Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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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.

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HP EliteBook 840 G1 review: A gem of a business laptop

With super-easy access to internals for upgrades and repairs, good looks, and comfortable ergonomics, this 14-inch business laptop sedately shines.

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Bugs & Fixes: Asus router vulnerability gives Plug and Play a new meaning

Turning on Universal Plug and Play causes any attached storage to be exposed to the Internet. A manual firmware fix is available.

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Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive review: Not the killer storage upgrade it could be

Kudos to WD for combining SSD read performance and hard-drive capacity in a single package, but a high price tag and slow SSD write performance complicate the buying decision.

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Intel 730 Series SSD (480GB) review: Good performance and a strong warranty

Intel's new 730 series SSD has an enterprise heritage and a long warranty, but its performance is only middle of the pack.