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Paul Ferrill has been writing about computers and networking for more than 25 years. He's had articles published in InfoWorld, Network World, PC Magazine, and a wide range of other publications. He's also the author of two books and currently working on a third.

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Google's new, highly targeted app ads react to how you use Android apps

Google has a new advertising program that lets advertisers target you based on the apps you use, how often you use them, and the types of in-app purchases you make.

Supposedly patched router backdoor still opens wide for secret 'knock,' says researcher

A security researcher who first discovered a back door in a number of different router models says the patch meant to fix the vulnerability didn't change anything.

Two tricks to take the hassle out of managing Windows 8 Wi-Fi connections

Managing your Wi-Fi connections may not seem all that important...until it is.

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Google reportedly wants to make email encryption easier, but don't hold your breath

Email encryption is a great way to keep snoops out of your private correspondence. Too bad it's not a realistic option as a built-in feature for Gmail.

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How to start receiving personalized alerts on Bing

Here's how to take advantage of Bing's new personalization feature to get timely news and weather updates on Bing.com

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS plays better with high-res displays, forms Ubuntu's tablet backbone

Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' is here as Canonical's latest LTS release. It's more about stability than new features, but still begins a new era for Ubuntu.

Chrome OS may kill the password with Easy Unlock smartphone option

In the future, Chrome OS users may unlock their PCs just by having their smartphone nearby.

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VPN provider proves OpenVPN private keys at risk from Heartbleed bug

It was suspected that OpenVPN private keys could be at risk from Heartbleed, and now a personal VPN provider in Sweden says it has proven it.

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Bing gets personal ahead of Cortana launch

Bing.com is getting Google Now-ish with new personalized cards on the Bing homepage.

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LaCie warns hackers may have customer info, credit cards after year-long breach

For almost an entire year beginning in March 2013, malicious attackers may have been harvesting customer information including credit card data, LaCie says.

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Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

Now that you're used to the new Windows 8.1 Update, it's time to clear up some space on that hard drive.

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Look at this: The first 4K laptop, Toshiba's Satellite P55t, coming soon

Yes, it's the first, and for just $1,500 or so, and you, too, can stare at a zillion gorgeous pixels. But gosh, that's a lot to cram on a 15.6-inch display.

TrueCrypt for Windows: No major flaws found in first phase of security audit

The popular open-source encryption program has "no evidence of backdoors or intentional flaws" that could be exploited for surveillance.

Three essential 'hardware' tools every PC user needs

You won't need them every day, but when you need them you really, really need them.

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Stop using that Vaio Fit hybrid! Sony warns of fire risk

Sony is getting out of the PC business soon, but there's still time for one last product glitch.