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Before The iPhone Launched, Android Didn't Support Touchscreens

It’s virtually impossible to imagine now, but back when the iPhone was launched in 2007, Google wasn’t planning to make Android for touchscreen devices. Revealed in court documents that form part of the current Apple-Samsung legal argument, a Google report explains that Android “was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.


Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1′s recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone‘s 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It’s not mind-blowing, it’s not world-changing, it’s nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it’s never quite been before: an OS that’s totally good enough.


HP To US Customers: 'Windows 7 Is Back'

HP is bringing back Windows 7 “by popular demand” — it’s not clear from whom — and making it pretty difficult to buy a computer with Windows 8. Who needs the future when you’ve got the very recent past?


What If Operating Systems Were Religions?

Yesterday, after writing my way past the notional halfway point (both of the current novel manuscript, and of the trilogy it’s the middle volume of), I went and overindulged in food and drink with friends.


Google Removes New Android Privacy Feature, Says It Was An Accident

Yesterday, we published a blog post lauding an extremely important app privacy feature that was added in Android 4.3. That feature allows users to install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book.


The Awesome Privacy Tools In Android 4.3+

To date, there has been no way to run apps on Android with real and reliable privacy controls. Android version 4.3 and higher take a huge step in the right direction, letting users install apps while denying some of the apps’ attempts to collect the user’s data.


Google Confirms Its Android Camera App Is About To Get Way Better

Earlier this month, a batch of comments in Android source code hinted that the camera app was about to get a shot in the arm. Now, Google has confirmed that’s the case.


You Can Now Download The Apple II's DOS Source Code From Back In 1978

The Computer History Museum has released something rather special for you to download: the original DOS source code for the 1978 Apple II.


Go Download Windows 8.1 Right Now

Microsoft has finally released Windows 8.1. You can go download it now, Start button and all.


Alleged Android 4.4 KitKat Images Suggest Flattened, 2D Design

Some images of what’s alleged to be Android 4.4 appeared over the weekend, with screen captures of a phone supposedly running the new KitKat release giving us a look at what may be Google’s ever-so-slightly redesigned new mobile OS.