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Deathmatch review: Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Yosemite

Windows 8.1 has languished as Microsoft seeks to move past its failure, while Apple has extended its Mac OS into an intriguing new direction

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Six browser plug-ins that protect your privacy

Privacy is a real concern for users these days. We review six browser plug-ins that offer privacy protection -- and a way to avoid ads.

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ProduKey: Answers "what's my @#$% Microsoft key?" (but not in Klingon)

Finding Microsoft Product keys at short notice is usually a complete and utter pain but it's even worse when you really need a key and you've misplaced the paperwork ...

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7 free tools every network needs

From device discovery to visibility into systems, networks, and traffic flows, these free open source monitoring tools have you covered

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HP blade chassis is dense and intense

C7000 blade server chassis packs enormous power in a 10U rack

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Better know an OS: Linux Mint 17.1 "Qiana"

If you’re looking for an elegant, high-performance, easy-to-use, highly functional, stable, and maintainable desktop Linux that is a real alternative to Windows and perhaps the most user-friendly distribution available, Linux Mint 17...

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TCP Connected Lighting: Almost the future of "smart" lighting

“Smart” lighting is, undoubtedly, the way of the future. It’s based on the idea that lighting should be optimized for power use and effectiveness as well as being customizable for aesthetic purposes. The TCP Connected Lighting System...

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Review: Surface Pro 3 isn’t really what enterprises want in a laptop

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is touted as the tablet that can replace your laptop, but is it what businesses want to issue to all their employees?

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OK, so maybe it’s not the “Worst Product Ever”…

Retest shows that perhaps I was a bit harsh in my earlier assessment. After all, there's still Clippy and "Bob" and the "McDLT" to consider.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview deep-dive: A promise of better things to come

Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview offers a first glimpse of the future of its operating system. Our reviewer takes a close look and thinks the upcoming OS could work.

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The best new features in Windows Server 10 (so far)

The early look at Windows Server 10 reveals many expected enhancements and nice surprises

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Get to know iOS 8: HealthKit and Apple’s new Health app

Set up your own health database, right on your iPhone.

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Slow Internet links got you down? It’s Dyn to the rescue

Dyn’s Internet Intelligence helps IT execs troubleshoot wide-area traffic slowdowns and compare ISP performance.

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Better Know an OS: Debian GNU/Linux

What is Debian GNU/Linux, what does it run on, and how good is it?

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Hummingboard: Giving Raspberry Pi a run for less money

SolidRun’s Hummingboard is a cheap, single board computer that runs Androdi, Debian Linux, and other distros out of the box.

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iPhone 6 deep-dive review: A major new step in design and performance

Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 6, marks a major new step in design and performance, although there have been some major problems with its new OS 8 along the way.

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GlassWire review: This free network security tool tells all about your network traffic

Get a grip on your network’s goings-on with GlassWire’s combination traffic monitor and firewall, shown in a gorgeous, live infographic.

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Immersion: The surprising history and connections in your messaging network

MIT's Immersion is a browser-based service that connects to your email account on Gmail, MS Exchange, or Yahoo and, after grabbing your metadata, graphs your connections. It can show you who have been the top connections over your...

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