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How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

We'll show you how to protect your online privacy as governments around the world, including the U.S., step up their online surveillance efforts.

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Twitter's Vine dies today, so download your videos pronto

Vine is morphing into Vine Camera, and time is running out to save your precious Vines before they become part of history.

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Nvidia's new Shield TV launches with HDR support, and connected home smarts on deck

After making a splash at CES, Nvidia's new $200 Shield TV is now on sale.

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Stay focused with the Noisli for Chrome background-noise generator

Noisli for Chrome helps you focus with the help of your own customized background noises.

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Performance-boosting Game Mode discovered in new Windows 10 preview build, confirmed by Microsoft

An early version of Windows 10's expected Game Mode has made an appearance in Build 15007, and Microsoft executives have confirmed it will formally roll out soon.

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Google's adding native Chrome support for FLAC lossless audio files

Google's Chrome browser will be able to play FLAC files by the end of January—as will Firefox.

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How to add 360-degree images to Chrome's New Tab page

SVRF Tabs for Chrome puts 360-degree images on your New Tab page.

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FCC chief accuses AT&T and Verizon of violating net neutrality—but it probably doesn't matter

The FCC believes that AT&T and Verizon are probably engaging in unfair practices, but don't expect the government to do anything about it.

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How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure

Don't let your smart clock expose you to hackers. A web app from BullGuard can help.

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AT&T raises unlimited data pricing as carriers push users away from grandfathered plans

AT&T is increasing the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $5—just like it did in 2016.

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Your Windows 10 PC may soon lock itself when you walk away

The latest Windows 10 build has a new security feature called Dynamic Lock that may automatically lock your PC when you're not there.

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Verizon jacks phone upgrade fees from $20 up to $30

Verizon is charging you more for the right to buy a new phone.

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Thieves swipe two of Razer's mind-blowing PC hardware prototypes from the CES floor

Razer had a great CES until the company realized two of its prototypes had disappeared from the show floor.

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Amazon Echo speakers obey TV's command to buy a dollhouse

Alexa-powered devices try to buy a dollhouse after responding to a command from a news broadcast.

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Ellp is like IFTTT for the desktop

A relatively new program called Ellp beta lets you automate specific actions on your PC.