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Meet Tox, an open, privacy-focused Skype replacement

It's not ready for prime time yet, but the early builds of a new privacy-focused chat client are promising.

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How to clear absolutely everything off your desktop in Windows 8.1

Want to have a spartan desktop with not so much as a Recycle Bin visible? Here's how to do just that.

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Hands-on: Chrome beta gets guest mode and a new profile switcher

You've been able to switch profiles and add a guest mode for months, but now Google is bringing the process front-and-center in the latest beta build of Chrome.

Controversial ads slip into Firefox nightly test builds

Mozilla said they would be coming to Firefox back in February. Now, the new ad-infused Directory Tiles new tab page is popping up in Firefox nightly builds.

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Samsung outs the Gear S, a curved Tizen smartwatch that doesn't need your phone

Also revealed: The Gear Circle, Bluetooth headphones that double as a necklace.

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The 10 best laptops of 2014 (so far)

These 10 laptops, gaming notebooks, and Ultrabooks are the best portable PCs we've seen this year.

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This more-powerful Raspberry Pi competitor is totally free

If you have a killer idea for a project, that is.

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Seagate's monstrous 8TB hard drive is the most spacious storage yet

Shipping this fall to enterprises everywhere: the largest capacity hard drive yet.

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Three ways to use BitTorrent Sync to share your files without the cloud

BitTorrent's latest version of Sync is so much easier to use. If you haven't tried it out, now's a good time. Here are three ways you can use the new app to sync files across your devices.

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Hands-on: Sweeping BitTorrent Sync update streamlines cloudless file-sharing

A sweeping update to BitTorrent Sync makes the peer-to-peer file sharing app much more user-friendly.

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Newegg rolls out same-day delivery in Los Angeles

Newegg? Yes, Newegg wants to take on Amazon, eBay, Google, and Walmart by offering a same-day delivery service.

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Spotify's Windows Phone app (finally) gets free, ad-supported listening

You no longer need a premium subscription to use Spotify on Windows Phone. The free, ad-supported version lands on Microsoft's smartphone platform.

Apple launches free iPhone 5 battery replacement program for defective units

If your iPhone 5 is experiencing battery life issues, you may have a faulty device. Check with Apple to see if you're eligible for a free replacement power pack.

Microsoft cuts Surface 2 prices by $100

Remember the Surface 2? Microsoft is still selling it and for a limited time the Windows RT slate is $100 cheaper.

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Shape shifters: The 11 most intriguing hybrid PCs

From 7-in-1s to table-size AIOs, they're anything but conventional.