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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows 7 RTM (no SP1) will reach end of life support on April 9th, the Mozilla Project just turned 15 years old, an exploit has targeted 20,000 websites running Apache web server software, and more.

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A new season is underway for those of you in the Northern hemisphere and we have just what you need to add a touch of Spring to your favorite computer. Make your desktop feel as fresh and alive as the new season with our Spring 2013 Wallpaper collection.

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Just when you thought the changes had settled down for a bit Google has come forth with yet another surprise announcement. Google is launching a new fork of the Webkit rendering engine called Blink. The new browser engine is due to see ‘first light’ for browser users via Chrome 28.

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Office 2007 saw the addition of the Ribbon feature, which some users found confusing. However, you can use it to your advantage by adding your own custom tabs containing commands you use often. This allows for quicker and easier document creation.

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Yahoo and Dropbox have announced a new partnership that will provide a combination of online mail services and cloud storage for Yahoo Mail users. This move brings Yahoo onto the same level as rivals Microsoft and Google without the hassle of creating a new cloud storage service from scratch. It also furthers Dropbox’s move into the online mail arena after their recent acquisition of mobile app Mailbox.

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The Mini Toolbar and Live Preview are features in Word introduced in Word 2007 and continued in Word 2010 and 2013. They can be useful for quick formatting and to preview possible formats. However, if these features annoy you, they are easy to disable.

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If you are a frequent user of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger service, then a dark calendar date is quickly approaching. Starting April 8th Microsoft will begin the process of transitioning Windows Live Messenger users to Skype.

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Mountains invoke thoughts of beauty, solitude, and peace that can be quite alluring when life becomes stressful. Enjoy a relaxing view on your Nexus 7 with the first in our series of Mountains Wallpaper collections.

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As the growth and evolution of Ubuntu marches on three more releases of Ubuntu are due to reach ‘end of life’ for support and updates on May 9th. If you are running one of these editions, then it would be prudent to start making plans to update now.

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Over the weekend an early build of Windows Blue leaked onto the internet and is providing an interesting peek at the newest version of Internet Explorer. The new version comes with a tab syncing feature and surprisingly enough is masquerading as Firefox (Gecko). Microsoft has also made additional changes to the User Agent String for the browser.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Mozilla is pondering stripping customization options from Firefox, a botnet has been stealing millions from advertisers with fake mouse clicks, the next Xbox may require an “always on” internet connection, and more.

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When you install any recent version of Microsoft Office, Microsoft assumes that you want to sign up for the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). There’s a check box during installation that’s selected by default and automatically signs you up for the program.

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Last year we shared a wonderful collection of river wallpapers with you and today we are back with more. Float away with the currents on your desktop with the second in our series of Rivers Wallpaper collections.

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Yesterday Apple joined a host of other companies that offer two-step verification in response to the increasing level of security threats to user accounts. Those of you who have been setting up two-step verification across the board for your online accounts can now add your Apple ID to the ‘completed’ list.

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There are numerous applications which, when launched, result in a UAC (User Account Control) warning being displayed. There are reasons why this security measure is a good idea, but it can also be extremely irritating. ElevatedShortcut lets you create shortcuts that bypass the warning.

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If you have come to rely on not being forced to upgrade too quickly when using non-LTS versions of Ubuntu, then your luck has finally run out. Starting with the 13.04 ‘Raring Ringtail’ release the 18 month support period for non-LTS releases will be cut in half to 9 months.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Dropbox has bought popular e-mail app Mailbox, most PC security problems are a result of unpatched third-party Windows apps, Google Now has started arriving in Chrome-Chrome OS, and more.

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The vastness of space is filled with wonders beyond compare, all waiting for those who would explore and seek out its endless beauty. Take your iPhone into the depths of space with the first in our series of Outer Space Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue, but also red and orange at certain times of the day? Did you know that ‘blue’ is one of the last colors that cultures choose a word for? Learn more about colors of the sky, why we see the colors we do, and more in this terrific video.

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If you open a lot of programs at one time in Windows, your desktop can get quite chaotic and messy. One of those many windows may be displaying private data, and it’s easy to lose track of it and accidentally leave it visible.

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Yesterday Google announced a new round of ‘spring cleaning’ that will see more services and features closed throughout 2013. This latest round will bring the total number of features or services closed up to 70 since the ‘spring cleaning’ initiative began in 2011.

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Yesterday Dropbox released a new version of their desktop client that makes monitoring your account’s activity and sharing files easier than ever…all from a quick access menu. If you are an avid Dropbox user, then you will definitely want to grab a copy of the latest version!

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Strange things occur when an object travels close to the speed of light. Time and distance are both affected by motion as that object moves along the line of sight in the direction it is moving. Got your curiosity piqued? Learn more in this fascinating video discussion about relativity, time dilation, and the Lorentz contraction from Sixty Symbols.

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Do you know what antimatter is or believe in its existence? What do you think its impact is or could be on the matter that is so ‘obviously’ prevalent throughout the universe? Learn what is known about antimatter thus far and what scientists are doing to learn more in this great video from SciShow.

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The Growl notification system is something that will be familiar to Mac users, but it is something that is also available for Windows. It is an incredibly versatile tool that can be used to monitor system and program notifications in a variety of ways, including remotely.

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