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Building a better password: Simple changes add strength

We still take the easy route far too often, but even some simple changes can strengthen password selections.

Are password managers safe from the NSA surveillance?

With all the disclosures about PRISM and decryption by government agencies, we wonder whether the NSA force password management app developers to give up your data.

TVs and smartphones steal the spotlight at IFA

This year's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin offered smartphones, tablets, 4K TVs, a much-anticipated smartwatch and new spins on the camera.

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Bitcoin is legal, let it evolve into its role, researchers urge

The much buzzed-about digital currency has aroused concern for its use in illicit activity, but George Mason University researchers urge a cautious regulatory approach.

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The worst deals in tech: Are you being fleeced by these 7 overpriced products?

That shiny new tech toy might appear irresistible—until you realize its mark-up is obscene.

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Report: Google tests local news card to keep you updated on what's happening nearby

The new card would deliver "hyper-local" information relevant to where you live or work.

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Tired of being pestered? Dodge data collectors with MaskMe's myriad tools

A new privacy tool called MaskMe may help people evade data harvesting efforts by websites and marketers.

FTC advises Google, Yahoo, others to be clearer in labeling paid search results

Searching online for something like "diet plans," or "Caribbean vacation," or of course "iPhone," is bound to present a slew of results, including ads. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants search engines to display those ads more clearly.

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10 things about Bitcoin every consumer should know

While many in the Bitcoin community discredit the criticism against the currency, no interested party should dive into a Bitcoin engagement without knowing the facts.

Introducing TechHive's Digital Entertainment Superguide

Interested in cutting the cord on your television and exploring what the digital media landscape has to offer you? Make the move with our Digital Entertainment Superguide, hand-crafted for you by the TechHive editors for just $3.99.

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How to dummy-proof the PCs of friends and family

You’re the one who gets the call when something goes wrong. These smart tools and settings will help you help them with less hassle.

How we tested the nation's networks

Our approach to testing wireless service has always been to closely replicate how people use wireless service in the real world, and then measure how well it really works. That’s why we do the testing ourselves.

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Electronics deals are skimpy on the eve of Memorial Day sales

Memorial Day touts the start of summer sales, but bargain-hunters might do well to be patient and wait for a few upcoming events that will bring real deals.

A Google Glass store makes sense because buying them at Best Buy will suck big time

The rumored Google Glass stores be a powerful branding tool for the still-nascent cult of Glass. But they will be a place to avoid the hell of buying them at a national chain.

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