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From today, movies available on the Sky Store can be streamed by anyone through a browser, as well as through the Roku and YouView set-top boxes.
New releases, including Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger, cost ÂŁ3.49, while older titles such as Austin Powers start 99p and classics including Top Gun and The Godfather cost ÂŁ1.99.
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Google's secret project: Android founder Andy Rubin reveals he is building robots Aside from launching a range of new phones, building its latest operating system and even setting up a barge off the coast of San Francisco, Google has been stealthily building a robotics empire.
Over the past six months Google has bought seven technology companies that each specialise in robotics or automated systems.
These include Meka, which makes humanoid robots, and Industrial Perception, which specialises in machines that can package goods and load up lorries, for example.
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Hackers could steal personal data from computers using SOUNDWAVES - and even the most secure PCs may be at risk In the future, computer hackers could steal sensitive data from peopleâs computers using nothing but soundwaves, experts have warned.
German computer scientists have proved the idea is possible by developing a new type of malware that can travel between machines using sound waves that are inaudible to unsuspecting humans.
Using built-in microphones and speakers in laptops, the researchers managed to transmit passwords and small amounts of data between machines 65ft away from each other.
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Revealed: The hidden feature that lets you UNSEND a Gmail (but you have to be quick) Everyone has experienced that sinking feeling after sending an email to the wrong person, clicking on 'reply all', or bashing out a message in the heat of the moment that you wish you could take back.
But now there is a tool hidden away among other Gmail settings that allows users to unsend emails.
However, there is only a 30-second window of opportunity for hasty senders to realise their email mistake as after that time the message cannot be unsent.
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'Out of the office FOREVER: 'Digital will' lets you control what happens to online accounts - and sends emails - after you die With more of us sharing almost every aspect of our lives online it raises the serious question about what happens to all of this data when we die.
Facebook posts and tweets may seem mundane or trivial but, along with emails, online photos, contacts and even the login details for online banking, they create whatâs called a âdigital legacy.â
The latest company to let users create a will for these online accounts is Perpetu and it differs from most other services because it lets its members hand-pick exactly which information from which sites go to which people.
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At last! Infuriating USB plugs set to become reversible so they fit BOTH ways round It may not be the world's greatest problem but jabbing at computer ports, when trying to insert USB cables that are almost always the wrong way up, can be very annoying.
However, this frustrating pitfall of modern life is set to become a thing of the past as work has begun on the next generation of reversible USB connectors â making it possible to insert a plug into a socket both ways up.
The new USB Type-C connector is being designed to be used in thinner and sleeker products like tablets and ultrabooks.
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Know this about Windows 7 sales, support cutoff dates Don't worry, Windows 7 fans: There's still another year until PC makers must stop selling new machines with that OS preloaded.
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Microsoft's last Patch Tuesday of 2013 will be huge Microsoft is wrapping up the yearâs Patch Tuesday bulletins next week with 11 more fixes, pushing the total for 2013 to 106, up from last yearâs total of 83.
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Improve the start screen search on Windows 8.1 with this handy tip When it comes to features of the Windows 8.1 operating system, one that I really like is the new and improved Windows Search.
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Metro haters beware: 2014 will be the end of new Windows 7 PCs If youâre looking to buy a new PC and you hate the idea of looking at Live Tiles, then youâd better get a new PC within the next year or so.
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You donât have to wait to buy USB cables that fit both ways The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced on Wednesday that it had finalized a new type of connector for USB cables that would fit into your PC no matter which way the cable is oriented.
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Microsoft to encrypt services, notify customers of government data requests The company is encrypting information traveling on its services, which will be completed by end 2014.
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protonic.com Industry News will now be published to Twitter. protonic.com Industry News will now be published to Twitter.
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Microsoft leads disruption of largest infected global PC network Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had disrupted the largest network of compromised personal computers...
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Microsoft blasts government "snooping", pledges to enhance encryption Xbox maker says it is "alarmed" by recent allegations of government's attempts to collect private customer data, vows to expand encryption for products and services.
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Another reason to ditch Windows XP: Admin rights loophole Some of us spend a lot of time trying to elevate our status in life and accumulate more privileges.
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How to switch tabs in the Internet Explorer app on Windows 8 If you want to run a web browser on Windows 8's start screen (Windows 8 is used to describe all versions of the system, including windows 8.1), you do not have much choice.
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Is your browser ready for shopping season? The holiday season is officially underway. Your good cheer could quickly turn sour, though, if you donât secure your browser before shopping online.
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Cryptolocker: The evolution of extortion Cryptolocker, the latest ransomware, may be newsworthy, but it's been hyped, too, says expert.
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8 Important Things You Can Do With an iPad There are over 475,000 apps for the iPad. If you include iPhone apps, that number rises to about a million.
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How to stay one step ahead of phishing attacks Phishers are upping their game, so end-users need to respond accordingly.
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Google Chrome gets Master Password protection Google Chrome, just like any other modern web browser, offers to store passwords that you enter while using it to improve future access to websites or services on the Internet.
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D-Link issues fixes for firmware backdoor in routers Firmware coding goof means an attacker could change a router's settings and steal information if remote management is enabled.
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Quick tips to secure passwords One of the more frustrating exercises in using anything online is keeping your passwords safe. They have to be easy to remember and hard to guess.
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Windows XP flaw allows attacks via Adobe, security firm says A new zero day flaw in Windows XP and Server 2003 is being exploited in the wild to bypass the sandbox on unpatched versions of Adobe Reader, security firm FireEye has reported.
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So You Got A New iPad. Hereâs Some Free Stuff to Read If youâre like me and you took advantage of the rare deals offered on a new iPad yesterday, then youâre probably playing around with the new device today, and finding interesting things to do with it.
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Microsoft said to beef up its Internet encryption Edward Snowden's NSA leaks have caused Google, Yahoo, and Facebook to pledge stronger Internet encryption. Is Microsoft next on the list?
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Dell Launches its Third Sputnik Ubuntu Ultra- Book Looking for a new notebook with Ubuntu already installed? Dell announced the availability of its third XPS 13 Developer Edition, codenamed Sputnik 3, over the weekend.
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New Windows privilege escalation flaw exploited in active attacks Attackers are exploiting a new and unpatched vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that allows them to execute code with higher privileges than they have access to.
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WebCacheImageInfo is a cross-browser image cache explorer for Windows WebCacheImageInfo serves several purposes. It can be used to check whether browser caches leak information about visited websites on the local system, and to browse images that you may want to save to your local system for safe keeping (since the cached versions will get deleted eventually).
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Lazy Mirror backs up old file versions for safe keeping on Windows Making sure that you have a backup of important files -- for instance photos, documents or code -- is one of the most important but yet overlooked computer related tasks.
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Worm targets Linux PCs and embedded devices A new worm is targeting x86 computers running Linux and PHP, and variants may also pose a threat to devices such as home routers and set-top boxes based on other chip architectures.
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Unchecky protects you from unwanted third-party offers during software installations Free is not always that, as you often pay with something else to make up for that. Most of the time it is information about yourself that you are paying with, but sometimes, it is third party software that you install unintentionally on your system while installing a free product.
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Google maps airports, train and subway stations with Street View update Google is taking its cameras indoors in an effort to map international transit hubs, starting with 16 airports and more than 50 train and subway stations.
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Mozilla plans tour to guide Firefox users when Australis comes around Australis is a major redesign of the browser. It is only natural that some users will feel lost after their version has been updated to the browser.
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Researchers: Trojan program 'Neverquest' a new threat to online banking users A new Trojan program that targets users of online financial services has the potential to spread very quickly over the next few months, security researchers warn.
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Malware: War without end After decades of fighting off viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malware and cyber attacks, total victory remains beyond reach.
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PCLinuxOS Makes Desktop Linux Look Good PCLinuxOS is as close as a distro can get to masking all the technical things that scare people away from the Linux OS.
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How to Protect Your Android Device from Malware If you're in the majority of Android users, your smartphone or tablet isn't protected from malware attacks.
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Secunia fixes PSI to work with Windows 8.1 and IE11 Secunia has just released an update to its popular Personal Software Inspector that works with IE11 on any version of Windows.
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How to clear app notifications in Windows 8 on shutdown One of the new features of the Windows 8 operating system is the new start screen interface.
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How to display hidden files in Windows 8 Select files and folders of the Windows 8 operating system are hidden by default so that users of the system can't see them in File Explorer and most other programs that they run on the system.
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How to find out how much RAM your motherboard supports You can use Speccy or any other system information program to display the model of the Motherboard.
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How to find everything in Windows 8.1 Itâs inevitable that upgrading to a new version of an operating system or application comes with a bit of a learning curve.
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The end of an era: Winamp's shutting down After more than 15 years, the famous Winamp media player will shut down on December 20, its makers announced Wednesday.
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Display the Advanced Boot Options in Windows 8 when you hit F8 The advanced boot options have been an integral part of all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
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Google strengthens its SSL configuration against possible attacks Google replaced the SSL certificates for its online services with new ones that use stronger, 2048-bit RSA keys, making encrypted connections to its sites safer against so-called brute-force attacks.
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'Blurry fonts' bug KB 2670838 persists with IE11 and Windows 7 Six-month-old 'fuzzy fonts' bug that hit Firefox and Chrome is still around -- and may now ensnare Windows users upgrading to IE11.
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How to shut down Windows 8.1 The new version of Windows offers at least one new trick over its predecessor when you want to power down.
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Fix for Gadget display issues after IE11 Installation on Windows 7 Several users reported that desktop widgets were missing or not displaying properly anymore after the browser was updated to Internet Explorer 11.
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Use AVG Downgrader to turn trial versions into AVG Free Antivirus Anyone still using AVG for antivirus protection on their Windows systems?
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Microsoft Office HopTo app hops onto the iPad The new and free app lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents and save them to the cloud.
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Laptop buying guide 2013: How to find the right notebook for you Anyone in the market for a new laptop this year has a lot to consider before parting with some cold hard cash.
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Microsoft to fix Windows XP update SVCHOST redline issue 'soon' Microsoft has identified why using Windows Update to install patches on Windows XP may lock up users' machines for hours on end.
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How to reload in Firefox now that View Reload (Alt-v-r) is gone Removing an option from one of Firefox's menus may seem like a straightforward thing to do if you believe that no one is using it anymore, or if you think it is for the good of the majority of Firefox users
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Things to consider before heading out and buying a notebook What you find below are things that you need to be certain about before you buy a laptop. Some may be obvious, others not so much.
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How to find out if your email provider leaks your IP address to recipients Sending an email to someone can reveal more information about you than you may want to reveal. Whenever you send an email to someone, so-called header information are send along.
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Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, ColdFusion Adobe Systems released security updates for Flash Player, AIR and ColdFusion to fix critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take control of affected systems or read information from servers without authorization.
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Microsoftâs Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1 released One of the security programs that I can wholeheartedly recommend is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or short EMET.
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Google adds more shortcuts to Gmail In its ongoing efforts to simplify Gmailâs inbox management, Google has rolled out more buttons to let people perform common actions without having to open messages.
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MozCleaner for Firefox cleans up some harder to delete information All you have to do to clear the browsing data in Firefox is to press Ctrl-Shift-Del to bring up the cleaning dialog, select the items that you want deleted, and click on the clear now button afterwards.
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Update: Microsoft to patch just-revealed Windows zero-day tomorrow Memory-resident malware triggered when users running IE browsed to 'watering hole' website
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Bing amps up its music video search function Bringing in more than 1.7 millions songs from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, and more, Microsoft's search engine wants to make searching for videos and discovering new artists more straightforward.
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Chrome 32 lets you easily find and close those noisy tabs From finding noisy tabs to Windows Metro to protecting you from malicious downloads, the latest Chrome Beta has solutions for several browser problems.
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Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 mouse issues, but not for all games Microsoft appears to be getting a handle on Windows 8.1âs gaming problems, releasing a fix for mouse-pointer issues in certain games.
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How to fix Firefox annoyances Mozilla Firefox is my main web browser and even with Australis looming over it, it is likely that this is not going to change.
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Google's dangerous bots put the whole Web on edge Google's Web crawlers were tricked into spreading SQL injection attack -- and reflect badly on search giant's security practices.
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How to disable privacy sensitive features in Google Chrome It is likely that one of the core reasons for creating Google Chrome in the first place was a desire to use it to collect user data.
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Reduce the size of pdf documents with Free PDF Compressor PDF document sizes can vary a lot, from Kilobytes to Megabytes. It largely depends on media that the author of the document adds to it.
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Bugs and Fixes: Firefox 25 fixes security holes and adds web audio Securing browsers is a full-time occupation, and someone (likely a small army of them) was busy at Mozilla before releasing Firefox 25 on October 29th.
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Microsoft books critical IE, Windows fixes for next week Microsoft today said it will deliver eight security updates next week to patch critical vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer (IE), as well as others to plug holes in every supported edition of its Office suite.
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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 Microsoft has just released the final version of its web browser Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7.
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Deciphering Microsoft Security Advisory 2896666 on Word zero-day exploit The straight story on Microsoft's uninformative, poorly worded security advisory about attacks delivered via a bug in the TIFF codec shipping with Office.
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Google dumps Windows Vista support from Google Apps Googleâs policy of discontinuing support for aging versions of Internet Explorer will nearly cut out businesses and consumers who run Google Apps on Windows Vista.
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Google to drop support for Internet Explorer 9: what it means Google published a reminder today on the Google Apps blog that it has ended support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9. What this means is that the company will not test existing or new features on Google Apps or Gmail for compatibility with the web browser.
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Botched Windows USB driver patch KB 2862330 triggers BSOD 0x000000D1 or 0x000000CA Last month MS13-081/KB 2862330 went down the automatic update chute, triggering blue screens and endless re-installs. It still isn't fixed
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Microsoft rushes out fix to prevent attacks on Office PCs Microsoft Corp released an emergency software fix on Tuesday after it learned that hackers had exploited a previously undiscovered security flaw in its widely used Office software to infect the PCs of its customers with tainted Word documents.
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How to disable SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 If you do not use SkyDrive on the system, you may want to consider disabling its functionality completely to free up space in File Explorer and hide it from dialogs in the operating system.
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Microsoft warns Windows XP users that malware will jump Microsoft yesterday again put the scare into Windows XP users, telling them that after April 8, 2014, the chance that malware will infect their PCs could jump by two-thirds.
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Microsoft to Windows XP users: your operating system is a major security risk Microsoft isn't kidding when it says that people need to ditch Windows XP and has released alarming security numbers to prove its point.
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Chrome browser will block malware downloads The new security feature is being tested publicly in a pre-release version of the browser
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Firefox 25: Find out what is new Another 42 days have passed which means that Mozilla will release the final version of Firefox 25 today if everything goes along as planned.
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Diagnose why you canât connect to servers or sites Most programs that you use to connect to servers or site on a local network or the Internet display only basic information when a connection attempt fails.
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PC Sales Taking a Nose Dive, While Tablet Sales Soar, Says Report The future may be bleak for PC computers.
New data published by technology research firm Gartner shows that tablet sales are skyrocketing while the PC market is plummeting due to consumers demanding lower priced, all-in-one devices.
Of the 2.32 billion devices â including PCs, tablets and mobile phones â projected to be sold by the end of this year, 184 million of those will be tablets, while another 1.8 billion will be Smartphones.
While PCs still account for more 303 million units, analysts predict an 11.2 percent decline over sales last year, while tablet shipments are forecasted to grow 53.4 percent. By 2014, itâs expected that tablet sales will creep even closer to overtaking the PC market.
One trend thatâs clear is buyers want small and sleek, yet powerful, devices. While Smartphones still dominate the market, well-priced tablets are looking more appealing.
âWhile consumers will be bombarded with ads for the new ultramobile devices, we expect their attention to be grabbed but not necessarily their money,â said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. âContinuing on the trend we saw last year, we expect this holiday season to be all about smaller tablets as even the long-term holiday favorite â the Smartphone â loses its appeal.â
In a survey that spanned eight countries, 47 percent of the 21,500 consumers surveyed said they owned a tablet device with a display of eight inches or less.
Ultramobile devices shouldnât be under estimated either, says Gartner. In 2013, sales are projected to double from last year, and double yet again by 2014.
âAlthough the preference is for dedicated devices, we see the opportunity for hybrid ultramobile to marry the functionality of a PC and the form factor of the tablet. Users that have to balance work and play will find that the advantage of buying and carrying one device outweighs the compromise in the full experience that single devices can deliver,â said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. âUsers who are not limited by their disposable income will likely have a basic tablet as a companion device to their ultramobile on which most of their consumption activities will take place.â
In the world of Smartphones, Android will continue to reign supreme, as sales are expected to come from mid-range phones and low-end phones running Android.
âAndroid will remain the leading device operating system, as it is on pace to account for 38 percent of shipments in 2013. The Windows OS is projected to decline 4.3 percent in 2013 as a result of the decline in traditional PC sales, but will return to growth in 2014 with device OS shipments increasing 9.7 percent,â according to the report.
Source: Gartner (October 2013)
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Vulnerabilities in some Netgear router and NAS products open door to remote attacks Attackers can compromise the devices with a single HTTP request that doesn't require authentication
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4 Reasons to Give Linux Mint 10 a Try Canonical's newly released Ubuntu 10.10 -- or "Maverick Meerkat" -- may still be dominating the headlines in the Linux world these days, but it's by no means the only excellent distribution of the open source operating system.
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Deep inside Windows 8.1's hidden new features Letâs start with something basic, but far from obvious.
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11 Uses for an Old PC You can do plenty of things with an old PC besides sending it to the recycling heap. Let's take a look at a few ways you might put that old system to work.
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How to Reset Your Wireless Router Forgot your Wi-Fi password? Having mysterious networking problems? Here's how to reset your Wi-Fi router to its factory default settings.
