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Pirated Mobile Apps Get Hacked, Cracked, and Smacked

As much as 90% of the top 100 paid Android and iOS apps are ending up criminalized in hackers' hands, an Arxan study claims.

How to Supercharge Your PC With a RAM Disk

Want the speed of a solid-state drive without the expense? You might be able to set up a virtual hard drive in your PC by creating a RAM disk. Here's how to do it.

Why Does Google Hate Me?

Analysis: In the latest snafu, Google Docs erased my files -- but only when I tried to view them in Chrome. Really, Google?

Apple Warns Customers to be Cautious of SMS After 'Flaw' Cited

While SMS is a relatively mature technology, in recent years it has attracted the interest of security researchers as an attack vector for smartphones.

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Smartphones Can Distract Diners, Prompting Restaurants to Act

It's something you see more and more when eating out -- people staring at and tapping on their phones instead of chatting with each other.

Facebook's IPO Disaster Raises Speculation About Zuckerberg's Future

Talk has turned to whether a seasoned business person could better lead Facebook, while 28-year-old Zuckerberg, with his gray t-shirts and hoodies, could focus on the technology.

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Shamoon Malware Cripples Windows PCs to Cover Tracks

Security companies, including Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab and U.S. antivirus vendor Symantec, have not yet figured out what kind of data Shamoon is looking for, then stealing.

2 Services That Help Protect Public Wi-Fi Users

Private Wi-Fi can automatically connect and activate itself from startup, and proXPN's Premium version offers the ability to configure your iPad or iPhone to also use the service.

Cloud Company Ending 'Lifetime' Hosting Promise

As consolation, Joyent is offering customers the free use of one of the company's SmartMachines for one year.

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Acer Still Supports Windows RT

Despite some online skirmishing and being dropped from Microsoft's partner list, Acer says it still expects to ship Windows RT devices.

Windows 8 RTM Reveals 'Do Not Track'

The final code shows how Microsoft is implementing the 'Do Not Track' privacy setting for Internet Explorer 10.

Biometric ID Tool Benefits Questioned in Light of Privacy Concerns

Opposition to biometric ID is pretty widespread, and most of that opposition is based not on prophecy, but on concerns about privacy.

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Cloud Uptake Lower Than Expected, Research Firm Says

Gartner says cloud computing is moving slower than what everyone thought it would.

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NASA: Mars Curiosity Ready to Roam, Shoot Lasers

With the Mars Curiosity rover's science instruments working well, NASA engineers are getting ready for two big tests of their robotic rover.

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Back-to-School Tech Guide 2012

Here's tech that will make college a breeze, whether it's in the classroom or the dorm.