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Q&A: Switching from Windows to Mac

Q&A: Switching from Windows to Mac

I've written a lot about my switch from the Windows platform to Apple's Mac operating system, and that has resulted in an influx of questions from people who have questions about making the shift. You have question, I have answers.

published July 8, 2014 by

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Apple orphans Aperture, imaging pros unhappy

Apple orphans Aperture, imaging pros unhappy

According to reports, Apple is stopping work on Aperture, its professional photo-editing application and will instead focus efforts on the forthcoming Photos software due with the OS X Yosemite. Some content professionals aren't pleased with the news.

published June 29, 2014 by

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 with LTE is a beautiful piece of hardware, but the price is too high with a 2-year contract and it comes with last year's operating system. It's tough to argue with the Super AMOLED Plus display and the customizability of the Android OS though too.

published April 5, 2012 by

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Behold: The Microsoft Mustang!

Behold: The Microsoft Mustang!

The software giant worked with West Coast Customs to create a rolling showcase for its technology, baking in features from Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox, among other products.

published March 21, 2012 by

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Screenshots: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Screenshots: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

The Consumer Preview is very close to the final Windows 8 user experience, with new touch gestures and improved support for mouse and keyboard. Our extensive gallery explores the look and feel of Windows' latest incarnation.

published March 1, 2012 by

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Windows 7 demo: Window management

Moving, resizing, and arranging windows on the screen has been one of those things we've done since the earliest days of Microsoft Windows. If you've used Windows since, oh, 1995 or so, you know the maximize, minimize, and restore buttons like the back of your hand. But those old-school tools just don't cut it with today's big monitors and high-definition resolutions. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you a cool new set of gestures and shortcuts to help you move, resize, and arrange windows more intelligently.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7: A worthwhile upgrade?

Will Microsoft's Windows 7 succeed where Vista failed? The new operating system offers a new graphical user interface, more reliable power management tools, and better search, but it still might not offer enough to convince PC users to buy it. ZDNet Correspondent Sumi Das talks to Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet, and Ed Bott, ZDNet's Microsoft Report blogger, about Windows 7's pros and cons.

published September 28, 2009 by

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IDF 09: Intel demos Moblin

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel product manager Claire Alexander shows Intel CEO Paul Otellini a demo of the Linux-based, open-source operating system Moblin, which will include next-generation mobile features such as a touch-screen interface.

published September 22, 2009 by

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Windows 7 gadgets on display at IDF

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini shows off some new consumer devices optimized to run Intel processors and various versions of Windows 7. He also looks at the company's next-generation microprocessor, Sandy Bridge, running on Windows 7.

published September 22, 2009 by

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App virtualization meets the mobile device

At VMworld in San Francisco, VMware CTO Stephen Herrod shows a Visa mobile application on a Microsoft Windows CE device that is also running virtually on Google's Android OS. The functionality allows users to run "any app on any device," the VMware executive says.

published September 2, 2009 by

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The month ahead: How the iPhone 3GS is faring

With earnings season looming, ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz look ahead at July and discuss what's on deck for the big four: Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft. We all know ad spending has tapered, but what does that mean for Google? And will Windows 7 carry Microsoft through the recession?

published July 2, 2009 by

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WWDC 2009 keynote wrap-up

Brian Tong covers all the announcements from the WWDC 2009 keynote. There's the new iPhone 3G S, more iPhone 3.0 OS details, Mac OS X Snow Leopard's first public viewing, and the MacBook Pro line gets a new family member.

published June 8, 2009 by

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Microsoft exec outlines Windows 7 security

Mobile-device security, two factor log-ins, and AppLocker, a code-signing feature for applications, are just a few of the security advancements Microsoft is rolling out with its Windows 7 operating system. Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing division, explains at the RSA Conference in San Francisco how it will be safer, easier, and faster to sign in remotely to a business network.

published April 21, 2009 by

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Windows Mobile 6.5 demo

At the CTIA Wireless 2009 Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft representative Jim Wilson demonstrates some of the new features of Windows Live Messenger in Windows Mobile 6.5. These features include real-time text, audio, and video conversation.

published April 9, 2009 by

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Palm announces WebOS platform, Mojo messaging service

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Palm Senior Vice President of Applications and Services Michael Abbott announced an early access program of the company's new developing platform, WebOS. The new platform will run apps natively on the device and enables greater integration with cloud applications like Google and Facebook. Abbott stressed that the company is looking for developer feedback and that the platform is evolving.

published April 2, 2009 by

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Windows XP Service Pack 1

Windows XP Service Pack 1

Windows XP's first service pack is a worthwhile download -- if only for the security patches -- as long as you have the bandwidth. If not, you're better off using Windows Update or ordering it on CD.

published September 11, 2002 by

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Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Take a good, hard look at Mac OS X 10.2 if you're adding a Mac to a Windows network -- Jaguar's new tools can't be beaten. But home users, beware the £99 upgrade price if you're not looking for networking options.

published August 23, 2002 by

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Mac OS X 10.1

Mac OS X 10.1

Thanks to version 10.1, OS X is now ready for the masses. If you already have OS X, upgrade now. OS 9 users should wait for Microsoft Office X to ship.

published October 30, 2001 by

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