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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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August 14, 2018—KB4343887 (OS Build 14393.2430)
8/16/2018 7:31:44 PM Windows 10
Learn more about update KB4343887, including improvements and fixes, any known issues, and how to get the update. View More...

Find my BitLocker recovery key
8/16/2018 7:17:38 PM Windows 10
Get tips for finding your BitLocker recovery key. View More...

Windows Mixed Reality Setup FAQ
8/16/2018 4:44:48 PM Windows 10
Find out how to troubleshoot Windows Mixed Reality Setup. View More...

Update to Windows 10, versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 for update reliability
8/16/2018 4:02:01 PM Windows 10
Describes update 4023057, including improvements and fixes, known issues, and how to get the update. View More...

Internet Explorer Downloads
8/16/2018 3:20:25 PM Windows 10
Official Download—Get the latest IE internet browser for your system. Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11 web browsers. View More...

Fix problems with apps from Microsoft Store
8/16/2018 2:24:54 PM Windows 10
Get troubleshooting tips to fix problems with apps from Microsoft Store. View More...

August 14, 2018—KB4346644 Update for Windows 10 Mobile (OS Build 15254.527)
8/16/2018 12:46:42 PM Windows 10
Learn more about update KB4346644, including improvements and fixes, any known issues, and how to get the update. View More...

Windows 10 and Windows Server update history
8/16/2018 12:19:23 PM Windows 10
Learn more about updates for Windows 10, including improvement and fixes, any known issues, and how to get the update. View More...

July 10, 2018—KB4341235 Update for Windows 10 Mobile (OS Build 15254.490)
8/16/2018 12:17:38 PM Windows 10
Learn more about update KB4341235, including improvements and fixes, any known issues, and how to get the update. View More...

Block remote callers who aren't admins from starting/stopping services
8/15/2018 4:46:44 PM Windows 10
New Windows 10 version 1709 policy blocks remote callers who are not local administrators from starting/stopping services. View More...

Chromebooks Support Debian Applications
8/7/2018 9:44:19 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
Containerized Debian environment is now available through the Chrome OS dev channel.  View More...

Opera Embraces Snap for Linux
8/7/2018 9:41:13 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
Announcement may open doors for more mainstream applications to adopt Ubuntu's Snap package system.  View More...

Canonical Fixes Boot Failure Issues in Ubuntu
7/24/2018 5:17:32 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
The regression that led to boot failures was introduced by a previous patch.   View More...

Weird Unofficial LibreOffice Version Shows Up in the Microsoft Store
7/24/2018 11:37:36 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
Unknown developer wants you to pay $2.99 for a free tool.  View More...

Honey I Shrunk Ubuntu
7/10/2018 11:31:02 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
Canonical has released a new version of Ubuntu that’s 50% smaller than the standard Ubuntu Server.  View More...

Linux Mint 19 Released
7/10/2018 11:22:10 AM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
New version comes with Timeshifting capabilities.  View More...

Red Hat Adds GPLv3 Cure Clause to its Code-Base
6/26/2018 2:24:11 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
New provision will provide violators with a grace period to achieve license compliance.  View More...

SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Released
6/26/2018 2:22:16 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Joe Casad) Linux
It’s a modular OS.  View More...

GitLabs Drops Pricing After Microsoft GitHub Acquisition
6/12/2018 8:27:01 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
GitLabs is creating more incentives for users to switch from GitHub.  View More...

KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Here
6/12/2018 8:22:35 PM webdevel@sparkhausmedia.com (Lori White) Linux
The desktop environment is designed to be more resource efficient.  View More...

Android 9 Pie (Go edition): New features and more options this fall
8/15/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
We believe everyone across the globe should have powerful, high-quality device experiences. That’s why we introduced Android (Go edition) last year, with the goal to provide a fast and smooth experience optimized for first-time and entry-lev... View More...

Android 9 Pie: Powered by AI for a smarter, simpler experience that adapts to you
8/6/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
The latest release of Android is here! And it comes with a heaping helping of artificial intelligence baked in to make your phone smarter, simpler and more tailored to you. Today we’re officially introducing Android 9 Pie. We’ve built Android... View More...

Try out Digital Wellbeing to find your own balance with Pixel
8/6/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
We all love our phones—the cameras capture the memories we make, they find us the best route to work each day, and they answer the questions we have throughout the day. But many of us can probably use a little bit of help disconnecting from ou... View More...

Start your day on a high note with musical alarms on the Google Clock app
7/31/2018 8:00:00 AM Android
Starting today, you’ll be able to wake up to your favorite music on Spotify with the Google Clock app . Swap out the classic alarm sounds for your favorite pump-up song, a calming soundtrack or a mood-boosting melody. To get started with mus... View More...

