Operating Systems

  • Apple iOS 8 review: Android can't compete with iOS' evolving unity 5 days ago

    New York: The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads,...
  • Apple iOS 8 for iPhones, iPads officially rolls out today 6 days ago

    San Francisco Newgeneration Apple software for powering its coveted mobile devices is set for release on Wednesday, two days ahead of the arrival of its latest iPhones. The iOS 8 mobile operating system will be available free for download to many iPhone and iPad models and will be preinstalled on iPhone...
  • Microsoft's Windows 9 event on September 30: What to expect 6 days ago

    Houston: Software giant Microsoft is expected to provide a technical preview of its new Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco later this month. The event, billed as a chance to "hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise", will be held on September 30. The company sent...
  • Microsoft sends out invites for September 30 event, Windows 9 expected 1 week ago

    San Francisco: Microsoft on Monday sent out invitations to a September 30 event at which it is expected to provide a glimpse at the next version of its Windows operating system dubbed Windows 9. The US software titan revealed little with invitations that read: "Join us to hear what's next for...
  • China targets own operating system to take on likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft August 25, 2014

    Shanghai: China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of runins over cyber...
  • Microsoft may unveil Windows 9 on September 30 August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft is ready to give the world a peep into its next operating system the successor to Windows 8 at an event on September 30, The Verge reports. The upcoming update to the Windows operating system is codenamed 'Threshold' and it will be first rolled out to...
  • Researchers exploit OS weakness to hack into Gmail with 92 per cent success rate August 23, 2014

    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 brandname candy...
  • Google launches Android 4.4 KitKat, runs even on lowend 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 voiceactivated search. The new KitKat version of Android (Android 4.4) will be able to run on inexpensive, lowend 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, tilebased 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 longawaited 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 strippeddown 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 reenergize 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...