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Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter, Github, PayPal, and more offline

A massive DDoS attack against DNS host Dyn has knocked several prominent websites offline, including Spotify, Twitter, Github, Etsy, and more.

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This week in games: Diablo 4 whispers, Civilization VI launch

Plus: King's Quest ends, Samsung vs. the exploding Note7 mod for GTA V, new Stellaris story DLC, and more. This is your gaming news for October 17 through 21.

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Chrome for Android keeps the music going with background media playback

The app's start page also got touched up, now offering you a series of articles to check out.

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Easy-to-exploit rooting flaw puts Linux PCs at risk

The maintainers of Linux distributions are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability that's already being exploited in the wild and poses a serious risk to Linux based servers, desktops and other devices.

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13 gadget-friendly travel bags for the discerning techie

Today's tech-savvy traveler has more gadget friendly luggage options than ever before, including Kate Spade purses that recharge iPhones, suitcases with built-in laptop trays and 'smart' bags that track their own locations.

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Celebrating 12 years of Ubuntu: A look back at a Linux flagbearer

Founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the first public release of Ubuntu – version 4.10, or “Warty Warthog” – on Oct. 20, 2004. Here's a look back at the history of Ubuntu, one of open-source software’s biggest public standard-bearers

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Battlefield 1 review: Satisfying chaos, solemn silence

Battlefield 1's solemn campaign and over-the-top multiplayer may feel like polar opposites, but the complete package is all-around excellent.

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Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children worldwide on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an "unfair and deceptive" business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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Intel asserts trademark rights against John McAfee

Intel does not object to John McAfee using his personal name in connection with his business, but it objects to the use of the McAfee trade name and trademark in a way that could confuse consumers or dilute the brand.


3 handy image tools you can use in File Explorer

File Explorer's Manage tab for photos has some quick-and-easy photo-management tools for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users.

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20 terrifying PC horror games to play with the lights off

Don't be ashamed to curl up in a ball in the corner. These PC horror games will scare the pants off of even hardened gamers.

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13 super-scary movies to stream for Halloween

Some of the best horror movies of all time are available for streaming online. Watch them if you dare.

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Interview: Sid Meier reflects on 25 years of Civilization

Civilization VI launches today. We caught up with Sid Meier to discuss the iconic Civilization series' 25 year legacy.

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Samsung releases super-high-capacity 8GB DRAM

Samsung today announced a new 8GB DRAM package with 10-nanometer-class process circuitry that has twice the capacity and twice the speed of DDR4 DRAM used in PCs.