Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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SOS Online Backup offers a lifeline to those concerned about data privacy

SOS owns their own storage and uses your keys for encryption. It's also reasonably priced and supports you mobile devices. What's not to love?

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OCZ Vertex 460 SSD review: This drive delivers market-leading write performance

OCZ's controller plus Toshiba's NAND equals a fast and affordable consumer SSD.

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Translator with Speech review: Windows Phone app bridges language barriers

This app speaks translations in 54 languages, and Windows Phone's predictive texting and speech recognition makes it a snap to use.

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Seagate Business Storage Windows Server review: No-nonsense NAS for business

Running Microsoft's Server Essentials 2012 Workgroup edition, Seagate's Business Storage Windows Server NAS box is a good fit for Windows-centric houses. But it's pricey for the features provided.

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Bitwig Studio on Linux: Can one top-tier app change the game?

The release of a highly anticipated music application on Ubuntu Linux could be a watershed event for the free OS.

Bugs & Fixes: Making Synology's VPN private again

Synology updates its DiskStation Manager OS to solve a little problem with hardcoded passwords.

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Cyberlink Director Suite adds subscriptions and cloud storage

Cyberlink's creative suite is now available as a yearly subscription with 10GB of online storage to sweeten the deal. It's a more affordable, if not quite as advanced alternative to Adobe's Creative Cloud

Bugs & Fixes: With exploit roaming in the wild, Adobe updates Flash and Air

Anything that makes Flash safer is good. In this case, a known exploit makes the update well worth your time.

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Bugs & Fixes: 18 vulnerabilities in IE, squashed

A seemingly quiet Patch Tuesday lumps a bucket of browser vulnerabilities into one, big item. Windows and Silverlight bugs are also squashed.

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Plextor M6e SSD review: It's faster than a SATA drive, and not much more expensive

For only a little more than a SATA SSD, the Plextor M6e PCIe drive offers a 20-percent jump in read performance.

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Acer Travelmate Pro (TMP645-MG-9419) review: This mild-mannered case conceals a powerful laptop

This business-oriented portable delivers on speed and battery life, but its support options are staid by corporate standards.

Driving with data: MetroMile app is nice, but the pay-per-mile insurance is the real draw

Lucky residents of Illinois, Oregon, and Washington can save money on auto insurance if they use this app (and drive wisely). The rest of us have to wait.

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StageLight 1.3 Review: Groundbreaking GarageBand competitor for the PC

Ultra-affordable DAW app offers a lot of beat for the buck, but pro users may find it a tease.

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Bugs & Fixes: Iobit's Start Menu 8 startles with ads

Yep, adware has appeared on Start Menu 8, and unfortunately it looks to be a feature rather than a bug.

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Bugs & Fixes: The Moon Worm slinks by Linksys E-series routers

There's no real fix for this malware yet, but you can thwart it by keeping a specific setting disabled.