linux insideLinux operating system creator Linus Torvalds has proposed that Linux 4.0, an upcoming release of the open-source software, should be dedicated to stability and bug fixing.

Although his initial reaction to a suggestion for a separate bug-fixing release from Dirk Hohndel, chief Linux and open source technologist at Intel, was to criticize it, as "I didn't see most of us having the attention span required for that," Torvalds is now asking for comments on a proposal to have Linux 4.0 as the bug-fix release in about a year's time.

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ios-7-closeupApple can't catch a break with Daylight Saving times can they? Apparently a new bug has surfaced in Calendar display that offsets the "current time" by one hour, although alarms and calendar events are correctly timed and displayed.

The bug was first reported at AppleInsider where users also uploaded images and described the issue, for example, at 12:15 p.m., the calendar app draws the "current time" line in the slot for 1:15 p.m., despite displaying the correct time beside the line and in the system notification bar.

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OSX MavericksFollowing upgrades to the just-released OS X Mavericks, owners are reporting what appear to be driver issues with Thunderbolt drives and arrays, as well as eSATA cards on particular MacBook Pro models.

A recent post at the Accelerate Your Mac blog delivered a message from a FirmTek representative about Mavericks compatibility with its eSATA ExpressCard.

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flash-10-1Adobe announced today that beginning with the rollout of OS X Mavericks, it will sandbox Flash Player within Safari.

What that means is that Flash will be contained - or sandboxed - in order to make it more difficult for scammers to take advantage of Flash and infect Macs running Mavericks with malicious software.

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windows xp logoMicrosoft really wants Windows XP owners to realize that there is a serious threat in the continued use of the 12 year old OS which will see its support end on April 8th. In the company's latest version of its Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, it goes over some new statistics that show Windows XP is still a big target for malware.

In chatting, Holly Stewart,the Senior Program Manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, on Monday, prior to today's release of the new report. Stewart went over several bullet points in their study with us, including one that the company has never released in previous versions. The new section deals with the malware encounter rate among currently supported Windows operating systems (Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8 RTM).

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Twitter-LogoIn case you’ve noticed some increased data usage on your Windows Phone recently, know that you are not alone. Microsoft has confirmed that there’s an ongoing problem with the built-in Twitter client that results in increased net traffic.

The problem has been noticed during the past week, with users reporting data usage spikes coming from the People app. It seems like the issues stem from a back-end change made by Twitter which results in Windows Phones downloading Twitter users’ profile pictures numerous times instead of simply using cached versions.

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Microsoft decided to add Skype as the default chat and messaging app for Windows 8.1, but since the launch of the OS update earlier this month there have been some reports of Skype crashing when opened. This week, Microsoft released a patch for the Windows 8.1 version of Skype that apparently offers a quick fix to the crash bug.

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  The Microsoft support page has the details on the new Skype version, which states that the bug happens when Skype is running on a PC with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 (Sandy Bridge) graphics chip. If you have a PC that has such a processor, it is recommended that you download and install the new Skype version.

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Mac-OS-X-Mountain-LionWhile the major news may be around the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple also has a fix for those users who don’t necessarily want the latest OS version or need a previous one due to compatibility issues, especially on older machines.

Apple traditionally only sells the latest version of OS X on their website with users having to rely on phone orders if they required some older version, but now the company is finally giving its customers an easier way.

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windows-8.1 screenshotEarlier today, we reported that Microsoft had released a patch for the Skype app in Windows 8.1 to fix a crash bug found on some PC systems. As it turns out, that's not the only patch that the company has released for its newest OS update. Today, Microsoft has come up with a fix for a problem that has been an annoyance for some Windows 8.1 owners.

Microsoft's support page reveals that the patch is supposed to remove the "Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn't configured correctly. Build 9600" watermark that has been showing up on the desktop wallpaper of some users. You may remember that a Windows 8.1 RTM GA Rollup file that leaked out to the Internet before the official launch of Windows 8.1 was also supposed to address this bug.

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OSX MavericksApple has announced the availability of OS X 10.9 Mavericks at a press event in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center.
Tim Cook said that Apple will revolutionize the pricing for the operating system by releasing it for free starting as a download from the Mac App Store and which will arrive later today. Users from Snow Leopard and forward can upgrade to Mavericks for free.

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