Android has created more choice, not less
7/18/2018 6:30:00 AM Android
If you buy an Android phone, you’re choosing one of the world’s two most popular mobile platforms—one that has expanded the choice of phones available around the world. Today, the European Commission issued a competition decision against Andr... View More...

Listen up: Google Podcasts is now on Android
6/19/2018 11:00:00 AM Android
Whether we’re listening to history lessons on the commute, news stories at the gym, or gripping mysteries while preparing dinner, podcasts have become an essential part of life. But, it can still be difficult to get started and find new ... View More...

Google for Brazil: Technology that serves people's needs, wherever they may be
6/7/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
It's a constant challenge to ensure that technology works well for people with different needs around the world, especially where connectivity is limited and basic smartphones are the main gateway to the internet. Today, at our second annual G... View More...

Now you can add Suica and WAON to Google Pay in Japan
5/24/2018 9:00:00 AM Android
When we brought Android Pay to Japan in 2016 , our goal was to create a unique mobile checkout experience that was tailored to Japanese shoppers. Since then, we’ve unified the different ways consumers pay with Google into a single brand: Goo... View More...

Android P: Packed with smarts and simpler than ever
5/8/2018 1:20:00 PM Android
Ten years ago, when we launched the first Android phone—the T-Mobile G1—it was with a simple but bold idea: to build a mobile platform that’s free and open to everyone. Today, that idea is thriving—billions of people around the world rely on t... View More...

Use your favorite password manager with Android Oreo
4/13/2018 12:00:00 PM Android
Security experts recommend strong, unique passwords for each service that you use. For most of us, however, it can be difficult to manage credentials across multiple websites and apps, especially if you’re trying to keep track of everything i... View More...

How to Enable a Virtual Home Button on iPhone or iPad with AssistiveTouch
8/16/2018 12:03:57 PM iOS
Do you miss having a Home button on the iPhone X? Maybe your Home button isn’t working as expected, or is broken on an iPhone or iPad? Or maybe you’d just find it easier to tap on the screen to mimic a Home button press rather than using the hardware... View More...

iOS 12 Beta 8 Released to Download for Beta Testers
8/15/2018 12:31:40 PM iOS
Apple has released iOS 12 developer beta 8 for users enrolled in the iOS beta testing program. iOS 12 beta 8 arrives just a few days after iOS 12 beta 7, which was quickly pulled down due to performance issues. Therefore, any users actively running t... View More...

Fix the 3 Most Annoying Features on iPhone X
8/14/2018 3:42:00 PM iOS
The iPhone X may be the most elegant and beautifully designed iPhone in years, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. While most users have no complaints about the iPhone X itself, there are some frustrations and annoyances that can continually pop-up f... View More...

Beta 7 of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave Released for Testing
8/13/2018 2:43:38 PM iOS
Apple has released iOS 12 beta 7 and macOS Mojave beta 7 to users enrolled in the developer beta testing programs. Typically a developer beta build is released first, soon followed by the accompanying public beta builds. Separately, Apple has also re... View More...

How to Uninstall Homebrew from Mac OS
8/12/2018 3:13:28 PM iOS
If you have previously installed Homebrew to a Mac and have now decided that you no longer need or want the command line package manager, you can uninstall Homebrew from MacOS and completely remove Homebrew and all installed packages and formula from... View More...

How to Download Xcode as XIP or DMG Files, & Where to Download Older Xcode Versions
8/11/2018 1:39:54 PM iOS
Xcode is the software development suite for Mac that allows developers to build apps for MacOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. The vast majority of developers and Xcode users will download the Xcode application suite from the Mac App Store, but that’s not t... View More...

How to Disable Location Services on iPhone and iPad Completely
8/10/2018 3:13:47 PM iOS
The Location Services capabilities of iPhone and iPad allow the devices to use onboard GPS, Wi-Fi, cell tower location data, and Bluetooth to determine the location of the iPhone or iPad. With iPhone, this location data can be pretty much exact, plac... View More...

How to Enable System Integrity Protection in Mac OS
8/9/2018 1:54:03 PM iOS
Modern versions of Mac OS ship with System Integrity Protection (SIP) enabled by default, which aims to protect critical system folders by locking them down, and the vast majority of Mac users should always keep SIP enabled for that added protection.... View More...

How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone and iPad
8/8/2018 3:01:28 PM iOS
Many iPhone and iPad users like to play YouTube videos in the background, often for listening to music or listening to a podcast or talk show. For example, maybe you found a great song on YouTube that you want to enjoy while playing a game, or while ... View More...

How to Install FTP on MacOS Mojave & High Sierra
8/7/2018 2:46:11 PM iOS
Mac command line users may have noticed that FTP is missing from the latest versions of MacOS system software, but despite ftp not being included in newer versions of system software by default, you can still install ftp on Mac OS if you need to use ... View More...