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Robotics Developer Studio 4 Lets You Build Kinect-Guided Robots

The newest version of Microsoft's robotics development tool comes with support for the Kinect for Windows. Robotics fans squeal with glee.

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New SimCity Is Under Construction, Will Arrive in 2013

It's back! EA and Maxis announced a new version of everyone's favorite city simulator that should come to the PC sometime next year.

Lego Space Shuttle Takes Flight, Returns to Earth Undamaged

A Lego hobbyist launched a Lego space shuttle over 114,000 feet into the atmosphere, earning ridiculous amounts of geek cred in the process.

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6 Security Trends to Watch For

The recent RSA security conference in San Francisco can be a great place to learn about the latest security threats. Here are some of the threats and trends to watch for.

Google Privacy Checklist: What to Do Before Google's Privacy Policy Changes on March 1

If you use Gmail, Google Docs, or any other popular G-service, you’re about to surrender a lot more personal information to the Googleplex...unless you take these steps to prevent it.

Apple, Google, and Others Agree to Limit App Privacy Invasions

The State of California and six big tech companies--including Apple, Google, and Microsoft--agree to keep mobile apps from leaking your personal information without telling you.

In Defense of Jailbreaking

Jailbreaking unlocks the full potential of today's mobile gadgets and consoles, but the practice is in legal limbo. Here's why and how we all benefit from jailbreaking.

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F-Secure Internet Security 2012 Review: A Slow but Decent Malware Fighter

The latest F-Secure suite is quite capable of keeping your machine safe, but it may drag your PC down at times.

Best Security Suites: PC Bodyguards

These all-in-one defenders can block baddies, tackle Trojans, and drop-kick drive-by downloads. We test the top contenders.

McAfee Internet Security 2012 Review: Uneven Protection, Sluggish Speeds

McAfee's 2012 security suite posts mixed performance results, failing to keep up with top contenders.

Avira Internet Security Suite 2012 Review: An Adequate Safeguard Against Malware

The 2012 edition of Avira's security suite gets the job done, but not much else.

Avast Internet Security 6 Review: Good, Basic Malware Detection

Avast's latest security suite is effective in defending against malware, but it could stand to improve in cleanup.

AVG Internet Security 2012 Review: Respectable Antimalware Capabilities

AVG's security suite will protect your PC, but it can’t quite keep up with the best performers in our latest test group.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Essentials Review: Fast Security Suite Falls Short in Cleanup

Webroot's revamped security suite has a lot to like, but its low malware disinfection scores prevent it from becoming a top contender.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 Review: Great Protection, Excellent Interface

Bitdefender’s security suite blends a friendly design with top-shelf PC protection for novices and advanced users alike.