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Geek 101: Should I Buy A Second Graphics Card?

You need to upgrade your graphics card, but what's the most effective (and cheapest) way to do it? We test a few of the latest cards in our lab to determine whether it's more efficient to double up on your old card or upgrade to the next best thing.

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Asus U31JG Delivers Very Good Performance for the Price

Offering great performance and excellent battery life, the U31JG is ideal for getting work done on the road--but movie and music buffs should look elsewhere.

Geek 101: Making Sense of Anti-Aliasing

Confused about how the anti-aliasing setting affects your favorite games? Here's a quick rundown of what anti-aliasing is, how it works and how to make it work best for your machine.

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Samsung Series 9 Laptop Shows No Signs Of Spyware

We ran a rigorous malware scan on the new 13" Samsung Series 9 laptop and even poked around in the registry ourselves, but we couldn't find any sign of StarLogger spyware on Samsung's ultraportable answer to the MacBook Air.

Diaspora: An Antidote For Your Facebook Privacy Problems

If you’re concerned about the security of your personal data on Facebook, consider trying out an open-source alternative like Diaspora.

Geek Reads: The Hacker Crackdown Finale

Hello, and welcome to the fourth installment in our weekly Geek Reads column! This week we finish the final chapter of Bruce Sterling's The Hacker Crackdown with the trial of Knight Lightning and the advent of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Join us, won't you?

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Geek Reads: Part Three of The Hacker Crackdown

Hello and welcome to the third installment of our weekend Geek Reads column! This week we tackle the penultimate chapter of The Hacker Crackdown and discuss white hat hackers and law enforcement luminaries like Gail Thackeray in an effort to understand the ethical line that divides computer cops from the cybercriminals they hunt.

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Geek Reads: Part Two of The Hacker Crackdown

Hello and welcome to the second installment of our weekend Geek Reads column! This week we plumb the depths of the second quarter of The Hacker Crackdown and learn about Secret Service tactics, the Legion of Doom and the early roots of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Stay Informed and Find Your Friends

Looking for more information on the Japan earthquake and tsunami? Here are a few sites that will help you stay current--and possibly even find your friends or family.

ToneCheck Email Plugin Is Like Spellcheck For Your Emotions

The ToneCheck software runs your email through a sentiment analysis engine to flag negative or otherwise undesirable phrases before you hit "Send."

Geek Reads: Part One of The Hacker Crackdown

Hello and welcome to the first installment of our weekly Geek Reads column! This week we dive into the first quarter of The Hacker Crackdown to trace the genesis of the hacker golden age. Join us, won't you?

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Simple Steps to Secure Your Smartphone Against Data Theft

New research into malicious botnets suggests your smartphone is a high-priority target; here's how to keep your private data secure.

Geek Reads: The Geeky Book Club You Never Knew You Always Wanted

Welcome to Geek Reads, our weekly book club in which we try to muddle through the latest nerd lit and talk about it with the community. Join us, won't you?

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Kinect Hack Lets You Impersonate An Octopus Impersonating Humans

The student game developers behind PC puzzler OctoDad have hacked Kinect to let players act out the secret struggles of a digital octopus.

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5 Ways Cloud Printers Will Make Your Small Business Soar

Still not sure whether Web-connected printers are a worthwhile investment? Consider these perks of printing from the cloud.