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SOFTWARE | VIRTUALIZATION

Windows 9 leak shows new virtual desktops feature on video

Rejoice, PC power users: It looks like virtual desktops may finally be coming to Windows 9.

SECURITY

New malware spreads over Twitch chat, targets Steam accounts

New malware will attempt to sell items stored in your Steam account so an attacker can reap the proceeds and buy items for themselves.

MOBILE | NETWORKING

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Meet the 7 apps that will give your amateur Instagrams professional gloss

If you want to become a world-famous Instagram photographer, or at least boost your follower and like counts, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. There are seven highly effective habits of popular Instagram users, and none of them has to do with Instagram. (OK, one.)

GAMES

Missing Pieces: Destiny meets Paul McCartney, the iPhone 6 matches next-gen consoles, and more games news

Plus the PS4 is STILL outselling the Xbox One, and Watch Dogs gets a Wii U release date for some arcane reason.

SECURITY | NETWORKING

IDF 2014: Developers must address security and privacy concerns as IoT grows

Developers will play a fundamental role in the adoption of the internet of things, but must be aware of the security and privacy risks as billions of devices become connected, said Intel's internet of things (IoT) chief, Doug Davis.

INTERNET | MOBILE

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Apple Pay nets a discount from banks, Walmart says 'no thanks'

If phones are going to replace wallets, everyone has to get on board. Banks, stores, phone manufacturers, and you, the customer, are all needed to take mobile payments mainstream. That's why Apple Pay has a shot at succeeding where Google Wallet failed: Apple created an NFC-equipped phone and made your wallet seem like a horrific albatross that is literally ruining your life. But before all that, the company nailed down banks and retailers. Well, not all retailers.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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Bad to the Bonn: European Harley-Davidson phone joins the Windows Phones gang

A Harley-Davidson phone exclusive to Europe leads a pack of new, cheap Windows Phones from BLU, YEZZ, and Archos.

INTERNET

ESPN still pondering standalone streaming service, but not the one you want

Current ESPN channels won't be part of any Netflix-style subscription model

GAMES

Grand Theft Auto V for PC delayed until 2015

Last week, Rockstar told us there was no way the PC version was delayed. This week, it's delayed. What a whirlwind adventure!

BUSINESS ISSUES

London's Heron Tower skyscraper to keep its name

Will no longer be renamed Salesforce Tower after US cloud software firm

Expert Opinion

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Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let's say living can be reasonably counted among them) there's a tendency to take the long view--we have some notion of where we've been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.

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Why you should care about CloudKit

If you've lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you've probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple's cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it's great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages.

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With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version of OS X. Now, 14 years later, Apple's once again inviting users to come and check out the Mac's latest and greatest operating system before its impending release.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

At Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced--among a great many other things--HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling such devices in your home as thermostats, furnaces and air conditioners, smart appliances, lights, cameras, garage-door openers, and security systems. Apple will provide a platform that these devices will be asked to conform to. Do so, and you can control them all from your iOS device.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

After a successful Kickstarter run, Wasteland 2 is almost ready for release

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Network Radar: Mac app checks your network health

Apple's own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener's $20 Network Radar (Mac App Store link) is a powerful step up.

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Asana: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

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Contexts: Make your OS X windows more manageable

Contexts 1.4 supplements--and can even replace--OS X's window management tools, and it does so in a way that is legitimately useful, especially if you rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac.

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Keep it Reel: Record, mix, and release a professional recording on your iPad

The iPad has become an incredible tool for musicians who wish to quickly and confidently record and produce live music on their tablet. Recently, I had the opportunity to produce and record a session for Ella Joy Meir, using just my iPad, software, and recording accessories. Last week, I covered when you might want to use an iPad and what you need to get started; now, let's talk about the actual recording and post-production process.