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A hands-on look at Microsoft’s new Xbox One

Microsoft is out to conquer your living room with the new Xbox One entertainment system. Now marketed as a multimedia system, Microsoft’s newest console has winning capabilities — but also some worrisome failures.

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Botnet innovation: Resistance is (nearly) futile

Since their inception, botnets have been one of the more difficult threats to neutralize, and new and innovative techniques are making this malware even more difficult to stop.

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‘PC settings’ gets major makeover in Win8.1

Microsoft made a host of changes to the commands and options on Windows 8.1′s PC settings page, adding new functions and moving or renaming others. The result is a better user experience — but one that’s undeniably confusing at first. Here’s a guide to the most important changes.

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Moving up to Windows 8.1 without an MS account

Microsoft makes it difficult — but not impossible — to run Windows 8.1 without a Microsoft account. There are ways around Redmond’s demands, but only if you know the right path. Plus, solving other problems with the Win8.1 upgrade.

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CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus

Online attackers are using encryption to lock up our files and demand a ransom — and AV software probably won’t protect you. Here are ways to defend yourself from CryptoLocker — pass this information along to friends, family, and business associates.

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Protect yourself from the next big data breach

Huge online attacks, such as the recent Adobe break-in, bring to mind a pressing question: What should we do if our credit-card data or sign-in credentials are stolen? Plus, what steps will help minimize future exposures when large corporate sites are cracked — as they no doubt will be — by malicious hackers and cyber thieves?

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Creating customized recovery images for Win8

Windows 8′s easy-to-use and built-in backup, restore, and rebuild tools go far beyond those found in previous versions of Windows. When using Win8′s Refresh option, the advanced Recimg tool can preserve your current Win8 setup — including desktop apps that Refresh would, by default, remove.

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How to spend your first hour with Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1, currently available on MS TechNet and MSDN, should roll out on Oct. 17 for both new PCs and Win8 upgrades. Here’s what every knowledgeable Windows user should know about setting up Win8.1, whether they’re coming from Windows 8, Win7, Vista, or XP.

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From PC to HDTV via Google’s Chromecast

Google has a new way to stream video from your PC or mobile device to your high-definition TV. But its capabilities are relatively limited, and it leaves much to be desired — especially if you’re using a Windows PC.

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Touring through the final Windows 8.1

After much public criticism and internal debate, Microsoft made an abrupt about-face and released Windows 8.1 RTM to TechNet and MSDN subscribers — well before the OS’s public debut. With release-to-manufacturer, Windows 8.1 is effectively complete and will roll out to Windows 8 users in mid-October.

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