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Microsoft rolls out 'reliability' patch for Internet Explorer 11 The new update improves the reliability of IE 11 in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2, says Microsoft.
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How to fix mouse lag in some games under Windows 8.1 If you are a gamer and have recently upgraded your Windows operating system to version 8.1, you may have noticed that some of the games that you play on your PC have started to lag considerable after doing so.
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Safari sandboxes Flash Player to protect OS X Mavericks The Flash Player plug-in has more restrictions on it, and thus better security
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Cisco fixes serious security flaws in networking, communications products Some of the company's new updates address a known vulnerability in Apache Struts
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Beware: Chromeâs Auto-complete feature may send Credit Card information to web servers The auto-complete feature in web browsers such as Google Chrome can be a very convenient time-saving feature, as it enables you to fill out forms with data that you previously entered in the browser.
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How to prevent Cryptolocker Ransomware to hit your PC Cryptolocker is a relatively new kind of ransomware that was first detected in the wild in September 2013.
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Primg improves image printing on Windows Primg -- which stands for Print Images -- is a lightweight program that uses less than 2 Megabytes of storage space on the hard drive after installation.
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Manage System Restore quickly with System Restore Point Creator The System Restore feature in Windows can be a handy feature, as it enables you to rollback recent changes made to the system. It can be used to remove recently installed Windows Updates or software installations.
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It's a trap! Malware disguises itself as Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC gamers After hitting more than $1 billion in sales in a scant seven days, Grand Theft Auto 5 is officially a cultural phenomenon
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How to change and add search providers to Internet Explorer 11 Depending on which web browser you are using, it is either difficult or relatively easy to switch search providers.
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The Best Firefox Security Add-ons 2013 The guide provides you with an overview of the best Firefox security add-ons.
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Microsoft repairs glitch in Windows RT 8.1 update The update, which was causing installation issues for some Surface RT users, is back in the Windows Store.
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Defraggler 2.16 update brings Windows 8.1 support, SSD optimizations Data is written, moved, edited and deleted regularly over the course of a hard drive's lifetime. While that is usually not a problem if the hard drive is pristine, fragmentation can become a issue over time.
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Protect your Dropbox account with two-factor authentication You may have to put in two passwords, but it keeps prying eyes out.
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Apple's claim of unbreakable iMessage encryption 'basically lies' A famed iPhone jailbreak software developer says Apple could easily decrypt iMessages, despite the company's claims.
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Hard numbers, chilling facts: What the government does with your data The Brennan Center for Justice lays out what the NSA does with your data. The news is worse than you think.
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Google guarantees Chrome support for Windows XP through April 2015 Windows XP users will get another 18 months free of worry from security holes in Googleâs Chrome browser.
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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit update improves exploit protection Malwarebytes recently released a first public beta version of Anti-Exploit, an exploit mitigation tool for Windows that works very similar to Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit.
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11 Avast Free Antivirus 2014 tips to get you started Avast has just released the 2014 update to all of its security products.
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Backdoor found in D-Link router firmware code The backdoor could be used to modify a router's settings -- a dangerous vulnerability.
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How to stretch Microsoft's Office 2013 free trial offer Perhaps you're a student who only needs Microsoft Office for a limited time. Maybe you want to kick the tires on Microsoft's office suite for more than 30 days or just don't want to plunk down the money for it yet.
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Google defends Chrome browser's security settings Google has responded to assertions by data management firm Identity Finder indicating poor security design of its Chrome browser -- flaws that could expose a user's personal information to data thieves.
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Security tips for digital nomads I'm a digital nomad. You're a digital nomad. According to my own definition, anyone who is able to work in various environments because of digital and mobile technology (home, office, Starbucks, plastic lounge chair by the pool while on vacation) is a digital nomad.
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How to access Yahoo Mail using Pop3 or Imap Yahoo! launched a redesigned version of Yahoo Mail two days ago and it caught part of the user base of the service by surprise.
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Microsoft reportedly wants to replace the cookie The company is working a tracking technology that would extend to mobile devices and the Xbox, says AdAge. But will the cookie crumble away without a fight?
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How to change back the style of text on the new Yahoo Mail Yahoo rolled out a new mail interface yesterday that brought several Mail Plus features to free account users. That's a good thing for the most part, but with every update there are things that existing users do not like.
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Microsoft finally fixes critical Internet Explorer vulnerability The tech giant issues a permanent patch for a known exploit that was possibly used by cybercriminals and hackers over the last few months.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For October 2013 overview Today eight bulletins have been published by the company that fix security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Office, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Server Software, the Microsoft .Net Framework, and Microsoft Silverlight.
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No Audio on YouTube? Thatâs a bug! Fix inside If you have been to the popular video hosting website YouTube recently you may have noticed that audio is not working on the site while videos are just playing fine on it.
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How to use a siteâs search engine in Chrome Google Chrome's address bar, called Omnibar by its developers, offers powerful search options.
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Microsoft to patch zero-day IE bug now under attack Microsoft today said it will ship eight security updates next week to patch critical vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer (IE), with the one aimed at IE plugging the hole attackers have been exploiting for months.
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Public Internet Explorer exploit released; Fix-It available to protect your PC A vulnerability, first announced by Microsoft on September 17, 2013, has been released to the public which may increase attacks that exploit that vulnerability significantly.
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Microsoft admits Security Essentials offers bare-bones protection by design The company has exerted little effort in advising vulnerable users to look to third-party offerings for greater protection.
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How to optimize your PC so that games run great on it So you have installed the latest and greatest game on your PC only to notice that the performance is not great, or that the game does not start up at all?
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Manage browser extensions, toolbars, home pages and search engines with Auslogics Browser Care If you are running more than one web browser on your system, you may have noticed that it is not that easy to manage all plugins, toolbars and browser extensions.
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Upcoming policy changes to Google Chromeâs certificate handling Most financial websites and many popular services and sites offer SSL connections exclusively or in addition to regular connections. Whenever a browser connects to a website via SSL, it will download a certificate that it verifies to make sure the connection is legit.
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IE zero-day vulnerability exploited more widely than previously thought Security researchers identify attacks that exploited the yet-to-be-patched vulnerability to target organizations in Taiwan since at least July.
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iOS 7 security update patches lockscreen flaw Tricky swiping maneuver exposes users' email, popular online accounts.
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Oracle: We're getting Java security under control Most problems date back more than a decade and resulted from old versions of Java being run, a company official insists.
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Get more out of VLC Media Player with these tips VLC Media Player is without doubt one of the most popular free video players. Much of the appeal comes from the fact that it plays nearly any audio or video file that you throw at it without having to deal with codecs at all.
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Firefox and Chrome give browser plug-ins the cold shoulder All of a sudden, the browser plug-in as we know it is starting to look mighty unpopular.
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Read and convert Excel spreadsheets with Excel Reader How do you view a Microsoft Excel document without Office installed on your computer? You have quite a few options at your disposal to do that.
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Google begins barring browser plug-ins from Chrome Reliant on plug-ins like Silverlight, Unity, and Java? Make plans to move on or change browsers, because most plug-ins will be banned from Chrome in the next year.
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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 Internet Explorer 11 is a big step forward for the default Windows system browser. It is faster and more standards compliant than any other version of IE. That makes it a prime candidate for an update.
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Patch Monday: A way to avoid more Microsoft Automatic Update fiascos This month's Black Tuesday -- Sept. 10, 2013 -- enters the record books as Microsoft's most patch-botching month in history.
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How to fix Java issues in recent Firefox versions Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox browser, has been making use of the click to play feature recently to block plugins with known security vulnerabilities or stability issues from being loaded in Firefox automatically. These plugins have been added to a global blocklist that Firefox retrieves automatically.
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How to get an extra 10GB of Google Drive space for free From now through Sept. 26, you have the opportunity to score an extra 10GB of Google Drive space, no extra charge.
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6 basic tips for better online security Security is becoming a very complex topic with many different actors and issues â the recent NSA revelations adding to the pile of discussion. But an astonishing number of cybercrime attacks still play on some basic â and preventable â failures to protect personal data.
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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 is an update for the Developer Preview version that Microsoft released back in July.
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Macrorit Disk Scanner checks your hard drives for errors and issues The Windows operating system ships with a native disk scanner that you can use to scan a hard drive partition for errors and issues.
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Old Compose for Chrome restores Gmailâs old compose interface Google, back in April 2013, changed the Gmail compose interface in a significant matter.
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PickMeApp: deploy installed software on other PCs without reinstallation If you ever had to switch computer systems, say from a PC running Windows XP to a shiny new one running Windows 8....
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Where do you go for (official) Firefox support? Web browsers like Firefox or Chrome sometimes behave in a different way than expected, may throw error messages your way, or may look or function different than before.
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Disable the help stickers in Windows 8.1 One of the things that Microsoft has improved in terms of teaching users the new functionality of the Windows 8 operating system are tutorial arrows that the operating system displays to the user (Microsoft calls them help stickers).
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Here's how to use Outlook.com's long-overdue IMAP support More than a year after Microsoft introduced its revamped, modern-style webmail service, Outlook.com finallyâfinally!âsupports IMAP.
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Thunderbird 24 Is Days Away, Mozilla Gets Back To Work Thunderbird, the mysteriously abandoned (sort-of) open source mail client makes its return on September 17th.
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Apple issues final non-security update for OS X Mountain Lion Patches 30 vulnerabilities, also ships updates for Lion and aged Snow Leopard
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Adobe issues critical security updates for Flash Player, Reader and Shockwave Player The new updates address vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise computers
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday brings critical Explorer, Outlook fixes Microsoft has shipped fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Outlook as part of September's round of vulnerability fixes.
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LookDisk: a multi-purpose search program for Windows LookDisk is a multi-purpose search program for the Windows operating system that is not a replacement for Windows Search. It instead lets you search for duplicates, specific files, or text in files.
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Force Byte Detector: remove toolbars and other PUPs from your Windows PC The free program Force Byte Detector combines cleanup and protection. You can run the program right after you have downloaded it to your system.
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Microsoft to patch dangerous Outlook hack-by-preview bug next week Patch Tuesday has a slate of 14 updates, including critical fixes to IE, Windows, Office, and SharePoint.
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Here's how to best secure your data now that the NSA can crack almost any encryption Reports suggest the NSA is capable of cracking many of the encryption protocols being used today. Here are tools that minimize that risk.
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Apache Software Foundation may have hit a midlife crisis Since its inception, the Apache Software Foundation has had a profound impact in shaping the open source movement and the tech industry at large.
Founded by the developers of the Apache HTTP server and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1999, the ASF has served as an incubator and support structure to dozens of projects that range from the modest to the massive. Subversion, OpenOffice, Tomcat, newcomers Cassandra, Lucene, Hadoopâall have come of age under the aegis of the ASF and its core principles, informally known as "the Apache Way."
But tensions within the ASF and grumbling throughout the open source community have called into question whether the Apache Way is well suited to sponsoring the development of open source projects in today's software world.
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Almost 90 percent of Internet users have taken steps to avoid surveillance, survey finds Hackers, criminals, and advertisers are at the top of the list of groups people wish to avoid, the survey showed
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Swiftsearch is one of the fastest non-indexing search programs for Windows SwiftSearch is an Open Source search program for the Windows operating system that works on all hard drives that uses the NTFS file system.
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How to uninstall the Delta Toolbar and restore Firefoxâs search and homepage When you look at Alexa's list of Internet top sites, you will notice that three companies associated with toolbars and the modification of browser search engines and homepage settings are among the top 102 sites
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Resolve Firefox bookmarks and history issues with Places Maintenance The Firefox web browser stores information about bookmarks and the browsing history in a database file called places.sqlite.
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Microsoft acquires Nokia Microsoft is to acquire Nokiaâs mobile phone business, including its patents and mapping services in a $7.2bn deal.
Analysts believe the deal is aimed mainly at speeding up innovation within Windows Phone and protecting its future through Nokiaâs valuable patents.
The companies said in a joint news release that the deal â which is still subject to approval by Nokia shareholders and regulators - will be finalised in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will transfer to Microsoft.
The move comes two and a half years after the companies announced a strategic partnership in an attempt to regain market share lost to the rival iPhone and Android smartphone operating systems.
Android dominates with a 79% share of the market in the second quarter of 2013, followed by iOS with 14.2%. Windows Phone is third, yet had only 3.3% market share in the quarter, according to Gartner.
"It's a bold step into the future - a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies," said Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft.
He told staff in an email that it was time to build on the momentum of the growth yielded by the partnership so far to accelerate Microsoftâs share and profits in phones, and described it as the next big phase of the transformation that was announced on 11 July.
Ballmer also highlighted that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is widely tipped to be the next CEO at Microsoft, is to return to the company and will lead an expanded devices team, reporting to Ballmer.
Nokia said its board chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, would take over CEO duties while the firm looked for a new CEO.
Some analysts said the deal between the two companies will help Microsoft to be more competitive in the mobile market by enabling tighter integration between the hardware and the operating system.
Microsoft has also agreed to a 10-year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current mobile phone products.
In announcing the deal, Microsoft said that it needs "first-rate Microsoft phone experience for users" to compete, which according to Engadget, suggests that its portfolio of devices is not quite complete.
The company has also been quick to attempt to allay the fears of its other mobile phone partners. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, operating systems took to the official Windows blog to say Microsoft will continue to license Windows phones to other manufacturing partners.
"Acquiring Nokia's Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners," he wrote.
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Windows 8 beats Vista's adoption rate in its first year Microsoft got some good news this week when metrics company Net Applications said Windows 8's user share in August is now larger than Vista's at the same point in the latter's post-launch timeline.
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Windows XP's user share nose-dives Maybe people are listening to Microsoftâs demand that they ditch Windows XP.
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Developers hack Dropbox and show how to access user data The cloud storage provider's two-factor authentication was bypassed to gain access to user data
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Chrome, Firefox edge IE in browser reliability test Recent versions of Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox are measurably less prone to crashes and errors than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, a new analysis by applications testing firm Sauce Labs has found.
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Microsoft needs your help to fix botched patch KB 2859537 The company is actively seeking users affected by one of last week's six problematic patches that freezes some Windows 7 and Vista machines.
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Why you may want to enable Firefox Telemetry data Mozilla some time ago implemented options in the Firefox web browser to collect anonymous telemetry data about browser usage and customizations.
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Windows 8.1 update will be available in October Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars
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Chrome challenges Firefox, may become No. 2 browser Mozilla's Firefox browser has lost more than 11 percent of its user share in the last two months, giving Google's Chrome another shot at replacing it as the world's No. 2 browser, according to new data.
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Cyber criminals add new exploit for recently patched Java vulnerability to their arsenal Newly released exploit for Java vulnerability patched in June was added to the Styx exploit toolkit, researcher said.
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Zero day forever--move away from Windows XP, now Microsoft has reminded, cajoled, and pleaded with users to move off of Windows XP before support for its old OS expires next year.
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Windows XP users: what will you do on April 8, 2014? So what is happening on April 8, 2014 that is affecting all Windows XP users?
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A first look at Avast Free Antivirus 2014 Companies that produce security software release new versions of their products in yearly cycle. Thatâs not only done to increase revenue, but also for marketing to highlight that products are always up to date and able to face any new challenges that may arise.
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday: The Ping of Death returns, IPv6-style Internet Explorer proved to be the biggest security concern for Microsoft in the last month, with the browser spurring 11 of the 19 critical vulnerabilities the company issued in August's "Patch Tuesday" set of software fixes.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For August 2013 overview Microsoft has released a total of eight bulletins this time that patch vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Server Software, and Internet Explorer.
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Dangerous Linux Trojan could be sign of things to come 'Hand of Thief' Trojan specifically targets Linux but operates a lot like similar malware that targets Windows machines.
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Google Chrome exposes user passwords: Here's how to prevent it Google's browser displays user passwords in plain text in its settings -- and it isn't the only one
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Software to run when your antivirus solution fails Running up to date antivirus software on your system is one of the best protections against threats that you encounter locally or on the Internet. While it is highly recommended, it does not offer 100% protection regardless of which programs you are using to protect your computer and its data.
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USB 3.1 spec finalized with speeds up to 10 Gbps The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has completed its specification for USB 3.1, paving the way for the faster format.
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Google Bringing Faster Free WiFi to 7,000 Starbucks Stores Google is replacing AT&T WiFi in Starbucks stores as the coffee chain works to increase network speeds for its customers.
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Researchers demo exploits that bypass Windows 8 Secure Boot The attacks are possible because of UEFI security oversights by PC manufacturers, researchers said
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How to roll your own VPN With free open source OpenVPN and a low-cost VPS, you can have a secure connection from any location
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WordPress 3.6 released: find out what is new WordPress 3.6 was pushed to the public yesterday after having been available as beta and release candidate versions for a while. The WordPress team calls it an enhancement and bug-fix release so that it is less likely that you will run into any issues updating your blog to version 3.6.
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How Microsoft blundered with the SkyDrive brand Microsoft must rename its SkyDrive online storage service after losing a trademark infringement case in a U.K. court.
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So this is your idea of a great user interface, Mozilla? I'm a Firefox user, have been for years and even the rise of Google Chrome did not change that fact. I like Mozilla a lot, how they have turned the browser around technology-wise, the organization's stance on privacy, and how everyone can chime in and help out, or voice concern.
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Bitdefender Safepay offers secure browsing for online banking, shopping Bitdefender has released a Windows application designed to help users secure sensitive Web-browsing sessions, especially when they shop or bank online. The application is called Safepay and a free version is available to home users.
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Why Internet Explorer 11 is the right browser for business Today, Microsoft released a Developer Preview version of IE 11 for Windows 7. Newer doesnât always equal better, but IE 11 has some power under the hood that business users will benefit from.
