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If you were one of the people worried that Windows 7 would be left behind with regard to Internet Explorer 11, then you will definitely feel better after today’s news. Microsoft has just released a developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 32 and 64 bit operating systems.

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Do you love gazing at images taken by various research craft traveling through our solar system? Then you will definitely enjoy this photographic treat from NASA showing our home planet from Saturn and Mercury!

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We all delete files on our computers and mobile devices every day, but where do those deleted files actually go? Are they still there in some form? Can they actually be recovered? Is the recovery process difficult? Vsauce discusses the topic in this excellent ‘explainer’ video.

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of laying in the grass on a warm summer’s night and looking up at star filled skies, letting your thoughts drift as they may while relaxing and daydreaming. Add some star-powered goodness to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Starry Skies Wallpaper collections.

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Are you tired of having to manually remove the utm_source tracking section of URLs before you share or bookmark them? Then you can happily say goodbye to that irksome nuisance with the au-revoir-utm extension for Firefox!

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If your main language is not English, you may have set your PC’s input setting to something else. On Windows 7, this was a per application setting, however that changed on Windows 8.

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Transistors are an important, integral part of all the electronic devices we love to use every day, but how do they work? Veritasium discusses the science of semi-conductor materials, doping with impurities, gates, and depletion layers that make transistor technology possible.

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Windows 8.1 brings us Internet Explorer 11. To maximize screen real estate, they decided to hide your open tabs and address bar by default. Here is how to get them showing.

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Have you been wanting to try out the new Google Maps preview that everyone has been talking about? Then you will definitely love this bit of good news! Google has made the new Maps preview available to all users starting this week.

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If you are one of the people who has been looking forward to having a better user name for a Yahoo account, then now is the time to hurry on over to the wish list website and register your preferred selections.

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Regardless of size or the materials used to build them, each bridge is an individual work of art. Add lights to them at night and they rise to a whole new level of beauty. Bring these architectural wonders of the night to your desktop with the second in our series of Bridges at Night Wallpaper collections.

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We have all heard the same advice about choosing strong, secure passwords, never re-using passwords for multiple accounts, and more when managing our own sets of passwords. But what methods do the tech industry’s top security experts use? Ars Technica decided to find out by interviewing five well known individuals from the tech industry.

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The switch-over to Google Hangouts from Google Chat/Talk earlier this year left people without a beloved and much used feature…the ability to make calls from within their Google accounts. Starting this week though, the ability to make calls has been added into the Hangouts messaging system so that people can enjoy this awesome and convenient feature once again.

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Last week Opera released the first stable version of their revamped browser, but many people were less than pleased that some of their favorite features were still missing. In an effort to help bridge the gap until newer releases can address these issues, Opera has released this round-up of fixes and work-arounds to help users make the most of the new browser.

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Domain users are not allowed to sign in with a Pin by default. However, using a little bit of GPO, we can change that.

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Meadows are wonderful places to explore, play and have fun in, or just relax in with a great picnic. Bring the beauty of peaceful, sunny days to your iPad with the first in our series of Meadows Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever been curious about the science behind the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis? Then sit back and enjoy as this terrific video looks at the solar winds and atmospheric reactions that help make these awesome visual phenomena possible.

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Windows 8.1 includes online search results from Bing whenever you search for something on your system. Since many people aren’t going to want this, here is how to get rid of this behavior.

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Are you tired of keeping Chrome open just to listen to your music library in Google Play? Then you will definitely love the new panel app available in the Chrome Web Store. Once you have it installed, you can sit back and enjoy your favorite songs in an easy to manage, browser-free manner.

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Opera has just released the first stable version of their revamped browser and will be proceeding at a rapid pace going forward. There is also news concerning the three development streams they will maintain along with news of an update for the older 12.x series for those who are not ready to update to 15.x just yet.

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Sometimes the best part of hiking along wilderness pathways is the unexpected beauty you find along the way, other times it is the wonderful peace and solitude that you can immerse yourself in. Escape to hidden destinations on your desktop with the second in our series or Wilderness Pathways Wallpaper collections.

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Creating secure passwords for our online accounts is a necessary evil due to the huge increase in database and account hacking that occurs these days. The problem, though, is that no two companies have a similar policy for complex and secure password creation; then factor in the continued creation of insecure passwords or multi-site use of the same password and trouble is just waiting to happen. Ars Technica decided to take a look at multiple password types, how users fared with them, and how well those password types held up to cracking attempts in their latest study.

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Many people have been eager to have Google Now working in their Chrome browsers and this week that dream got one step closer to reality. The first teasers that the new feature is becoming active have started to appear, so now is a good time to activate the switch for it and be ready for its arrival.

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People have been curious if there would be cross-browser compatibility for extensions due to Opera’s recent switch to the browser engine that Google Chrome uses. That question has now been answered. The OMG! Chrome! Blog has put together a nice tutorial on how to get cross-browser extension compatibility set up and working with your browser of choice.

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The sun is rising and a gentle morning breeze stirs the sparse vegetation around you as you look out across the lonely desert… Bring the beauty of these barren yet scenic lands to your Nexus 7 with the first in our series of Deserts Wallpaper collections.

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