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If there is one thing we are all tired of, it is being constantly tracked and spied on while we are browsing the Internet. With this in mind, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been hard at work on an extension for Firefox and Chrome that helps put an end to the unwanted attention so that you can browse in peace.

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Are you still using Windows XP and worried about having solid malware protection for your system now that Microsoft ended support earlier this year? Then here is your last chance to see which anti-virus apps are doing the best job of protecting Windows XP beyond the end of support date!

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While we still have a long way to go before we have a holodeck as awesome as the one shown on Star Trek: The Next Generation, work on the first rudimentary holodecks is already under way. Today’s video features one of the early versions, a large scale tracking lab with VR headsets, located at the Max-Planck-Institut fur biologische Kybernetik.

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Whether they have a classic design or an artistic one, bridges are awesome to look at and their photos make terrific wallpapers on our favorite electronic devices. Travel across the water on your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Bridges Wallpaper collections.

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If you love games that test your thinking skills and sense of timing, then you will definitely enjoy today’s game. Your goal is to use bowling balls, basketballs, and bubbles in conjunction with a set of Rube Goldbergian style implements to get the 8-ball to the green checkered flag area on the game board!

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Have you ever been curious why it gets hotter the deeper underground your go? Perhaps you have children who have asked you the same question? Then wonder no more! Emily Elert from YouTube channel MinuteEarth explains why Earth is hot underground in today’s video.

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Oracle has just released their latest quarterly security updates for the Java Runtime Environment, so if you need it on your system for Minecraft or other Java-specific apps, then make sure to download the latest version now.

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While immunology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of computers, there is quite a bit that security professionals can learn from it. YouTube channel Computerphile looks at how immunological principles are applied to computer security in today’s video.

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YouTube channel SciShow looks at how transistors work and make all computing possible, the limitations that are being reached with our current silicon-based technology, and the new, possible types of technology we could ‘explore’ for even faster computers.

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Earlier this year we shared a wonderful collection of Rustic Barns wallpapers with you, and today, we are back with more. Journey through the countryside once again on your desktop with the second in our series of Rustic Barns Wallpaper collections.

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A dark prophecy has come to pass and now King Leonidas faces his greatest challenge as the evil lizard men seek to conquer his kingdom. Join the battle and help King Leonidas fight the lizard men with his magic spear Vibrissa in today’s physics-based challenger.

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The imminent release of Unicode 7 with more emoji was recently announced, but what kinds of emoji were added? Tom Scott from Computerphile looks at the new emoji in Unicode 7, why they were added, and shares a history of how emoji became part of Unicode in today’s video!

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There is nothing quite like finding the perfect resource guide for your favorite Windows system, office suite, or other Windows-based utilities. With that in mind, the links for a massive collection of 130 free Microsoft books, resource guides, and step-by-steps have been gathered into one place for you to pick and choose from with ease!

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Sooner or later we all find ourselves in a bit of a spot and need a quick way to get through a power outage, finding the right direction to go without a compass on hand, dealing with insects when outdoors, etc. Today’s video from Household Hacker has seven useful survival-type tips to help out when you find yourself in a bind.

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One of the things people remember most about classic Nintendo gaming is blowing on the cartridges to get them working again. But did it actually help? YouTube channel ‘It’s Okay To Be Smart’ looks at this ‘mystery’ in today’s video.

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Forests are terrific places to meditate, relax, and explore‚Ķall you have to do is clear your mind and enjoy the quietness of nature surrounding you. Bring these havens of peace and rest to your Nexus 7′s screen with the first in our series of Forests Wallpaper collections.

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It can be quite irritating when we experience ringing in our ears, but what is actually going on “in there” when it occurs? YouTube channel SciShow explains what has happened and how it creates that irritating ringing sound in today’s video.

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Are you anxious to get started with your holiday weekend festivities? Then why not help the day pass just a bit quicker with some gaming fun? Take a break from work and engage in a campaign of castle destroying, enemy conquering fun with today’s game!

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We are used to ice cubes cracking apart in our drinks, but why does it happen? Today’s video explains why and shows the process in slow motion, but then takes things a step further by adding ice to a super cold liquid!

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Are you the proud new owner of a Surface Pro 3 or getting ready to purchase one soon? If so, then you will be pleased to know that Microsoft has two new guides available for download!

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What would our planet be like without the Moon? Would our oceans’ tides be the only thing affected or would there be far more of an impact than we imagine? Learn the answers in today’s video from YouTube channel SciShow Space!

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Dragonflies are beautiful to look at with their variety of colors and awesome to watch as they flit back and forth. While away lazy summer afternoons with these gentle masters of the air on your desktop with the first in our series of Dragonflies Wallpaper collections.

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Work on the latest version of Ubuntu continues to move forward and now the first set of alpha releases is available for download. So pull out the blank DVDs, because this weekend is the perfect time to grab copies of the new alpha and indulge in some 14.10 goodness!

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As long as our computers do what we need when we need them to, we tend not to think too much about how they work. But it never hurts to have a deeper understanding of what is happening inside our computers’ cases. Today’s video from Computerphile focuses on computer memory and how it works.

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Google kicked off I/O 2014 earlier today, so if you were wanting to watch the event live, then we have the links you need. So grab your favorite refreshments and get ready to enjoy I/O 2014!

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