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 .

Have you ever wondered why the moon has such a distinctive pattern of light and dark areas all across its surface? Then sit back and enjoy learning the answer as YouTube channel SpaceRip takes you on a trip through time, from the Moon’s formation, through significant impacts that it has endured, and more in today’s video.

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You have likely heard other people discussing the use of a proxy to bypass web filters at work, or to browse the internet anonymously, but wondered if a proxy would actually be that useful to you or not. Today’s post looks at the benefits a proxy could bring to your browsing experience.

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Have you found it difficult to wrap your mind around the concept of time dilation? Then today’s video should help make it much easier to understand! Professor Mike Merrifield is back with a terrific explanation of the mathematics behind the slowing of time when observing an object moving close to the speed of light.

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Have you thought about acquiring your own Arduino set up, but wanted to know more about it before making a final decision? Then you will definitely enjoy this video from YouTube channel Computerphile, which not only introduces you to Arduino, but also talks about the awesome projects it can be used for.

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While most of us are content to go with the ‘tried and true’ process of installing the executable files for our favorite software, is it really necessary to do so? Could we actually extract those same executable files rather than install them, and run them the same as their stand-alone cousins?

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The big night is almost here, so why not help your little ones have fun and keep track of Santa’s progress while waiting to go to sleep? Passing those last hours before bedtime can be filled with fun, games, holiday music, and more thanks to the two awesome Santa tracker websites set up by NORAD (with Microsoft) and Google!

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This has definitely been an eventful year with regard to the ongoing controversy surrounding the NSA’s widespread information gathering activities. But how did they manage to ‘access’ the information swept up by their monitoring? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the arithmetic behind the NSA’s encryption hacking and more in today’s double video feature!

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Walking through woods during each of the seasons can make the experience fresh and new, with each season adding its own mood and magic. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the woods across the year with the first in our series of Through the Woods Wallpaper collections.

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Have you been looking forward to the next Ubuntu LTS release? Then you will definitely be excited by this bit of news! The first alpha builds of Ubuntu 14.04 are now available for download in five different ‘flavors’ for your system testing enjoyment.

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Experiencing motion sickness is an unpleasant thing, and something that all of us could easily do without. But is there a way for motion sickness sufferers to avoid experiencing it, or better methods for dealing with it if it occurs? With a busy holiday travel season coming up, YouTube channel SciShow explains what causes motion sickness, and offers helpful solutions for those of us who suffer from it.

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Macs switched over to Intel processors years ago, but it is still a huge headache to run OS X on a PC. Read on as we explore the technical hurdles in installing Apple’s OS on a PC framework.

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Have you recently acquired or plan to get a new Surface tablet soon? If so, then you will definitely want to grab a copy of the free guides for ‘Surface Pro 2’ and ‘Surface 2’ from Microsoft’s website!

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With Christmas less than two weeks away, it is time to get those desktops decorated and ready for the holiday. Add some colorful holiday cheer to your favorite computer’s screen with our Christmas 2013 Wallpaper collection.

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One of the most obvious and derided changes in Windows 8 was the removal of the Start Menu, but new rumors are beginning to surface that may indicate Microsoft’s willingness to change their mind about this ‘classic’ feature in the next version of Windows.

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With each passing month, the Curiosity Rover sends back more awesome data, helping us learn more of Mars’ many secrets. The latest batch of data has revealed something quite fascinating about Gale Crater…it appears to have been the site of a large lake once upon a time. Want to know more? Then make sure to watch today’s fascinating video from YouTube channel SciShow!

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Spending time near waterfalls can be inspirational and relaxing, providing the perfect setting to take a break away from our busy lives and routines. Add a refreshing view of cascading beauty to your Nexus 7’s screen with the first in our series of Waterfalls Wallpaper collections.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a favorite with our readers and here in the HTG office for dealing with malware when it pops up on a computer. Now that 2013 is drawing to a close, the good folks over at the Malwarebytes Unpacked Blog have put together a report detailing the biggest malware threats of the year, and what to expect in 2014.

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Are you always watching for awesome new add-ons for your Firefox browser? Perhaps you have been running a lean installation of Firefox, but want to tweak it a bit to make it even better? Then a good place to start your search is with the group of add-ons selected by Firefox volunteers as the best of 2013, and presented by the good folks from ‘The Den’ blog at Mozilla.

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YouTube channel Computerphile looks at ‘cross site request forgery’, the third big form of web attack in today’s video. Learn how an unsecured, badly designed web form can leave you vulnerable, and how someone could maliciously exploit an unsecured form to cause a lot of grief for unsuspecting individuals.

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Walking through gently falling snow makes for a wonderful, refreshing experience as the quietness and beauty of a transforming landscape surrounds you. Enjoy the view as snowflakes drift lazily across your desktop’s screen with the first in our series of Snowflakes Wallpaper collections.

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After a day of feasting and napping, it is time to get the adrenaline pumping once again with some classic zombie action! Create, control, and lead a zombie army to victory against all you meet from the comfort of an RV (and your favorite browser) in ‘The Narrow Path’!

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Have you ever been in a position where your hands were full, or covered in ‘something’ that you wanted to keep away from your keyboard, but needed to search for something on Google at the same time? Whether it is finding out what the forgotten ingredient for the dish you are cooking is, or the next step you need to perform on your work-in-progress, Google has you covered with their new Voice Search extension!

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There is something wonderfully unique about having free time and the option to just pick a road, drive down it, and see where it may lead you. Travel to new destinations on your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Open Road Wallpaper collections.

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Mozilla has been hard at work on the new Australis UI for Firefox this year, steadily tweaking and improving it in preparation to land in the Nightly Build Channel. For those of you who have been eager to get your hands on the new UI, now you can finally indulge in all the Australis goodness with the latest Firefox 28 Nightly Builds.

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Earlier this year we shared a beautiful set of galaxy wallpapers with you and today we are back with a whole new collection of galactic awesomeness. Enjoy looking at the wondrous beauty of our universe on your desktop with the second in our series of Galaxies Wallpaper collections.

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