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Hello, Toshiba Chromebook 2

1080p IPS display? 13-in. screen? Front-facing stereo speakers? 

Yeah -- this one looks promising, all right. Some initial impressions:
With its high-quality 1080p display and spectacular speakers, Toshiba's Chromebook 2 isn't your typical Chrome OS device.
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Curious about what Microsoft's bringing to Windows Server 10? Here's an early look from Jonathan Hassell.
No major changes compared to Windows Server 2012 R2, but some very good incremental ones. With this just a very early version, here are some changes you might want to consider as you decide when to start looking at the release.
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Last year, +Rebecca Linke rounded up a bunch of portable battery chargers that give your smartphone or tablet juice when you're far from an outlet. It was wildly popular with readers -- clearly these are gadgets people need.

Well, Rebecca has just rounded up an all-new batch of portable chargers that are lighter and more powerful than last year's group. Which one will you pick?
 
The latest chargers for smartphones and tablets offer more power but less weight than last year's. Here are 12 that will help keep you powered throughout the day.

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When will we start taking security seriously?
It seems like every week we hear of a new breach and another cache of credit card data stolen. Isn't it time to finally admit that we need some new security methods and leave the password behind once and for all because it clearly doesn't work.  http://bit.ly/1rnEym4

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California's drought, the worst in over 100 years, offers Silicon Valley a new opportunity. Enter big data, cloud computing, sensors, the Internet of Things, and hackathons.

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Tons of useful info for Android users here.
 
Whether you're shopping for a new Android gadget or looking to make your current device do more, this guide's got plenty of stuff to keep you busy this holiday season.
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Great piece by +Mike Elgan on a.) why anyone who's concerned about trolls on social media should switch to Google+ and b.) how to keep trolls in check once you get here. Given the extreme intimidation tactics (death threats, rape threats, doxxing and more) trolls have been using against women, racial minorities, LGBT people, or really anyone they disagree with, it's well worth reading.
Not all social networks are equal when it comes to defeating trolls, haters and spammers. Here's why Google+ has the best anti-troll system and how to use it.
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As +Barbara Krasnoff  says, I love the specificity of the reasons Matt Lake gives for finding Google Glass unsatisfactory. That and lines like "Glass's voice recognition can be about as responsive as your average 6-year-old after soda and cupcakes."
 
A fun (and actually very informative) article from Matt Lake on his experiences trying out Google Glass. Some of these (such as the reaction of folks you're talking to) I had sort of surmised, but it's good to have some direct (very direct) feedback from somebody who actually tried a pair out.
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+Barbara Krasnoff -- I think Glass has a bit of a hearing problem, or at least, a filtering problem. I tried to get it to work in the open air, in empty auditoriums, and in rooms with background noise--not so much for a torture test, but because that's where I work. 
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Delightful takedown of marketers' "sexy phone" hyperbole by +Barbara Krasnoff:
 
I attended the introduction of the new HTC One M8 today, and besides the specs and appearance of what HTC is obviously hoping will be a new standout phone, I couldn't help noticing the obvious affection with which the device was described -- to the point where I started wondering if I had stepped into a romantic novel.
HTC's new flagship phone, the HTC One M8, has been described in such flowery language that you're not sure whether you want to buy it or date it.
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Some really useful advice from +Johanna Ambrosio  here.
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Ever wonder what it's like to use a 3D printer? +Lucas Mearian goes hands on.
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Do you use a Web ad blocker? Why or why not? +Robert Mitchell dives deep into the pros and cons.
 
Ad blockers can take a major bite out of a site's ad revenue. Are they a solution or a problem?

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I have both Disconnect and Adblock Plus installed. However, I keep them turned off most of the time. I don't feel right blocking every site, whether the ads are intrusive or not. Ad Blocking is the nuclear option.
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