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Nearly all of us have software like Flash, Shockwave, or the Java Runtime Environment on our systems to add functionality, but they are a popular target for malware authors. In line with Microsoft’s security patches for this month, Adobe and Oracle have both released security updates to popular products on the same day. If you have one or more of these types of software on your system, then you should definitely make sure you have the latest versions installed to help keep your system as secure as possible.

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When you look at something, just how confident are you that what you are seeing is accurate or ‘real’? Most of the time you can trust that your eyes are telling you ‘the truth’, but AsapSCIENCE shares some awesome examples of times when your eyes will literally be lying to you and you will not even realize it in their latest video!

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Are you having one of those long boring afternoons at home or work and need something to liven things up? Then grab your adventuring gear and indulge in some fun dungeon exploration with the text-style browser game Dungeon Robber!

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You may be feeling disappointed that Futurama has been cancelled for a second time, but we hope that this week’s collection will ease the sadness and help you remember all your favorite episodes. Bring the adventures of the Planet Express gang to your desktop with our Futurama Wallpaper collection.

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Are you excited about the upcoming 13.10 release of Ubuntu? Then we have the perfect downloads to share with you for the upcoming weekend! Four different UI versions of the first official beta are now available for download and ready for your enjoyment.

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If you tried to think of just one individual from history who has had the strongest, longest lasting influence on modern day mathematics, who would you choose? SciShow looks at the one man mathematical powerhouse known as Al-Khwarizmi, a scholar and teacher whose influence is still felt all throughout mathematics today in their latest video.

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Street Fighter celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and reminded a lot of gamers of fond childhood memories playing the games. If you are one of the individuals who remembers spending hours playing Street Fighter, then you will definitely enjoy watching this video treat. Capcom has made the official 72 minute documentary from the ‘Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection’ available to watch on YouTube.

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Getting tattoos on our bodies definitely marks us, but physical tattoos are not the only ones we can have these days. Juan Enriquez discusses the online electronic tattoos so many of us have, are building, and may not even think about in this terrific TEDEd video.

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During the early part of the 20th century, the only way to call someone was via a rotary dial telephone. By the 1950s however, research for the first number pads for telephones had begun. Numberphile looks at the original research and number pad designs that were put forth and tested, all leading to the layout we are familiar with today.

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There is nothing quite like an oceanside vacation filled with sunny days, tropical breezes, waves lapping at the edge of the beach, and relaxing sunsets to watch. Turn your iPhone’s screen into a tropical paradise with the first in our series of Oceanside Vacation Wallpaper collections.

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Most of us spend more time inside these days than we ought to, whether we are busy with work or activities at home, and that can have a significant impact on our health. ASAPScience looks at the health ramifications of spending too much time inside with their latest video.

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There is no doubt that mobile devices are becoming a bigger, more prevalent part of our lives with each passing day, but have we reached the point of addiction? Charlene deGuzman decided to put together a short documentary-style film highlighting the ‘problem’ of constant mobile device usage by those around us. It may even make you re-think how much you use your own mobile device…

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Being used to how things work in our own universe, one might wonder what life would be like in a universe with only two dimensions. Would things be similar in many ways or would things be vastly different? YouTube channel Sixty Symbols discusses the topic in this terrific video.

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The deadline for the end of Windows XP support is drawing closer every day now, yet many people and businesses continue to use it. Microsoft is adamant that once April 8th comes and goes, there will be no end-of-life extensions, assisted support options, or online technical content updates of any kind, period. With this in mind, many security experts are expecting malware authors to start stockpiling exploits and vulnerabilities in the lead-up to the cut-off date.

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Are you one of the people who signed up for Yahoo’s user name wishlist last month? Then you will be glad to know that Yahoo has started mailing out notifications to people regarding the user names they signed up for!

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Skyrim is not only a fantastic game to play, but also full of gorgeous scenery and locations to see if you take the time look around and appreciate the view. Explore the continent of Tamriel and beyond on your desktop with the first in our series of Skyrim Wallpaper collections.

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By default, Hyper-V tries to figure out which Virtual Machines were powered on at the time that your PC had its power cut. It uses this list to automatically turn Virtual Machines back on when your PC powers on. Here is how to change what gets switched back on.

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It has become a habit for many people to use Google to find information when they have a question about something; just a few quick keystrokes and instant satisfaction. But does being able to look up so much information mean we are getting ‘lazy and stupid’? Is it making us any smarter? Are we past the age of memory? The Idea Channel debates the topic in their latest video.

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Some compromises had to be made for the Surface Pro and Surface RT’s keyboards. As is the case with many portable devices, space is at a premium, and certain non-essential keys had to be shifted to secondary function positions or dropped altogether.

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We all suffer from boredom at some point, but there is not that much to it, right? When you are bored, you are bored! But there may be more going on ‘behind the scenes’ than you know, or where it could lead when you feel bored. Michael from Vsauce discusses interesting facts about boredom in his latest video.

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Distribution lists allow you to treat a bunch of contacts as if they are a single entity. In other words, the next time you want to email everyone in your “Computer Club”, you can send an email to the Computer Club distribution list and every one in the group will get the email.

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If your Chrome browser reaches a point where it no longer works well, then that usually means uninstalling and reinstalling it in order to get back the fresh optimal performance you love. But things just got a lot simpler this week! The latest stable build of Chrome comes with a new ‘Reset to Default’ option that lets you return your browser to its original ‘shiny new condition’ with just a click of a button.

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People love to play games on their mobile phones, but on occasion there will be one that does more than just serve as a source of fun, it makes you think. While parts of the science in Plague Inc. are not accurate, there are parts that will give you an idea of how scientists might learn more about and deal with an emerging threat, and how a disease might manage to spread in our increasingly inter-connected world.

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Are you a huge fan of Google Chrome, but looking for a way to lock things down or supervise what your children access when browsing the internet with Chrome? Then you will definitely be pleased with the latest feature to be introduced in the Chrome Canary Channel! The new supervised accounts feature lets you add accounts with built-in restrictions and fewer privileges to help keep your little ones safer on the web.

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Using backgrounds that are bright and colorful make for a pleasing visual experience most of the time, but then there are times when you may prefer something a bit more subtle and natural to look at. Add a classy, natural look to your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Wood Texture Wallpaper collections.

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