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Is Apple about to kill the SuperDrive on Macs?

Apple has decreed death to 32-bit apps on Macs. But with DVD player, QuickTime 7, and CD/DVD authoring apps stuck there, what's the future of the Mac SuperDrive?

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From the 1800s to now: The world’s oldest tech companies

A surprising number of technology companies have roots that date back to the 1800s.

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What the Mac 32-bit app phase-out means to you

Apple has been pushing developers to move their software to 64-bit since last summer. Now it's warning end users about the upcoming change. Here's how to suss out which apps are affected.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17134, released on April 16, 2018.

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10 super useful Mac Finder tips

Short, sweet and useful — here are 10 really useful Mac Finder tips you should know about.

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What is the 'not optimized for your Mac' warning message?

Macs running the latest OS version now warn users that any 32-bit app they launch is not “optimized for your Mac” and needs to be upgraded.

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A tale of two hospitals that adopted Apple’s Health Record app

Apple's Health Record app allows patients to pull in their healthcare info from multiple providers onto a single record they can share with clinicians, regardless of where they work. Here's how that's working for two hospitals.

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HP's detachable Chromebook and the ghost of Google's past

The HP Chromebook x2 is significant for several reasons — one of them being its uncanny connection to Chrome OS and Android's intertwined history.

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Microsoft shows IT how to get bigger bang from Windows Analytics

New documentation, still in draft form, details how companies can craft specialized reports and custom alerts from Windows Analytics' data and integrate the data with other info.

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Mac, iOS: How to check if Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data

Were you or your friends impacted by the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach? Here’s how to find out.

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How to block the Windows 10 spring update, version 1803, from installing

With the spring feature update to Windows 10 (version 1803, build 17133, Redstone 4) just around the corner, here are the best ways to ensure you install it when you’re ready — even in the face of recent forced updates from Microsoft....

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Latest macOS update cripples enterprise docks, blanks external screens

Users spread the blame around as DisplayLink technology goes dark after Apple’s update to its PC OS.

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IT admin at this public library is repurposing an old PC for use by the library's patrons -- but as he puts it in place, it sounds like something inside is falling apart!

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Mac Pro 2019: Is Apple planning the next transition?

When building a team to develop the Macintosh, Steve Jobs once said, "It's better to be a pirate than join the navy." Is Apple up to something just as profound as it works to develop the Mac Pro?

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Apple’s Siri: The only search engine you’ll need

Is Apple about to get into search? Probably not in the conventional sense, but Apple’s successful hire of Google’s John Giannandrea shows there’s a new kid in town.

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Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint?

All of your arguments against desktop Linux are outdated and irrelevant.

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Windows by the numbers: It’s a topsy-turvy world, with Windows 10 down, 7 up

Migration watch: There were unexpected gyrations in the market in March, with Windows 7 gaining strength and Windows 10 falling back.

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10 ways to get more from Spotlight Search on the Mac

Spotlight Search (Command + Space) is the easiest way to get around on your Mac -- you can use it to do things, as well as find things.

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