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Microsoft gives away nearly 300 free, tip-packed ebooks and resource guides

The tips and tricks in this absolutely gratis treasure trove can help you master Windows 7, Windows 8, Office, Sharepoint, and more.

Former Mozilla CEO would've transformed Firefox into a pro-privacy anti-Chrome

Short-lived Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich says Firefox's key to success lies in differentiation, starting with Google's gobbling of your personal info.

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10 sites with stunning visual data that will change your world view

We all know what a picture's worth. These websites use graphics to display everything from Twitter traffic to births and deaths, in ways that truly drive home what words alone cannot.

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Lose days of your life to these 13 deep and meaty PC games

These majestic games demanded to be played for days, not hours—and your tenacity will be rewarded.

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Samsung reveals supercharged 850 Pro SSDs stuffed with bleeding-edge V-NAND tech

By stacking flash cells on top of each other, Samsung claims the 850 Pro SSD series offers unprecedented levels of speed, durability, and power efficiency.

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8 ways the password is dying

From smartphones that know you’re near to tattoos and even pills, high-tech companies are busy replacing pesky strings of text with easier ways to authenticate. Check out the future here.

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7 days, 7 futuristic technologies: Insanely fast chips, mood-sensing computers, and more

Amazing advances in computing technology revealed themselves at small events around the globe this week. Catch up on Hybrid Memory Cubes, super-speedy processors, and more.

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17 obscure Windows tools and tricks too powerful to overlook

Windows is chock full of handy-dandy power tools, but most of them are hidden from everyday view. These are the ones you need to know about.

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From Android L to Google Fit: All the new products and features from Google I/O

Google unleashed a torrent of fresh features and products and its annual I/O keynote. Here's a round-up of all the news and new platforms.

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Google ties Chromebooks and Android closer together, kills the password

Chromebooks are evolving to interplay with your Android phone, and the close ties have killed the need for passwords.

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Supreme Court delivers a death blow to Aereo's over-the-air TV streaming service

The core of Aereo's business is illegal under the U.S. Copyright Act, the Supreme Court rules.

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Watch the web get hacked in real time on this mesmerizing map

This is what hack attacks look like: A real-time map of worldwide activity drives home the scope of security threats far more vividly than mere words ever could.

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Free game(s) alert: GOG.com's giving four PC games away for free today

GOG.com's DRM-Free Summer Sale is giving away multiple PC games for free today as part of a '24-hour Adrenaline Rush.'

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25 great Linux games available dirt cheap during Steam's Summer Sale

Who says great games can't be found on Linux? This small army of killer Linux-compatible games beg to differ—and they can all be found dirt-cheap during Steam's Summer Sale.

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Linux gaming revolution continues as XCOM: Enemy Unknown hits SteamOS

XCOM is a major addition to Linux's gaming ranks, but it's just the latest in a series of triple-A games to embrace the open-source operating system.