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If you were one of the people who promptly updated the Java installation on your system last week, then you probably felt like things should be in good shape for a bit. Guess again. As seems to be the pattern lately, another new security hole has already been found that affects all versions of Java 7 including the latest release.

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The Horsehead Nebula is well known for its beautiful and distinctive look, making it a favorite subject among the many nebulae images taken over the years. As part of the celebration for the Hubble Space Telescope’s 23rd anniversary, a new image of the Horsehead Nebula has been captured in infrared and released. The new image is simply breath-taking with the amount of detail that can be seen…

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In the past if we interacted with others, then it was done in-person, but the technology and online services available to us today have changed that. Now we simply grab our mobile phone and interact with others through texting, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Convenient? Yes, but not necessarily good for us though. Sherry Turkle discusses how new technology is affecting our ability to relate to others as well as ourselves in this terrific TedEd video.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Microsoft has released an ISO image to repair Windows systems affected by security update 2823324, U.S. Windows computers are among most vulnerable in the world, a former Hostgator employee has been arrested & charged with rooting 2,700 servers, and more.

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Looking at maps lets us dream of places that we would like to go and explore, think of adventures we might have, and people we could meet along the way. Fill your desktop with dreams of world travel with the second in our series of World Maps Wallpaper collections.

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Did you know that people are taller on average now than they were 150 years ago? What do you think the causes or reasons for that are? Just how tall do you think a person could become? Vsauce discusses the answers to these questions and more in this fascinating video about our bodies and DNA.

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With the goal of becoming the center of your online life, it seems like all the big companies are focused on having their own ‘personalized’ line of hardware as an extension of their expanding software and service offerings. Now you can add Evernote to the list of companies expressing interest in joining the hardware trend.

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Quite a few people have been unanimously vocal in their dislike for the Modern UI, lack of a Start Menu, and more in Windows 8. Enter Windows Blue, a.k.a. Windows 8.1, and the rumors that Microsoft may be ready to compromise on some of the UI changes users want. The question is, if the rumors are true will it be enough to turn things around for Windows 8 or is it too late?

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Oracle is due to release an update to patch critical vulnerabilities that malware authors have been exploiting in current (and older) versions of Java later today. Anyone who needs or actively uses the Java Runtime Environment for work or gaming should watch for the update to go live and promptly install this update as soon as possible.

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Now you might be looking at that title and thinking “What?!”, but consider what might happen if a super villain managed to stick a giant ‘space straw’ capable of reaching space into an ocean? Do you think the vacuum of space combined with the pressure of our atmosphere would allow the water to reach space or not? Vsauce discusses the question and more in this terrific video about our atmosphere.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows XP now has less than a year of extended support remaining, Dropbox is now offering business customers an IT-friendly version, the Social Media widget for WordPress has been injecting spam advertisements into sites, and more.

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The look and ‘mood’ of cities at night come in an infinite variety, but all have one thing in common…a unique and colorful beauty that begs to be captured in photos. Bring the ethereal beauty of urban night-life to your iPad with the first in our series of City Lights Wallpaper collections.

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While it does not happen often, every once in a while a security update to patch Windows causes more problems than it solves. Case in point, security update 2823324 that was a part of this month’s Patch Tuesday release for Windows 7. Some users have been experiencing endless rebooting or a failure of their system to restart after installing the update. To counteract the problem Microsoft has published a KB article to help get affected systems up and running again.

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Sure, anybody can end a process from the Task Manager, but did you know you can also do it from the command line?

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The human eye is an amazing thing with all that it is capable of seeing and helping us process, but there are times where even it needs a ‘little help’ to fully visualize something. Enter the camera…a wonderful piece of technology that can do what the human eye can not in some instances. Bill Shribman presents some awesome examples of mysteries that cameras have been able to help us solve in this terrific TEDEd video.

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With the increasing focus on improving user account security, two-factor authentication has become a ‘must have’ feature for many popular online services. Following the lead of other companies Microsoft will soon join them in offering the feature to help better secure user accounts.

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Do you believe momentum is conserved or not when using the Portal system? What of velocity and speed? Sixty Symbols revisits the Portal universe to debate the controversy and provide some answers to these questions.

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A new era of space exploration is upon us as the first Voyager spacecraft is in the process of leaving our solar system. What new discoveries or mysteries await us? Enjoy a look at the history of the Voyager program, its early triumphs and failures, and where the program is today in this terrific 24 minute video documentary.

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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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Do you believe in the existence of parallel universes or in a single universe only? What do you picture things ‘being like’ if you believe in the concept of parallel universes? MinutePhysics presents an awesome overview of three distinct proposed multi-verse models and a brief look at a new super-model in this terrific explainer video.

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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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