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  • Microsoft just sank to a new low by shoving Edge down our throats

    Thu 6:36pm By Thom Holwerda
    If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I’d never installed or asked for — it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar, and preempted my next website launch — you’d probably tell me to run a virus…
  • Chrome OS preparing Steam gaming support, starting with 10th Gen Intel Chromebooks

    Thu 6:32pm By Thom Holwerda
    Through a fair bit of digging, we were able to obtain a copy of Borealis, which turned out to be another full Linux distribution. Unlike Crostini, which is based on Debian, Borealis is based on Ubuntu, another popular variety of Linux. Just like the existing…
  • Review: System76’s Lemur Pro

    Tue 2:48pm By Thom Holwerda
    If you’re a Linux user on the hunt for a new laptop, there’s quite a bit of preparation and research you must do on top of the regular research buying such an expensive piece of equipment already entails. Reading forum posts from other Linux users with the…
  • System hardening in Android 11

    Tue 2:47pm By Thom Holwerda
    In Android 11 we continue to increase the security of the Android platform. We have moved to safer default settings, migrated to a hardened memory allocator, and expanded the use of compiler mitigations that defend against classes of vulnerabilities and…
  • Ampere’s product list: 80 cores, up to 3.3 GHz at 250 W; 128 core in Q4

    Tue 2:46pm By Thom Holwerda
    With the advent of higher performance Arm based cloud computing, a lot of focus is being put on what the various competitors can do in this space. We’ve covered Ampere Computing’s previous eMag products, which actually came from the acquisition of Applied…
  • OSNews gets a dark mode

    Mon 8:24pm By Thom Holwerda
    We have a dark mode now. That’s the news. You can click the link in the sidebar to switch between dark mode and the regular version of the site. You can thank our webmaster Adam for OSNews no longer burning your retinas at night.
  • Haiku monthly activity report for May and June

    Mon 8:21pm By Thom Holwerda
    After the release of the second beta a few weeks ago, Haiku continues its steady pace of improvements and fixes. A few highlights from the work done since the beta release: Korli also worked on improving support for modern x86 CPUs, including the xsave…
  • The 25 greatest Java apps ever written

    Mon 8:07pm By Thom Holwerda
    What follows is a list of the 25 most ingenious and influential Java apps ever written, from Wikipedia Search to the US National Security Agency’s Ghidra. The scope of these applications runs the gamut: space exploration, video games, machine learning,…
  • Microsoft removes manual deferrals from Windows Update by IT pros ‘to prevent confusion’

    Jun 26, 2020, 6:32 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft is removing the ability for business users to defer manually Windows 10 feature updates using Windows Update settings starting with the Windows 10 2004/May Update. Microsoft seemingly made this change public with a change in its Windows 10 2004 for…
  • Symbian won

    Jun 25, 2020, 7:36 pm By Thom Holwerda
    I was working in the mobile phone industry just as smartphones were taking off. I saw the Palm Pilot rise and fall. I witnessed NEC and Sagem and a host of companies launch smartphones and then disappear. But the greatest tragedy of them all was Nokia and…
  • Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux is now generally available

    Jun 25, 2020, 5:11 pm By Thom Holwerda
    To meet our customers where they are and relieve customer challenges in managing multiple security solutions to protect their unique range of platforms and products, we have been working to extend the richness of Microsoft Defender ATP to non-Windows…
  • iPhone 6S getting iOS 14 is like the Galaxy S6 getting Android 11. Imagine that.

    Jun 24, 2020, 7:43 pm By Thom Holwerda
    At this point, saying Android has a serious problem when it comes to phones receiving reliable Android upgrades is getting old. We’ve written about it a lot — even I, specifically, have written about it a lot. You’ve told us your thoughts. We all get it.…
  • Is WebP really better than JPEG?

    Jun 23, 2020, 7:26 pm By Thom Holwerda
    If you have used tools like Google’s PageSpeed Insights, you probably have run into a suggestion to use “next-gen image formats”, namely Google’s WebP image format. Google claims that their WebP format is 25 – 34% smaller than JPEG at equivalent…
  • About the Rosetta translation environment

    Jun 23, 2020, 7:22 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Rosetta is a translation process that allows users to run apps that contain x86_64 instructions on Apple silicon. Rosetta is meant to ease the transition to Apple silicon, giving you time to create a universal binary for your app. It is not a substitute for…
  • Apple unveils macOS 11

    Jun 22, 2020, 3:09 pm By Thom Holwerda
    The era of macOS 10 is over, and we’re entering the next era of macOS’s life cycle. This is going to be a massive update, and aside from the transition to ARM, it can be summed up as “macOS: iOS Edition”: the entire graphical user interface has been…