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Windows 10


Windows 10 is a series of personal computer operating systems developed and released by Microsoft, as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It was released on July 29, 2015. Windows 10 receives new releases on an ongoing basis, which are available at no additional cost to users. Devices in enterprise environments can receive these updates at a slower pace, or use long-term support milestones that only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their ten-year lifespan of extended support. 

Windows 10 introduces what Microsoft described as "universal apps"; expanding on Metro-style apps, these apps can be designed to run across multiple Microsoft product families with nearly identical code‍—‌including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and Mixed Reality. The Windows user interface was revised to handle transitions between a mouse-oriented interface and a touchscreen-optimized interface based on available input devices‍—‌particularly on 2-in-1 PCs; both interfaces include an updated Start menu which incorporates elements of Windows 7's traditional Start menu with the tiles of Windows 8. The first release of Windows 10 also introduces a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games. 

Source: Wikipedia (2018)


Linux Foundation





Linux is a family of free and open-source software operating systems built around the Linux kernel. Typically, Linux is packaged in a form known as a Linux distribution (or distro for short) for both desktop and server use. The defining component of a Linux distribution is the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released on September 17, 1991, by Linus Torvalds.Many Linux distributions use the word "Linux" in their name. The Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to refer to the operating system family, as well as specific distributions, to emphasize that most Linux distributions are not just the Linux kernel, and that they have in common not only the kernel, but also numerous utilities and libraries, a large proportion of which are from the GNU project. This has led to some controversy. 

Linux was originally developed for personal computers based on the Intel x86 architecture, but has since been ported to more platforms than any other operating system. Because of the dominance of the Linux kernel-based Android OS on smartphones, Linux has the largest installed base of all general-purpose operating systems. Linux is also the leading operating system on servers and other big iron systems such as mainframe computers, and the only OS used on TOP500 supercomputers (since November 2017, having before gradually eliminated all competitors).It is used by around 2.3% of desktop computers.The Chromebook, which runs the Linux kernel-based Chrome OS, dominates the US K–12 education market and represents nearly 20% of the sub-$300 notebook sales in the US. Linux also runs on embedded systems, i.e. devices whose operating system is typically built into the firmware and is highly tailored to the system. This includes TiVo and similar DVR devices, network routers, facility automation controls, televisions, video game consoles and smartwatches. Many smartphones and tablet computers run Android and other Linux derivatives.

Source: Wikipedia (2018)




Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open source software and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Wear OS for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on game consoles, digital cameras, PCs and other electronics. 

Initially developed by Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007, with the first commercial Android device launched in September 2008. The operating system has since gone through multiple major releases, with the current version being 8.1 "Oreo", released in December 2017. The core Android source code is known as Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and is primarily licensed under the Apache License. 

Android is also associated with a suite of proprietary software developed by Google, including core apps for services such as Gmail and Google Search, as well as the application store and digital distribution platform Google Play, and associated development platform. These apps are licensed by manufacturers of Android devices certified under standards imposed by Google, but AOSP has been used as the basis of competing Android ecosystems, such as Amazon.com's Fire OS, which utilize their own equivalents to the Google Mobile Services. 

Source: Wikipedia (2018)




iOS (formerly iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company's mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is the second most popular mobile operating system globally after Android. 

Originally unveiled in 2007 for the iPhone, iOS has been extended to support other Apple devices such as the iPod Touch (September 2007) and the iPad (January 2010). As of January 2017, Apple's App Store contains more than 2.2 million iOS applications, 1 million of which are native for iPads. These mobile apps have collectively been downloaded more than 130 billion times. 

The iOS user interface is based upon direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device (one common result is the undo command) or rotating it in three dimensions (one common result is switching between portrait and landscape mode). Apple has been significantly praised for incorporating thorough accessibility functions into iOS, enabling users with vision and hearing disabilities to properly use its products.
Source: Wikipedia (2018)

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A New Raspberry Pi Board
11/27/2018 3:38:49 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
The new board packs everything that you get in Raspberry Pi 3B+ in a smaller package.  View More...

OpenStack Foundation Changes Name of the OpenStack Summit
11/14/2018 8:47:43 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
New event will be known as the Open Infrastructure Summit  View More...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta
11/12/2018 5:23:16 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
The latest version strikes a balance between past and future.  View More...

System76 Announces a Line of US-Made PCs
11/12/2018 5:21:09 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
Thelio series is available for pre-order and will ship in early December.  View More...

IBM Acquires Red Hat
10/31/2018 9:31:02 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
IBM is acquiring Red Hat, the most successful open source company.  View More...

Fedora 29 and Ubuntu 18.10 Released
10/31/2018 9:26:32 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Dena Friesen) Linux
New releases focus on boot time, new hardware, and modular design.  View More...

Redis Labs Modules Forked
10/17/2018 9:11:45 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
New Commons Clause license rider causes Debian and Fedora developers to fork Redis Labs modules.  View More...

Microsoft Offers its Patent Portfolio
10/17/2018 9:08:54 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
The company ends its long war; vows to protect Linux.  View More...

Red Hat Reports $823 Million in Revenue for Second Quarter 2019
10/1/2018 4:53:46 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
Strong performance for cloud and container products leads to a 14% increase over last year.  View More...

Debian, Ubuntu, and Other Distros are Leaving Users Vulnerable
10/1/2018 4:47:32 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
A security researcher says Linux vendors wait too long to patch the kernel.  View More...

This holiday season, keep calm and Google Fit on
12/10/2018 11:00:00 AM Android
Earlier this year, we redesigned Google Fit around new activity goals based on American Heart Association and World Health Organization physical activity recommendations. Many of you have shared your feature requests and today—just in time f... View More...

