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Google's new Android for Work locks down business data on your personal phone

Almost a year after tipping its hand at Google I/O 2014, Google announced Android for Work, a way to lock down sensitive business data on personal Android phones owned by employees--using versions of Android either old or new.

INTERNET

Keep the internet open: Net Neutrality explained, and why we need to protect the future of the web

You pay for a set amount of data, so what business is it of your ISP to decide where you use it? We explain Net Neutrality ahead of tomorrow's FCC vote to regulate the internet like a public utility, and why it should matter to all web users.

MOBILE

Apple Pay adoption keeps climbing: Chase says 1 million customers on board

Chase's early numbers on Apple Pay adoption are promising: More than a million of the bank's customers have added debit and credit cards to the service since it launched last October.

SOFTWARE

Ubuntu 14.04.2 arrives with updated hardware support and a new Linux kernel

Canonical just released Ubuntu 14.04.2, the second point-release of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS series. As always, this point release brings hardware support updates so you can continue installing Ubuntu 14.04 on new PCs. You won't get the hardware support updates on existing PCs, though--if your computer's hardware doesn't all work properly, you'll want to update it yourself.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Network activity tips Microsoft's MWC Windows Phone lineup, but no flagship in sight

A budget Windows Phone phablet for AT&T and a slew of smaller handsets could be on tap for Mobile World Congress, according to one in-app advertising firm.

INTERNET

Google Search test feature adds live chats with businesses

Google is testing yet another method of contacting businesses from search results. This time it's text-based chats via Hangouts. Twitter user Matt Gibstein first posted screenshots of the functionality on Tuesday.

SOFTWARE

Start10 will make Windows 10's Start menu even more like Windows 7

For anyone still unsatisfied with the Metro-tinged Start menu in Windows 10, Stardock is back with another alternative.

COMPONENTS

It's a feature, not a flaw: Nvidia CEO addresses GeForce GTX 970's memory spec fiasco

Months after gamers discovered that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 utilizes an unconventional split memory design that can affect gameplay in certain scenarios, the situation finally seems to be coming to a head. The controversy moved beyond online forums late last week, as online retailers began offering full or partial refunds to unhappy GTX 970 buyers and Nvidia was slapped with a class action lawsuit alleging false advertising.

INTERNET

Microsofts pulling Facebook, Google chat from Outlook.com

Pretty soon chats in Outlook.com are going to be all Skype, all the time. Microsoft is pulling the plug on Google Talk and Facebook chat in Outlook.com. The company recently sent out email notifications to Outlook.com users to let them know about the change.

ENTERTAINMENT

Plex: Hey, it's not just for pirates anymore

Plex doesn't exactly hide the fact that it's a killer app for pirated video. Just look at the marketing materials for the media server software, and you'll see how easy it is to stream your collection of movies and TV shows to all your devices. The open secret is that you probably can't acquire that kind of video collection without downloading from BitTorrent or ripping your DVDs or Blu-ray discs (circumventing copy protection is either against the law or fair use of discs you purchased, depending on your perspective).

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

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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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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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.