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Akemi Iwaya

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

Here is more from the professor about how these companies can, and are, using the data they collect.

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Do you want a sneaky place to hide your password list, spare money, or other small paper items right by your computer? Today’s DIY video shows you how to create a thin compartment in your keyboard to hide those small paper items in ‘plain sight’.

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Using trusted USB drives that you own on your up-to-date, well-secured operating system is one thing, but what if your best friend stops by with their USB drive and wants you to copy some files to it? Does your friend’s USB drive pose any risks to your well-secured system, or is it just baseless fear?

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Have you been waiting for the ‘Google Now’ feature in Chrome to get more settled in and stabilized before trying it? Then this bit of news should be of interest to you. ‘Google Now’ notifications have made it into Chrome’s Beta Channel, and are one step closer to a stable release!

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Stephen Hawking has recently stirred up a hot debate concerning the event horizons of black holes…by suggesting that they do not exist! YouTube channel Sixty Symbols discusses the topic in today’s video.

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Tigers have always had a special place in our mythology and folklore through the ages, but sadly enough, the remaining six subspecies of these beautiful creatures are all now endangered. Add the power and magnificence of these elegant felines to your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Tigers Wallpaper collections.

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These days, when you work on a document to print out later, you simply choose the font you want, the size, etc., and go about your business without a second thought. But it was definitely not that easy when it came to printing in the past. Learn how the problem of making low resolution fonts look good was solved by the men who founded Adobe.

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What do you do when a fan on your computer is loud enough to be disruptive to your work-flow, or is ruining the fun when doing other things? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post looks at the best way to catch the ‘guilty culprit’.

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Have you ever wondered what criteria or signs scientists look for when studying exo-planets for signs of life? Today’s video discusses the topic, the fascinating information we are already learning about exo-planets via space telescope, and what we hope to find in the future.

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Are you looking for some great outdoor scenery to liven up your desktop? Then the wallpapers selected for the upcoming Xubuntu 14.04 release may be just what you are looking for! The entire set of winning photos from the wallpaper contest is now available to download, ready to freshen up your desktop.

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For those who are new to learning about computers, the BIOS may seem a bit ‘mysterious’ to some individuals, and generate questions like “Where, and how, is the BIOS stored on my computer?” Today’s SuperUser Q&A looks at the answer to these questions.

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At a time in the distant past, trees on Earth grew in a year-round warm environment, but over time adapted to thrive in colder climates as well. What were the physiological changes that trees went through that allows them to survive the cold? YouTube channel MinuteEarth discusses how trees adapted to survive in today’s video.

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Do you have an old vintage camera sitting around collecting dust? Want to turn it into something awesome and useful? Then you will definitely want to take notes from today’s DIY video on hacking a vintage Instamatic camera!

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Doctor Who is a beloved science fiction series that has captured the hearts and imaginations of people the world over, drawing us all into the life and adventures of this unique time traveler. Take your desktop on a journey through space and time with the first in our series of Doctor Who Wallpaper collections.

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If you have been keeping up with the progress on the latest Ubuntu LTS release, then you will definitely be excited by today’s bit of news! The second set of alpha builds of Ubuntu 14.04 are now available for download in six different ‘flavors’, giving you the perfect excuse to indulge in a weekend full of system testing fun.

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For many of us, our lives can be quite hectic and busy at times, so the temptation to get as much done as possible while on the go has a lot of appeal. But is it really a good idea to have our laptops powered up and running while in a backpack or bag as we commute between locations, or is it an invitation for trouble?

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Reality TV is a very popular television genre right now, but has it had an unexpected impact on us beyond serving as mere entertainment at the end of the day? Is Reality TV ‘acclimating’ people to the concept of being watched and recorded to the point that constant surveillance by authorities, or others, is no longer a major concern to us? The Idea Channel discusses the topic in today’s video.

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Do you want to channel your inner ‘Agent Smith’ or simply appear to be wearing an FBI earphone while listening to your favorite music? Then today’s earphone DIY project is the perfect way to accomplish your goal!

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Most of the time, the values for ‘Size’ and ‘Size on disk’ will be very close to matching when checking a folder or file’s size, but what if there is a huge discrepancy between the two? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post looks at the answer to this confusing problem.

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Video games are definitely fun to play, but is that the only ‘benefit’ a person can receive from them? The topic has been hotly debated over the years and now we have a definitive answer to the question. YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE discusses the results of research on the subject in their latest video.

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Sadly enough, another year has come and gone with what ‘feels’ like little progress made on getting people to choose better passwords. Password management software maker SplashData has compiled a list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013, a ‘top offenders’ list that contains some old favorites along with some new entries as choices people should not be making.

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There are few things that compare to the special peace and joy one can find when spending an evening outside enjoying the quiet beauty of moonlight. Turn your Nexus 7’s screen into a denizen of the night with the first in our series of Moonlight Wallpaper collections.

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Do you enjoy working on DIY projects and would love to get your kids interested in them as well? Then today’s tutorial video is a great place to begin. This “starter” DIY project is perfect for the kids to work on over the weekend as they make their very own MacGyver-style flashlight!

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While we may not think about it very much, there is quite a bit more going on ‘behind the scenes’ than we might realize when browsing the internet. We explore the reasons why our browsers are busy contacting unknown third-party websites in today’s SuperUser Q&A post.

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Depending on your location, you may have found yourself strictly limited on the amount of time you could listen to Spotify each month after the first six months had passed with your free account. But starting this week, Spotify has removed the streaming time limit restrictions on all free accounts, so grab your favorite pair of headphones and ‘lose yourself’ in the music!

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