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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 .

Have you been wanting to try out the new Google Maps preview that everyone has been talking about? Then you will definitely love this bit of good news! Google has made the new Maps preview available to all users starting this week.

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If you are one of the people who has been looking forward to having a better user name for a Yahoo account, then now is the time to hurry on over to the wish list website and register your preferred selections.

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Are we actually ready for an encounter with aliens? That depends on which organization or government group you are dealing with. Vsauce discusses the possibilities and looks at how S.E.T.I. would be the first source nearly everyone would look to for guidance.

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Regardless of size or the materials used to build them, each bridge is an individual work of art. Add lights to them at night and they rise to a whole new level of beauty. Bring these architectural wonders of the night to your desktop with the second in our series of Bridges at Night Wallpaper collections.

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We have all heard the same advice about choosing strong, secure passwords, never re-using passwords for multiple accounts, and more when managing our own sets of passwords. But what methods do the tech industry’s top security experts use? Ars Technica decided to find out by interviewing five well known individuals from the tech industry.

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Using technology to help people with medical problems is definitely a good thing, but what if people decide to go beyond that with minor or major enhancements to their bodies for non-medical reasons? SciShow looks at different technologies that are now available to help people medically, and others in development that could take us into the realm of super abilities.

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The switch-over to Google Hangouts from Google Chat/Talk earlier this year left people without a beloved and much used feature…the ability to make calls from within their Google accounts. Starting this week though, the ability to make calls has been added into the Hangouts messaging system so that people can enjoy this awesome and convenient feature once again.

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Last week Opera released the first stable version of their revamped browser, but many people were less than pleased that some of their favorite features were still missing. In an effort to help bridge the gap until newer releases can address these issues, Opera has released this round-up of fixes and work-arounds to help users make the most of the new browser.

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Seeing Superman punch someone in a movie or a comic book is one thing, but what would it actually be like in real life if he punched you? Vsauce3 looks at the science involved in Superman’s punches and just how devastating they could actually be to an individual and the surrounding area.

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Meadows are wonderful places to explore, play and have fun in, or just relax in with a great picnic. Bring the beauty of peaceful, sunny days to your iPad with the first in our series of Meadows Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever been curious about the science behind the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis? Then sit back and enjoy as this terrific video looks at the solar winds and atmospheric reactions that help make these awesome visual phenomena possible.

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Are you tired of keeping Chrome open just to listen to your music library in Google Play? Then you will definitely love the new panel app available in the Chrome Web Store. Once you have it installed, you can sit back and enjoy your favorite songs in an easy to manage, browser-free manner.

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Being afraid of things is common to humans and can help keep us alive when presented with a dangerous situation. But what about things that are not direct threats to our lives, things that feel creepy to us or fall outside our comfort zones? Vsauce discusses why things feel creepy to us and other unsettling feelings that can prey upon our minds in this fascinating video.

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Opera has just released the first stable version of their revamped browser and will be proceeding at a rapid pace going forward. There is also news concerning the three development streams they will maintain along with news of an update for the older 12.x series for those who are not ready to update to 15.x just yet.

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It seems like a simple enough question when first asked, but the answer is not as straight-forward as you might think. Sit back and enjoy as MinutePhysics discusses the three types of North Pole that exist in this terrific video.

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Sometimes the best part of hiking along wilderness pathways is the unexpected beauty you find along the way, other times it is the wonderful peace and solitude that you can immerse yourself in. Escape to hidden destinations on your desktop with the second in our series or Wilderness Pathways Wallpaper collections.

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Creating secure passwords for our online accounts is a necessary evil due to the huge increase in database and account hacking that occurs these days. The problem, though, is that no two companies have a similar policy for complex and secure password creation; then factor in the continued creation of insecure passwords or multi-site use of the same password and trouble is just waiting to happen. Ars Technica decided to take a look at multiple password types, how users fared with them, and how well those password types held up to cracking attempts in their latest study.

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Many people have been eager to have Google Now working in their Chrome browsers and this week that dream got one step closer to reality. The first teasers that the new feature is becoming active have started to appear, so now is a good time to activate the switch for it and be ready for its arrival.

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From our earliest days mankind has debated what should be defined as the center of the universe, a ‘definition’ that continues to evolve as our technology and knowledge of the universe improves. Follow along with mankind’s historical progress on defining the center of the universe and learn some great facts about the debate with this terrific TEDEducation video.

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People have been curious if there would be cross-browser compatibility for extensions due to Opera’s recent switch to the browser engine that Google Chrome uses. That question has now been answered. The OMG! Chrome! Blog has put together a nice tutorial on how to get cross-browser extension compatibility set up and working with your browser of choice.

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It is hard to imagine a more cataclysmic event than the collision of two galaxies and the effect such an event has on each one as they are ripped apart. See the destructive power of collision at work in this video showing the latest Hubble imagery of Arp 142, a.k.a. the collision of NGC 2936 and NGC 2937.

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The sun is rising and a gentle morning breeze stirs the sparse vegetation around you as you look out across the lonely desert… Bring the beauty of these barren yet scenic lands to your Nexus 7 with the first in our series of Deserts Wallpaper collections.

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Have you been waiting for more awesome photos of Mars’ surface from the Curiosity Rover mission? Then you are definitely going to love this bit of news! NASA and GigaPan have teamed up to create a truly inspiring 1.3 billion pixel panoramic view of Mars that you can ‘zoom around’ and explore at your leisure.

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While most people think of the 1930s as the time when computers made their debut, there was one designed much earlier than that…in the 1830s. This great TedED video provides a fascinating look at Charles Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered analytical engine.

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Oracle has released new updates that patch 40 security holes in their Java Runtime Environment software. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should promptly update their Java installation as soon as possible.

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