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Manage your hard drive space with Windows 8.1's hidden, helpful tools

Windows 8.1's PC Settings app has two great features to help you manage your computer's disk space.

Netflix strikes deal with Verizon to speed up streaming, too

Netflix continues to pay money to improve streaming speeds for its services among major U.S. ISPs.

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Firefox 29 with revamped Australis interface rolling out

Firefox's visual overhaul finally gets official with Firefox 29's Australis interface.

Google shows off the street smarts of its self-driving cars

Forget freewways: Google's self-driving cars are being tested on the raucous and rowdy city streets.

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Critical zero-day endangers all versions of Internet Explorer—and XP isn't getting a fix

It didn't take long for all the barking about the death of Windows XP to gain some teeth.

Netflix is finally coming to (some) U.S. cable boxes

Some U.S. cable subscribers are going to be able to ditch their Roku this week and just watch Netflix through their cable provider's TiVo.

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Uninstall preloaded Windows 8 apps in bulk with this program

It's easy to dump all your desktop bloatware in one fell swoop, but what about all those programs you don't need on the modern side of Windows? A new app helps you dump modern apps in bulk.

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The FCC's contentious new 'net neutrality' rules and you: What you need to know

Critics say the FCC is going to ruin the Internet with its new net neutrality proposal.

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7 Internet fakes we wish were real

Spend a little time on the Web, and you'll know better than to trust your eyes. Still, we've come across a few online pranks that we wish were more truth than fiction.

on techhive.com

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In Heartbleed's wake, tech titans launch fund for crucial open-source projects

The Heartbleed bug was a wake-up call for the tech world: major companies benefiting from open source projects like OpenSSL are better off paying a pittance to support their development.

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The Windows 8.1 Start menu could show up this summer

We know for certain that the Start menu is coming back to Windows 8.1. But when that will happen is still a mystery that has the rumor mill working overtime.

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Watch out Nexus: Cyanogen-powered, $299 OnePlus One finally revealed in full

We already know a lot about the device, but the OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenMod is finally here.

on greenbot.com

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Google's new, highly targeted app ads react to how you use Android apps

Google has a new advertising program that lets advertisers target you based on the apps you use, how often you use them, and the types of in-app purchases you make.

Supposedly patched router backdoor still opens wide for secret 'knock,' says researcher

A security researcher who first discovered a back door in a number of different router models says the patch meant to fix the vulnerability didn't change anything.

Two tricks to take the hassle out of managing Windows 8 Wi-Fi connections

Managing your Wi-Fi connections may not seem all that important...until it is.