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Microsoft readies IE 11 for Windows 7, too Internet Explorer 11 ships by default in Windows 8.1, and a developer preview of the browser for Windows 7 confirms that the older OS won't be left behind -- for now.
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Two days after OpenOffice 4, LibreOffice 4.1 is released The popular Microsoft Office alternative OpenOffice was updated two days ago to version 4 bringing along with it interoperability improvements and other feature additions and bug fixes.
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Password manager KeePass 2.23 update released The password manager KeePass has been updated today to version 2.23. The update shipped roughly a week after the legacy version of the program got updated to version 1.26.
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Recharge your energy with these relaxing sites It is usually not very pleasant to go to work after a tough night. Maybe you could not find any sleep, partied all night long, or had a heated argument with your spouse that seemed to drag on forever. What is clear is that you are tired which in turn means that work will suffer.
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Does your IP address betray you to data-harvesters? In today's world of hackers, stalkers, and cybercriminals, not to mention government spy programs and commercial sites that collect information about you for advertising purposes, is there a way to surf the Web and keep your privacy intact?
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Fixing distorted sound while playing some videos on YouTube For the past few days or so, I have been experiencing a issue on the video hosting site YouTube.
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HP admits to undocumented backdoors in two separate storage lines Malicious hackers could exploit the backdoors into StoreOnce and StoreVirtual hardware to gain root access.
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New Mac malware confuses users with right-to-left file name tricks The malware is digitally signed and is probably used in targeted attacks, researchers from F-Secure said.
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Unusual file-infecting malware steals FTP credentials A new version of a file-infecting malware program thatâs being distributed through drive-by download attacks is also capable of stealing FTP (File Transfer Protocol) credentials, according to security researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro.
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How to fix Flash Player issues in Firefox I guess we all come to points where the web browser we are using is not providing us with the desired results.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For July 2013 overview On today's patch day, Microsoft has released seven security bulletins fixing a total of 32 different vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, the Internet Explorer browser, the Microsoft .Net Framework, Silverlight, GDI+ and Windows Defender.
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July's Patch Tuesday fixes 6 critical Microsoft flaws If you use the Windows operating system, or just about any of the core products offered by Microsoft, it's time to install some crucial updates.
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Patch Tuesday: Malicious fonts bedevil Microsoft Windows Of the six critical security bulletins Microsoft issued in its Patch Tuesday monthly release of software updates, three address a vulnerability in how Microsoft software renders fonts.
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The Hard Drive Buying Guide for Students When youâre putting big projects together, megabytes can turn into gigabytes and even terabytes before you know it, especially if youâre studying a visual arts field like film making, animation, or photography.
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Advertisers can pay AdBlock Plus to look the other way ABP is a browser extension available on Firefox (where the company claims it is the browserâs most used and downloaded extension) as well as Chrome, Opera, and Android, though it is not available via Google Play as Mountain View claims the software interferes "with another service or product in an unauthorized manner."
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Microsoft aims to fix trackpad behavior in Windows 8.1 A joint effort with Intel, Synaptics, and Elan will try to correct some of the limitations in today's trackpads for Windows 8 notebooks.
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RIP, WebTV: Microsoft to shut down MSN TV on Sept. 30 Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts.
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Top 10 home Wi-Fi network errors (and how to fix them) The chances are pretty good that you have a wireless home network, or you've been asked by friends, family, or co-workers to help install one in their home.
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Internet Explorer pegged for critical fix on Tuesday Microsoft's monthly patch release for July will cover seven security issues, six of which could be remotely exploited by an attacker.
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Opera 15 final has been released The final release of Opera 15 may come as a surprise to many Opera users as only a month has passed since Opera Software released the first preview build of it to the public.
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Two malware programs help each other stay on computers Microsoft says the Vobfus and Beebone malicious programs are proving difficult to remove with antivirus software
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10 Windows 8.1 Tips to get you started Microsoft released a preview of Windows 8.1 yesterday which interested users can install on their systems.
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Don't forget to back up your PC before trying Windows 8.1 Release previews are never for the faint of heart. Trial software is prone to dealing out all sorts of bumps and bruises, and if something goes really, truly rotten, you could wind up with a complete (and inadvertent) system wipe on your hands.
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Citadel malware variant uses content localization to target users in different countries A new variant of the Citadel financial malware uses in-browser injection techniques combined with extensive content localization to steal log-in credentials and credit card information from users in different countries, according to researchers from security vendor Trusteer.
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WordPress 3.5.2 update fixes security issues WordPress 3.5.2 is a maintenance and security release that fixes several issues in the blogging software. The development team suggests strongly that site admins and webmasters update their blogs immediately to the new version.
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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Beta is now available When ZeroVulnerabilityLabs' ExplotShield was first released back in September of 2012 it made quite the big splash on the Internet. The application shields core applications and processes like Java, web browsers, and system components such as Windows Help against exploits.
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Java 7 Update 25 fixes 40 security issues, enables certificate revocation checking Some of the vulnerabilities Java 7u25 fixes also affect sever deployments of Java
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Oracle to ship 40 security fixes for Java SE Oracle has pledged to improve Java's security features in the wake of high-profile vulnerabilities
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How to fix Web pages that print too small Let me be the first to note that Internet Explorer can be terrible when it comes to printing. ...
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Top 10 IT security myths putting businesses at risk When it comes to information security, there are a lot of "misperceptions" and "exaggerations" about both the threats facing businesses and the technologies that might be used to protect their important data assets, according to Gartner analyst Jay Heiser.
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Microsoft patches critical IE vulnerabilities and actively exploited Office flaw A new batch of security updates released by Microsoft on Tuesday address a total of 23 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, and Microsoft Office, including one that is actively exploited by attackers. The handling of digital certificates in Windows was also improved.
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How to securely wipe sensitive files--or your entire hard drive When you delete a file, it doesn't actually go away--even after you've emptied the Recycle Bin. The actual bits remain written on the drive until some other disk activity writes over them. Even when you format a drive, the files are still there for those who want and know how to read them.
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Boost your Internet security with DNSSec DNS has been around so long, opportunities to use it as an attack vector are rife. Here's how to lock it down painlessly.
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June Patch Tuesday Fixes 'Downright Scary' IE Flaw Microsoft's June 2013 Patch Tuesday security update includes a fix for an Internet Explorer flaw that could allow hackers to remotely take control of a system.
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How to protect your PC from PRISM surveillance Thursday afternoon, a bombshell dropped: Two leading reports claimed that the U.S. government has been spying on emails, searches, Skype calls, and other electronic communications used by Americans for the last several years, via a program known as PRISM.
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Microsoft's Windows XP is still kickin' -- do you use it? Think Windows XP dead and buried? Think again.
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Spam catchers catching spammers better After a decline in the capabilities of spam-catching software, it's heartening to see that the good guys are getting better.
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Best free stuff, 2013 edition What makes the Internet the extraordinary resource that it is? Some people say itâs the way the Web seamlessly connects all of us; others value its role as a limitless data repository; still others are just there for the cute animal pictures.
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Five steps to ultimate Firefox security Follow these five steps to lock down Firefox. Start with the essentials in the browserâs own settings, then choose some useful add-ons.
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DNSQuerySniffer records all DNS requests on your PC DNSQuerySniffer is a brand new utility created by Nirsoft that records all DNS queries that are made on your PC.
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U.S. power companies under frequent cyber attack Legislation that would give the federal government power to oversee the protection of utilities has stalled
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Researchers find more versions of digitally signed Mac OS X spyware The malware is connected to Indian cyberespioange operation and has been active since at least December 2012, researchers say.
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Considering a Linux career? Four tips for new college grads Those in IT would be hard-pressed to come up with a better area to focus on than Linux, which is consistently shown to offer higher salaries and more opportunities than do other parts of IT.
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With an SSD, backups are more important than ever Welcome to the dawn of the SSD age. Solid-state drives now offer great performance at affordable prices, which is why more and more users are choosing them in new PCs and adding them to older ones.
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Researchers find more versions of digitally signed Mac OS X spyware The malware is connected to Indian cyberespioange operation and has been active since at least December 2012, researchers say.
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NetChecker: repair Internet connection issues It can be a frustrating experience if your Internet connection is not working when you need it the most, or if it dies quite often and especially in situations where it is inconvenient. Troubleshooting the Internet connection can be quite the daunting task.
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Hack Attack From China â Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) Capability Used American officials and computer industry security experts say that hackers working for Chinaâs Peopleâs Liberation Army (CPLA) have resumed their attacks on U.S. companies and government agencies.
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Pushdo botnet is evolving, becomes more resilient to takedown attempts A new Pushdo malware variant uses domain generation techniques to call home if normal communications fail, researchers say
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Researchers uncover new global cyberespionage operation dubbed SafeNet The attack infected computers belonging to companies, governments, and other organizations from more than 100 countries, Trend Micro says
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5 Gmail tips for power users While there's no shortage of email providers, Gmail's simple design, ease of use and cool features continue to attract users.
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Oracle renumbers Java patch updates, confuses users even more New numbering scheme was necessary to take into account the increase in zero-day patches, Oracle said
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7 steps to securing Java Java, the popular OS-independent platform and programming language, runs on just about every kind of electronic device imaginable, including computers, cell phones, printers, TVs, DVDs, home security systems, automated teller machines, navigation systems, games and medical devices.
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In a sea of malware, viruses make a small comeback Microsoft has noticed a small uptick in viruses that infect files
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Internet Explorer 10 beats Chrome and Firefox at blocking malware downloads Internet Explorer 10 users are far less likely to suffer malware infections while Web browsing compared to users of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera, according to a recent independent study by NSS Labs.
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Just Manager is a promising, portable Windows Explorer alternative The default Windows file manager Windows Explorer has not really changed that much in all its years of existence. Microsoft made only marginally changes to the program and while it is sufficient for basic file related operations, it lacks several features that third party tools offer.
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Windows 8 Vulnerable to Attack, Kaspersky Says Kaspersky Lab product specialist Wayne Kirby says that the complex design of Microsoft's newest operating system (OS), Windows 8, increases its vulnerability to hackers.
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Stealthy malware spreading among popular Web servers Security company Eset says the Linux/Cdorked malware program targeting Apache servers now also affects Lighttpd and Nginx Web servers
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Windows 7 patch KB 2670838 fries Firefox fonts For users with font-rendering problems in Firefox that can be traced to problematic KB 2670838 patch, here's an easy fix...
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Phrozensoft VirusTotal Uploader: check files for viruses online Virustotal is without doubt one of the go-to services when it comes to scanning a file for viruses online. Its appeal is mainly based on the fact that it is using dozens of antivirus engines in file verifications.
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Windows Start button could make a comeback, Microsoft exec says Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president of Windows, says the company is having "meaningful discussions" about bringing older features of Microsoft's operating system to Windows 8.
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Reduce Computer Eye Strain With Flux If you are finding yourself in front of the computer too many hours at night or when itâs dark, you may find that bright light from the display may be impacting your sleep and causing eye strain. Fortunately, there is a free utility that minimizes this problem. The program is called f.lux and is from the same company that brought you Googleâs Picasa.
F.lux works in the background and adjusts your computer monitor's color temperature throughout the day. This is different than an ambient light sensor which looks at the brightness of light in your environment. According to the developers, the program makes âthe color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day." The result is the monitor better mimics the natural environment. and you are less likely to experience eye fatigue. There is also research suggesting that the bright lights from the computer monitor can interfere with your sleep. In the screen snap below, you can get the idea of the wave-like movement over the day.
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Send mails faster with Auto Compress File for Thunderbird Improvements have been made in recent time to tackle what I call the attachment issue in emails. Mail servers limit the maximum size of emails, and every email that exceeds that size is bounced back to the sender.
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Resize YouTubeâs video player to full screen automatically It is quite surprising that the video hosting site YouTube does not offer better video player controls.
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Microsoft admits zero-day bug in IE8, pledges patch Microsoft late Friday confirmed that a "zero-day," or unpatched, vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), the company's most popular browser.
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Complexity of Windows 8 OS makes it vulnerable to attack: Kaspersky The complexity of the Windows 8 operating system has increased its vulnerability, according to Kaspersky Lab A/NZ product specialist, Wayne Kirby.
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Internet's Very First Website Brought Back to Life Twenty years ago this week the World Wide Web's technology became publicly available. To mark the event, the first-ever website has been recreated and republished.
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Windows XP at risk as antivirus vendors jump ship Virus Bulletin VB100 report, focused on fully updated Windows XP systems, shows antivirus manufacturers are giving short shrift to XP, despite its popularity
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Microsoft Set To Redesign Bing, Skype, And Xbox Microsoft is reportedly working on rebranding some of its products soon.
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Ubuntu 13.04 released: how to upgrade Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" has been released today as part of the usual six month release schedule of the Linux distribution.
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How to make the most out of Chromeâs and Firefoxâs bookmarks bar Are you using the bookmarks bar in your browser of choice or do you use another method to access bookmarks in the browser (or maybe none at all)?
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Firefox prefetching: what you need to know The basic idea behind prefetching is to speed things up for the user. An algorithm is involved that guesses which resources are likely to be accessed by the user in the recent future.
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Donât like Skype? Revive Windows Live Messenger Microsoft some time ago announced the retiring of Windows Live Messenger (formerly know as MSN Messenger) in favor of the communication software Skype.
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Online security: Your two-factor authorization checklist Twitter reportedly is getting ready to roll out two-factor authentication in the coming weeks -- a development that comes not a moment too soon as the company's current security efforts fall short.
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Sizing your disk backup and deduplication system to avoid future missteps Correctly sizing a disk backup with deduplication to meet your current and future needs is an important part of your data protection strategy.
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Know thy cyber enemy: Who's attacking and what they want Verizon security study shows most attacks made by external parties, primarily based in China and Romania, using wide variety of threat actions.
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Microsoftâs Embarrassing Change To Windows 8 Microsoftâs new operating system has not been well received, and they may be planning to change some fundamental pieces â like reinstating the missing start button and getting you to your desktop as soon as you boot up.
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Many Home Routers Vulnerable to Attack: Report Do you use a Linksys, Netgear, Verizon, D-Link, or Belkin router for your home network? Then your network could be vulnerable to attack.
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Is full-disk encryption worth it? New study -- sponsored by drive makers -- argues the data security benefits of hardware-based encryption outweigh hassle, cost.
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Researchers find serious flaw in latest JRE for desktops, servers Security Explorations researchers say there is a new sandbox bypass vulnerability in the Java 7 Reflection API component of Java Runtime Environment.
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Microsoft re-releases 'Blue Screen of Death' patch All is well, the company says; the once-flawed fix is now safe.
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Microsoft: AV-Test study that Bing serves 5x more malware is inaccurate Microsoft's response to the study paints a different picture. The company noted in a blog post published April 19 that the conclusions drawn from the study are wrong.
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Junkware Removal Tool uninstalls popular toolbars and unwanted software from your PC It is probably fair to say that the majority of Windows users encountered toolbars in one way or the other.
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Bing Turns Up 5X More Malware Than Google: Report Not sure which Internet search engine to use? Maybe this will affect your decision: according to a new report, Bing search results produce five times more malware-ridden sites than Google search results.
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Microsoft releases repair disk for botched KB 2823324 patch In unprecedented move, Microsoft releases downloadable repair CD for users with Win7 systems bricked by MS13-036/KB 2823324 patch
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Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study The most popular home wireless routers are easily hacked and there's little you can do to stop it, says a new study by research firm Independent Security Evaluators.
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Russian BadNews bug found in Android app store Security researchers have identified 32 separate apps on Google Play that harboured a bug called BadNews.
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Microsoft finds Trojan that hides files to evade analysis Microsoft has discovered an unusually stealthy Trojan capable of deleting files it downloads in order to keep them away from forensics investigators and researchers.
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How to change Microsoft Paintâs default save type It has been quite bothersome for some time now that Paint uses the png image format as the default save format for newly created images.
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YAHOO! DUMPS DEALS COUPON SERVICE IN HOUSE CLEANING Yahoo! on Friday announced it is getting rid of coupon service Deals and the âYahooligansâ Internet guide for children while it cleans house.
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Survey: Internet users like targeted ads, free content Internet users overwhelmingly enjoy free Web content supported by advertising, and they'd rather see advertisements targeted toward their interests than random ads, according to a survey released this week by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA).
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Security certificate problem trips up Bing Web site Using Microsoft's search service over a secure network connection yielded serious warnings because of a security certificate problem Friday.
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Gmail: Hold down Shift for a larger compose window Gmail's new compose window is highly controversial. Some users like it as they can now access emails at the same time and in the same browser tab to reference them or re-read them while composing an answer.
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VLC Media Player 2.0.6 has been released VideoLAN, the non-profit organization behind VLC Media Player, has just released version 2.0.6 for all desktop operating systems that are currently supported.
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Baidu PC Faster is a free system maintenance tool for Windows Baidu PC Faster is a free system maintenance tool for Windows that does not have to hide behind Advanced System Care, Slim Cleaner or System Mechanic.
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Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to uninstall 'Blue Screen of Death' patch Microsoft today urged Windows 7 users to uninstall a patch shipped earlier this week that has crashed customer's PCs and crippled the machines with endless reboots.
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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75 update adds archive scanning Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is one of those programs that every Windows users should have installed on their system.
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With Windows XP support ending in one year, what are the options? The support deadline of Windows XP will not be prolonged and end on April 8, 2014. The change is affecting many computer users, with companies collecting statistics about operating system use seeing the operating system's use as high as 38%.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For April 2013 overview Microsoft a couple of minutes ago has released security patches for several of its products as part of this month's patch day.
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Patch Tuesday leaves Internet Explorer zero day untouched Itâs Patch Tuesday time again. This month Microsoft has unleashed nine new security bulletins. Nine is a reasonably high number of updates, however, only two of them are rated as Critical. So, itâs actually a little more laid back than most months, but thereâs still cause for concern.
