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The paranoid Windows traveler’s data-protection checklist

Going overseas with your Windows laptop? Make sure corporate data is secure when crossing the border.

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Windows Mobile: The walking dead never die

Microsoft seems unwilling to pull the plug on a mobile OS that no one loves. It could lead a zombie existence for years.

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Android 8.0: The complete Oreo FAQ

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo release is full of fresh new features and flavors. This detailed (and delightfully creamy!) FAQ has everything you need to know.

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VMware partners with Google to manage Chrome devices

VMware's AirWatch subsidiary is joining with Google to enable enterprise-wide management of all Chrome devices via a single cloud portal.

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Microsoft Germany agrees to stop forcing Windows upgrade downloads

Microsoft has responded to a 'Get Windows 10'-era consumer protection complaint by vowing to get user permission before downloading upgrade installation files.

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Looking at a 1TB Surface Pro 2017? Make sure you know what you’re getting

The new 1TB Surface Pro 2017 actually has two 512GB drives buried inside. That saves Microsoft money, but it drives some owners nuts.

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iCloud security: How (and why) to enable two-factor authentication

Apple’s iCloud is used for everything from storage to syncing to verifying purchases from the App Store and iTunes. That’s why you should keep it as secure as possible. Here’s how.

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Mozilla nears finish line for 64-bit Firefox transition

Mozilla now delivers the 64-bit version of its Firefox browser to Windows users with compatible 64-bit hardware.

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Free Windows 10 installation and configuration training

This free training video details what it takes to upgrade or install a clean copy of Windows 10 and walks you through the process, step by step.

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Where’s the KB 4034661 jumbo bug fix for Win10 Anniversary Update?

The automatically installed patch is supposed to contain dozens of bug fixes for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but it hasn’t gone out through Windows Update yet.

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Microsoft gets sloppy with Surface

Consumer Reports can’t recommend Microsoft Surface laptops, and neither can I.

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New Windows 10 Pro edition reveals Microsoft's inconsistency

The latest version of Windows 10 is aimed at workstations and offers support for up to four processors, Resilient File System and NVDIMM-N memory. It is slated to arrive in September.

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8 steps to install Windows 10 patches like a pro

Tired of the bugs in Microsoft’s pushed patches? Here’s how to take control in Windows 10.

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Where we stand with this month’s Windows and Office security patches

August has seen a relatively normal number of bugs in Windows and Office security patches, some acknowledged by Microsoft, some not.

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstations: undoing a huge 1990s mistake

When Microsoft launched Windows XP they unfortunately lost focus on the unique needs of engineers and others that used workstations. They just reversed that mistake with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. What makes this unique version...

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Two of this month’s Windows 7 patches cause second-screen problems

Two German sites report graphics problems in some applications when using multiple monitors. Solution: Uninstall the bad patches.

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Microsoft's still trying to figure out Windows 10 support

The company faces an inherent contradiction it has yet to resolve: It says Windows 10 is the last Windows ever, but has also set time limits on support.

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Another undocumented Surface Pro update — Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework

New undocumented driver updates for Surface Pro 2017 include “Intel driver update for Intel(r) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant."

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