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GeekBytes: Here Come the Cyborg Snails (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

What's weirder, cyborg snails that spy on you or a Justin Bieber Lego set? That's just a couple of the bits of awesome (or not-so-awesome) in today's installment of GeekBytes.

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GeekBytes: A Dino-Eat-Dino-Eat-Dino World (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

Scientists find perhaps the strangest fossil ever, and that's just one of the many bits of awesome floating around the Web in today's installment of GeekBytes.

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The New iPad, Mobile World Congress Recap, and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on PCWorld Podcast #133

The third-generation iPad with Retina display is here, plus we wrap up the cool announces at Mobile World and talk about life with Microsoft's downloadable Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

GeekBytes: Spider Webs Cover an Entire Town and Other Things We Didn't Cover

A town in Australia found itself covered in spiderwebs like something from a bad nightmare. Learn about that and more weird stuff we didn't get a chance to cover in today's installment of GeekBytes.

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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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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.

How We Test Antivirus Software and Security Suites

Want to choose the most effective security software for your PC? Learn more about how we evaluate antivirus utilities and security suites.

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.

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.