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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 .

When you think of text files, you might believe there is not much that can be done to reduce the size of those files, but you would be wrong. Learn about the L.Z.77 Method of text compression and how it works to reduce file size so well in the Computerphile channel’s latest video.

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There is a whole new world waiting to be found underneath the waves, one filled with wonders untold, adventure, mystery, and danger for the unwary. Explore the unknown depths on your desktop with the second in our series of Underwater Theme Wallpaper collections.

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There is no doubt that we all experience a bit of stress in our daily lives, but just how much can our bodies stand? AsapSCIENCE looks at the times when stress can be good for us, then discusses how we seem to have trouble managing stress and the effect it has on our health in their latest video.

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As Chrome’s popularity continues to grow, malware authors are looking for new ways to target and trick users of Google’s browser into downloading malicious software to their computers. With this problem in mind, Google has introduced a new feature into the Canary Channel to automatically detect and block malware downloads whenever possible in order to help keep your system intact and safe.

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Halloween is practically here, so what better time is there to look into the history of vampires? Michael Molina has put together a great presentation looking at the folklore and types of vampires throughout history, sorting facts from fiction, and more in the TED-Ed channel’s latest video.

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Would you love to play classic Atari games, journey once again with Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit v1.0, or even try out WordStar 2.26? Then we have the perfect way to indulge in hours of browser-based fun to share with you. The Internet Archive has worked hard to put together a JavaScript port of the MESS computer software emulator and create an awesome online Historical Software Collection of classic games and software from yesteryear!

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If you love crunching numbers or are just a fan of awesome number ‘tricks’ to impress your friends with, then you will definitely want to have a look at cyclic numbers. Dr Tony Padilla from the University of Nottingham shows how these awesome numbers work in Numberphile’s latest video.

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Textures can elicit an entire spectrum of sensation and emotions when we interact with them physically or visually. Choose how you want your Nexus 7 tablet’s screen to ‘look and feel’ with the first in our series of Textures Wallpaper collections.

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You may have heard the term ‘cross site scripting’ before, but what exactly is ‘it’ and why is it dangerous for a website? YouTube channel Computerphile presents a nice primer on the ‘how and why’ of cross site scripting and the dangers it presents in their latest video.

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Traveling through time is a popular storyline for sci-fi movies and books, but is time travel actually possible? Colin Stuart discusses the topic, Earth’s most famous time traveler Sergei Krikalev, and more in this new TED-Ed video.

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Are you someone who loves using Google Chrome or ChromeOS, but have been frustrated by the lack of parental controls? Then this bit of news will definitely cheer you up! Google has introduced a new supervised users feature into the beta channels of Chrome and ChromeOS that will help you lock your browser or system down and better protect your children.

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Most of the time you may not give much thought to a person’s name, or your own for that matter. But does your name or the letters used in it (i.e. spelling) have an impact on your life that you may not be aware of? Vsauce looks at names, how they could affect your self-perception, how other people relate to you based on your name, and more in their latest video.

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There are multiple ways to create magnets or make objects magnetic, but the most ‘interesting’ version is the one that can affect normal ‘non-magnetic’ everyday objects. When they are placed within a magnetic field, everyday objects will start displaying diamagnetic properties and react to magnets. Watch and enjoy as MinutePhysics discusses this awesome type of magnetism in their latest video.

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Halloween is quickly approaching, so why not get your favorite system ready for the holiday? Make your desktop the spookiest one of all with our Halloween 2013 Wallpaper collection.

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When we learn about places, people, and events from history, we are usually taught about them in separate chunks or blocks, making them ‘seem’ rather separate and/or disconnected from each other. Vsauce provides a new perspective about some famous people, places, and events from history that you may not have known about or thought of as simultaneous/connected.

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The long wait for the latest stable version of Ubuntu is finally over. Now you can download your favorite UI version of Ubuntu 13.10, try out the Phone Edition, and grab a copy of the official manual using the set of download links we have compiled for your convenience.

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We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, but why do our bodies need sleep? What is happening in our brains and bodies during our awake and sleeping periods? Could we get by with little to no sleep? Learn the answers to these questions and more with SciShow’s information-packed video about sleep!

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Accessing your system’s settings in Windows 8 is not exactly the most straight-forward of processes, so if you need to change your settings often, then it can be a bit frustrating. With that in mind, the good folks over at 7 Tutorials have created an awesome shortcut that will take all the hassle out of accessing those settings, and make ‘tweaking’ Windows 8 much easier.

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In the distant future, our sun will begin its descent into death after using up all of the hydrogen fuel in its core. When that happens, the inner parts of our solar system will suffer horrible consequences. But what will happen at that point in time and how quickly will things ‘deteriorate’? Is there anything that could be done to help our planet survive? AsapSCIENCE looks at this ‘hot’ topic in their latest video.

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Rainy days are great for staying indoors to read your favorite new book, taking a nap, or even going outside for a quiet walk. Let the rain fall on your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Rainy Day Wallpaper collections.

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If you love playing Super Mario Brothers, but hate the hassle of dealing with or setting up the game console, then you will be pleased to know a new and complete version is now available to play online. Josh Goldberg has worked hard to recreate the classic game in its entirety in HTML5, so sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy all that Mario goodness via your favorite browser.

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If you have fond memories of using Apple’s drawing program MacPaint when you were young, then you will definitely be glad to learn that it has a whole new lease on life. Developer Martin Braun has indulged in a labor of love and created an awesome online version of the classic MacPaint program that will take you back in time!

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Just how much ‘data’ could you transfer or access via a fiber optic cable? For most people, the answer to that depends on the service arrangement(s) they have with their ISP, but what if you could utilize the maximum bandwidth possible? YouTube channel Sixty Symbols presents a fascinating discussion on the topic in their latest video.

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As worries about climate change continue to grow, scientists are working hard to understand the changes that are occurring right now as well as the ones we may face in the future. One avenue they are pursuing is looking to the past for answers. By drilling deep into the ice and scouring ancient sea beds, they hope to find evidence of past climate change and use that information to see where our planet and climate may be headed.

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You have had the unfortunate luck to encounter an evil scientist who thinks you are the perfect candidate for his latest round of experiments! But just as he starts to perform his fiendish work on you, you get an unexpected opportunity to escape. Can you make the most of this one chance at freedom or will you be joining the ‘good doctor’s’ other test subjects in permanent captivity?

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