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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as new malware is posing as a security warning from the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Google is redirecting Picasa Web Albums users to Google+ Photos, Java’s new malware protection comes undone due to old-school attack, and more.

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Railways serve many purposes in our everyday lives such as transporting people, raw materials, finished products, and more — all while keeping our cities and us inter-connected. Travel these ‘roads’ of steel on your desktop with the second in our series of Railway Tracks Wallpaper collections.

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When we sit down to eat fruits and vegetables, we usually do not think about the intricate process involved in the growth of that food. Learn more about photosynthesis and its relationship with carbohydrates, starch, and fiber — and how the air we breathe is related to the food we eat in this TedED video by Amanda Ooten.

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Whether you’re a web developer or just an avid internet user, you may need to use multiple browsers. Each browser has useful features that are not available in the other browsers, so, you may need to switch browsers to take advantage of certain features.

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Microsoft seriously upset consumers this past month when the new licensing terms for Office 2013 were revealed. At that time the license did not allow for the transfer of Office 2013 to another PC unless a PC failed under warranty. Now, after ‘passionate’ feedback on the new licensing terms from consumers, Microsoft has relented and will allow transfers to other PCs every 90 days.

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Do you believe there is gravity in space or do you think space is gravity-free? The answer might surprise you! Learn more about gravity and how it affects all objects in space with this terrific explainer video from SciShow.

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There are many programs available for taking screenshots. If you’re looking for a free option, Greenshot is a great program that provides many useful features, such as cropping, annotations, highlights, and obfuscating (like the smudge tool in GIMP).

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Oracle has just released an emergency patch to fix critical vulnerabilities that malware authors have been exploiting in last month’s Java releases. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should install this update as soon as possible.

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How familiar are you with matrices? Did you know that they are used all around us in business, economics, cryptography, physics, electronics, and computer graphics? Learn how matrices work, how to work with them, and more in this fascinating TedEd talk by Bill Shillito.

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Our first edition of WIG for March is filled with news link coverage on topics such as some new Macs are unable to reinstall Mountain Lion, Facebook is giving advertisers more opportunities to target users, Pandora has capped free mobile listening at 40 hours a month, and more.

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Did you ever wonder how scientists discovered what cell membranes are made of and how they work? Would you believe that research into cell membranes got its start with a tray of dishwater in the late 1800s? Learn more about Agnes Pockels initial experiment and the history of cell membrane research in this interesting TEDEd presentation by Ethan Perlstein.

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How big do you think the Universe is? Does it have a center and an edge? Is it getting bigger? These questions have different answers depending on how you look at the Universe. Will you look at things from the perspective of the observable universe or think bigger and consider the Whole Universe? Sit back and enjoy watching as Minute Physics tackles the discussion in their latest video.

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How much do you actually know about genetically modified food? Did you know that you may be consuming a much higher quantity of genetically modified food than you are aware of? Learn what genetically modified foods really are, how they are made, just how prevalent they have become, and more in this terrific video from SciShow.

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During the first week of April Mozilla will introduce a patch into the dev release of Firefox 22 that will block third-party cookies by default. The move is meant to help better protect users’ privacy from advertising networks who add cookies to browsers and track browsing habits across the web.

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Do you perform a lot of calculations and mathematical functions on your PC? Tibi’s Mathematics Suite is a free package of useful mathematical applications that go beyond the Windows calculator and allow you to perform useful mathematical functions on your computer.

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Internet Explorer 10, the same version that comes with Windows 8, is now available for Windows 7 users as well. Even if you aren’t an Internet Explorer user, you should still think about upgrading IE to the latest version for security reasons.

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Last week Oracle released its latest update for Java, but another security hole has just been found that could allow a complete bypass of the security sandbox feature. Details of the latest exploit have been sent to Oracle and the waiting game for a new update starts all over again.

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Our last edition of WIG for February is filled with news link coverage on topics such as identity fraud is on the rise in the U.S., a security flaw let a hacker access any Facebook profile, the PlayStation 4 will play used games, and more.

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There is nothing quite like being able to relax as you walk through open spaces enjoying the warmth of the sun and feeling the wind on your face. Roam through these open and peaceful meadows on your desktop with the second in our series of Meadows Wallpaper collections.

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What is the Universe? When someone says that the Universe includes ‘everything’, just what do they include in their definition of ‘everything’? Minute Physics tackles the topic in this video about the observable universe versus The Whole Universe.

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Starting today Google has made the App Launcher feature built into Chromebooks available on Windows in the Chrome Dev Channel and Chromium releases. Read on to see what the new App Launcher feature looks like and how you can activate it on your Dev Channel or Chromium installation.

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How much do you know about the ‘phenomenon’ known as light? Do you think it is made up of waves or particles? Learn more about this common ‘phenomenon’ we take for granted every day with Veritasium’s reproduction of Thomas Young’s 1801 Double Slit Experiment.

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After last week’s meteorite strike in Russia there has been a renewed interest in meteorite activity across the globe. Now you can view the impact locations of 34,513 recorded meteorite strikes dating back to 2,300 B.C. with this awesome map created by Javier de la Torre.

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How much do you really know about color? Do we all see a particular color the same or differently? Consider how people who experience color blindness have a different experience or those who have been blind from birth deal with the concept of colors. Learn more about color and the science behind it with this informative video from Vsauce.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as 2012 set a new record for reported data breaches, Minecraft: Pi Edition is available for free on Raspberry Pi, Oracle is due to release a new Java patch this week, and more.

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