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Brad Chacos spends the days jamming to Spotify and digging through desktop PCs. He covers the gaming, graphics cards, and how-to beats for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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What you need to know about new zero day that hits most supported Windows versions

Microsoft issued a security advisory for the vulnerability, which resembles a flaw exploited in the Sandworm cyber espionage attacks.

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How a USB key drive could remove the hassles from two-factor authentication

Thanks to the FIDO Alliance's U2F open standard, a key drive or other small device could become a convenient, yet safe, authentication tool. The standard is backed by Google, Microsoft, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal and others,

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POODLE’s bark is bigger than its bite

A flaw in the SSL encryption protocol leaves vulnerable systems open to attack, but it’s an old, outdated protocol that most systems no longer use.

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New CBS All Access joins streaming-service trend, but many strings are attached

The future of a-la-carte TV looks less than rosy. The $6 monthly All Access service omits football games and “The Big Bang Theory” due to licensing issues, and new shows will still have commercials.

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Google's Nexus Player thrusts new Android TV platform into the war for your living room

The Nexus Player certainly looks more appealing than the failed Nexus Q and Google TV projects from years past.

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GOG.com dangles free copies of Aliens Versus Predator game for Galaxy client testers

GOG's getting its new Steam-like PC client ready and it needs your help to make sure the multiplayer's up to snuff.

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Windows 10 Preview stats: Two-thirds of testers live dangerously

Who needs a safety net? A big majority of Windows 10 Technical Preview testers scoff at the safety provided by virtual machines. Here's how to take the proper precautions before dumping the Preview on your hard drive.

3 simple ways two-factor authentication can protect you when no one else will

Two-factor authentication helps you protect your online identity even when the companies you do business with are breached or leak your data.

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Meet ‘World Beyond Windows,’ the new PCWorld column dedicated to Linux, Chrome OS, and anything but Windows

The PC ecosystem extends far beyond the Microsoft campus. Welcome to the World Beyond Windows.

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Breakthrough batteries last 20 years, charge 70 percent in two minutes

If the breakthrough battery tech hits mainstream it could revolutionize electric cars—and end the forced obsolescence of smartphones.

Samsung's futuristic Wi-Fi tech is five times faster than today's wireless networks

Samsung's developing a new Wi-Fi technology that will let you transfer a 1GB file between devices in under 3 seconds--but don't expect to see it in your Galaxy phone anytime soon.

Spot phishing scams and don’t take the bait

Phishing scams profit from your false sense of security. Protect yourself by learning how to look askance at any odd-seeming email.

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Microsoft pledges commitment to Surface line and Surface Pro 3 accessories

Hoping to ease the concerns of business customers, Microsoft announced that the Surface line is here to stay, and the Surface Pro 3's accessories will work with the next version of the tablet.

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SSDs could get cheaper with Samsung's cutting-edge TLC V-NAND tech

The second generation of Samsung's innovative vertical-NAND flash memory is built for bulk storage and delivering fantastic yield rates--two signs that Samsung SSDs packing the tech could be much cheaper than today's 850 Pro line.

AMD Radeon graphics card prices slashed after Nvidia's GTX 980 launch

The price cuts for the Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X in particular are nothing to sneeze at, with triple-digit discounts now available.