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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • Build Tour Johannesburg 2015: Microsoft talks Africa, Windows 10 and the web’s future

    Apple and Google haven't taken the time to pop in to greet South African developers and users in person, but at least Microsoft's personnel understands the importance. At the recent Microsoft #BuildTour event at Johannesburg's VodaWorld conference centre in Midrand, some Redmond folk donned South African cricket shirts (amid a minor baggage kerfuffle) to address avid and prospective Windows 10 users. But to what degree will Microsoft's next ecosystem fundamentally change the way developers and users interact with the world around them? Well, as it turns out, extensively. We were there to sieve through the dense and sometimes overwhelming stream of...

  • How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote live stream on Windows, Android [update]

    Update: Our WWDC live blog is now in progress. Follow it here. Apple's conferences are always special events, but it's a real pity that the company hates alternative platforms. If you happen to be running Windows, Android, Linux or anything that isn't associated with fruit, you'll be fresh out of luck if you fancy watching tonight's WWDC 2015 keynote. Or are you? If you're running iOS or OS X on an Apple product, watching the event, kicking off at 7pm South African Standard time, is as simple as hitting up Apple's site and streaming it there. For streaming to function correctly though,...

  • Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a cross-platform app that's all about device security -- Prey. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram There are some applications and programs I immediately install when I receive a device. Prey is definitely high up on that list. It's usually because I ask myself these two questions before I venture beyond any set of doors: "How...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It's pretty detrimental to...

  • ‘Windows 10 Mobile’ preview coming later this month, reports suggest

    Windows 10 is maturing nicely and Microsoft is now ready to unveil a preview for handheld devices later this month, according to The Verge's sources. The company has outed an app for Windows Phone users dubbed Phone Insider which will allow users to receive the latest build of the Windows 10 OS on their phones. Although the app only works for Microsoft employees at the moment, reports The Verge, the app should be open to Windows Insiders in the near future -- much like Windows 10's desktop Insider Program. It is believed that Redmond will showcase a few of the OS's...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...

  • Windows 93 is Windows 95’s drunk cousin, but we love it anyway

    What was your first version of Windows? I remember it like it was yesterday -- good old, unreliable, crash-prone Windows 98. For those who remember a time when Windows 95 was top of the pops, this might make you a bit nostalgic. A webpage uncovered by one of The Verge's employees when they were supposed to be hard at work, displays and runs the lost version of Windows -- Windows 93. Built with JavaScript and CSS, this looks suspiciously like a rather elaborate coding project. Featuring gems like an ASCII rendition of Star Wars, countless memes of hamsters with machine guns,...

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download today, here’s how to get it

    It's the moment we've been waiting for since everyone realised how awful Windows 8 is. Windows 10, Microsoft's apology letter to its disgruntled desktop and enterprise users, goes live today. Well, the Technical Preview, at least. Users who sign up to the Windows Insider Program will have access to the operating system, through it's pre-natal stage all the way up to retail release, and the adventure starts today. But be warned, your path is marked with potentially crippling bugs and a swathes of unforeseen pitfalls. Those brave enough to advance, hardware required to test the ware is relatively standard. Only 1GB...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft's Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it's not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft's latest stab at this "operating system thing" was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn't deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We've seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a "Windows event" that will likely see the unveiling of the company's latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple's terrible attempt. We're guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don't know what it's going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename "Threshold" has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...