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Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest

This is the first time there is official recognition of the possible illegality of blocking measures, civil rights group EDRi said

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Want a reliable hard drive? Splurge for 4TB, study of 40,000-plus HDDs finds

Cloud backup firm Backblaze finds remarkably low failure rates in 4TB HDDs from Seagate and HGST.

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Mouse Box wants to stuff a full PC into a mouse

Packing the guts of a computer into a mouse seems like a neat idea, even if it's probably going to wind up being vaporware.

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Acer preps a pair of durable Chromebooks for students

Acer is toughening up its laptops to meet the demands of students who don't have time or attention to think about caring for a delicate piece of computer machinery.

VPNs made easy: 3 services with one-click desktop apps

Choosing the right VPN for you is hard enough. Why make it harder by having to muck about with network settings?

Apple wants to know more about your listening habits

Apple has reportedly acquired analytics platform Musicmetric

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Acer brings two new Chromebooks to the education market

The two laptops will arrive in February and are built for the school environment

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Critical Java updates fix 19 vulnerabilities, disable SSL 3.0

Future Java 7 security patches will not be publicly available so users should migrate to Java 8

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Free game alert: Origin's giving away Theme Hospital

If only we could cure 'Hairyitis' and 'The Squits' in real life.

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Plex for PlayStation now available in the U.S.

It came to other parts of the world first, but the Plex app for the Playstation 3 and 4 is now available stateside.