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A common question about the Google Chrome Browser is “why isn’t there a master password?” Google has (unofficially) taken the position that a master password provides a false sense of security and the most viable form of protection for this sensitive data is through overall system security.

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag and answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re taking a look at what makes portable apps, well, portable,  how to set up an Ubuntu-based Firefox kiosk, and tangle-free headphone storage.

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Ring lights aren’t cheap and usually aren’t particularly customizable. This IKEA-based hack is easy, cheap, and highly customizable.

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If the easy and wireless Bluetooth streaming in modern car stereos has you green–blue?–with envy, this DIY project will help get you started on the path of Bluetooth input hacking.

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Boat Browser is a new mobile browser for Android devices that combines the features of Google Chrome and Apple’s Mobile Safari browser for easy and tabbed navigation.

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We’ve shown you how to statically set the IPs on your network, now lets flip that DNS switch for added elegance and ease of use. Today’s guide will show you how to access your machines using DNS names on your DD-WRT enabled router.

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Whenever you download any file to your hard drive via your browser, Windows automatically flags it as coming from the Internet and potentially dangerous. As a result when you open the respective file, depending on the type, Windows will warn you with a dialog box or prevent the file from executing altogether until you mark it as safe.

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This week we learned how to “set up credit card processing on Android phones, resize a Windows 7 partition, & use an Android phone as a data modem”, prioritize your network traffic with DD-WRT, use Conditions & If-Then statements in shell scripting, found out how you use virtual machines, improved the view on iPad screens with an outdoors wallpaper collection, and more.

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Everyone’s favorite British archaeologist Lara Croft has gotten into one tough scrape after another as she travelled across the world in search of ancient relics. Now you can bring her adventures to your desktop with our Tomb Raider Wallpaper collection.

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Minecraft IRL [9GAG]

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Now that you have had time to get settled in with your new Google+ account, why not bring that Google+ goodness to your desktop with this great theme for Windows 7? The theme comes with 20 Hi-Res wallpapers, custom Google+ ic...

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Skitch, the wildly popular screen capture and image sharing tool for Mac, is now free and available for Android.

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Earlier this week we asked you to sound off with your Virtual Machine adventures, tips, and tricks. Now we’re back to highlight what you said in this week’s recap.

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If you’ve ever chuckled at a movie with the future set in the present past (or a looming future-present), this futuristic movie timeline is for you.

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C Plus Plus Wallpaper [deviantART]

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Commonly depicted in graphic form, this video showcases the well known Checker Shadow Illusion as a live action sequence.

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The best part of the week is finally here, so sit back, relax, and have a bit of fun while the boss is looking the other way. In this week’s game your mind will be put to the test as you work to create as many words as possible in a short time frame. Are you up to the challenge?

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Once a week we dip into the tips box and share some of the great reader tips that come our way. This week we’re looking at protecting your ears with automatic volume adjustment in Android, a compact way to take advantage of Windows ReadyBoost, and secure phone charging on the go.

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