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Visit the MSN portal right now and you'll get a straightforward news site. It's informative, but it's busy, inflexible and doesn't give you easy access to Microsoft services -- a bit odd when it's frequently your initial homepage on a shiny new Windows PC. Thankfully, Microsoft is aware that it ne

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The Chrome browser on Windows 8 has had a Chrome OS-like view for a while, but it now looks like that OS-within-an-OS option is spreading to other platforms. François Beaufort notes that Chrome Canary now has an experimental \"Chrome OS mode\" for Windows 7 that drops you into Google's web-ba

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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras launched their own news site, The Intercept, to post high-profile leaks without worrying about the hassles that can come with publishing through major media outlets. They don't have to worry that an outside editor will put the kibosh on an Edward Snowden story due

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13 is a big year in a young one's life: you've officially tip-toed into adolescence, your body starts to go a little batty and you can finally sign up for a Google account. According to a new report from The Information, though, Google is gearing up to unleash its services on an even younger audie

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Google sometimes lets you ask follow-up questions when a search doesn't provide all the answers. Bing, however, has required that you phrase each query as if you're starting fresh -- a bit of a headache if you're the curious sort. That won't be a problem for much longer, as Microsoft is rolling

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Ever been knocked offline right before you get to read a story on the web? If Google has its way, you won't be left high and dry in these situations for much longer. The company has posted a test release of its Chrome browser that include a \"show saved copy\" button on the connection error page.

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If you've wanted to try the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 but have been skittish about the flakiness of very early builds, your moment has come -- Google has released a beta of its beefed-up browser. As with the Canary and developer editions, this more reliable software makes full u

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If you go all out connecting your house, you can end up spending as much upgrading a smart home as it costs to build a dumb one. But you don't need a ton of proprietary gear to pimp your crib with 21st-century tech. Your smartphone and tablet already serve to consolidate your digital life, and the

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It's easy to get sucked into a nostalgic listening session, but tracking down the songs of your youth can be tougher than you think -- and \"best of\" medleys on YouTube will only do so much to scratch the itch. Don't worry, though, as The Nostalgia Machine has come to save the day. Pick a year and

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You may think you're thwarting advertisers and other nosy web citizens by blocking cookies and invoking Do Not Track whenever possible, but that apparently isn't good enough. Researchers have just documented a newer web tracking technique, canvas fingerprinting, that's nearly impossible to stop. A

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Want to see a textbook definition of irony? Look no further than Indexeus, a search engine that primarily exposes the info of malicious hackers caught up in the very sort of data breaches that they inflict on others. As it was originally structured, people had to \"donate\" $1 for every record the

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Many websites are built for mobile devices these days, but you'll still run into the occasional page that refuses to run. Wouldn't it be nice if you got a heads-up before you wasted a click? As of today, you will: Google search now warns you when a site isn't likely to work on your hardware of cho

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