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Microsoft has been on a roll as of late with their Office Online suite, so this week’s announcement about Office Online apps for Chrome just sweetens the deal even more. Now you can pick and choose from Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online apps to make your Chrome browser more productive than ever before!

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Oracle has just released new updates that patch 37 security holes in their Java Runtime Environment software. So if you are one of the individuals who needs Java on your system for Minecraft or other specific apps, then you need to download the latest update to make sure your system is as secure as possible.

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While we may think of dust as a nuisance, there is a lot more to it than we give it credit for. We can find it everywhere…even in space, and it has a bigger impact on our lives, the weather, and our environment than we realize. YouTube channel PBS Digital Studios looks at this small, yet powerful ‘substance’ in today’s video.

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Wearable tech such as the Nike Fuelband, Fitbit, and Jawbone are becoming quite popular, but are these activity trackers actually helpful in improving our health, or are they just an information-laden fad? YouTube channel PBS Digital Studios discusses the topic in their latest video.

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Sunset can be the perfect time to get away from it all, relax, and just enjoy daydreaming. Turn your Nexus 7′s screen into the perfect dream zone with the first in our series of Sunset Dreams Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever wondered what the weather might be like on the exo-planets scientists have discovered so far? If so, then you will likely find Kepler 413B to be of great interest for its similarity to the seasons of Westeros in Game of Thrones!

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Do you like a good challenge that will make you think? Then test your thinking and shooting skills versus walls, twists, turns, and gravity itself in a quirky physics-based arena with Contrast Canon!

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Do you like the idea of buildings and bridges having a literal ‘twist’ built into their design? Then sit back and enjoy today’s presentation about the use of Mobius Band design in buildings and bridges by Carlo H. Sequin from U.C. Berkeley!

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The latest system update for Windows 8.1 has finally arrived, and with its arrival Microsoft has released a new Power User Guide to help familiarize people with the new features and changes.

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The search for planets outside of our solar system has really started to yield results lately with one new discovery after another, but if humanity were to look for a new ‘galactic neighborhood’ to move into, what ‘qualities’ would be at the top of the list? SciShow looks at the multiple factors that would be used to judge the suitability of an exo-planet and its system in today’s video.

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The Northern hemisphere is breaking into bloom once again now that Spring has arrived, so fill your desktop with the fresh, new growth of the season with our Spring Blossoms Wallpaper collection.

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It was great while it lasted, but Canonical has admitted defeat with its Ubuntu One Cloud service and started the shut down process. But not to worry, there is still time to make sure you have a copy of all your files and music, and find a new online cloud storage provider.

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Have you ever wanted to add your name or a favorite logo to an item, but did not have an easy or economical way to do it? Then you will definitely love today’s DIY tutorial on etching using a battery and simple household materials!

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Are you ready for a break and a quick bit of fun? Then get ready to try your hand at Color Instinct, a physics-based game that will test your coordination, shooting, and puzzle solving skills as you work to defeat all twenty-seven levels!

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Most of us never really think about how problematic measuring coastlines can be, but with their unique ‘bumpy and craggy’ shapes, it is far from being as simple as we would like. What is the best method for measuring them? How close to the exact shape of a coastline do you measure? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the ‘problem’ in today’s video.

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When we think of planetary bodies with rings, we automatically think of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. But a newly revealed discovery has changed that and caused a lot of excitement in the scientific community! Enjoy YouTube channel SpaceRip’s discussion about Chariklo’s two rings, how they were found, and the speculation that Chariklo may have a moon as well.

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When it comes to iconic super heroes, Batman is in a class all his own. So surrender yourself to the night and give your iPhone’s screen a ‘Batitude” adjustment with the first in our series of Batman Wallpaper collections.

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April is nearly here, and that means the last testing stage for the latest version of Ubuntu has finally arrived. So clear your weekend calendar and get ready for some fresh Linux goodness! The final set of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS beta builds are now available to download in nine different ‘flavors’.

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Bootstrapping is an ‘unusual’ sounding term in its own way when you think of its relation to computers, but what is it? Odds are you know it via a shortened variation of the term (Boot), but how does it actually work when you hit the power button? Computerphile explains the deeper level ‘intricacies’ of the process in today’s video.

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If you like keeping up with how well the extensive field of software security products are doing, then AVTest.org’s test results are always a good source to consult, especially if you are shopping around for a new anti-virus product to use. With this in mind, you can see how well all the security products have done during the latest round of tests conducted by AVTest.org.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a dependable work-horse when it comes to eradicating malware, and definitely a recommended app for anyone’s security setup. This week Malwarebytes has released a new stable version that features a host of improvements, new features, and a redesigned interface.

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Risk is a part of our everyday lives whether we stop to think about it or not. There is always the possibility that something may happen to us while going to work, flying to a new destination, or perhaps even from bad habits we may possess. So how does a person deal with risk? YouTube channel Vsauce discusses risk, risk assessment, and more in today’s video.

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A classic staple in rural areas is the barn, found in a variety of styles and conditions, and used for many purposes. Take a road trip through the countryside and enjoy viewing these wooden wonders on your desktop with the first in our series of Rustic Barns Wallpaper collections.

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The work week is almost over, but getting through this afternoon may make it feel like the longest afternoon of all! So until you can go home, why not indulge in a bit of stress-relieving, sanity-saving fun with ‘Gears and Chains – Spin It 2′?

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There is no doubt that drinking enough water every day is important, but what happens if you do not get enough, or are unable to drink any water at all? How soon would you begin noticing the effects of dehydration, and what would those effects be? Learn the answers to these questions in today’s video from AsapSCIENCE.

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