Operating System

  • Researchers exploit OS weakness to hack into Gmail with 92 per cent success rate 2 hours 2 minutes ago

    Washington: A team of US engineers has developed a method that allows them to successfully hack into apps including Gmail up to 92 per cent of the time. They have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal...
  • Microsoft to merge different Windows operating systems into one July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft has confirmed that it intends to merge different versions of its Windows operating systems into one. This was announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the company's quarterly earnings call. Nadella told analysts that the company would "streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into...
  • Nokia paid millions to software blackmailers six years ago: Report June 18, 2014

    Helsinki: Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday. The police confirmed to Reuters that they were investigating a case...
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update review: Hints at a future that embraces even more of the past April 18, 2014

    New York: Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, free update. That's a welcome change, as that's one of the things that annoy...
  • Microsoft ends Windows XP support today, 30 per cent PCs face security risk April 8, 2014

    New York: Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 per cent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are...
  • Microsoft Windows 8 continues to lag behind Windows 7 February 14, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft's Windows 8 system has racked up more than 200 million license sales since its launch 15 months ago, according to Tami Reller, its head of marketing, lagging Windows 7 which sold 240 million within its first year. The latest Windows 8 sales figure, announced by Reller at a Goldman...
  • Top 10 new features in Android 4.4 KitKat November 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Google has announced the availability of Android 4.4, called Android KitKat, the latest upgrade to the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Google, which is known for nicknaming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy...
  • Google launches Android 4.4 KitKat, runs even on low-end smartphones November 1, 2013

    San Francisco: Google on Thursday unveiled the newest version of its Android smartphone software, aiming to allow more smartphone users access to its evolving menu of online services such as driving directions voice-activated search. The new KitKat version of Android (Android 4.4) will be able to run on inexpensive, low-end smartphones...
  • Apple offers OS X Mavericks operating system for free October 22, 2013

    San Francisco: Apple says its latest operating system for Mac computers is available free of charge, a knock to rival Microsoft, which is selling its Windows 8 Pro operating system for $199. Apple made the announcement Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, where the company is also expected to unveil...
  • Microsoft withdraws Windows RT 8.1 update to fix 'Blue Screen of Death' issues October 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Microsoft has pulled a Windows update from its website after it caused some customers' devices to crash. Reports say on trying to install the updates many users got the 'Blue Screen of Death' display and the error message said "Your PC needs to be repaired. The Boot...
  • Windows 8.1 review: Far better than Windows 8, but far from perfect October 18, 2013

    New York: I doubt I was alone in rolling my eyes when I first used Windows 8 a year ago. I found its touch controls and gestures awkward, and I was troubled by how little its primary, tile-based interface could do on its own. For many basic tasks, I had to...
  • Microsoft releases Windows 8.1: 16 new features that make the update worthwhile October 18, 2013

    Los Angeles: Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that...
  • Windows Phone 8 Update 3 adds driving mode, high resolution support October 15, 2013

    New York: Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming...
  • Review: iOS 7 gives less incentive to iPhone owners to buy iPhone 5s September 11, 2013

    Cupertino: One of the best things about Apple's latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models...
  • Apple says iOS 7 will be available from September 18 September 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Apple says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download starting from September 18. iOS 7 is believed to be the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone. Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple, said at an event at the company's...
  • Microsoft sets October 17 release date for Windows 8.1 August 15, 2013

    San Francisco: Consumers waiting for Microsoft's revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning October 17. The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering...
  • 11 new features in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean July 24, 2013

    As expected there was only an incremental update to the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Android 4.3 includes a few new features and will start rolling out to compatible Nexus devices from Wednesday while the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Editions will have to wait a...
  • Apple unveils iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, new Mac Pro, iTunes Radio June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Apple made as many as six major product announcements at the opening keynote of its annual developers conference. The new Apple releases and announcements include iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, iTunes Radio, iWork for iCloud, new MacBook Air and an all new Mac Pro. iOS 7 Apple says the iOS...
  • Top 4 new features in Microsoft Windows 8.1 May 31, 2013

    Seattle: Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers. The revisions to Windows 8 will be...
  • Microsoft brings back the 'start' button with Windows 8.1 update May 30, 2013

    Seattle: Microsoft is bringing back the Windows "start" button, offering a stripped-down version among a slew of improvements aimed at winning over tablet users and placating PC customers alienated by Windows 8. The world's largest software company is looking to re-energize sales of its latest Windows version, which has not made...
  • Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update to fix Windows 8 confusion will be free May 15, 2013

    New York: A planned Windows 8 update to address complaints and confusion with Microsoft's new operating system will be made available for free this year, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft also announced a name for the update: Windows 8.1. Not charging extra for Windows 8.1 is consistent with the company's practice...
  • Microsoft tunes up Windows 8 to address complaints May 7, 2013

    San Francisco: Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales. The tune up announced Tuesday won't be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. The changes, part of a...
  • Google's Chrome, Android systems to stay separate: Eric Schmidt March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Google Inc's Chrome and Android operating systems will remain separate products but could have more overlap, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said, a week after the two came under a single boss. Google last week said Andy Rubin, the architect of Android - the world's top-selling mobile operating system -...
  • Sony to launch Firefox OS smartphone in India March 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Sony will soon launch new handsets in India with Mozilla's Firefox operating system, according to sources of The Mobile Indian. The Sony insider who doesn't want to be named said to The Mobile Indian, "We are already in the process of working on a handset with Firefox operating system...
  • Smartphones running Tizen OS, Firefox OS coming this year February 27, 2013

    Barcelona: The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender - Tizen - will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android. For now, Tizen will compete with another newcomer, Firefox OS,...
  • HP sells webOS to LG Electronics February 26, 2013

    San Francisco: Hewlett-Packard is selling its webOS software to South Korean electronics company LG Electronics, securing a new home for a technological orphan. The deal announced Monday rids HP of the centerpiece of its ill-fated, $1.8 billion purchase of Palm three years ago. HP used webOS as its springboard into the...
  • Windows is the most attacked operating system: Report February 3, 2013

    Mumbai: Leading IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies said it has tied up with Japanese mobile operator SoftBank Mobile Corp to provide anti-virus software to mobile phones. "We have entered into a tie up with Japanese mobile operator Softbank Corp to provide mobile security anti-virus software to its customers...
  • RIM to unveil Blackberry 10 today May 4, 2013

    Research In Motion (RIM) is all set to introduce its innovative line of smartphones this week starting with Blackberry 10 on Wednesday. Analysts say this is RIM's last chance to stay in the game. ...
  • BlackBerry 10 launch: RIM's day of reckoning January 30, 2013

    New York: The innovative line of BlackBerry smartphones that Research In Motion Ltd will formally unveil on Wednesday has already succeeded on one crucial count - getting RIM back in the conversation. The new BlackBerry 10 has created a buzz among technology watchers and financial analysts, thanks to nifty features that...
  • Lukewarm debut for Microsoft Windows 8, says sales tracker November 30, 2012

    Seattle: Consumer sales of Windows-powered personal computers fell 21 per cent overall last month, figures released by a leading retail research firm showed on Thursday, indicating a lacklustre debut for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Many in the industry said Windows 8 might revive slack PC sales, but a report by...