Bringing eSIM to more networks around the world
12/3/2018 10:00:00 AM Android
With eSIM,  getting wireless service is as easy as turning on your phone. Gone are the days of going to the store to get a SIM card and fumbling around to try and place it into a small slot. With eSIM, we hope to bring you instant connectivity... View More...

Upgrade your daily drive with new Android Auto features
11/29/2018 11:00:00 AM Android
When you’re on the road, the journey can be just as important as the destination. Today we’ve added new Android Auto features that make your drives even more simple, personal and helpful—including easier access to your favorite content with ... View More...

Celebrating a Sweet Decade of Android
10/22/2018 4:00:00 PM Android
Ten years ago, we introduced the first version of the Android operating system with the T-Mobile G1, and launched Android Market (now Google Play) the very same day. Android has grown up a lot since then—there are now more than 2 billion activ... View More...

Open platforms like Android unlock potential
10/17/2018 4:45:00 PM Android
As a scientist, educator and businesswoman, my goal is to engage as many young minds as possible to get them excited about science and technology. That’s why the explosion in affordable technology over the last few years has been so exciting f... View More...

Making a difference with Android and Google Play
10/4/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
As mobile platforms with global scale and billions of users, a core tenet of Google Play and Android is to have a positive effect on and change the communities in which we operate. Over the years, we’ve facilitated innumerable connections betw... View More...

Use your voice to access the world with a new Android app
10/2/2018 12:30:00 PM Android
Everyone can benefit from hands-free support when using technology, but for the 62 million people in the U.S. with motor and mobility impairments, it can be a vital requirement. For Stefanie Putnam , a quadriplegic and a para-equestrian dri... View More...

Technology for today’s world: helping you reclaim a sense of balance
9/25/2018 3:00:00 PM Android
“Focus on the user and all else will follow.” It’s one of the first principles Google laid out in the early days, and it’s still a guiding force as we build new products. And these days, focusing on the user means understanding that, for many ... View More...

Tips from the people behind your favorite Google products
9/21/2018 1:40:00 PM Android
I’m one of those people who always cuts it close at the airport—it’s a race through security, with just enough time to grab the airline essentials: water bottle, magazine, a soft pretzel if I’m lucky. But I just learned that I can whip out Goo... View More...

Expanding Emergency Location Service in Android to the U.S.
9/19/2018 8:30:00 AM Android
Accurately locating someone during an emergency call is critical for reducing response time and can be the difference between life and death. More than 80 percent of emergency calls come from mobile phones, but locating these phones can be c... View More...

How to Get a Linux Shell on iPad or iPhone with iSH
12/11/2018 1:19:54 PM iOS
Have you ever wished you had a Linux command line on an iPad or iPhone? With iSH you can get pretty close to accomplishing that goal. iSH Shell is a Linux shell for iOS that uses an x86 emulator to run a simplified version of Alpine Linux on an iPad ... View More...

How to Tell if Safari Private Browsing is Enabled When in Dark Mode for MacOS
12/10/2018 9:44:26 PM iOS
If you’re a Safari web browser user, and you also use the popular Dark Mode appearance theme on Mac OS, then you may have noticed that it’s a bit more challenging to determine if a Safari browser window is in private browsing mode or not. It turns ou... View More...

Beta 1 of iOS 12.1.2 & MacOS 10.14.3 Available for Testing
12/10/2018 2:15:23 PM iOS
Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 12.1.2 and macOS 10.14.3 for users participating in the system software beta testing programs. The initial beta builds are currently available to those in the registered developer beta testing program... View More...

How to Enable TextEdit Dark Mode on Mac
12/9/2018 10:49:14 AM iOS
TextEdit, the default text editor bundled with MacOS, now supports a dark mode theme, which basically inverts the color display of the text editor so that white text appears on a dark background, rather than the default black text on white background... View More...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018
12/8/2018 11:50:11 AM iOS
Looking for some great gift ideas for this holiday season? We’ve got a collection of tech gadgets and accessories that are sure to be of interest to the geekier folks on your shopping list, perhaps yourself included. Browse through the list below and... View More...

How to Connect a Mac to Bluetooth Speaker
12/7/2018 12:43:01 PM iOS
A Mac can easily be connected to a Bluetooth speaker system, offering a convenient and wireless method of enjoying audio from the computer. Using a Bluetooth speaker system on a Mac is quite simple, and the only real requirement is that the Mac has B... View More...

WatchOS 5.1.2 with ECG & Irregular Heart Rhythm Alerts Released for Apple Watch
12/6/2018 3:42:55 PM iOS
Apple has released an update to Apple Watch that adds significant new health features to the Apple Watch Series 4, including an ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications. The WatchOS 5.1.2 update arrives along with iOS 12.1.1 for iPhone and iP... View More...

Download iOS 12.1.1 Update for iPhone & iPad [IPSW]
12/5/2018 1:09:59 PM iOS
Apple has released iOS 12.1.1 for iPhone and iPad users. The freshly updated version of iOS includes a handful of small changes and improvements, along with the usual bug fixes. Additionally, Apple also released MacOS Mojave 10.14.2 Update, Security ... View More...

MacOS Mojave 10.14.2 Update Released for Mac
12/5/2018 1:08:43 PM iOS
Apple has released MacOS 10.14.2 update for MacOS Mojave. The latest software update for the Mac is said to improve the stability, compatibility, and security of Macs, and is therefore recommended for all Mojave users to install. Mac users not runnin... View More...

How to Delete Unwanted Email Addresses in Mail on Mac
12/4/2018 1:28:19 PM iOS
The Mail app for Mac maintains a list of contacts and email addresses with which you have communicated before, and that email address list will be used for the Mail app suggestions and email address completion suggestion lists. This is separate from ... View More...