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Microsoft fixes two critical flaws for April's Patch Tuesday In the latest round of security updates, Microsoft has released patches for nine security vulnerabilities, two of them considered "critical."
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US inventor develops an electric guitar that can send EMAILS We all get bored of sitting in offices typing emails, so one American inventor has created a melodical solution by making a guitar which sends emails.
David Neevel, of Portland, Oregon, programmed his own guitar to work as a computer keyboard which types different letters depending on which note is played.
Mr Neevel linked a synthesizer pedal to an opto-isolator circuit which transmitted signals over to the operating system of a USB keyboard.
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My dear Winston... O.M.G! Tech phrase loved by today's teenagers was first used 100 YEARS AGO in a letter to Churchill OMG. It's one of the most popular phrases of the modern technological age used by just about every teenage girl in Western civilisation.
However, it seems the 'Oh my God' initialism O.M.G. is actually very 'last century'.
It dates back to 1917 when British admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher first penned the expression in a letter to Winston Churchill.
Lord 'Jacky' Fisher, as he was known, had been writing about some 'utterly [upsetting]' World War I newspaper headlines.
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Google set to take on phone spam with 'robocall' system to spot nuisance numbers Google has developed a way to stop 'robocalls' - nuisance calls which play a recorded message.
The search giant has won a contest run by the US Federal Trade Commission to stop the calls, which are becoming an increasing annoyance.
Google's system is similar to the one its Gmail service uses to filter out spam.
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The terrifying 'blowtorch printer' that uses FIRE to burn messages onto wood A graphic designer has combined a printer with a blowtorch to make an incredible tool which burns images onto surfaces down to the tiniest detail.
The 'FireWriter' was created by Lucien Langton to reproduce black and white images perfectly pixel for pixel on walls, wood, plastic and fabric.
The blowtorch is mounted on rollers, and the user simply loads the image they want into a computer, the 'rolls' the contraption along a large sheet of wood.
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EE set to double Britain's superfast 4G speeds in bid to beat rivals Speeds of 'superfast' 4G broadband services are to double, provider EE announced today.
Average speeds on the network currently range between 8Mbps and 12Mbps but this is to be given a boost to more than 20Mbps.
The service is expected to enable users to surf the web much more quickly on mobile phones.
Olaf Swantee, EE's chief executive officer, said headline speeds would reach more than 80Mbps and the benefits would be brought in for both new and current subscribers.
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Microsoft and Nokia go to war with Google over 'trojan horse' Android phone software Google has been attacked by competitors in an EU complaint for using its free Android mobile phone software as a 'trojan horse' to install its own apps.
The FairSearch group, which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle, among others has asked the European antitrust (competition) authority to investigate Google for alleged unfair practices in the mobile smartphone market.
It claims Google is simply keen to get hold of consumer data so it can better target advertising.
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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for April to address Windows 8 vulnerabilities Windows 8 and Windows RT are subject to critical vulnerabilities that will be addressed on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday next week, both by virtue of supporting Internet Explorer 10.
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Sneaky malware hides behind mouse movement, experts say Researchers from security vendor FireEye have uncovered a new advanced persistent threat (APT) that uses multiple detection evasion techniques, including the monitoring of mouse clicks, to determine active human interaction with the infected computer.
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Intel confirms USB bug in 'Haswell' chipset The chipmaker says a USB bug in the chipset that accompanies the "Haswell" processor exists and will be fixed.
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Can Modem Lights Warn of Danger? Your modem and router lights are blinking all the time â even when you know that no one is using the Internet. Is that a warning that somethingâs wrong?
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Review: Free Opener can open almost any type of file you can think of What do you use to open files? If you're in the majority, your answer would be "depends on the file." This is not the case with Free Opener.
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Recuva 1.46 update brings improvements across the board Data recovery software can come in handy in several situations, most notably when you deleted files permanently on your system or when a third party software or even a virus did so.
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First glimpse of the Facebook phone: Leaked screenshots show new 'home' app that could be downloaded to ALL Android handsets The first details of Facebook's mobile phone have revealed a new 'home' app - and it could turn any Android handset into a 'Facebook Phone'.
According to website Android Police, the software will be unveiled alongside a handset developed by the social networking giant and phone maker HTC at a special event on Thursday.
Codenamed Myst, the handset is expected to feature dedicated Facebook menus and screens.
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The search firm could face fines of hundreds of thousands of pounds if it is found guilty of breaching data protection rules.
Britainâs Information Commissioner was one of six European data protection regulators who launched investigations into the search company yesterday.
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Mega DDoS attacks on the rise â Kaspersky DDoS attacks like the one that resulted from an altercation between a Dutch company and Spamhaus this week are on the rise, according to a statement from Kaspersky Labs.
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In honor of World Backup Day: How to protect your data Happy World Backup Day, an occasion dedicated to encouraging you to make sure all your digital data is kept safe and secure.
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There is such thing as 'un-googleable'! Google at war with Sweden over plan to create new dictionary definition for anything that can't be found online Google has forced a Swedish council to drop the phrase 'ungoogleable' from a new dictionary
The term, meaning 'impossible to find via web search' was in use as the word 'ogooglebar' in Swedish until this week.
The Language Council of Sweden, which oversees the addition of official new words to the Swedish lexicon, had lined up ogooglebar for inclusion in an official list of new words, defined as 'something that cannot be found on the web using a search engine'.
But it reckoned without the might of Google, which demanded that the wording be amended.
It insisted that its trademark should not be diluted by being used to apply to all searching of the internet.
Instead, lawyers said the definition should be 'something that cannot be found on the web using Google'. The search giant also wanted its trademark sign added.
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Are you about to get fired because of your Twitter account? This new app will warn you in advance! It may be tempting to tweet your distress about the terrible job you've just been asked to do at work - but what if the boss is reading your feed?
Now a new 'FireMe' app will monitor your messages and send an alert to warn you the tweet is dangerous.
But the only problem is it will also broadcast your tweet via its own 'shaming' page.
Every time you tweet about your job, or your boss or colleagues, the app flags it up and sends the person who wrote it a reply asking whether that was really a good idea.
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Three Egyptian divers 'tried to hack through internet ocean-floor cables in attack that could have taken ENTIRE continent offline' Three men have been arrested by the Egyptian army for apparently trying to cut through an undersea Internet cable.
A patrol stopped a fishing boat near the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and arrested three divers, an army spokesman said on his official Facebook page.
It is believed they were trying to cut through an SEA-ME-WE 4 undersea cable - one of the main connections between Asia and Europe, running from France to Malaysia and linking Italy, north Africa, the middle east and south Asia.
If the men had been successful, experts warned they could have taken an 'entire continent offline', but interruptions were reported around the region, including Dubai and India, today.
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REVEALED: The Nato bunker deep in Netherlands forest where hackers 'almost brought down world's internet in biggest every cyber-attack' This is the ex-Nato bunker where hackers almost brought down the world's internet in a sustained revenge attack.
It comes after a bitter feud between two online companies - a group which aims to block unwanted emails known as âspamâ and a firm accused of sending them - erupted.
Spam-fighting organization Spamhaus says it's being subjected to a massive cyber-attack, apparently from groups angry at being blacklisted by the Geneva-based group.
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Man catches woman who stole his iPad after he logs in and sees her taking hilarious 'selfy' portraits An Arkansas man won't have to get a sketch artist for a picture of the woman he says has his iPad, as she keeps sending pictures of herself to him.
Allen Engstrom said he left his iPad on an airplane and it somehow ended up in the unidentified woman's hands.
But what she might not know is that the device is synced to an iCloud, meaning every time she takes a photo of herself - which she does often - the photo's stream back to Engstrom's family devices.
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Spy agencies unite to fight cyber-crime with new 'Facebook to attack internet terrorists' Britainâs intelligence agencies are today launching a Facebook-style site to share information in a bid to combat a growing terrorist threat.
UK networks are often attacked by other states, criminals and companies seeking secrets, costing billions of pounds.
Now, experts from government communications body GCHQ, MI5, police and business will work together on a new partnership designed to defend industry and government against attack.
Those using the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) will be given access to a web portal, described as a 'Facebook for cyber security threats', which will operate on social network lines.
Analysts, based at a secret location in London, can then choose who they share information with in real time.
Large screens will monitor attacks and provide details in real-time of who is being targeted.
Then a group of 12-15 analysts with security clearance will work mainly during office hours.
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Blackberry is back in the black: Smartphone helps phone giant recover to sell ONE MILLION devices BlackBerry has sold around one million of the new Z10 smartphones it hopes will help restore the firm to the top table in mobile technology.
The handset's performance is widely seen as being key to the company's fortunes after a difficult couple of years when the firm lost ground and customers to rivals including Apple and Samsung.
Today, the mobile giant announced a return to profitability in the most recent quarter and posted earnings of 98 million US dollars (ÂŁ65 million) after recording a substantial loss in the same period last year.
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Got a smartphone? You probably check Facebook FOURTEEN times a day Good news for people who think they are Facebook fanatics. Unless youâre checking the social media site at least 14 times a day, youâre actually BELOW the national average.
The results from a survey may confirm suspicions about how much smartphones have become an integral part of our lives.
It seems that 79 per cent of smartphone users check for their devices within 15 minutes of waking up.
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How to protect yourself against online identity theft (not using 'password' as your password is a start) We are revealing more information about our personal lives than ever before.
Through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, many of us openly share private information about our everyday lives.
So it is no surprise that cases of identity theft are rapidly increasing, with more and more people being caught out every year.
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Astonishing speed China censors information on the internet: 30% is deleted within half an hour, and 5% is deleted within FIVE minutes of appearing online Thirty per cent of online posts which are deemed inappropriate on China's equivalent of Twitter are deleted within half an hour, according to new research.
Computer scientists Jed Crandall and Dan Wallach conducted the study on how quickly censorship on Sina Weibo can work.
They found that some posts are deleted as quickly as five minutes after being put online.
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Is Facebook about to launch its own phone? Social network giant promises 'new home on android' Facebook could be about to launch its own smartphone, it has emerged.
The social networking company sent out invitations yesterday to a press event which promises to show off the firm's 'new home on Android.'
Sources close to the project say Facebook will show off its own version of the Android operating system.
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How to switch between Ribbon views in Office 2013 The more I use Office 2013, the more I like some of the little interface tweaks Microsoft made to the suite.
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Internet Apocalypse Now? Experts Say No The amplified DDoS attack by Web hosting provider CyberBunker against antispam outfit SpamHaus Project is big news.
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Chrome update polishes spell-check and fixes bugs Four weeks after the launch of Google's Chrome 26browser into beta, the final version debuted on Tuesday.
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Researchers find new point-of-sale malware called BlackPOS A new piece of malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems has already been used to compromise thousands of payment cards belonging to customers of U.S. banks, according to researchers from Group-IB, a security and computer forensics company based in Russia.
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Linux use in enterprises jumps again: survey The past two years have already seen significant jumps in corporate Linux usage, but now it looks like that trend is continuing into a third year.
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CCleaner 4.0 released: new and improved tools, better performance When you ask tech savvy users which programs they use to remove temporary files on their Windows system, it is likely that the list they provide you with includes CCleaner.
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Cyberfight puts a drag on the Internet A fight between a spam-fighting group called Spamhaus and a Dutch Web host Cyberbunker has been called the biggest public DDoS battle in history.
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How to set up public Wi-Fi at your business Offering wireless Internet access for guests can open new doors for your business.
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Review: IsoBuster recovers files from just about anything IsoBuster has matured from a program that dealt only with optical discs and images into a program that will recover data from any type of media.
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How to use Dropboxâs new photo feature right now Dropbox back in January 2013 started to upgrade users to a new photo feature that improved the service's photo viewing and sharing capabilities.
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Bookmarx: better bookmarking in Google Chrome The process of adding bookmarks in web browsers has not really been touched in the last decade or so.
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How to sync files and folders across two PCs Here are four ways to do this, although--technically speaking--only two of them actually keep the files on both PCs. The others merely make the folder available on both.
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Linux distro update: Ubuntu slashes support, Debian 7.0 draws near It wasn't all that long ago that Canonical extended the support period for Long Term Support (LTS) releases of its Ubuntu Linux from three years to five, but last week it made a move in the opposite direction for its non-LTS software.
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Security experts warn about Iran and North Korea hackers Cyberattacks supposedly originating from China have raised alarms in recent weeks, but U.S. businesses and government agencies should worry as much about Iran and North Korea, a group of cybersecurity experts said.
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McAfee warns of malware targeting point-of-sale systems A new piece of custom malware sold on the underground Internet market is being used to siphon payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems, according to security researchers from antivirus vendor McAfee.
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Complete guide to using Windows 8 (roundup) Microsoft's newest operating system has a whole new interface and loads of new features. Here are CNET's best tips for getting up to speed quickly and getting the most out of Windows 8.
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Apple Plugs Password Security Hole Apple has fixed a security hole that made it easy for someone to seize another personâs Apple account, which controls access to iCloud, iTunes and other Apple services.
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Hackers could be fair game for deadly force, cyberwar experts say Deadly force against organized hackers could be justified under international law, according to a document released Thursday by a panel of legal and cyber warfare experts.
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Do we need another Windows OS? Microsoft made a case this week for Windows RT, its stripped down version of Windows 8. But do we need a third version of Windows?
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Microsoft starts auto-installing Windows 7 SP1 on consumer PCs Tuesday Microsoft today said it will start automatically pushing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to customers as a last-ditch move before it drops the original 2009 edition of Windows 7 from support next month.
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Finance sector under threat from sophisticated malware threat The financial sector is under threat from increasingly sophisticated malware attacks a Symantec report has claimed, with many security solutions ineffective against modern Trojans.
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Linksys brand name survives as Belkins takes over from Cisco Belkin completed its acquisition of Linksys on Friday and will keep the longtime home networking company's brand, products and support channels.
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Non-Microsoft security flaws the ones to watch, Secunia analysis finds The number of security flaws affecting Windows users rose five percent last year and the culprits are overwhelmingly non-Microsoft programs, the latest study from information provider Secunia has found.
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'NotCompatible' Android malware rears its ugly head, again The "NotCompatible" malware, designed to infect Android devices and turn them into unwitting Web proxies, is suddenly showing a sharp uptick in activity, according to mobile security vendor Lookout.
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Microsoft pins Hotmail, Outlook outage on hot data center The glitch that took down Outlook and Hotmail on Tuesday was caused by a temperature spike in a Microsoft data center.
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The ultimate Google Reader alternatives list When you ask around which online RSS reader Internet users make use of, it is almost certain that Google Reader will be mentioned quite often.
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Belkin completes acquisition of Linksys from Cisco Linksys will still exist as a separate brand; support for all existing products will continue and warranties will be honored.
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Scary flaw makes your USB ports a major security risk Itâs the second Tuesday in March, which means that itâs also the third Patch Tuesday of 2013. Microsoft released seven new security bulletins today, with four rated as "critical," but security experts are particularly concerned about a flaw rated as merely "important" that exposes your Windows PCs to major risk.
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How to make Firefox the Fort Knox of browsers Whenever you hop on to the Internet you are facing dangers. While it is relatively safe on popular sites such as Facebook or Google, it is possible that you are deceived even there.
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Four months in, Windows 8 needs help Microsoft needs to fix Windows 8 to make it easier for the average consumer to use, says IDC.
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Microsoft to patch critical holes in IE, Office, Silverlight Next week's Patch Tuesday will see seven security fixes rolled out to fix holes in Internet Explorer, Office 2010, and Microsoft's Silverlight platform.
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Mozilla updates Firefox to 19.0.2 in response to Pwn2own issue The Pwn2own security challenge is an annual competition in which hackers and security experts from all over the world try to beat the protection of software and mobile devices.
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Find out which Firefox add-on uses the most memory One of the things that I really like in regards to Google Chrome is the browserâs task manager that reveals a variety of information about the browserâs memory usage.
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Microsoft slates IE, Windows, Office updates for next week Microsoft today announced it will deliver seven security updates next week, four of them rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer (IE), Windows, Office, SharePoint Server and the Silverlight media software.
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LibreOffice update brings remote presentation app to Windows, Mac One of the highlights of the Document Foundation's LibreOffice 4.0 release last month was the addition of Impress Remote, a mobile app that lets users control LibreOffice presentations from their Android phone.
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Cybercriminals using digitally signed Java exploits to trick users Security researchers warn that cybercriminals have started using Java exploits signed with digital certificates to trick users into allowing the malicious code to run inside browsers.
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Five new flaws found in the latest version of Java This latest vulnerability report follows a week after the same company reported two other holes in Oracle's plug-in
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Oracle releases emergency fix for Java zero-day exploit Oracle released emergency patches for Java on Monday to address two critical vulnerabilities, one of which is actively being exploited by hackers in targeted attacks.
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The Chromebook: A great second computer Chromebooks are best for people who always have access to an Internet connection. That's because many of the apps are built to run online,
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Fix Chrome freezing and then beeping If you are running Googleâs browser Chrome and noticing freezes when you open web pages in it, you may have tried a lot to resolve the issue.
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Display a list of all installed network adapters NetworkInterfacesView is a new program by Nirsoft that displays a list of installed network adapters and interfaces that are installed on the system.
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Bank of America says hackers lifted its data from a partner Bank of America blames a data breach on another company that revealed internal emails related to monitoring of hacktivist groups including Anonymous.
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Evernote hacked: resets all passwords The note-taking service Evernote has posted a security advisory on its website informing the public that the companyâs Operations & Security team has discovered â and blocked â suspicious activity on the Evernote network.
