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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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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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Are you tired of downloading Gmail attachments to your computer or mobile device? Would you like to be able to save those attachments directly to Google Drive for easy access wherever you are? If so, then you will love the new feature that Google has added to Gmail for easier viewing and management of the files you receive!

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If you need to be sure that a file has been transferred or received intact and in one piece, then a hash algorithm is an excellent way to verify that. YouTube channel Computerphile discusses what hash algorithms are and how they work in their latest video.

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The air starts to crackle around you as a bright light appears, serving as a portal that transports you into a whole new and strange world beyond your imagination. Travel to new realms of thought, emotion, and energy on your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Mystical Energy Wallpaper collections.

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Whether it is simply making your family members’ systems more secure or updating the browser of choice on your own system, the stable release of Internet Explorer 11 is now available to download for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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The lack of a collaboration feature in Microsoft’s Office Web Apps was a big disappointment for many people, but starting this week, that is no longer a problem. Microsoft has added an awesome new collaboration feature to their Office Web Apps that will help you and your co-workers be more productive than ever before, no matter where you are working from.

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If you’ve been debating picking up a Kindle ebook reader or tablet, you can score a sweet 15% off for the rest of the day, all thanks to Amazon celebrating the FAA’s recent ruling to allow electronic devices (like Kindles) to stay on during takeoff and landing.

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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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