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Safe from Shellshock: How to protect your home computer from the Bash shell bug

The 'Shellshock' Bash shell bug is a big deal, but it's relatively easy to keep your home PC safe.

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Apple's rotten week: Bent phones, broken software, and shattered security

The only magic in Apple land this week is black magic.

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'Bigger than Heartbleed' Shellshock flaw leaves OS X, Linux, more open to attack

The good news: Patches are already rolling out. The bad news: This devastating vulnerability could be around for a long, long time.

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Windows PCs lose back-to-school sales to Chromebooks, Macs

The Windows PC market is a wounded giant, seemingly on the mend after years of market free-fall. But the explosive growth of Mac and especially Chromebook sales pose a threat to Windows' recovery.

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Sorry, folks: Samsung's curvaceous Galaxy Note Edge is a 'limited edition concept'

Sorry, folks. Even though Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Edge alongside the Note 4, you probably won't be able to snag one for yourself.

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PSA: Amazon's giving over $135 in paid Android apps away for free

There are some gems in there, too, like OfficeSuite Professional 7, Autodesk's SketchBook Pro, and Threes!

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Follow PCWorld's Steam Curator page for great, hand-picked game suggestions

Wondering which PC games are worth your time and money? PCWorld's new curator page on Steam can help.

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Reversible USB Type-C wonder cable will deliver DisplayPort audio and video, too

Is there anything Type-C USB cables WON'T be able to do?

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How to double your free OneDrive storage to 30GB

Microsoft's playing off iOS 8 upgrade woes by offering to double your free OneDrive storage space—but only if you act fast.

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iOS 8 compatibility issue forced Dropbox to temporarily suspend automatic photo backups

Because it's not like Dropbox had months to prepare for iOS 8's launch or anything.

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3 ways Microsoft can ruin Minecraft, and 3 ways it can make Mojang even better

Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang could give it the money to take Minecraft to the next level, or it could shackle it with proprietary restrictions. Let's hope for the former.

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Here's Markus 'Notch' Persson's farewell letter to Minecraft fans

Microsoft is buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion, and Notch is saying goodbye.

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Leaked Windows 9 video shows new virtual desktops feature in action

Rejoice, PC power users: It looks like virtual desktops may finally be coming to Windows 9.

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Windows 9 leaks: How to get its best new features today

A Start Menu, the ability to run Metro apps in desktop windows, and more are coming to Windows 9, but you can get the best features today thanks to some helpful software.