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Evernote note-sharing service says hackers stole some user data Evernote, a Web-based note-sharing service, said it was resetting the passwords of its 50 million users because hackers managed to breach its computer network and access some usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords.
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BlackBerry 10 users, here's your first software update The update addresses a bug with the mobile OS's Gmail support, as well as improvements to the camera.
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Create a storefront in 60 seconds with Planet Soho If you run a one-man shop and you're looking to sell a product or service, you have a few options. You can build an e-commerce site from scratch, which requires time and expertise, or you can go with a turnkey marketplace like Etsy, which might not be a good fit for your product (unless it's a tea cozy).
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Buggy HTML5 Storage implementation fills up your hard drive in minutes HTML5 localStorage was designed to allow websites and services to store larger amounts of data on a computer system. It is supported by all modern web browsers and used frequently by sites to save larger amounts of data on a system.
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IE 10 for Windows 7 special Bing and MSN edition Many of us in the tech world use Chrome or Firefox most of the time and we tend to forget that the vast majority of people still use Internet Explorer, largely because it simply comes with Windows.
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Review: Swizzle sweeps out your inbox Sometimes, I feel like I am drowning in all those emails in my inbox. Between all the marketing messages and ads, plus the newsletters I've subscribed to, finding messages that I want, those that are timely and important, is harder than ever.
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Another Java flaw exploited, security researchers warn A new exploit for a previously unknown and unpatched Java vulnerability is being actively used by attackers to infect computers with malware, according to researchers from security firm FireEye.
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Open any folder with the Windows-E keyboard shortcut As regular Hassle-Free PC readers know, I love my keyboard shortcuts. And one of my favorites by far is the Windows key plus E (Win-E for short), which instantly opens Windows Explorer.
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Bing Maps gets huge high resolution update Microsoft announced a huge update to Bing Maps yesterday which includes more than 13 million sq km of updated satellite imagery and new features such as bathymetry.
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Firefox 19.0.1 out for Windows 8 It is quite common that Mozilla is releasing a second update shortly after a Firefox update has been released.
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Avast! Free Antivirus 8 has been released The new Avast! Free Antivirus 8 has been released a couple of minutes ago and is now available for download from the developer website or via automatic update.
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Change the default behavior for new tabs in Internet Explorer PC World reader Joel is an Internet Explorer 9 user who encountered a problem:
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Researchers discover new global cyber-espionage campaign Security researchers have identified an ongoing cyber-espionage campaign that compromised 59 computers belonging to government organizations, research institutes, think tanks and private companies from 23 countries in the past 10 days.
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Adobe releases third Flash Player security update this month Adobeâs Flash Player, just like Oracleâs Java, seems to be in permanent focus when it comes to security.
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AccountKiller: instructions for deleting more than 500 online accounts On some sites, deleting an account involves nothing more than clicking on a link and confirming the selection to do so. On others, it may be a lengthy process or not possible at all.
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How to print an individual email in Gmail I've never been a big fan of Gmail's browser-based interface. Although it's improved over the years, it's still cluttered, disorganized, and often unintuitive.
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Windows XP and Firefox browser amass worst vulnerability record over past 25 years In a look at the number of vulnerabilities recorded over 25 years in software products and open source, a researcher at Sourcefire has determined that Microsoft Windows XP and the Mozilla Firefox browser stand out as the two with the largest number of high-severity vulnerabilities.
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London, from above: Record-breaking 320-gigapixel interactive picture of the capital that lets you zoom in on streets and buildings 20 MILES away It's often said that you can't see London in a day. Well, now you can.
Using 48,000 individual frames, photographers have created the world's largest panoramic image, allowing you to explore England's capital like never before.
Taken from the top of the BT Tower, London's tenth largest building, the interactive picture offers a 360-degree view that lets you weave through the architectural maelstrom and even occasionally stumble upon some greenery.
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'When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting': Controversial app that updates your Twitter feed from beyond the grave A new Twitter service will allow users to carry on their stream of consciousness in 140 characters or less from beyond the grave.
LivesOn will analyse users' Twitter feeds to learn their 'likes, tastes, [and] syntax' to continue posting similar messages, updates and links after they've passed.
The service, due to launch in March, promises: 'When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting.'
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The petri-dish that is your iPhone: The pictures which reveal the hidden bacteria lurking on your mobile These pictures show the hidden life on your phone â the bacteria that lurk on your mobile.
Long after weâve swiped and tapped our smart phones, or sent and received texts, our devices retain a biological history of our actions.
Students studying bacteriology at the University of Surrey imprinted their mobile phones on to Petri dishes to see what they might carry.
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The end of the keyboard? The glove that lets you write in mid air - and it could be used with Google's Glass It could be the end of the keyboard - but also the pen.
German researchers have revealed a hi-tech glove that lets people simply write in mid air.
Dubbed the 'airwriter', the system is able to work out what is being written simply by monitoring the position of the user's hand.
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Pointers on Microsoft's Hotmail phase-out Microsoft announced earlier this week that it is closing Hotmail and moving the "hundreds of millions" still using it to Outlook.com by this summer.
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Meet Manjaro Linux, a brand-new distro on the rise With virtually countless Linux distributions available for every taste and purpose, it's no secret that choice is a defining feature of the Linux world.
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Fixing Error Code 0x80073cf9 in Windows 8 Every week Iâm spending time in Windows 8â˛s store to discover new apps for my weekly column over at Betanews.
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Remove toolbars and plugins with Avast Browser Cleanup Tool Getting rid of browser toolbars and plugins can sometimes be not as easy as uninstalling a program from the operating system.
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Are rumours of Apple's decline premature? iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S BOTH outsold Galaxy SIII in the last three months of 2012
The iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S each outsold the Galaxy SIII in the last quarter of 2012, between them accounting for one in five smartphones sold, new research shows.
The figures show Apple's current smartphone models soared ahead of Samsung's flagship mobile to become the first and second biggest sellers toward the end of the year.
The surge in popularity of Apple phones appears to refute suggestions that consumers are getting bored of the the Silicon Valley company's products.
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Twitter insists users will not be affected by new 'targeted' timeline adverts... but does not rule out increasing the number of promotional plugs Twitter has launched a new automated advertising feature in a bid to help ensure paid-for promotional tweets are seen by the right users as it seeks to replicate Facebook's money-making success.
In an announcement on product manager April Underwood's blog, she revealed the new system for advertisers - but stopped short of saying there would be no increase in the number of adverts.
The microblogging site's new Ads API (application programming interface) will let advertisers tailor their campaigns to relevant members of Twitter's 200million active users.
Facebook launched similar technology in 2010, helping the social network to boost its revenues to more than $3billion the following year.
As speculation grows that Twitter will follow Facebook with a stock market float, it seems the company's executives likewise hope to unlock their sites moneymaking potential.
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Apple's iWatch patent revealed: Device with a flexible touchscreen and a 'slap wrap' strap could be powered by the movement of your arm A patent application filed by Apple has revealed that its long-mooted iWatch could use the same technology as a child's slap wrap to mount a flexible touchscreen on a user's wrist.
The innovative design, published for the first time today, reveals the technologies that could one day be seen in an Apple wearable computer.
It comes after tidal waves of rumours and speculation on exactly what an iWatch might be like, including a range of designers revealing their take on the 'smart watch' - but none managed to predict what has emerged.
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Google launches touchscreen 'Pixel' laptop to take on Apple and Microsoft Google has launched a touchscreen laptop in a bid to take on Apple in the luxury laptop market.
The ÂŁ1049 (ÂŁ1299) Chromebook Pixel has a high resolution display that makes individual pixels invisible to the naked eye.
Although Apple has a similar display, Google says the addition of touch, and 1TB of free storage on an online hard drive, make its machine more attractive to 'power' users.
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Adobe releases emergency patches for Reader and Acrobat Adobe released emergency patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 11, 10 and 9 on Wednesday that address two critical vulnerabilities being actively exploited by attackers.
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Thunderbird 17.0.3 update fixes security issues Mozillaâs decision to put development of the Thunderbird email client on the back burner to concentrate on âmore promisingâ projects like Firefox OS has caused quite the stir on the Internet and especially among Thunderbird users.
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Dell's thin, high-res XPS 13 laptop does Linux The high-resolution XPS 13 now gets Linux Ubuntu. The specs, with the critical exception of the Ubuntu Linux, are identical to the 1080p XPS 13 for Windows 8.
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Anti Tracks for Windows: delete privacy related data There are a couple of scenarios where deleting privacy related tracks may make sense. Maybe you are using a public computer and do not want the next user to see where you have went or what you have done on the computer.
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Keyboard and Mouse Cleaner review It is a known fact that computer keyboards and mice are home to more germs on average than toilet seats. Why that is the case?
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Canonical launches Ubuntu tablet interface to run on top of its OS Canonical introduces the Ubuntu tablet interface, which will compete with Android, iOS, and Windows with its own take on multitasking and advanced security features.
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Review: Handy Backup is plain, powerful, and easy to use Handy Backup is utilitarian in the best sense; it's a backup program with a no-nonsense interface and a boatload of features. Despite its plain countenance, one of its iterations is sure to appeal to IT types and smart consumers. I looked at Handy Backup Free, which is... free.
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Mozilla debuts in-browser PDF, patches 13 Firefox bugs Mozilla today released Firefox 19, adding a built-in PDF viewer to the browser. Firefox 19 also included patches for 13 security vulnerabilities, 10 pegged as \\
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Firefox 19.0: Find out whatâs new Mozilla is preparing to release a new version of the Firefox web browser, Firefox 19.0, today to the public. All other Firefox channels, beta, aurora and nightly, will also receive updates so that their versions move up as well to 20.0, 21.0 and 22.0 respectively.
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MailStore Home 8.0 update brings Outlook 2013 support When it comes to backing up emails, MailStore Home is that trusted companion that I have been using for a long time.
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Adobe readies emergency patches for Reader, Acrobat Adobe Systems said it will release patches for two critical vulnerabilities disclosed last week that are actively being used by attackers.
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Google Chrome Scroll to next image extension If you are browsing a lot of images on the Internet, for instance on forums like 4chan, blogs or other websites where several images are posted on a single page regularly, you are probably using the mouse to browse all images on a page.
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Now buy by Twitter: New service allows you to buy products with a text A 'pay-by-tweet' service has been launched that will allow Twitter users to pay for goods on the website for the first time.
The social networking site announced the new partnership with American Express yesterday where people can pay for products and take up offers by using just a hashtag.
Leslie Berland, head of digital partnerships and development at American Express said users will now be able to take up offers without needing to leave Twitter at all.
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The car that drives itself... using an iPad! Oxford University unveils robot car Having a car that can drive itself has long been the stuff of science fiction. But scientists have now created a robot car â controlled by an iPad.
And the Oxford University team says the technology could be installed in mainstream cars within 15 years.
It means futuristic vehicles, like David Hasselhoffâs KITT in the 1980s TV series Knight Rider, could soon be driving us on the commute and school run.
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Yours for ÂŁ14,200: The titanium-plated smartphone with its own concierge who will book a restaurant table for you A British company today launched a luxury handmade mobile phone that comes with a sapphire crystal display - and a ÂŁ14,200 price tag.
Vertu's Ti - which runs on Google's Android operating systems - is cased in titanium, has 64mb of internal memory, and an 8mp rear camera.
It also has a special 'concierge' button that allows wealthy users to call their personal operator.
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Is there a cheaper iPhone in the pipeline? Apple boss Tim Cook gives strongest hint yet in rare interview An affordable iPhone might be in development, the head of tech giant Apple let slip yesterday.
During a rare interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to suggest that a less expensive version of their covetable but pricey gadgets might be in the pipeline.
'We are making moves to make things more affordable,' he said at the Goldman Sachs technology and internet conference in San Francisco.
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Is this the new PS4 controller? Leaked pictures appear to show TOUCHSCREEN as well as familiar buttons and sticks Pictures allegedly showing the new PS4 controller reveal the device will incorporate a touchscreen built into the middle of the familiar DualShock layout.
Excitement over the next-generation console is building after Sony sent out invitations to an event on 'the future of the Playstation' to be held next week.
A supposedly leaked image posted by games website Destructoid shows what appears to be an updated DualShock controller plugged into software development kit.
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Transparent cell phone 'will happen near the end of 2013' promises tech company Taiwan-based Polytron Technologies may have the next leap forward in cell phones, promising a transparent mobile by the end of 2013.
The company has already begun marketing a transparent multi-touch.
The company's prototype uses what they call Switchable Glass technology. That's a conductive OLED using liquid crystal molecules to display images.
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Microsoft ties Office 2013 to a single PC Prior to Office 2013 customers who bought a retail copy of the suite were allowed to reassign a license to a different device.
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12 infuriating Office 2013 flaws (and how to fix them) While Office patriots wax poetic over Office 2013's new features (gosh, I can't think of a better way to invite all my friends to connect on LinkedIn), those who've long struggled with Office see a lot of gratuitous change that simply gets in the way.
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Apple loses rights to the iPhone in Brazil: Authorities take a bite out of tech giant by ruling name belongs to local firm Brazil's patent authority has taken a bite out of Apple after ruling that the iPhone name belongs to a local company, not to the global computer giant.
The verdict won't forbid Apple from using the name in Brazil, but it makes it clear the rights belong to local consumer electronics firm Gradiente.
The SĂŁo Paulo-based company's request to use the iphone trademark was granted in 2008, and the company started making 'iphones' - with a lowercase 'p' - in December.
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'Stupid, Stupid, Xbox': Console's co-founder blasts Microsoft for 'five years of failure' - and says Apple could 'kill them' The co-founder of Xbox has launched a scathing attack on Microsoft for 'five years of failure' - and claimed that Apple could âkill themâ at any given moment.
Former Xbox engineer Nat Brown - who came up with the consoleâs name (albeit spelled xBox) - slammed Microsoft for failing to capitalise on innovations such as Kinect and making it difficult for developers to make and sell games on the device.
The attack follows reports that Microsoft are likely to announce their Xbox 360 successor, codenamed Durango, at E3 in Los Angeles in June this year.
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Big Brother televisions: Intel is the latest firm to announce TV box that spies on you and selects ads that match your behaviour Campaigners today warned of a 'seismic shift' in privacy invasion after it emerged that Intel was the latest company set to market a television set-top box equipped with a camera that stares back at viewers.
The company, which makes the microchips found inside most personal computers, has launched an entirely new division, Intel Media, to make and market the Orwellian streaming-television product.
Erik Huggers (pictured), vice-president of Intel Media, said the new service would offer users a TV 'that is much more personal, that learns about you, that actually cares about who you are.'
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How to unlock ANY new iPhone: Apple vows rapid update after major security alert found in iOS 6.1 Apple has promised a software update for their latest mobile operating system after hackers published a video showing how to unlock any iPhone running it.
The YouTube video and an accompanying explanation details a relatively simple combination of button presses which can quickly bypass the phone's password screen.
Once entered, it opens the main phone screen where any thief or snoop would be able to make calls, read and send messages, edit contacts, and go through stored data like photos and apps.
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Is that an iPhone 6? Apple give rare glimpse inside its secret product lab (and uses it to create a giant Blue Peter badge)
Apple has given a rare glimpse of its top design design lab where the iPhone and iPad were developed.
Sir Jonathan Ive, the London-born Senior Vice President of Industrial Design for Apple, gave the show a rare glimpse into his lab - although was careful to hide any products.
Instead, he used Apple's expensive milling machinery, usually used to create product prototypes, to make a giant Blue Peter badge for the show - as it honoured him with a gold badge.
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Privacy outrage after it emerges Google is sharing Android users' names, emails and ADDRESSES with app developers
Campaigners today slammed Google for violating Android users' privacy after it emerged that the company was sharing their personal details with mobile app developers.
An Australian software developer revealed that the search giant was sending him the full names, email and post codes of everyone who purchased his app on Google's Play Store.
He said the information was so detailed he would even be able to use it to 'track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase'.
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Microsoft warns of looming retirement for Windows 7 RTM Microsoft yesterday reminded customers that Windows 7's first edition, which shipped more than three years ago, will be dropped from support in early April.
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Review: Daemon Tools USB lets you access and share your remote USB devices Daemon Tools made a name for themselves with simple, no-nonsense optical drive emulation software that allows your disk libraries to go from cake boxes filled with silver platters to immediately accessible disk images stored on your hard drive.
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Adobe Reader vulnerability: what you need to do to stay safe We had a lively discussion on Google Plus yesterday about the latest Adobe Reader vulnerability (feel free to add me to your circles there to stay in the loop).
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Adobe confirms zero-day exploit bypasses Adobe Reader sandbox A recently found exploit that bypasses the sandbox anti-exploitation protection in Adobe Reader 10 and 11 is highly sophisticated and is probably part of an important cyberespionage operation, the head of the malware analysis team at antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab said.
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Why does your company force you to use IE? If your company compels you to use frustratingly outdated versions of Internet Explorer to run corporate apps, your suffering will continue for the foreseeable future, even if your morale improves.
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Test if your routerâs UPnP is exposed to the Internet Universal Plug ân Play (UPnP) is a technology that enables devices to communicate with each other (meaning discovering and connecting) without authentication.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For February 2013 Released Patch day has arrived and boy it is a big one. A total of 12 security bulletins are released today that address a total of 57 different vulnerabilities in Microsoft products.
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Microsoft unleashes a Patch Tuesday to make your head spin It doesnât break the record for most vulnerabilities patched, or even the most security bulletins in a single Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft comes pretty close. For the February 2013 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has a whopping 12 security bulletins, which fix a mind-numbing 57 separate flaws.
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Monster Microsoft Patch Tuesday focuses on Windows, Explorer, Exchange In addition to covering Windows and Internet Explorer, Microsoft's latest monthly batch of patches covers the widely used Exchange Server, both the Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010 editions.
