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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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Oculus buys Carbon Design, the team behind the Xbox 360 controller and original Kinect

Oculus just picked up a respected hardware design team as the company moves toward launching its first mass market VR headset.

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Starting Monday, some Sony TV owners will be able to play PS3 games without a console

Sony is expanding its PlayStation Now service on Monday to the first of several devices that will get the game streaming service in the coming months.

on techhive.com

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16 free and amazingly fun games you can play in your browser

From reboots of classics to new-world Chrome packaged apps that work offline, too, these games give new cred to browser-based play.

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Five questions to answer before paying for a VPN

VPNs are great for privacy and jumping regional restrictions, but not all VPNs are created equal. Knowing some of the key differences can save you time and hassle.

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Microsoft launches its first Android phone, the Windows Phone-like Nokia X2

It's still early days for the Microsoft-Nokia devices marriage, but for now Microsoft is continuing the Android-based X series.

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Watch out Google: Firefox OS-powered Chromecast competitor in the works

Recently, images of a FirefoxOS-based TV casting dongle surfaced online, but few people know who is making it or when it might be released.

on techhive.com

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Two months later, Heartbleed patching stalls out with 300k servers still vulnerable

A large number of sites are still vulnerable to Heartbleed, but it's unlikely we'll see them get patched anytime soon.

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The 8 scariest digital security stories of 2014 (so far)

The year's only halfway done, but hackers have already filled enough headlines to last a decade.

Simple mouse and keyboard tricks for efficient file management

Your keyboard and mouse are a treasure trove of hidden features to help you work faster and more efficiently. Here are two shorcuts that will save you time doing common file management tasks.

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First wave of Surface Pro 3 tablets land on store shelves

Yay, the Surface Pro 3 is here! Well, as long as you wanted the Core i5 version. Everyone else will have to wait.

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Call businesses directly from Google search results on your PC with Hangouts

Google has baked in Hangouts calls to business directly from Google's search results page.

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A free photo editor worth trying: Getting started with GIMP

GIMP is a great open-source alternative to Photoshop if you're not willing to spend the big bucks on Adobe's software. Here are three common tasks you can accomplish with it.

Department of Transportation wants control over your phone's navigation apps

Regulators already say they can regulate smartphone navigation apps but want that authority explicitly enshrined in law.

on techhive.com

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How to avoid installing bundleware with the help of Unchecky

Some third-party programs still try to slip a few extra programs past you if you're not paying attention. Unchecky helps solve that problem.

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Google may join health data-tracking party with Google Fit

Apple's doing it, Samsung's doing it, and now Google wants to store your day-to-day health data too.

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