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Spotify's Touch Preview makes song sampling painless

Spotify has a new solution for previewing songs to save them to your music collection or creating a play queue on the fly.

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Acer preps a pair of durable Chromebooks for students

Acer is toughening up its laptops to meet the demands of students who don't have time or attention to think about caring for a delicate piece of computer machinery.

VPNs made easy: 3 services with one-click desktop apps

Choosing the right VPN for you is hard enough. Why make it harder by having to muck about with network settings?

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Plex for PlayStation now available in the U.S.

It came to other parts of the world first, but the Plex app for the Playstation 3 and 4 is now available stateside.

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Libavcodec bug threatens Windows XP VLC users

Security researchers found a bug in VLC that could let an attacker run code on your machine, but VideoLan says the bug isn't theirs and a fix is already on its way.

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Marriott testing in-room access to Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, more

In the future, you may soon be able to watch Netflix in your room at Marriott hotels.

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HTC to debut One M9, smartwatch at MWC 2015

It's been almost a year since HTC introduced the well-received One M8. The company's flagship phone is due for a refresh, which is just what we might get at MWC in March--along with HTC's long-expected smartwatch debut.

A rumored Apple iPad stylus could point toward business ambitions, bigger tablets

Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of a stylus, but times change. One analyst believes Apple is about to release its own writing tool for the iPad.

Scary Steam for Linux bug erases all the personal files on your PC

Steam for Linux is packing a nasty bug that some users say has wiped out their personal documents and everything on their extended hard drives as well.

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Google's bringing Remote Desktop sharing to Chrome OS

The Chrome OS developer channel is currently testing remote access to Chromebooks, at long last.

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4 easy ways to cut your software costs in 2015

Are you paying money for software when perfectly good free alternatives exist? Here are four areas to consider dumping your annual software payments with solid free alternatives.

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Peerio hands-on: This secure messaging suite packs dead simple end-to-end encryption

The creator of Cryptocat and miniLock is back with yet another encryption tool .

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Wavelength wants to make sharing digital movies as easy as sharing physical DVDs

Wavelength relies on a loophole in UltraViolet's terms to let you legally share your digital movies with others.

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Google beefs up Translate app with Word Lens integration, better conversation mode

The new Google Translate app is rolling out now with Word Lens features and an improved real-time conversation mode that could rival Skype Translator.

The one way to upload folders to OneDrive in-browser

If you'd rather not copy entire folders to the cloud using OneDrive integration on the desktop, be warned: Browser support is a bit hit and miss.