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How a cuppa could charge your phone: The battery booster powered by a hot cup of coffee (or a cold can of beer) A mobile phone charger that can be powered by either a cold beer or a hot coffee has been unveiled.
The Epiphany One Puck, which doubles as a drinks coaster, connects to a phone with a USB cable.
It has two sides, one red, one blue.
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Could a concertina help BlackBerry take on the iPhone? BlackBerry may have eschewed physical keyboards for the now standard touchscreen on its latest flagship phone, but a new pair of patents filed by the company show it hasn't given up on its trademark yet.
The Canadian smartphone pioneer has applied to secure the rights to a new technology that would conceal concertina-like keyboards within their digital devices.
Physical keys have been in the past been hidden by sliders and, occasionally, twisting mechanisms, but such devices are not able to achieve the slim profile consumers have come to expect from their gadgets.
Shrinking keyboard: This diagram from U.S. Patent Application 20130033431, filed by BlackBerry, shows how keyboards could be concealed on the firm's future smartphones
The new BlackBerry technologies would solve that problem by allowing the keys to flip edge-side on so that they could pivot into place as the user pulls out a retractable section to start typing.
U.S. Patent Application 20130033431 describes how this would work, while U.S. Patent Application 20130033432 details the expandable casing such a keyboard would be housed in.
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Is this the iWatch? Designers give their take on how Apple's new gadget might look as tech-giant ponders wristphone It is believed to be Apple's next big thing - yet the secretive firm has not made a single comment about it..
However, that hasn't stopped people around the world speculating on exactly what an 'iWatch' might look like and how it would work.
Designers have even revealed their take on Apple's new 'smart watch' with professional looking mockups of the device, ranging from a glass cuff to a 'claw' design.
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The race against time to stop 4G networks killing off TV signals for millions Millions of British TV viewers could lose their signal as a result of new high speed 4G mobile phone signals.
The firm set up to monitor the problem today admitted it was in a race against time to distribute filters to an estimated 2.3 million viewers before the networks go live in the summer.
40,000 homes will lose their signal entirely, and will be forced to use alternatives such as satellite or cable to receive a TV signal.
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Your computer is watching you: How sinister 'cookies' track your every move online Have you ever had the feeling your computer is watching you? That somehow it knows what you were looking at yesterday, or last year?
And that rather than being your technological âfriendâ it behaves more like a slick second-hand car salesman?
You fancied flying to Paris so you checked out airfaresâ.â.â. and before you knew it, your Facebook page was plastered with advertisements for hotels on La Rive Gauche.
Your daughter bought a record by One Direction. Now, the family computer is bombarded with ads for boy band concerts.
Anne Crabtree, a 32-year-old writer, knows exactly how this feels â because it almost ruined her wedding day.
âI had used the computer to help me find my dress, shoes and jewellery, but obviously I wanted to keep them secret,â she says. âBut adverts featuring them kept popping on to the screen when my fiancĂŠ was in the room.
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Secure boot loader now available to allow Linux to work on Windows 8 PCs Freeing the way for independent Linux distributions to be installed on Windows 8 computers, the Linux Foundation has released software that will allow Linux to work with computers running the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) firmware.
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Noclone for Windows: delete duplicate files If you are running the same PC for a number of years you will eventually notice an increase in duplicate files on the system.
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How to limit Java exposure in Firefox Several Java vulnerabilities have been discovered in rapid succession in the past months. Every time Oracle put out a fix,new vulnerabilities were discovered in those recent versions almost immediately which in turn made any system those versions were freely installed on vulnerable to attacks.
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U.S. target of sustained cyber-espionage campaign China is trying to infiltrate American business computers to find data for economic gain, according to a national security document obtained by the Washington Post.
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More Java Patches Due Soon Oracle isn't done releasing patches for Java SE this month, as another batch will arrive February 19, according to a company blog post.
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Three launches mobile price war as it offers customers free upgrade to 4G Three mobile phone network is set to spark a price war among providers after pledging to offer customers ultrafast 4G services as a free upgrade.
The company promised to make the recently unveiled 4G - said to run five times faster than the current 3G network - a standard feature on all smartprice plans when it is added to the network later this year.
The move is a bold attempt to undercut competitors as EE - the only company which is currently able to offer 4G - is currently charging customers at least ÂŁ5 a month extra for the service.
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UK to launch first-ever satellite controlled by a mobile phoneâŚ and the scientists have chosen a Google Nexus handset British space scientists are gearing up to launch the world's first satellite run entirely using a mobile phone.
The unique STRaND-1 satellite, developed by researchers from the University of Surrey, will be fully controlled by a Google Nexus phone during part of its six-month space mission.
It will launch into a 785km sun-synchronous orbit on the Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Sriharikota, India, on February 25.
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This IS a secure line: The groundbreaking encryption app that will scramble your calls and messages A new app promises to encrypt all your smartphone communications to make them look and sound like gibberish to anyone trying to listen in.
Startup tech firm Silent Circle say their system is 'a secure information service' which can allow users to communicate via voice, text message, email and even video without fear of being tapped.
The app is already available on both iPhone and Android, and its functionality has recently been broadened to allow users to not only communicate securely but also easily send encrypted files.
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UK government plans to track ALL web use: MI5 to install 'black box' spy devices to monitor British internet traffic UK spy agencies want to install 'black box' surveillance devices across the country's communications networks to monitor internet use, it emerged today.
A report by an influential committee of MPs tells how spooks are keen to implement a nationwide surveillance regime aimed at logging nearly everything Britons do and say online.
The spy network will rely on a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection to log data from communications ranging from online services like Facebook and Twitter, Skype calls with family members and visits to pornographic websites.
But civil liberties and privacy campaigners have reacted with outrage, saying that the technology will give the government a greater surveillance capability than has ever been seen.
The report by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, published on Tuesday, gives UK intelligence agencies' perspective on the government's draft Communications Data Bill, which is intended to update surveillance powers.
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Facebook developing app that will track your every move â even when itâs turned off Facebook is developing a new smartphone app to track the location of users in an effort to target them with localised adverts, according to reports.
The app will help users to find friends who are nearby, alert them when it detects one in close proximity even when the app is not open on the handset, it is claimed.
It will be just one of a whole suite of mobile apps Facebook is building up to help it profit from the increasing proportion of its users who access the social network on the go.
But privacy campaigners warned it was another example of 'profit trumping privacy' and called the function 'intrusive'.
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No more borrowing from your friends! New Xbox âto BLOCK second-hand video gamesâ The next-generation Xbox console could require gamers to be permanently connected to the internet - ruling out the use of second-hand games, according to a report in Edge magazine.
The next Xbox will 'be absolutely committed to online functionality', says the magazine, quoting sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's latest console.
Gamers will be required to activate games in the same way as most other software from Microsoft and other publishers is already activated online.
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Blistering new PlayStation 4 'to cost just ÂŁ270' and could steal a march on the next generation Xbox The Playstation 4 could cost as little as ÂŁ270 when it launches later this year, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper.
The Asahi Shimbun reports that Sony's new gaming console will cost 40,000 Yen - which translates to about ÂŁ270.
However, UK gamers will have to factor in VAT, which adds a whopping 20 per cent to the price, taking the possible UK figure to around ÂŁ325.
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Sales of last-minute goods at the checkout are fallingâŚ because weâre too busy looking at our phones in the queue to notice them Magazine bosses are blaming smartphones for a sharp decline in sales, but not for the reason you might expect.
While more consumers are choosing to get their news from web sites like MailOnline, circulation executives say the drop is down to digital devices distracting shoppers from picking up titles from checkout displays.
And they may just be right, for research published today shows shoppers are staying glued to their smartphones even as they browse the supermarket aisles.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak admits the iPhone is 'somewhat behind' competitorsâŚ and praises Samsung's 'great products' The iPhone is 'falling behind' on features, according to one of Apple's key founders.
Steve Wozniak - known as Woz - founded the giant Californian firm with Steve Jobs in 1976.
And although it's 35 years since the other Steve parted company with Apple, people still sit up and listen when he speaks out about the company and its products.
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Lost the remote control again? Not to worry - now you can use your FINGER to change channels! Could this mean an end to scrabbling down the back of the sofa looking for the remote control?
Now you can simply use your finger instead to turn over the TV.
EyeSight Technologies, an Israeli company, has announced the announces the worldâs first commercial gesture technology to allow users to control digital devices with a fingertip, even from across a room.
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Microsoft lays into Google for 'invading Gmail users privacy' by scanning contents of emails to target personalised adverts Microsoft took a fresh pop at Google yesterday, accusing its rival of invading Gmail users' privacy when scanning the contents of their emails to target them with personalised ads.
The attack, the latest volley in Microsoft's Scroogled campaign, comes with a website and is aimed to boost interest in the veteran software company's Outlook.com email service.
It follows a series of Scroogled adverts last year which targeted Google's controversial privacy policies.
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AVG finds 11 year-old creating malware to steal game passwords Security firm AVG thinks it has spotted a disturbing new threat in its latest threat report â children with enough programming skills to code and distribute their own malware.
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Firefoxâs may spill sensitive data via thumbnails, fix inside A story broke today on Hacker News where a user noticed that the Firefox web browser was saving an image of a Google 2-factor authentication barcode as a thumbnail even though that should not have happened anymore.
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Patch Tuesday: IE at risk of malware attacks; 57 flaws in total In the latest round of monthly patches from Microsoft, users of Internet Explorer should jump ship for the next few days as all versions of the browser are at risk of malware attacks.
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Microsoft's next Patch Tuesday to fix 57 security bugs Tuesday's update will send out 12 security fixes to plug a total of 57 holes in various Microsoft products.
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Download web files directly to Dropbox in Chrome There is no shortage of extensions and apps available for the Chrome web browser, perhaps in part due to Googleâs push to turn the browser into an operating system via all of the new Chromebook computers being released.
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Hapless Vista turns 6, shuffles toward obscurity Six years after its long-delayed but well-publicized release, Windows Vista now accounts for less than 6% of all Windows machines, a metrics company said earlier this month.
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Review: Batch rename all of your files and MP3 music with File Renamer If you have a lot of badly named files on your PC, renaming them is extremely tedious, to say the least. Therefore finding an excuse not to do it becomes really easy.
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Would Microsoft really bring Office to Linux? There's been a rumor floating around over the past few days that Microsoft is considering making a Linux version of its Office productivity software.
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Tinuous is a versatile Image Batch Converter for Windows When it comes to converting images in bulk, Windows users have lots of choices. We already reviewed programs like Photo Magician, Image Converter Plus or Fotosizer in the past that allow you to convert images in bulk.
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Firefox is slow? Try these fixes I have to admit that while I do not agree with every decision Mozilla makes in regards to Firefox, I canât really complain about the web browserâs performance on my system.
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Email attack exploits vulnerability in Yahoo site to hijack accounts Hackers behind a recently detected email attack campaign are exploiting a vulnerability in a Yahoo website to hijack the email accounts of Yahoo users and use them for spam, according to security researchers from antivirus vendor Bitdefender.
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Opera 12.13 final has been released The last month was a quite one in terms of news from Opera Software. The company released Opera 12.12 on December 17 and turned silent afterwards until it released a first snapshot of the upcoming Opera 12.13 exactly a month later.
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Mozilla takes drastic step to automatically block virtually all plug-ins in Firefox Mozilla yesterday announced it would automatically disable all plug-ins in Firefox except the latest version of Adobe's Flash Player, citing security and stability reasons for the move.
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Scan your local network for UPnP vulnerabilities A report by security company Rapid7 on Tuesday brought attention to a set of vulnerabilities in UPnP that puts millions of users at risk.
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U.S. government warns of hack threat to network gear The Department of Homeland Security urged computer users on Tuesday to disable a common networking technology feature, after researchers warned that hackers could exploit flaws to gain access to tens of millions of vulnerable devices.
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Speed up the loading of Windows 8 start up programs While Microsoft changed the way users boot into the companyâs Windows 8 operating system which is a couple of seconds faster on average than in previous systems, it did sacrifice a couple of things along the way.
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Microsoft launches new Office for consumers Microsoft Corp launched new Office software for home users on Tuesday, featuring constantly updated, online access to documents from all kinds of devices as the world's largest software company attempts to tailor its most profitable product to a mobile generation.
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Not ready for Office 2013? Here are five open alternatives Between Microsoft's October launch of Windows 8 and Tuesday's rollout of Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365, there's no denying that it's been a decision-filled few months for PC users.
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10 killer new features in Word 2013 A word processor is indispensable for anyone who creates documents, be it for work, school, or writing angry letters to your representatives in Congress.
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10 awesome new features in Excel 2013 Microsoft's updated spreadsheet tool isn't getting a lot of new, whiz-bang features, but it is becoming more functional.
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10 ways PowerPoint 2013 gets more polish Love it or hate it, PowerPoint isn't going away any time soon; it remains the professional tool of choice for presentations.
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Review: KeePass makes strong passwords and keeps them safe If you adopt just one security tool this year, make it KeePass. This free and open-source password manager is available for Windows, with unofficial ports for iOS, Android, Linux, and Mac OS X.
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How to activate Windows 8's File History feature As I slowly learn my way around Windows 8, I continue to uncover a few features I didn't know existed.
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Get your cheap Windows 8 upgrade now Microsoft's $39.99 Windows 8 upgrade special ends Thursday, so you may want to buy it now even if you don't plan to install it yet.
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Office 2013 to debut tomorrow Finally, an official confirmation. Microsoft is launching the new Office, aka Office 2013, on January 29.
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Anti-Bot protects you from visiting bot spreading websites Depending on the web browser you use, its version, settings, extensions and plugins installed, it is sometimes enough to visit a website to become a victim of a successful malware attack.
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Security Score rates your PCâs state of security If you had to assess your computerâs security setup, how good â or bad â would you say it is? Would you say it is well protected against threats you may encounter locally or remotely, or canât you really say how good the security software and settings are?
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Hacker collective Anonymous hits US government site Hackers working under the name of the Anonymous hacktivist collective hit a U.S. government website on Saturday, replacing its home page with a 1340-word text detailing its frustrations with the way the American legal system works and a threat to release "secrets" gathered from U.S. government websites.
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Windows Defender Status Manager makes security easier With the release of Windows 8 Microsoft added Windows Defender by default. It is a good little security app and does not bog down your computer as some third-party ones have a tendency to do.
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How to install unsigned themes in Windows 8 While you have some versatility when it comes to themes in Windows 8, you canât just go ahead and install third party themes in it.
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Google wonât give up Gmail information without a search warrant A couple of days back, Google released a report showing how many government requests for user data it received in the second half of 2012.
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Free PDF Creator for Windows I do not really print that much anymore on paper, only the occasional contract that I have to sign or other legal documents that Iâm required to sign and process.
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WordPress 3.5.1 Security and Maintenance update WordPress is our blogging platform of choice and it is only natural that we mention updates that are being made to the platform here on the site.
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Review: Update Your Shortcuts With Broken Shortcut Fixer With the plethora of free software available these days, we all install and then uninstall a huge amount of stuff. The problem with this is that quite often, a lot of shortcuts and other detritus is left behind, clogging things up and making things a mess.
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Government data requests to Google continue to rise Governments continue to ask Google for more data about its users, with more than two-thirds of requests in the U.S. made through a subpoena, which usually doesnât require asking a judge for a search warrant.
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Belkin buying Linksys It looks like Cisco is jettisoning Linksys and the rest of its home networking business unit after all.
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Acer sheds eMachines, turns to Gateway and Packard Bell for post-PC era Acer is trying to adapt to the slowdown in the PC market by shutting down its eMachines unit and refocusing Gateway and Packard Bell to offer new products that are âbeyond the PC.â
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Barracuda Security Equipment Contains Hardcoded Backdoors Multiple Barracuda appliances -- including its firewall, SSL VPN server, and load balancer devices â have security flaws that can be exploited by attackers to remotely access and gain shell-level access to the appliances.
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U.S. homeland chief: cyber 9/11 could happen "imminently" Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast.
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Operaâs On-Page Search is superior While Firefox is my main browser, I have other browsers installed on my system at all times. This includes Internet Explorer, two versions of Google Chrome, two versions of Opera and lesser known browsers such as Maxthon.
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Firefoxâs new customization panel Mozilla around the release of Firefox 4 made the decision to merge all separate configuration and informational windows of Firefox with the main user interface.
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CCleaner 3.27 brings improved browser support While there are many tools out there that you can use to remove temporary files from your Windows system, only a handful play in the same region as the popular CCleaner.
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Experts prod Oracle to fix broken Java security Beset by some very public vulnerabilities in Java, and apparently unable to properly patch those bugs, Oracle must dramatically step up its security game, experts said Monday.
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Review: Freebie Multi-Process Killer does exactly what you'd expect Multi-Process Killer does exactly what it says on the tin: It force-closes multiple programs to close simultaneously.
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Free disk space by cleaning the Steam folder If you have Steam installed chance is that you have at least one, more often than not a couple of games installed on your system as well.
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Separate stop and reload in Firefox I canât really say when Mozilla made the decision to move and combine the stop and reload buttons in Firefox, only that this did happen in the past.
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Give your website a thorough security scan with Detectify Making sure that your website is not used for anything shady is one of the most important tasks of being a webmaster.
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Remove duplicate bookmarks in Firefox Bookmarks are both my bread and butter and also the bane of my existence. Honestly, I began collecting them in the mid 90â˛s and still have the same file, although a steadily added-to version of it.
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How to fix jerky YouTube video in Google Chrome Lately I've noticed that whenever I play a YouTube video on my PC, it's jerky. Choppy. Call it what you willâit's really frustrating.
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Webinpaint removes objects from your photos online So you have just created a spectacular photo with your digital camera were it not for that one guy walking by in just the wrong moment.
