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Microsoft releases revamped version of Hotmail at Outlook.com

Microsoft releases revamped version of Hotmail at Outlook.com

Many people used Hotmail for their first email account. However, as more options – like Gmail – became available, people started moving away from Hotmail. Today, Hotmail’s brand image has been tarnished. After all, when many people think of Hotmail, they think of the emails they used to send in elementary school or junior high. Having an @gmail.com account tends to look more professional.

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Apple launches line of awkward, embarrassing Olympic ads

Apple launches line of awkward, embarrassing Olympic ads

At the Speed Up My PC Free blog, we’re Windows users. The PC Cleaner Pro program is designed specifically for Windows, and we just feel like Microsoft has created a better operating system than Apple. Of course, that’s not to mention the other benefits that Microsoft brings to the table, including affordable hardware, competition between manufacturers, and, of course, PC gaming. Right now,

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Google unleashes new Fiber Internet, Fiber TV services

Google unleashes new Fiber Internet, Fiber TV services

Every year, Google seems to choose another industry to tackle. After dominating the internet’s search engine and advertising industries for the past decade, Google is now ready to compete with Internet and TV service providers. That’s right: on July 26th, Google revealed new services called Google Fiber Internet and Fiber TV. While the services are currently making a tentative debut only in

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Companies consider hiring illegal hackers

Companies consider hiring illegal hackers

The field of ‘ethical hacking’ has been around for a while. The basic idea is that instead of using their hacking talents for evil, hackers could earn a legitimate income defending organizations from hacking attacks. Unfortunately in this world, talented people often go wherever the money is. And even the highest paying ethical hacking jobs pale in comparison to what one could make on the b

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Twitter suffers malware outbreak, downtime over two-day period

Twitter suffers malware outbreak, downtime over two-day period

As Twitter addicts undoubtedly know, the popular social networking site was down for a few hours on the morning of July 26th. Users logged onto Twitter, eager to see what new updates were coming from their fellow tweeters, only to be greeted with silence. It had been a while since the last Twitter outage, but outages are certainly not unheard of. Usually, Twitter crashes due to heavy usage. It

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How will Windows 8 help businesses?

How will Windows 8 help businesses?

Windows 8 will be released October 26, 2012. Since many consumers just recently upgraded to Windows 7, the release might not be greeted with as much fanfare as Microsoft hopes. It’s not just consumers. Businesses are also expected to have a lukewarm reception to Windows 8. Many businesses still use Windows XP, and upgrading to Windows 7 was an expensive move that few businesses will be willin

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Don’t buy PC optimization software without reading this first!

Don’t buy PC optimization software without reading this first!

As you can imagine, software that speeds up your PC is very useful. We all appreciate faster computer performance, and when you can unlock a higher level of performance simply by installing a program, that’s even better. Unfortunately, not all PC optimization programs are made equal. Some programs promise to speed up your PC, only to slow it down by installing viruses. Other programs find not

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Windows 8 apps priced anywhere from $1.49 to $999

Windows 8 apps priced anywhere from $1.49 to $999

The PC community is moderately excited about the Windows 8 app store. Although an app store does exist in the Windows 8 release preview, it’s not stocked with very many apps. Microsoft has insisted that apps will be its focus as it moves forward, and has even started paying developers to build apps based on Windows 8. Now that we have an official release date for Windows 8 (October 26, 2012),

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Get ready for touch screen Ultrabooks

Get ready for touch screen Ultrabooks

You might have heard of Ultrabooks. They’re the PC world’s answer to slim, fast laptops like the MacBook. Designed by Intel, Ultrabook laptop sales have been growing over the last few months, and they’ve managed to inject some hope into a deflated PC industry. In past years, PC manufacturers had concentrated mainly on developing low-cost, low-quality laptops, giving PCs a bad reputation.

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Do you use Dropbox? Be careful of incoming spam wave

Do you use Dropbox? Be careful of incoming spam wave

Some of the tech industry’s most trusted companies have come under attack by hackers and scammers lately. Dropbox is the latest one to experience strange errors. Today, Dropbox users are complaining that they have received strange spam emails that claim to be from Dropbox. The complaints started in this thread, where users began to complain that their exclusive Dropbox emails were starting to

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