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Sadly enough, another year has come and gone with what ‘feels’ like little progress made on getting people to choose better passwords. Password management software maker SplashData has compiled a list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013, a ‘top offenders’ list that contains some old favorites along with some new entries as choices people should not be making.

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There are few things that compare to the special peace and joy one can find when spending an evening outside enjoying the quiet beauty of moonlight. Turn your Nexus 7′s screen into a denizen of the night with the first in our series of Moonlight Wallpaper collections.

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Do you enjoy working on DIY projects and would love to get your kids interested in them as well? Then today’s tutorial video is a great place to begin. This “starter” DIY project is perfect for the kids to work on over the weekend as they make their very own MacGyver-style flashlight!

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Depending on your location, you may have found yourself strictly limited on the amount of time you could listen to Spotify each month after the first six months had passed with your free account. But starting this week, Spotify has removed the streaming time limit restrictions on all free accounts, so grab your favorite pair of headphones and ‘lose yourself’ in the music!

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When we work or play on the internet, our focus is on what we need or want to get done, not on the ‘something’ that helps make it all work so well. Take a moment to peek behind the ‘curtain’ and learn more about algorithms in today’s video from PBS Digital Studios.

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There is no escaping the fact that our bodies need sleep, but more than ever our bodies’ needs for it are being disrupted because of crazy schedules, an addiction to technology, or other things we place a ‘higher value’ on. Learn how circadian rhythms work, how they regulate the processes in our bodies, and why it is a good idea to go with the ‘circadian flow’ in today’s video.

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Are you tired of having cold hands with no quick and easy way to warm them up while out and about during the winter? Then you will definitely want to have a look at today’s DIY project! YouTube channel Kipkay shows you how easy it is to make instant hand warmers in just a few minutes with their latest tutorial.

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Those of you in the northern hemisphere are still feeling winter’s cold bite and likely longing for warmer, more cheerful weather. Take a break from the cold and enjoy the warm, colorful beauty of nature on your desktop with the second in our series of Colorful Butterflies Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever wondered why our solar system and other large galactic ‘objects’ tend to favor a ‘flat layout’ as opposed to other types of configurations or shapes? YouTube channel MinutePhysics has the answer in today’s awesome explanatory video.

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As the deadline for Windows XP’s ‘End of Life’ continues to grow closer, Microsoft has taken another step forward in cutting out support for the aging operating system. Starting April 8, the Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials will also be discontinued in tandem with support for XP.

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Do you have an unused mobile phone cable that you would love to do something fun and awesome with? Then why not turn it into a secret flash drive! Today’s video shows you what you need, and how to do it in just a few easy steps.

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You have most likely heard the expression that “no two snowflakes are alike”, but is that actually true? Do you know who the first person to take a picture of a snowflake was? Or when? Learn the answers to these questions and more in today’s fun and fascinating video from PBS Digital Studios.

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Future Space News of 2014 [YouTube]

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Nature wallpapers make great backdrops for any electronic device, providing a refreshing and calming view for our eyes and thoughts. Add a bountiful harvest of beautiful greenery to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of ‘Fields of Grass’ Wallpaper collections.

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Whether it is spelling versus pronunciation of words, incorrect scientific knowledge from years gone by, production errors in popular music, and more, our history is full of interesting mistakes, formerly lost knowledge, and mind boggling coincidences that some would classify as missed opportunities.

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Nearly everyone who has ever lived in a colder climate region has been told that being outside in the cold without the proper amount of clothing will make you sick. But is that actually true or just a myth? YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE discusses the topic and separates fact from fiction in today’s video.

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Most of us have probably never given much thought to all the work that goes into the ‘time and time zone’ part of programming, but it can turn out to be a real nightmare. YouTube channel Computerphile discusses this ‘painful’ topic with examples of how ‘messy’ it can get in today’s video.

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Were you upset when all access to the classic Downloads Manager Window was stripped out of the latest stable build of Firefox? Then you are definitely going to be pleased to learn about the new ‘Downloads Window’ extension. With this new extension, you can once again have access to, and enjoy that classic Downloads Manager Window goodness!

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Windows 8.1 has the new Start Screen, but what if you don’t want to bother with it, and prefer seeing the list of applications installed on your computer instead? Thankfully, you can easily change this setting in the Taskbar Properties.

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It is a time to say goodbye to the old year and embrace the new one. Let the festivities begin on your desktop with our New Year’s 2014 Wallpaper collection.

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Have you ever wondered why the moon has such a distinctive pattern of light and dark areas all across its surface? Then sit back and enjoy learning the answer as YouTube channel SpaceRip takes you on a trip through time, from the Moon’s formation, through significant impacts that it has endured, and more in today’s video.

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Have you found it difficult to wrap your mind around the concept of time dilation? Then today’s video should help make it much easier to understand! Professor Mike Merrifield is back with a terrific explanation of the mathematics behind the slowing of time when observing an object moving close to the speed of light.

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Have you thought about acquiring your own Arduino set up, but wanted to know more about it before making a final decision? Then you will definitely enjoy this video from YouTube channel Computerphile, which not only introduces you to Arduino, but also talks about the awesome projects it can be used for.

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The big night is almost here, so why not help your little ones have fun and keep track of Santa’s progress while waiting to go to sleep? Passing those last hours before bedtime can be filled with fun, games, holiday music, and more thanks to the two awesome Santa tracker websites set up by NORAD (with Microsoft) and Google!

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