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Conficker worm returns to attack photography enthusiasts Electronics accessory maker Hama has admitted that a 35mm photographic film scanner sold to German consumers over Christmas came with a software disk infected with the irrepressible Conficker worm.
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Mozilla language packs now auto updated The Firefox web browser is available in dozens of languages that you can download from the official Languages page over at the Mozilla website.
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Fix for Thunderbird not opening links I have configured the Thunderbird email client to block links from being opened when I click on them. This may sound strange to some as it makes it less convenient to open links posted in emails but it improves the security of the system.
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Copyright suit pits Fair Use against unlicensed distribution Digital civil rights groups asked a federal court in New York Friday to reject what they call an attempt by the Associated Press (AP) to restrict Fair Use of content on the Internet.
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Microsoft blazes trail to next PC With its serious processor, and its guts-behind-the-glass design, Microsoft's Surface Pro may well be the template for the new PC. And device makers should pay attention.
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IE10 for Windows 7 inches closer Microsoft is continuing to test privately the last preview build of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 before releasing it to the Web.
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Acronis promising fix for Windows 8 bug Acronis, maker of one of the better backup programs for Windows, seems to have a Windows 8 problem.
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Review: DivX Plus 9 is a handy player and all-in-one video tool DivX Plus Software is a desktop media player. And a video conversion application. And a Web browser plug-in. And a codec pack. And a DLNA server for streaming videos to compatible devices.
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Oracle's Java patch contains new holes, researchers warn Researchers from Security Explorations, a Poland-based vulnerability research firm, claim to have found two new vulnerabilities in Java 7 Update 11 that can be exploited to bypass the software's security sandbox and execute arbitrary code on computers.
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Windows 8 start menu programs are downloaded in record numbers Microsoft decided to ship Windows 8 without a start menu and the main reason for that was probably to get users to use the start screen of the operating system even though Microsoft claimed it was based on telemetry data it collected.
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10 reasons to choose Ubuntu 12.10 over Windows 8 Microsoft's Windows 8 dominated countless headlines in the weeks leading up to its launch ...
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Six new features coming in LibreOffice 4.0 It's hard to believe LibreOffice has only been around about two years, so thoroughly has it come to dominate as the leading free and open source productivity suite, but late last week a release candidate for its next major version appeared.
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Red October Used Java Exploit: Update or Disable Java Now With the recent zero-day exploit for Java, we're beating the "update Java now" drum and playing the "disable Java altogether" fife in the SecurityWatch parade.
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Opera 12.13 with auto-update and settings protection improvements I have been waiting for the first Opera release of 2013 impatiently and was wondering what was going on up there in Norway and if everyone involved in the development took a month off (the last release was exactly a month ago).
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How to change the font of mails in Thunderbird Thunderbird is my desktop email client of choice and one of the reasons for that is that it is highly customizable.
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IE10 for Windows 7 nears final release, says report Microsoft is close to wrapping up work on Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) on Windows 7, according to a report published Friday.
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Office 2013 costs just $9.95 for some Microsoft today added Office 2013 to the Home Use Program (HUP), which lets employees of some companies and organizations buy the new suite for $9.95.
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Microsoft challenges poor grade for Security Essentials The antivirus program didn't do so hot in a recent test, which isn't sitting well with the folks at Redmond.
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New Java exploit sells for $5000 on black web; possible threat to millions of PCs Just days after it released a patch for a serious security flaw discovered last week in its Java programming language, the software is making headlines again because another previously unpublicized flaw in the program threatens the security of millions of PCs that may still have the application running on it.
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A dead-easy guide to keeping your PC up to date Keeping your PC up to date with the latest security patches is a necessity and a burden at the same time.
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Your Password Isnât Safe: 90% Are Vulnerable to Hacking, Says Report Think youâve got a clever, un-hackable password?
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Five Notable New Features in Fedora Linux 18 'Spherical Cow' After numerous delays along the way, the final version of Fedora Linux 18 âSpherical Cowâ made its long-awaited debut on Tuesday.
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Malware infects US power facilities through USB drives Two U.S. power companies reported infections of malware during the past three months, with the bad software apparently brought in through tainted USB drives, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâs Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).
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Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on PCs where it is blocked While most malware ignores software installed on a PC it is trying to infect, some have been designed to block security software from running or being installed on a system it has successfully infected.
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Red October malware discovered after years of stealing data in the wild A shadowy group of hackers has siphoned intelligence data worldwide from diplomatic, government, and scientific research computer networks for more than five years, including targets in the United States, according to a report from Kaspersky Lab
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Cisco eager to regain ground as network security leader After failing to land a big acquisition in the security space last year and suffering a steady decline in market share, Cisco Systems Chief Executive John Chambers is determined to turn around his company's lagging security business - whatever the cost.
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U.S. says Java still risky, even after security update The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that a security update of Oracle Corp's Java software for Web browsers does not do enough to protect computers from attack, sticking to its previous advice that the program be disabled.
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Find out if programs are connecting to the Internet Depending on how you have set up your system, all, some or only select applications and programs may connect to the Internet or local network resources.
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'Red October' malware spies on governments worldwide It might have taken five years to discover, but a government-snooping spying campaign dubbed Red October has been exposed by Kaspersky Lab.
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Microsoft to patch IE zero-day flaw today Microsoft will fix a zero-day hole in IE today almost a week after this month's regular Patch Tuesday updates.
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Microsoft posts an emergency patch for Internet Explorer Microsoft is releasing a patch on Monday for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser, deviating from its normal repair schedule due to the seriousness of the problem.
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Oracle Corp to fix Java security flaw Oracle Corp said it is preparing an update to address a flaw in its widely used Java software after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable the program in web browsers because criminal hackers are exploiting a security bug to attack PCs.
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How to disable Java in IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari The unpatched Java vulnerability reported last week could be exploited by malware to infect your system, although no such infections have been discovered to date.
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Security agency recommends disabling Java, due to exploit Internet users should consider disabling Java in their browsers because of an exploit that can allow remote attackers to execute code on a vulnerable system, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommended late Thursday.
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Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the latest body to warn users to disable Java software amid escalating concerns over a serious, exploitable vulnerability.
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U.S. warns on Java software as security concerns escalate The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web.
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Create a Windows Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report A long battery life is one of the most important features of mobile devices in my opinion. Thatâs obviously only the case if the laptop or tablet is running on battery regularly.
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How to reload tabs automatically in your web browser Some websites and services refresh their contents automatically in intervals if you allow certain scripts to run on them.
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Convert Excel spreadsheets in bulk If you have a stash of Excel spreadsheets on a backup drive or your main drive that you want to convert into different formats, for instance old xls files into the newer xlsx format that Microsoft introduced in Office 2007, you did not really have much choice until now but to convert them one by one.
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How to restore the default Windows libraries Iâm experiencing quite a few issues on the system running Windows 8 which I find puzzling to say the least. I fixed the video playback issues recently on the system and discovered during that time that all libraries of the system were not working anymore.
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Microsoft to kill the Messenger on March 15 The tech titan plans to migrate users of the instant-messaging client to Skype, which it purchased in 2011.
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Microsoft beefs up SkyDrive with more features The SkyDrive Web site now offers better support for dragging and dropping files and sharing files with other people.
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How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc Many computers ship without Windows 7 installation discs. Instead they come with "recovery" discs and/or partitions that claim to restore your PC to its "factory fresh" state, but include a ton of bloatware (free trials, media players, useless utilities, and the like) along with Windows.
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Answer Line: Malware or false positive? If your antivirus program identified something as a Trojan before you ran it, and found no infections afterwards, there's a very good chance that the malware is protecting itself from security software. That's pretty common behavior.
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Five Linux predictions for 2013 Now that the final curtain is about to drop on the year that was 2012, there's no better time to look ahead and try to anticipate what 2013 will bring.
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Google's new VP9 video technology reaches public view The older VP8 hasn't taken the world by storm, but VP9 could give Google a fresh start in its attempt to popularize royalty-free video streaming.
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Malware targets Java servers Security researchers from antivirus vendor Trend Micro have uncovered a piece of backdoor-type malware that infects Java-based HTTP servers and allows attackers to execute malicious commands on the underlying systems.
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Microsoft battles pirated software as a security risk Microsoft has launched a new anti-piracy campaign in China, which intends to highlight the security risks of buying counterfeit software.
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Internet Explorer vulnerable, Security Advisory 2794220 released Microsoft has released security advisory 2794220 which details a vulnerability in the companyâs web browser Internet Explorer that may allow attackers to execute code remotely on affected systems if the vulnerability is exploited successfully.
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Microsoft confirms zero-day bug in IE6, IE7 and IE8 Microsoft on Saturday confirmed that Internet Explorer (IE) 6, 7 and 8 contain an unpatched bug -- or "zero-day" vulnerability -- that is being used by attackers to hijack victims' Windows computers.
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OMG what a great soliloquy! The theatre offering 'Tweet seats' to patrons who just can't step away from their phone An American theatre is the latest to offer so-called 'Tweet seats' where audience members are encouraged to post comments about the performance on the social messaging site.
The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has formalised a growing trend in theatre audiences to use their phones from within auditoria by giving obsessive tweeters a section of their own.
Its management have roped off a special balcony-level section of the theatre 'that will not be disruptive to other patrons' for the latest run of The Servant With Two Masters.
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Are smart TV's too clever for their own good? Researchers find we simply want to watch our favourite shows Consumers are ignoring the 'smart' features of their TV and simply want access to online video services such as the BBC's iPlayer, new research has found.
Although manufacturers have given their latest sets the ability to tweet, view websites and even download apps, research firm NPD says all consumers really watch to do on their TV is watch TV.
'The Internet connected HDTV screen has so far failed to break beyond the bounds of its TV-centric heritage, with little use for the big screen beyond the obligatory video services,' said John Buffone, Director, Devices, NPD Connected Intelligence.
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Get ready for the iWatch: Apple rumoured to be developing gadget you wear on your wrist Apple is believed to be secretly developing a 'smart watch' with a touchscreen.
Chinese online sites have reported the computer giant is working with chipmaker Intel on a wrist-worn gadget that has a 1.5inch screen and uses Bluetooth to communicate with other gadgets, which could include an iPhone.
The 'iWatch' will go on sale next year, the report claims.
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YouTube cancels billions of video views after finding they had been 'faked' - but were hackers working for the music industry? The world's biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged 'fake viewers'.
Universal, home of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, lost a total of one billion views in the video siteâs biggest ever crackdown on artificially inflated figures.
Sony was second hardest hit, with the label behind such stars as Alicia Keys, Rita Ora and Labrinth losing more than 850million views in a single day.
The dramatic cuts came as YouTube conducted a crackdown on fake views, but music industry sources have blamed it on housekeeping related to the migration of their videos across different channels.
The unprecedented move left Universal with just five videos on the site - none of which were music - and Sony with just three.
'This was not a bug or a security breach. This was an enforcement of our viewcount policy,' YouTube announced.
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FCC Order to Increase Availability of Airline In-Flight Internet Access The FCC issues a Report and Order allowing the use of satellite antennas on aircraft that would allow passengers to access the Internet while in flight.
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Landlines Left Behind as American Households Go Wireless Approximately 34 percent of all adults, about 80 million adults, lived in households with only wireless telephones, according to a CDC report.
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Christmas Sets Record for iOS and Android Activations More tablets and smartphones were activated on Christmas than ever before, according to data from analytics firm Flurry.
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How An App Makes Your Mac Faster And Makes Your Battery Last Longer Itâs good to see Apple finally move into the 21st century and start to ship Macs with a sufficient amount of RAM.
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Security in 2013: The rise of mobile malware and fall of hacktivism Itâs always fun this time of year to look back on the year weâre about to leave behind, and to make some predictions about what we might expect the year ahead to look like.
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2012's worst security exploits, fails and blunders A fool and his feeble p@$$w0rd are soon rooted, but if 2012 has proven anything, it's that even the most cautious security-minded souls need to double down on their protective practices, and think about the best ways to mitigate damage if the worst happens in our increasingly cloud-connected world.
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GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the desktop computing world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose.
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10 third-party alternatives for 'missing' Windows 8 apps A desperate app selection calls for desperate measures.
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Ultimate Windows 8 starter guide: Must-know tips, apps and utilities The year is drawing to a close, so there's a very good chance that you now find yourself staring straight down the gaping maw of Windows 8.
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Make sure you only install Nvidia drivers you need If your computer is powered by a Nvidia graphics card you have probably also installed the driver package that Nvidia makes available for various operating systems.
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What the ATI Catalyst Custom Installation options mean I published a guide about the NVIDIA driver installation process yesterday which looked at all the optional modules that get installed with the express installation option.
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Five reasons 2012 was a great year for Linux The end of the year is always a good time to take stock of where things stand in any niche or field, and Linux is no exception.
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Test your hard drives thoroughly with HDDScan This program can take your hard drive for a test drive, but that is not all it can do. It displays a selection menu on start where you can select a connected drive and either SMART or a test with a click on the test options.
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Domestic calls through Gmail to remain free in 2013 In whatâs rapidly becoming a holiday tradition, Google announced Wednesday that itâs extended free calling in Gmail for another year.
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Ransomware scammers push panic button with bogus claims Cyber extortionists shilling "ransomware" have upped the ante by pushing users' panic buttons with claims that their malware will wipe hard drives, a security firm said Monday.
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Convert HTML files to Plain Text properly There are a couple of reasons why youâd want to convert local or online HTML files to the plain text format (.txt).
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Recycle your old PC and transform it into a gaming powerhouse...for around ÂŁ100 Most of us have an old PC lying around, which, until now, may be destined for the scrap heap.
But as Nvidia's Ben Berraondo explains, for a modest sum, this humble unit can be turned into a powerful games machine - making it a very affordable alternative to aging mainstream consoles.
'You donât need a Gruffalo-esque PC to enjoy games looking their best,' he says.
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The internet is leaving children brain-dead: Inventor warns 'Google generation who spend life in front of screens are losing creativity and skills' One of Britain's leading inventors has warned that a 'Google generation' who rely on the internet for everything are in danger of becoming 'brain-dead'.
Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens.
The 75-year-old said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands.
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Your top 10 Windows 8 questions of 2012, answered [Year in Review] My most popular posts this year were about Windows 8. In fact, I continue to get emails every day asking questions I've covered in posts throughout the year.
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17 best apps to download for your new Windows 8 tablet The first time you boot up your shiny new Windows 8 tablet and witness Microsoft's live tiles in all their constantly shifting, multi-hued glory, it's only natural to want to dive into the Windows Store and try a few apps out for yourself.
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Adobe promises to soon patch 2-year-old Shockwave flaw Adobe plans in February to close a dangerous hole in its Shockwave application that causes the application to be downgraded when a user launches older multimedia content, allowing hackers to target years-old vulnerabilities.
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Welcome to the world of 'lifeloggers' - who record EVERYTHING (using technology like a mini camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds and uploads it onto the net) Some days in life will always be remembered, whether itâs your wedding day, the birth of a child or a perfect holiday.
Other days - a family row, a stressful time at work or last-minute Christmas shopping - are probably best forgotten.
But for a growing band of âlifeloggersâ, every single day is recorded in minute detail and stored for future reference.
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British amateur named world's top civilian cyber defender in hacking challenge staged by the U.S. military
World's top civilian cyber defender: Chris Doman, 26, from Essex finished second overall in the 2012 Digital Forensics Challenge
World's top civilian cyber defender: Chris Doman, 26, from Essex finished second overall in the 2012 Digital Forensics Challenge
A British software developer has been named the world's top civilian computer security expert in a competition run by the U.S military.
Chris Doman, 26, from Essex finished as the highest-ranked civilian and second overall in the 2012 Digital Forensics Challenge, held by the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Centre.
He beat competition from almost 2,000 cyber defenders from 53 countries, losing out only to a professional team from multibillion pound U.S. aerospace and defence firm Northrop Grumman.
The final standings provided further good news for the health of the countryâs home-grown cyber talent pool as the UK contributed more participants than almost any other country.
Two more British amateurs, Matt Bartlet and Chris Moore, finished in the top 12.
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Windows 8: setting default programs If you do not pay attention during app and software installations on Windows 8, you may end up with the wrong program being the default application that files open with.
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Sort your music collection with Tags 2 Folders If you have a large collection of unsorted music on your computerâs hard drive you may be interested in ordering that mess for better manageability and control over the collection.
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Flickrâs holiday gift â 3 months of unlimited storage Flickr, the popular photo-sharing app owned by search giant Yahoo, has both free and paid versions, but the service has a special gift for the holiday season. For a limited time â there is no word on exactly when this will expire â customers can grab three months of free unlimited storage.
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Chrome: No more silent extension installations Two new features have been added to Chrome 25. The first disables extensions that get installed via third party programs by default.
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Mozilla: ok, you can have your 64-bit Firefox versions back 64-bit builds of Firefox were released by Mozilla in conjunction with 32-bit builds for nearly two years for the Windows platform. Mozilla about a month ago announced a change that stopped the creation and development of 64-bit Windows builds of Firefox in favor of concentrating resources on 32-bit builds and other projects.
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Security researchers identify malware infecting U.S. banks Security researchers from Symantec have identified an information-stealing Trojan program that was used to infect computer servers belonging to various U.S. financial institutions.
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The 'Linux Diversity' collection: One kit, 10 Linux distros With all the wide variety of free and open source software out there, it can sometimes feel like an insurmountable challenge to download and try each and every one that interests you.
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TuneUp cleans up your misnamed music files with a few clicks If you have a huge CD collection from pre-digital days, you may have decided to convert it all to MP3 format for listening on the computer or on the go, via your phone.
