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There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell.

Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week?s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits found in the leak and can be used to load other malware.

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This week in games: Call of Duty returns to World War II, Syberia II is free ...

The blockbuster rush of March might be over, but apparently April is the new indie and semi-indiepile-up. This week we got Rick and Morty's VR game, Full Throttle Remastered, Voodoo Vince Remastered, Late Shift, and Everything. Next week:Dawn of War III,Outlast 2, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wilson's Heart, and probably some I'm forgetting. Crazy.

But the news keeps piling on too. Call of Duty is returning to World War II next week, EA's giving away copies of Syberia II, N++ added 2,000 more levels, Patrice Desilet's ambitious human-documentary project got another teaser, and more.

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Logitech's G410 mechanical keyboard is $60 today

Sometimes there?s nothing like a little controversy in a daily deal. Today, Newegg is selling the Logitech G410 tenkeyless mechanical keyboard for $60. That?s a cheaper price than you?ll find at Amazon, and is more than half the price of the more modern Logitech G Pro tenkeyless keyboard.

I say this deal is controversial because mechanical keyboards are all about personal taste. While the G410 is well reviewed, some may not like it because itfeatures Logitech?s proprietary Romer-G switches.

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Researchers build a microprocessor from flexible materials

Researchers have built a primitive microprocessor out of a two-dimensional material similar to graphene, the flexible conductive wonder material that some believe will revolutionize the design and manufacture of batteries, sensors and chips.

With only 115 transistors, their processor isn't going to top any benchmark rankings, but it's "a first step towards the development of microprocessors based on 2D semiconductors," the researchers at Vienna University of Technology said in a paper published in the journal Nature this month.

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Best Android phones: What should you buy?

Updated 04/21/17:The Galaxy S8 and S8+ take a couple of top spots, and we?ve added a ?wait and see? warning about our best camera pick.

Choosing a new Android phone isn?t easy. The Android universe is teeming with options, from super-expensive flagship phones, to affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography.

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you?ll keep it for at least two years. So choosing the best Android phone for you isn?t a decision you should take lightly.

But we can make things easier. Everyone has different priorities and needs, so we?ve made some picks for the best Android phone in several categories.

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Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor

A Microsoft document detailing the minimum hardware specs for Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud-powered laptops seems to be the best evidence yet that Microsoft plans to launch a Chromebook competitor on May 2.

Windows Central obtained a ?recommended minimum spec? document, presumably handed out to Microsoft?s partners. The document outlines what Microsoft hopes to achieve with what the document calls an ?Edu Cloud device? (and industry watchers have dubbed "Cloudbooks"): all-day battery life, a quick boot and resume cycle, and at least a quad-core Intel Celeron processor powering it all. It?s also titled ?Windows 10 Cloud Performance Targets,? confirming the name of the new OS.

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Phishing attacks using internationalized domains are hard to block

The latest version of Google Chrome, released earlier this week, restricts how domain names that use non-Latin characters are displayed in the browser. This change is in response to a recently disclosed technique that could allow attackers to create highly credible phishing websites.

The ability to register domain names made up of characters like those found in the Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Hebrew and other non-Latin alphabets dates back over a decade. Since 2009, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has also approved a large number of internationalized top-level domains (TLDs) -- domain extensions -- written with such characters.

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Users' orders: Make it easier to build hybrid clouds

A funny thing happened on the way to the hybrid cloud: Building the infrastructure was a pain in the neck.

That's what enterprise IT people in the Open Networking User Group have discovered Last year, public cloud providers persuaded C-level executives to move significant corporate workloads to the cloud, but the tools weren't there to make it work, said Nick Lippis, co-founder and co-chairman of ONUG.

"There is a ton of custom work that has to be done," Lippis said.

So the user group, which includes IT executives from hundreds of enterprises, chose building hybrid cloud infrastructure as its focus for this year. It will be the main topic at ONUG Spring 2017, taking place next week in San Francisco.

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75% off Lamicall S1 Cell Phone Dock - Deal Alert

Designed on a low center of gravity makes it stable. The extended hooks keep the phone in safety, and rubber cushions protect the phone from scratches and sliding.Suitable height, perfect angle of view when using Facetime and YouTube, makes it so easy to read message and emails. Compatible with iPhone and Android phones even when they have an added case. The doc averages 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 4,500 reviewers on Amazon (86% rate a full 5 stars:see reviews), where its typical list price of $36.99 has been reduced 19% to $29.99.See this deal on Amazon.

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Samsung Android owners will get special Google Play Music features

Samsung has always been special as the world?s largest Android smartphone maker, and on Friday Google made it even more special. The two companies are teaming up to make Google Play Music the default music app on Samsung Android smartphone and tablets starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+?both of which start shipping today.

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How to create a single-column Start menu in the Windows 10 Creators Update

If there?s one thing Microsoft loves to do, it?s play around with the Start menu in Windows 10. The Creators Update is no different with Microsoft adding an interesting new setting for the minimalists out there.

A year ago, we looked at a way to get a Windows 7-ish Start menu without using third-party software by dumping all the live tiles. This didn?t truly give you a Windows 7 replica, but what it did was simplify the Start menu into a single column.

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Radeon RX 480 owners are transforming their graphics cards into the Radeon RX...

AMD is on a roll with new processorsand graphics cards. On Tuesday, Radeon rolledout the RX 500 series. No, it?s not the hotly anticipated Vega, but an iterative step up in the Polaris architecture that debuted in the RX 400 cards. The Radeon RX 500 cards feature faster speeds, a new power state, and much more power usage than their predecessors, but they?re largely the same underlying GPU.

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Use PowerPoint Photo Album to chronicle corporate or personal events

Those charming slideshows that people make for wedding couples to highlight their lives before the nuptials aren?t the only reason to use PowerPoint?s Photo Albums. Corporations create similar slideshows to celebrate or chronicle corporate events, then place them on the company?s Intranet for all the employees to enjoy. They also use Photo Album slideshows for kiosks, trade show booths, and other marketing events to showcase the company and its products.

PowerPoint makes this task super-easy with its intuitive menus and dialog screens that walk you through the process, prompting you for responses along the way. It all starts with the Photo Album button on the Ribbon menu under the Insert Tab. The following instructions explain this feature in detail.

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Steam Link Is 18% Off - Mirror Your Gaming Setup to TV at 1080p - Deal Alert

The Steam Link allows existing Steam gamers to expand the range of their current gaming set up via their home network. Just connect your Steam PC or Steam Machine to your home network, plug into a TV, and stream your games to the Link at 1080p. Video and audio data is sent from your computer to the Steam Link, while your controller input is sent back in real time. Virtually every game that your computer runs can be played on your TV.Steam Controller, Xbox One USB wired, Xbox 360 USB wired, Xbox 360 wireless, PS4, PS3 wired and Wii-U Pro controllers are compatible, as are many third-party Xbox controllers. Steam Link's typical price is $50, but right now you can get it on Amazon for just $41. See the significantly discounted Steam Link on Amazon.

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HP's new Zbook laptops crushes Apple's ancient Mac Pro on features

Apple?s Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance.

Take HP?s latest Zbook laptop workstations, which were announced on Friday. These heavy built laptops?which is why they are called mobile workstations?have comparable memory and storage capacity technology to the Mac Pro, but excel in other areas.

The laptops feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, DDR4 memory, Intel?s latest Kaby Lake-based Core and Xeon processors, and the latest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.

By comparison the Mac Pro has Thunderbolt 2 ports, an old AMD GPU, DDR3 memory and Intel Xeon processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, which were released in 2013.

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