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Easy-to-exploit rooting flaw puts Linux PCs at risk

The maintainers of Linux distributions are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability that's already being exploited in the wild and poses a serious risk to Linux based servers, desktops and other devices.


3 handy image tools you can use in File Explorer

File Explorer's Manage tab for photos has some quick-and-easy photo-management tools for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users.

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Samsung releases super-high-capacity 8GB DRAM

Samsung today announced a new 8GB DRAM package with 10-nanometer-class process circuitry that has twice the capacity and twice the speed of DDR4 DRAM used in PCs.

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This free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks

A new open-source tool called MBRFilter can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.

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Intel CPU flaw could help attackers defeat security features

A feature in Intel's Haswell CPUs can be abused to reliably defeat an anti-exploitation technology that exists in all major operating systems, researchers have found.

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Facebook wants to replace Yelp with your friends' recommendations

Facebook wants to make it easy to get recommendations from your friends on where to eat and which shows to see.

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Oracle fixes 100s of vulnerabilities that put enterprise data at risk

Oracle has released another large batch of patches, fixing many critical vulnerabilities in enterprise products that are used to store and work with critical business data.


Vudu starts streaming free, ad-supported 'Movies on Us'

Vudu is offering some free movies for streaming, but don't expect to find any recent releases.

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How to find out what Facebook knows about you

Facebook uses your online activity to build an advertising profile about you. Here's how to look at (and edit) some of that information.

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Critical flaws found in open-source encryption software VeraCrypt

A new security audit has found critical vulnerabilities in VeraCrypt, an open-source full-disk encryption program that's the direct successor to the widely popular, but now defunct, TrueCrypt.

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Hackers hide stolen payment-card data inside website product images

Attackers compromise online shops and store stolen payment-card details inside legitimate image files in order to avoid detection.

Amazon wants your photos: Family Vault will be a pix-sharing perk for Prime users

Amazon's latest Prime perk lets the whole family pool their photos into a single, shared online storage space. And if you buy more stuff along the way, Amazon won't mind.


Cheap airfares: Google Flights helps you snag the best by predicting price changes

Cheap airfares: Everyone wants them, and Google Flights will help by telling you when prices are expected to go up—or down.

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The Xbox One's first email app is here, and it's not Outlook

MailOnX is the Xbox One's first email app, because nothing says gaming like productivity software.

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Dyre banking Trojan successor rears its ugly head

Cybercriminals have unleashed a new banking Trojan onto the Internet and it bears striking similarities to Dyre, a malware threat believed to be dead for almost a year.