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While not quite at the level of a parting of the waters, the news that Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation may seem miraculous to those aware of the past enmity between the company and the open source community.

Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a platinum member, it announced Wednesday at its Microsoft Connect conference in New York.

Google has joined the .Net foundation, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, also told attendees. Further, Microsoft and Samsung Electronics have joined forces to allow .NET developers build apps for millions of Samsung devices.

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We can understand why Google is now cracking down on Android Pay. As Google releases its Pixel devices, it doesn’t want people tinkering too much with an Android Pay enabled device. So the rules are simple: If your device is rooted, no Android Pay, if your device’s bootloader is unlocked, no Android Pay either, even if you haven’t modified the system at all.

A Nexus 6P owner discovered that his Android Pay was no longer working because his bootloader was unlocked.

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Although Google didn’t drop any new details on the progress of Andromeda at its big Pixel event last week, that doesn’t suggest any tempering of enthusiasm for the new operating system.

Andromeda reportedly is a mashup of Android and Chrome, with features from Chrome having been ported into Android rather than the other way around.

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A new version of Skype has been made available for iOS through the iTunes App Store. Skype 6.25 for Apple’s mobile operating system brings with it support for some new features and APIs found in iOS 10.

First off, there’s Siri. If your iDevice runs the latest iOS version, you can tell Siri to call someone through Skype. The only requirement is for that person to be among your Skype contacts. Siri may ask you to confirm she has the right person, and that’s it – your call will begin.

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There are now 400 million active machines running the company’s latest operating system, Windows 10. After the not-so great reception that Windows 8 and 8.1 had, not to mention its really unintuitive Metro UI, Windows 10 brought a souped up version of Windows 7 with elements of Windows 8.1 built-in.

Just a few short months ago, Windows had 350 million active devices just a couple of weeks before it stopped offering free upgrades to Windows 10.

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Now that the iPhone 7 madness has settled a bit, we have started to hear more and more about the upcoming Pixel phones which are officially going to be unveiled by Google on the October 4. The Pixel rumor mill has been turning at full speed lately and we’ve seen a bunch of leaks of the hardware already.

The newest leak comes to us from Android Police. Someone who claims to have the device shows a picture of the power menu which has always been very simple with Nexus devices, only offering the option to “Power off” the phone.

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25 Years of Linux What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

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Happy Birthday Linux! You’re 25!

When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for then 21-year old Linus Torvald. Today the Linux community is estimated to be upwards of 86 million users strong. It has become the backbone of large enterprises, and it is installed in government systems and embedded in devices worldwide.

The Linux operating system started out as an alternative to other platform architectures in use on mainframes and enterprise back-ends. It has grown into a major mainstream computing platform for small through large companies’ server operations, and has made inroads into consumer computing.

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iOS 10 Beta 5 Tidbits New Lock Screen Sound, Widget Tweaks, and More

Apple today released new versions of iOS 10 to both developers and public beta testers, and as with any major beta update, there are several small changes and tweaks that have been implemented as Apple works to refine the operating system ahead of its release this fall.

Today’s update, available as an over-the-air download for those who installed the first four betas or the beta configuration profile, features a new Lock screen sound, tweaks to the Control Center and widgets screen, and more.

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How to update Android smartphone or tablet

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To get the best performance and features from your Android smartphone or tablet you should make sure you’re always running the very latest software available for it, not just in terms of apps but also the Android operating system. Here’s how to update Android on your smartphone or tablet.

You can force your Android phone or tablet to search for an update from the Settings menu on your device, but you should note that just because a newer version of Android exists it doesn’t mean it will be available for your device – now or ever. In this article we’ll guide you step-by-step through how to update your Android phone or tablet.

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Apple iOS 9.3.4 Is Now Available What Is Included In The Update

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Apple AAPL +0.09% has recently released iOS 9.3.4, which is a minor update. Apple did not release any new features as part of the software update, but I highly recommend that you upgrade as soon as you can because it contains an “important” security patch.

Why is iOS 9.3.4 essential? It addresses an issue where “an application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” The description in the Apple support pagesays: “A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.”

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