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Download every De La Soul album for free for today only

Tired of waiting to get through all the legal hurdles, De La Soul is taking its music straight to the fans via the Internet.

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How to force SkyDrive to store your files on your hard drive in Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 SkyDrive makes many of your files available only when you're online. Here's how to change that so you always have a local copy at hand.

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Meet Flappy Bert, Sesame Street's amazing Flappy Bird clone

Sesame Workshop offers its own take on Flappy Bird with Flappy Bert.

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Former Googler explains why Gmail contacts stink, we explain how to make them better

If you love to hate Gmail's contacts manager you now have a reason why is stinks so much: priorities.

Ads are coming to Firefox

Firefox has a plan for its new tab page before it gets filled up with your most-visited websites.

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How to clean up the mess left by browser toolbars

The Web has come a long way, but some programs still try to sneak changes to your browser past you. Here's how to undo their evil work.

Microsoft working on Kindle-like Xbox reading app for Windows 8

Windows users may soon be reading books, magazines, and comics through an Xbox-branded reading app.

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HP starts charging for server firmware updates

Hewlett-Packard says its firware updates for servers are valuable intellectual property, and soon the company will charge for access.

Use Outlook.com's aliases to hide your true email address from prying eyes

Outlook.com's alias feature can help protect you against marketers, would-be hackers, and more. Here's how to set one (or more!) up.

HTTPS Everywhere makes Firefox for Android more secure

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's add-on forces websites to use HTTPS encryption whenever possible.

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Three Windows multitasking features that help maximize your screen space

Need to get more than one thing done at a time? There's a Snap for that.

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Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?)

According to Net Applications, use of the aging system has actually increased—just months before official Microsoft support is slated to end.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak: More changes for Start screen, desktop

Big changes in this update include improving the modern UI experience for traditional point, click, and type PC users.

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How to sync your Windows desktop to the cloud

Take your desktop with you where ever you are.

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Amazon ponders jacking the price of Prime by $20 to $40

An Amazon Prime subscription could cost you $20 to $40 more per year sometime soon.