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Android P is here, for those who want it, with a compatible device and the patience to put up with a few extra bugs and crashes. We've been playing around with the beta OS on a Pixel 2, and these are the most promising features we've come across so far - including a few hidden goodies Google hasn't mentioned yet.

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Installing updates on Windows has always been a pain. Not only does Microsoft seem hellbent on forcing users to update their machines whether they want to or not - including in prior versions of Windows 10 a nightmare "feature" that forcibly seized control of users' systems to start the installation process - the process is infamously slow.

The combination of these factors can make updating a Windows machine feel less like a minor but necessary inconvenience than a suddenly imposed tug-of-war for control of a computer. Fortunately, Microsoft is now mulling ways to make the process less painful.

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For those who missed the memo, the first developer preview of Android P is now available. If you're keen to get Google's latest operating system on your smartphone right now, here's what you need to know.

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Today, Apple released a new upgrade to its MacOS operating system, dubbed Sierra. Like previous upgrades, MacOS Sierra is a free download for Mac users. It comes with a host of useful improvements including in-built Siri functionality, a universal clipboard, integrated Apple Pay and automatic iCloud uploads. Intrigued? Here's everything you need to know about the new OS.

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This week marks one year since the launch of what is arguably Microsoft’s most ambitious – and possibly most controversial – operating system: Windows 10. Windows 10 represents a fundamentally different approach compared to the earlier versions of Windows that many of us have used, such as the highly popular Windows 7. A year after its launch, it continues to evolve and improve upon its predecessor. However, the privacy concerns still haven't gone away.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm trying to toss up whether it's worth upgrading my laptop from windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I've heard mixed reviews and don't want to make the wrong decision! Should I take the plunge? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Windows 10 has officially been with us for close to a year now, but even if you've spent a lot of time with the OS since its launch, you may not have found everything it has to offer. Here are five of our favourite hidden features that we've discovered over the course of the last year, and why you might want to start using of them.