Could Microsoft be en route to dumping Windows in favor of Linux?

Microsoft Linux is the next evolution of the Microsoft desktop operating system, argues Jack Wallen. He explains why this would be a win-win for Microsoft, IT pros, users, and the Linux community.

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My esteemed colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols penned an outstanding piece on sister site ZDNet titled Linux-based Windows makes perfect sense in which he discussed Eric S. Raymond’s point of view that we are nearing the last phase of the desktop wars. Vaughan-Nichols posits that the next logical step would be the Windows interface running on top of the Linux kernel.

It makes sense, especially given

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Photos: Trick or treat: The 13 best Zoom backgrounds for Halloween

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Virtual backgrounds add a little personality to the standard Zoom room experience. In recent months, we’ve created galleries for nature loverssci-fi enthusiasts, the fall season, and more. With Halloween right around the corner, we decided to create a dedicated gallery for the season. Here are the 13 best Zoom backgrounds for Halloween.

SEE: Photos: Turn a new leaf with the best Zoom backgrounds for fall (TechRepublic)

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TikTok Ban: US Appeals Judge’s Ruling That Blocked Downloads

The US government said in a court filing on Thursday it was appealing a judge’s ruling that prevented it from prohibiting new downloads of the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok.

The Justice Department said it appealed the order to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

In late September, a US judge temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple and Alphabet’s Google from offering new TikTok downloads.

China’s ByteDance, which owns TikTok, has been under pressure to sell the popular app. The White House contends that TikTok poses national security concerns as

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Best pre-Prime Day 2020 phone deals: Motorola Razr 5G for $1,200, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G for $600, TCL 10L for $210

Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 13 — the same day Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 12. While you won’t find any discounts on the new iPhone on Amazon, it’s possible that we’ll see some price drops on older models like the iPhone 11, along with lots of other phone 

Last year, Prime Day brought major discounts on flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Google Pixel 3XL and the Moto Z3 Play. Amazon already revealed a bunch of sales before Prime Day officially starts, and during this stretch of time, everything

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Password managers: A cheat sheet for professionals

The sheer number of passwords the average person has can lead to confusion and tons of password retrieval emails. Simplify and secure your digital life by learning about password managers.

Find me a person alive that doesn’t have at least one online password, and I’ll eat my hat. Passwords are ubiquitous–so much so that the average internet user in the US has around 70-80 different passwords. Talk to a cybersecurity pro about passwords, and they’ll tell you two things: Every password should be unique, and there’s no way they are, especially considering the most popular password in 2019

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IBM-backed application helps stores organize lines digitally to protect against COVID-19

Developer Dave Chura’s Safe Queue was named one of the top five solutions in IBM’s Call for Code Global Challenge.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all had to get used to standing in long lines outside due to the need for social distancing. But as we move into the winter months, it’s become clear that stores and organizations may need a better way of organizing lines.

SEE: Big data’s role in COVID-19 (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Dave Chura, a Los Angeles-based developer, was at home with his wife when he saw a commercial for IBM’s

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