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Android L will turn on encryption by default

The next version of Android, due out before the end of 2014, will encrypt all devices by default.

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How to get (mostly) stock Android on your phone easily with CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod has an almost one-click installer to install the community-driving ROM onto your Android device.

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Apple releases iCloud Drive for Windows PCs

Mac users have to wait for the release of OS X Yosemite to snag iCloud Drive support.

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Report: Microsoft testing Office update with feature-finding 'Tell Me' tool, black theme, and more

Microsoft hasn't made any huge changes to Office since it launched subscriptions for home users in early 2013. That may soon change, one report says.

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BitTorrent Bleep's serverless, peer-to-peer messaging enters public alpha

BitTorrent's Bleep messaging app is now available for anyone to try.

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Revolv smart home hub adding IFTTT support to become even more automated

Pretty soon Revolv users will be able to pause their connected stereo and dim the lights every time a call comes in on their smartphone. All thanks to IFTTT.

Slimmer, higher-res Kindle Voyage e-reader leaked by Amazon

It appears a new Kindle Paperwhite is coming, according to Amazon's international sites.

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Fear not: Kindle flaw that opened your Amazon account to attackers appears fixed

A concerning XSS flaw discovered by a German security researcher appears to be fixed. Here's what happened.

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Hidden Chrome for Android feature automatically answers questions in the search bar

Need to know a quick fact? On an Android device, you can now get the answer to some questions faster than it takes a Google search page to load.

Three warning signs that email is malicious

You can't always count on your spam filter to keep you safe. For those times, it pays to keep your scam sleuthing skills sharp.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

The rumors turned out to be true. Minecraft is about to become a Microsoft property.

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Chromebooks gain Chromecast streaming for Google Drive-stored videos

Chromebook users can now cast videos stored in Google Drive to their Chromecast--as long as they're running the dev version of Chrome OS, that is.

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How to make webmail your default email in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

Tired of seeing Outlook fire up every time you accidentally click a mailto link? Here's how to stop the madness and make those links useful.

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SanDisk's new SD card has an insane 512GB of storage

Yes, that's more than half a terabyte of storage capacity on a freaking SD card.

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Windows 9 video leak shows option to kill Start page entirely

Another day, another Windows 9 leak. This time it's not just screenshots, but a live-action video showing how the Start menu works.