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5 key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC

XP has just days of official support left. If you're thinking about buying a new PC, here are a few tips to help you navigate the aisles of your local electronics retailer.

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Office for iPad apps top 12 million downloads in one week

One week later and Office for iPad is still on top of the iTunes charts with more than 12 million downloads.

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Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 gets native voice call transfers and Cortana integration

Skype is getting even deeper integration with Windows Phone in version 8.1 including seamless voice call transfers and voice command video calls.

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Windows XP still going strong despite looming end of support deadline

Microsoft may be giving up on Windows XP, but many users don't appear to be ready to do the same.

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Drastic Spotify redesign sports a darker look and revamped Your Music section

Spotify is doing away with its gray theme for a bold new black look. Here's a preview of what you can expect.

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Force OneDrive to sort your files in a specific order across all your devices

OneDrive is a great cloud storage service, but sometimes it organizes your files on Android and iOS tablets in ways you didn't expect. Here's how to fix that.

OKCupid calls for Firefox boycott over CEO's Proposition 8 support

OKCupid would rather you didn't use Firefox to access its site due to Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's 2008 support for California's Proposition 8.

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Google cracks down on shady ads and app-promotion tactics in Google Play

Google makes developers responsible for keeping scammy stuff like simulated system alerts and sudden redirects out of their apps. The company also sets curbs on pornography.

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Three essential tools for solving the worst Wi-Fi headaches

Wi-Fi is great, except when it's not. Here are three tools that will make your wireless life easier.

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Now you can buy a computer-powered rifle on the Internet with Bitcoins

Texas-based TrackingPoint is now accepting Bitcoin for weapons purchases. It's not the first time you could buy guns with Bitcoin, but it might be the first time you could do it legally.

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Minecraft creator cancels Oculus Rift port talks after Facebook buy

The creator of Minecraft says any hope of bringing the popular world-building game to the Oculus Rift is out now that Facebook bought Oculus VR.

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How to disable Windows 8's deep cloud integration, piece by piece

Microsoft provides granular control options that let you pick and choose which cloud-friendly features to utilize.

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How to use Tumblr's new two-factor authentication

Tumblr joins a large number of online services that are making it harder for hackers to break into your account thanks to two-factor authentication.

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Basecamp falls to blackmail-fueled denial of service attack

Your data is safe - you just can't access it.

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Hands-on: Link Bubble rethinks in-app Android links to save you serious time

A new Android app borrows Facebook's Chat Heads idea and puts it to good use to save you time.

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