Apple's Oct. 16 event: Here's what we expect

Apple has the chance on Thursday to provide a few compelling reasons for consumers to upgrade or buy a new iPad. Apple's second event in as many months won't have the flash from the previous affair, which saw the debut of two larger iPhones and a glimpse at the Apple Watch. Instead, the company is expected to show off a new iPad (or two), unveil new Macs and talk more about its OS X Yosemite operating system for its desktop. The presentation, which kicks off at 10 a.m. PT, is a lower key affair held at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Microsoft Announces Windows 10

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. Starting today, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider Program that will give users who are comfortable with running very early beta software access to Windows 10.

Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event

Microsoft today confirmed its correctly rumored Windows event that will take place on September 30 in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets.

Firefox for Android Beta 33

Mozilla's efforts to keep mobile Firefox competitive include adding remote streaming-media support to a new build of the browser. The star of Firefox for Android Beta 33 - released Thursday night - is the "send to device" video-streaming feature that enables you to stream videos on your mobile gadget to a TV or another second screen. When you load a site on your mobile device that includes embedded video, an icon will appear in the URL bar letting you know you can begin streaming.

Twitter Will Reportedly Roll Out 'Buy' Button

Twitter is going to incorporate a way for users to easily buy things directly from its network later this year, according to a report Friday from Recode. The social network is partnering with Stripe, a payments services company, to integrate a "buy" button into tweets, unnamed sources told Recode. It is expected that the button will let users enter in payment and shipping information without leaving Twitter, allowing businesses to sell their products directly from tweets with Stripe powering the transaction.

Looking Ahead To Windows 9

A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end.

Microsoft to kill Skype for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone users stuck on version 7 will have to bid farewell to Skype within the next few weeks. On a support page, Skype parent Microsoft posed the question: "Is Skype for Windows Phone 7 being discontinued?" The response? "Yes." Sometime within the next few weeks, Skype will no longer be available in any form on Windows Phone 7, according to Microsoft. Further, those of you who already have Skype on your Windows Phone 7 handset will no longer be able to log in to the service.

Google Analytics Can Now Exclude Traffic From Known Bots And Spiders

Google made a small but important update to Google Analytics that finally makes it easy to exclude bots and spiders from your user stats. That kind of traffic from search engines and other web spiders can easily skew your data in Google Analytics. Unfortunately, while generating fake traffic from all kinds of bot networks is big business and accounts for almost a third of all traffic to many sites according to some reports, Google is only filtering out traffic from known bots and spiders. It’s using the IAB’s “International Spiders & Bots List” for this, which is updated monthly.

LibreOffice an Open Source Alternative to MS Office

After a headline lull, LibreOffice on Wednesday renewed its drive to replace Microsoft Office with the newest version of its open source suite of applications. The latest update comes as the organization behind LibreOffice says that its products are now being used by some 80 million users around the world. In contrast, only 10 million users had downloaded the software by Sept. 2011.

Mac OS X Gets The Dark Theme

Apple’s desktop operating system got a little more fashionable with the new Preview 3 update of OS X 10.10 Yosemite seeded to developers. The update, which can be installed by registered developers who have the existing preview version on their machines through the Mac App Store, lets users enable Dark Mode, a highly coveted feature that impressed when it was unveiled at WWDC in June, but that Apple hadn’t actually turned on until now.

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