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Windows is expensive. That's a fact PC users have put up with for two decades, but recent moves by competitors like Apple and Google, which provide their operating systems and updates for free, have made the price even harder to tolerate. A lot of users want a cheaper way to install Windows or upgrade on…
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Security has finally become a serious issue for smartphone owners. The high-profile leaks of undressed celebrity iPhone owners, combined with a constant stream of warnings about Android bugs and malware, has left many people feeling  uncertain. Even governments cannot be trusted to respect their citizen's privacy. Apple's Tim Cook has turned this into a selling…
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Geeks despised almost everything about Windows 8, but new features in Windows 10 may bring desktop enthusiasts back into the fold.
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Most gamers know that large PCs tend to be faster than small ones. Quicker chips require more power, generate more heat, and have more transistors, all of which adds up to more space. Very few people believe, even for a second, that a laptop can outrun an equally expensive desktop built in the same year. Yet many…
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Microsoft's Xbox isn't doing so well these days. The new console's potential was squandered by poor planning and underwhelming  hardware. A lack of quality exclusives is part of the problem; there just aren't enough games, either currently available or in development, that take advantage of the Xbox One's hardware. Perhaps the answer is to look backwards at old franchises…
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Microsoft launched Windows 8 with a new Windows Store full of "metro" apps. Though intended to compete with the App Store and Google Play, it was spoiled by useless junkware, scams and apps that blatantly ripped off popular brands, including some owned by Microsoft. The store has improved over time and Microsoft purged many fake…
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Most people closely guard their personal banking information both on and offline. Everyone knows it's a bad thing for other people to have your social security number or account number, particularly if it can be combined with other information. But many forget about another type of information that can be as damaging on the wrong hands; medical…
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There's no name in cloud storage that carries more weight than Dropbox. The plucky upstart has been around for six years and has survived attempts by much larger companies to oust it from the market. While Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft offer a competitor, many users still turn to Dropbox by default. With that said,…
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Many users who've installed Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 have set up a Microsoft account that's accessible through a web browser as well as through their local machine. In many cases, users of Windows 8.1 are selecting a connected account solely because they think there's no other choice. In truth, going private with a local…
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Gaming can be an expensive hobby. New consoles cost hundreds of dollars, new games are sixty bucks a pop (even more in Australia and certain European countries), and accessories can bleed your wallet dry. Yet there are some great gaming values available for only $20. Tightening your budget means you can't have the latest and…
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Are you paranoid about your computer? If not, perhaps you should be. Most people who own a PC use it for countless personal tasks like banking, communicating with friends and managing personal contacts. And most people enable saved passwords in their browsers and applications because it's more convenient. Anyone with access to your computer could snoop…
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Time flies, doesn’t it? While it still feels relatively fresh, Intel’s Haswell architecture is now more than year old. Its replacement, which is code-named Broadwell, is being prepared for release this holiday season. Soon, Haswell will be old news, replaced by even more efficient hardware that will likely outperform its predecessor by every metric. This …
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