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NORAD switches from Google to Bing to track Santa Google isn't getting coal in its stocking this year, but Santa's helpers have decided to ditch the popular Google Maps for Microsoft's Bing service.
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IE beats Firefox, Chrome in Microsoftâs Penguin Mark Microsoft has released a new benchmark to demonstrate the power of Internet Explorer 10. Penguin Mark has been uploaded to the IE Testdrive website to test web browsers in a new taxing technology mix.
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Meet the iFinch: The tiny headphones that can make a songbird change its tune (and could help us learn more effectively) Scientists have created a set of special bird-sized headphones as part of an experiment into how the brain adapts.
The team combined them with microphones to trick finches into thinking they were singing out of tune and adapt their songs.
They hope the research could eventual have implications for how human brains adapt, leading to new behavioral therapies for vocal rehabilitation.
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Discovery of the elusive 'God particle' by Large Hadron Collider tops the chart of the year's ten biggest scientific breakthroughs
The capture of the most wanted sub-atomic particle in physics was today named as Science journal's Breakthrough of the Year.
Scientists had been chasing the Higgs boson, nicknamed the 'God particle' for more than four decades.
In July the team from the European nuclear research facility at Cern in Geneva announced the detection of a particle that fitted the description of the elusive Higgs.
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A new state of matter, and a third type of magnetism: The discovery that could revolutionise computer storage Researchers at MIT have discovered a new type of matter, and a new type of magnetism - and say it could change the way computers store information.
The breakthrough adds to the two previously known states of magnetism.
'Weâre showing that there is a third fundamental state for magnetism,' says MIT professor of physics Young Lee.
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Facebook to sell access to your inbox for a dollar at a time Facebook has launched a pilot scheme selling strangers access to users' inboxes.
The social networking website has introduced a fee, believed to be $1, to guarantee that messages are routed to a recipient's 'inbox' and not their 'other' folder, where they are likely to be ignored.
Facebook has billed it as giving users the chance to hear from people they do not know but who have an 'important' message for them. It argues the fee will actually cut down on the amount of unwanted messages.
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The new iphone that runs Android: Cheeky Brazilian firm cashes in on Apple's cult status with similarly named gadget
The new iphone will run on Android - and it has nothing to do with Apple.
A cheeky Brazilian technology company have made an attempt to cash in on the Apple gadget's cult status by marketing their own version.
And they have made a not too subtle attempt to circumvent the Silicon Valley firm's copyright by swapping the original's capital p for a lower case.
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Instagram waters down plan to make profit from photos in face of fury - but it STILL plans to use your profile picture in ads Instagram has vowed to water down its new terms of service after a backlash led by its many celebrity users - but says it will still use profile data to promote products.
There was widespread outrage yesterday after the photo-sharing app's new terms appeared to give it rights over all its users' photos and data to promote 'sponsored content'.
The service's celebrity users were among the many to join a chorus of criticism, saying they would cease to use Instagram if the new terms come into force.
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Try this incredible interactive two BILLION pixel image of Everest that lets you zoom in as if you were actually there on the mountain It is an astonishing image that shows the beauty and majesty of the Himalaya region.
A climber and filmmaker has created the stunning mosaic of images to show the effect of climate change on the the area surrounding Mount Everest.
The 477 individual images that make up the gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier were captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest.
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Ofcom reveals superfast 4G phone network bidders in largest ever sale of mobile airwaves Vodafone and BT will be among seven bidders competing in next year's 4G auction in what marks the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK, it has been announced.
The firms are vying for a slice of airwaves to launch superfast 4G networks up to seven times faster than current 3G versions.
Ofcom said the auction, which kicks off in January, will herald 'better, faster and more reliable mobile broadband connections' for consumers across the UK.
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Key iPhone patent used in $1bn lawsuit against Samsung REJECTED after claims are re-examined A key patent that Apple used to extract more than a billion dollars in damages from smartphone rival Samsung is under threat after U.S. authorities rejected its claims.
Apple scored a sweeping legal victory over its South Korean competitor in August when a jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.
The jury had ruled that Samsung had infringed six of seven Apple patents and the Silicon Valley firm was awarded a mammoth $1.05billion (ÂŁ645billion) in damages.
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A new Galaxy? Samsung set to show off bending screen that could lead to 'unbreakable' phones Samsung is set to show off a 5.5in flexible 720p display at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to reports.
That Samsung is choosing to present the hotly anticipated technology at the world's premier electronics trade show strongly suggests it will be included on the company's next generation of smartphones out next year.
However the company will not just be presenting a tiny, phone-sized bendy screen at the event, but will also bring along a mammoth 55in version more suited for a television or monitor.
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The astonishing maps that reveal how our brain organises everything we see Scientists have put together the first ever map of how the brain organises the thousands of images that come flooding in through our eyes every day.
A team at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the brain is wired to put in order all the categories of objects and actions that we see.
To illustrate their findings, they have created the first map of how the brain organises these categories across the cortex.
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Change how long Windows 8 notifications are displayed Windows 8 ships with a new notification engine that display notifications on screen when events happen.
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Java 7 Update 10 introduces new security features Are you still using Java on your computer?
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How to clean your laptop's cooling fans I've written about this subject in years past, but it's so important I feel obligated to repeat myself for those who might have missed it.
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So what is Bing Desktop? Bing Desktop is a free program by Microsoft that aims to bring the companyâs search engine to the Windows desktop. The review could stop right here as thatâs all there is to know about the program, but Iâd like to dive a bit deeper into it nevertheless.
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Opera 12.12 final has been released Opera users take note, a new version of your beloved browser has been released bringing the stable release channel version of the Internet browser to 12.12.
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Is your TV watching you? Security alert over Samsung's Smart TV as hackers claim they can access its hard drive and seize control of built-in cameras Samsung's Smart TV could used by hackers to watch everything that happens in your living room by gaining access to the device's built-in camera and microphones, it has been claimed.
Malta-based security firm ReVuln posted a video showing how its researchers had learned to crack the television to access its settings - including any personal information stored on it.
'We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,' they claim in the video.
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The smart toilet you can flush from your PHONE (and you can even use it to close the lid if you forget) The Japanese have long been at the forefront of hi-tech toilet developments, having pioneered heated seats, musical playback and built in washing and drying systems.
However, Japanese firm Lixil has now introduced its most advanced model yet - and it can be controlled from a smartphone.
The toilet, which goes on sale in the Spring, can be completely controlled by a smartphone app, which can also track user's bowel movements to track their health.
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How your phone could be able to smell, touch and taste by 2018: IBM reveals its vision for the future of technology If you've only just got used to talking to your phone, get ready for a major change.
IBM has revealed its predictions for the computer we will all be using in 2018 - and it believes they will have all five senses, and will communicate with us in radically different ways.
'Infrared and haptic technologies will enable a smart phone's touchscreen technology and vibration capabilities to simulate the physical sensation of touching something,' the firm said.
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How to get the Start menu back in Windows 8 Several third-party utilities can serve as Start menu replacements for Windows 8 users who aren't as keen on the new Start screen.
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Gadget lovers rejoice: Introducing the Node - an amazing device that can measure just about anything, all via your iPhone The unassuming three-inch tube has a range of sensors that measure moisture, temperature, light, and colour
The basic motion-sensing device is already on sale at just over ÂŁ90, with the screw-on sensors ranging from ÂŁ16 to ÂŁ47
It can take your temperature from two feet away, scan your house for leaky insulation, and determine the dampness of your basement.
George Yu, a 30-year-old engineer living in Houston, has invented a multifaceted gadget called the Node, which he describes as 'a little Swiss Army knife of sensors'.
The three-inch tube records the world around it and beams the data to an iPhone via Bluetooth.
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Amazon's unbreakable phone? CEO Jeff Bezos gets official patent for smartphone airbag system
With smartphones' glass-based displays prone to cracking and breaking, the search is on to find a more resilient touchscreen.
Some are looking into replacing the glass substrate with a yet-to-be-developed unbreakable plastic compound.
But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems to have adopted a more tried-and-trusted approach.
He has officially been awarded a patent for a smartphone airbag system.
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A breakdown in communications: U.S. and UK refuse to sign treaty 'that could lead to greater government control of cyberspace' The UK and the U.S. today refused to sign the first UN telecommunications treaty of the Internet age, claiming it would lead to greater government control of cyberspace.
They were among a group of 20 nations which walked away from negotiations in Dubai after an ideological split over the nature of the Internet and who is responsible for its growth and governance.
Rival countries - including Iran, China and African states - insisted governments should have a greater sway over Internet affairs and sought to break the Western grip on information technology.
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Russian hackers will launch blitzkrieg cyber-attacks on U.S. banks next spring, security experts warn Experts have warned that hackers' plans to launch massive cyber-attacks on U.S. financial institutions are not just a possibility but a 'credible threat'.
According to a report released by internet security firm McAfee, the impending attack on banks - dubbed 'Project Blitzkrieg' - could result in millions of dollars of losses.
'McAfee Labs believes that Project Blitzkrieg is a credible threat to the financial industry and appears to be moving forward as planned,' the company said in a report published yesterday.
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Is it the end of the road for the Oyster card? London buses now accept pay-by-tap credit cards Gone are the days of not being allowed to board a bus because you don't have the right change or because your Oyster card has no money on it.
From today passengers on London buses will be able to pay for the ride by credit card.
They will be able to use pay-by-tap credit and debit cards in the same way that commuters currently use Oyster cards, with the system taking payment directly from the bank account.
It means that you don't have to pay up front for an Oyster card, or run the risk of finding a driver who refuses to break a ÂŁ5 note.
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Online porn, the fight MUST go on: Furious charities hit out after ministers refuse to order an automatic block on internet filth Ministers were accused of putting the profits of internet giants ahead of the safety of children yesterday in the row over online porn.
Child safety campaigners said the Coalitionâs decision to veto an automatic block â despite clear evidence that parents support the idea â had left them âback at square oneâ.
Rather than forcing users to âopt inâ for pornography, internet service providers will merely be asked to âactively encourageâ parents to switch on filters if children are likely to be using computers in the home.
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Why Microsoft redesigned Windows New Windows chief Julie Larson-Green explains why the company felt the need to rethink the basic interface of its popular operating system.
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Botnet operators in FBI bust show little talent, expert says A criminal organization recently busted by law enforcement distributed malware on Facebook using two separate botnets built from tools that are easily found in the hacker underground, a security expert said.
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Outlook.com cookie hijacking issue Users of outlook.com or hotmail.com, Microsoftâs two email services, should take note now. Information are stored in cookies when you use the site including whether you have successfully authorized your account or not.
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Qantas email scam plays on human vulnerabilities: IDC A Qantas email scam, which contains malware, shows that humans are still the âmost vulnerable vectorâ for cyber criminals to target, according to a security analyst.
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How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8 Like every new Windows release, Windows 8 is more secure than the operating systems that came before it.
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After three years, Slax Linux is reborn with version 7.0 There's no denying 2012 has been a fruitful year for Linux distributions in general, but something about it has also seemed to favor the rebirth of distros we hadn't heard from in years.
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Banks fend off attacks designed to disrupt online banking access Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and U.S. Bancorp and other major U.S. banks seem to have stopped a group of hacker activists from seriously disrupting their online banking operations.
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How to Cancel Stalled Print Jobs You know the drill: You send a document to the printer but nothing happens, so you open the Print Queue. There's the print job, all right, along with some kind of cryptic error message.
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Secuity firm warns of malware stealing bank data sent by SMS Several malicious Android apps designed to steal mobile transaction authentication numbers (mTANs) sent by banks to their customers over SMS (Short Message Service) were found on Google Play by researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab.
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Information overload: There is so much data stored in the world that we may run out of ways to quantify it Not long ago, when talking about computer storage, the gigabyte was considered an enormous amount of space to have on a personal computer.
The likes of terabytes (1,000 gigabytes) were the domain of scientists and tech giants.
But in an increasingly online world companies such as Facebook and Google are storing never-imagined quantities of data.
So now they currently deal in terms of petabytes. And beyond that there are exabytes, zettabytes, yottabytes and... nothing else; there is no language to describe at amount of data larger than that.
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Is Internet Explorer leaking sensitive information? Do you use Internet Explorer? If you do, hopefully youâve already applied the updates from Patch Tuesday earlier this week. But, even if you did it seems your browser might still be vulnerable to a potentially serious issue.
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Office wars: Microsoft, Google, and Apple jockey for position Most people have gotten past the sentiment that tablets canât be used for âreal workâ. The simple reality is that a tablet is capable of doing most of the core functions a traditional PC can perform: email, Web surfing, social networking, instant messaging, and so forth.
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Linux 3.8 will drop support for Intel 386 chips Launched back in 1985, the venerable i386 processor has served countless PC users around the globe long and well, but recently the developers of the Linux kernel decided to drop support for it.
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Internet Explorer flaw gives ad trackers a sneaky edge -- for now Some advertising analytics companies are using a vulnerability in Microsoftâs Internet Explorer browser for a questionable edge in figuring out if web users are actually seeing display advertisements buried within web pages.
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Will Samsung's next Galaxy phone have an unbreakable, flexible screen? Analysts claim 'Project J' handset could be on sale in April Samsung is believed to be secretly preparing a new version of its Galaxy handset that uses a radical 'bendable' screen that is virtually unbreakable.
Codenamed 'Project J' after mobile division chief JK Shin, development of the new Galaxy S IV could be released as early as April, according to analysts and tech blogs.
Experts believe that as smartphones increasingly look alike, an unbreakable screen could be a big selling point for the Galaxy, which is battling Apple iPhone to lead the $200 billion plus smartphone market.
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Your very own eye phone! The contact lens that can receive your text messages It may sound like something out of a sci-fi film, but reading text messages off contact lens in the eyes could soon be a reality - bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'instant messaging'.
Scientists have developed a new technology that allows electronic messages sent from mobile phones to be directly projected on to contact lens placed in the recipient's eyes.
The spherical curved LCD display, created by Belgian researchers at Ghent University, handle projected images using wireless technology.
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Twitter rolls out its own photo editing and filter features after Instagram bans its pics from being seen in tweets In the next salvo of an escalating war between two giants of social media, Twitter has announced new versions of its iOS and Android apps to mimic Instagram-style filters and editing software just one day after the Facebook-owned picture app completely blocked user's ability to embed its photos in tweets.
The new Twitter app will allow users to take a pic, crop it, enhance it, run it through one of eight filters, and then share it, all without closing the app.
The filters were made by Aviary, a company that specializes in photo editing software for mobile apps.
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FBI arrest Facebook 'cybercrime ring' after they 'infected 11m computers with viruses and stole ÂŁ525million' Facebook has helped the FBI to bust an international hacking ring that stole more than ÂŁ525million from unsuspecting computer users.
The gang are said to have infected 11million computers with spyware that stole credit card numbers and bank details to net one of the largest cybercrime hauls in history.
They used 'Yahos' malicious software to steal the financial details and other personal information.
Ten suspects have been arrested by FBI agents in connection with the hacking.
One of the people in custody lives in Molesey, in Surrey.
The social networking site's security team helped the agents snare the gang after 'Yahos' targeted its users between 2010 and October 2012, the agency said in a statement.
They were able to help identify the criminals and spot affected accounts
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Leaked images show 'the next Blackberry' - and it looks suspiciously like an iPhone! These pictures purport to show the phone which BlackBerry maker Research In Motion hopes will halt its seemingly inexorable slide out of the mobile business.
Sourced from a Vietnamese tech news site they show a gadget that's sleek, shiny and futuristic - and that looks suspiciously like an iPhone.
The images suggest Research In Motion has finally dropped the full keyboard that was their brand's virtual trademark in favour of a full touchscreen device.
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Save Internet files directly to Google Drive Google Drive is Googleâs cloud hosting service that all Google account owners can use to store and sync data. Free users get 5 Gigabyte of online space and a couple of applications to access the drive contents directly on systems such as Windows, OS X or Android.
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Prevent malware attacks on social networks: 3 tips Social networks like Facebook are fertile territory for cyber attacks. The nature of a social network is that it connects you with other people you ostensibly know and trustâso you're more likely to open a message or click a link without thinking twice, which is a bad idea.
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Coming in Ubuntu Linux 13.04: instant purchases from the desktop Canonical may not have published an official alpha release for its core Ubuntu Linux 13.04 OS last weekâor a corresponding list of new featuresâbut on Friday the company did reveal some specifics about what's coming in this next version of its popular Linux distribution.
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Why, how and where to update your Windows 8 drivers Has your computer's hardware started freaking out, freezing up or behaving in weird ways since you've made the jump to Windows 8?
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WordPress 3.5: new theme, better media handling A new version of the popular blogging software WordPress has just been released. WordPress 3.5 âElvinâ introduces a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, and better media handling among other new features.
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Yahoo! Mail update for all platforms launches Anyone here still using Yahoo! Mail? I still have a Yahoo email account from back in the days when people used Yahooâs homepage as their homepage and Yahoo search for finding stuff on the Internet.
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Final Patch Tuesday of 2012 includes five 'critical' updates Today is the last Patch Tuesday of the year. There are seven new security bulletins from Microsoft this month, and five of them are rated "critical." If you use Windows, Microsoft Office, or Internet Explorer, youâve got some work to do to get these new patches applied.
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CDBurnerXP 4.5 promises better device detection CDBurnerXP is a free disc burning software for Windows that has been around for quite some time. I think I first came into contact with the program when Nero started to add feature after feature to its product which quickly turned from everyoneâs favorite burning tool to a bloated product.
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Apple-Google Team Up for $500 Million-Plus Kodak Patents Bid Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ)âs patents out of bankruptcy, said people familiar with the situation.
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Working with the Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome Googleâs Chrome browser ships with a minimalistic layout by default which many users find beneficial as less chrome means more screen estate for the websites that you open in the browser.
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