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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.


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.


Cloud Uptake Lower Than Expected, Research Firm Says

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


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.


Back-to-School Tech Guide 2012

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

Fujitsu Turns Your Old CDs and DVDs into Laptop Bodies

Fujitsu's innovative program will recycle the media into new laptop parts, greatly reducing the company's amount of plastic used.


How Police Tracked Down Steve Jobs' Stolen iPads

Digital breadcrumbs left by the iMac and iPad computers were key in tracking them down after a burglary.

Shamoon Malware Threatens to Wipe Your Drive

The malicious code -- also called Disttrack -- may be part of a directed attack at energy companies, but could take down other systems in its wake.

Adobe Reader Patches 'Incomplete'

Google's Chrome security team urges caution with some PDF files.

Win RT Tablets Will Cost $300 Less Than Win 8 Slates

Microsoft's ARM tablets will be priced to attract consumers, says a Lenovo executive; the expected price tag bumps Apple's iPad while pricier Intel Surface models aim for business.

Google Play Smart Updates Save Data Costs and Time

Google has quietly launched delta updates for Google Play apps, offering a more economical way to refresh apps.


Twitter's API Changes: What's In It for You

Third-party developers must rework their apps to take advantage of faster refresh -- and comply with policies restricting the number of customers.