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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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Servicing stack update for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, version 1607: February 12, 2019
2/15/2019 12:27:54 PM Windows 10
Provides a servicing stack update for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, version 1607. View More...

Some APIs do not work when they are called in services in Windows
2/15/2019 11:01:04 AM Windows 10
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Microsoft Simplified Chinese handwriting usage tips
2/14/2019 6:48:34 PM Windows 10
This page is to teach users the usage of Microsoft Simplified Chinese handwriting. View More...

Fix Windows Update errors
2/14/2019 5:54:58 PM Windows 10
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2/14/2019 5:01:34 PM Windows 10
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2/14/2019 4:53:19 PM Windows 10
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Support policy for Windows containers and Docker in on-premises scenarios
2/14/2019 4:15:48 PM Windows 10
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Linux Kernel Continues To Offer Mitigation for Spectre Mitigation
2/6/2019 9:33:44 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
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SpeakUp Trojan Targets Linux Servers
2/6/2019 9:28:56 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
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KDE Plasma 5.15 Beta Arrives
1/23/2019 10:00:41 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Gwen Clark) Linux
Major improvements to software management.  View More...

Canonical Announces Latest Ubuntu Core for IoT
1/23/2019 9:58:34 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Gwen Clark) Linux
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GitHub Offers Free Private Repositories
1/9/2019 9:51:57 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
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Linus Torvalds Welcomes 2019 with Linux 5.x
1/9/2019 9:45:18 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
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Keep your edge with these powerful Linux administration tools:
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Microsoft Gets an Open Source Web Browser
12/12/2018 9:23:11 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
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Canonical Launches MicroK8s
12/12/2018 9:15:21 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
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A New Raspberry Pi Board
11/27/2018 3:38:49 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
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Encryption for everyone: How Adiantum will keep more devices secure
2/7/2019 11:00:00 AM Android
Editor's note: February 5 was Safer Internet Day, but we’ll be talking about it all week with a collection of posts from teams from across Google. Encryption is incredibly important. It underpins our digital security. Encryption encode... View More...

Making audio more accessible with two new apps
2/4/2019 8:00:00 AM Android
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Find more balance in your life this year, with help from Google
1/24/2019 12:20:00 PM Android
With our phones constantly buzzing and our inboxes filling up, it can sometimes feel like we’re always logged in. It’s easy to forget the importance of making deliberate choices about when we want to use our phones, and to know when we can tak... View More...

Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with Google Fit
12/27/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
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This holiday season, keep calm and Google Fit on
12/10/2018 11:00:00 AM Android
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Bringing eSIM to more networks around the world
12/3/2018 10:00:00 AM Android
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Upgrade your daily drive with new Android Auto features
11/29/2018 11:00:00 AM Android
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Celebrating a Sweet Decade of Android
10/22/2018 4:00:00 PM Android
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Open platforms like Android unlock potential
10/17/2018 4:45:00 PM Android
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Making a difference with Android and Google Play
10/4/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
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How to Make Text Size Much Larger on iPad
2/14/2019 2:50:58 PM iOS
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How to Fix App “is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash” Error on Mac
2/13/2019 1:17:51 PM iOS
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How to Enable Stacks in MacOS to Clean Up Messy Desktops
2/12/2019 3:40:22 PM iOS
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How to Disable Autocorrect in Microsoft Word for Mac
2/11/2019 2:12:19 PM iOS
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How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad Pro (2018)
2/10/2019 10:05:54 AM iOS
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How to Setup a WyzeCam Security Camera with Motion Detection Alerts Sent to Your iPhone
2/9/2019 12:10:59 PM iOS
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How to Bypass “Safari no longer supports unsafe extension” Error in Mac OS Mojave
2/8/2019 4:35:49 PM iOS
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iOS 12.1.4 Update Available for iPhone & iPad, Download Now to Get Group FaceTime Back
2/7/2019 12:58:37 PM iOS
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MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update for Mac Available, Fixes Group FaceTime Bug
2/7/2019 12:55:21 PM iOS
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How to Enter DFU Mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max
2/6/2019 8:53:20 PM iOS
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