip, we’re going to look at a command that you might never have heard of. It’s called logsave, and it allows you to selectively add command output to a file.

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What happened to the new spring update, Windows 10 version 1803?

Most of the Windows testing world anxiously anticipated that Microsoft would drop Win10 version 1803 yesterday, but we got bupkis — and a tiny patch that may hold the clue for the delay.

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HP's detachable Chromebook and the ghost of Google's past

The HP Chromebook x2 is significant for several reasons — one of them being its uncanny connection to Chrome OS and Android's intertwined history.

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