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Microsoft Black Friday 2017 sale goes live early -- score deals on Surface, Xbox, and Windows 10 devices right now!

If there is someone in your life that loves technology, and you want to get them a really great Christmas gift, look no further than the Microsoft Store. Seriously folks, if you want to delight someone special, just get them an Xbox One or Surface. If Microsoft's Surface-branded computers are too expensive, there are plenty of other Windows 10 devices from which to choose too.

Understandably, buying such extravagant gifts might be a hardship financially, so if you have been waiting for the best time to make that purchase, please know that now is when you should finally pull the trigger. You see, Microsoft's Black Friday 2017 has gone live a day early! Yes, you can score a great deal on Surface, Xbox, and Windows 10 devices right now. Here's the details, y'all.

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AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard 6.6 adds support for exFAT, improves bootable media support

Everyone needs a partition management tool. Windows ships with its own limited tool, accessible under Disk Management, but it’s restricted in a number of key areas, not least its inability to move files to help with the repartitioning process.

AOMEI has just released a major update to its free partitioning tool: Partition Assistant Standard 6.6. It’s become our go-to partition editor, and version 6.6 makes it even more compelling than ever.

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Millennials may prefer Bitcoin over savings accounts for storing their wealth

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The insane growth of the cryptocurrency market is making Bitcoin very attractive as a store of value. Folks who have bought Bitcoin at the beginning of the year are now looking at an 820 percent return on investment, which is much more difficult to achieve in traditional markets and virtually impossible to match using savings accounts.

Millennials are starting to take notice, with a new report suggesting that they are shunning savings accounts in favor of Bitcoin. Baby boomers, you can add this to the "millennials are killing" list.

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The role of education in fighting security breaches [Q&A]

When securing systems most people's thoughts turn to the technology of firewalls, anti-virus programs and so on. What’s often neglected is the human aspect.

Many breaches are down to poor password practices or falling for phishing emails, things which can be prevented with better education. We spoke to Stephen Burke, founder and CEO of security awareness specialist Cyber Risk Aware to get his views on how awareness training can be used to drive better behavior and make businesses more secure.

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Ethereum passes $400

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For the first time in the past few months we are starting a conversation about the cryptocurrency market that does not revolve around Bitcoin. The reason is Ethereum, which just went past $400 for the first time since the record high in mid-June.

This is a pretty significant development, as Ethereum's performance has been lackluster since its peak. The only time it got close to $400 was on September 1, after which a ban on ICOs in China helped drive its price to under $200.

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Google finally fighting faux family-friendly YouTube videos

YouTube is an amazing place to consume media. There is great family-friendly content from people like iJustine and Rosanna Pansino, for instance. Unfortunately, there is another side of Google's video site, where people such as Pewdiepie and Leafy post racist and sexist content. For parents, it can be quite difficult to know which videos are appropriate for children. Sometimes adult content can even show up in the YouTube Kids app.

To make matters worse, some content creators have been disguising adult-themed videos as being family-friendly -- a wolf in sheep's clothing, if you will. For instance, what may appear to be a video about Spider-Man and Elsa from Disney's Frozen, can quickly morph into a video about feces and hypodermic needles. I kid you not -- there are some truly bizarre videos designed to exploit children on YouTube nowadays. It is being referred to by some as "Elsagate," and this excellent video does a great job of explaining the growing phenomenon. Sadly, these weird videos generate a lot of revenue too, leading to copycats. Thankfully, Google has apparently had enough, as it now vows to crack down on adult content that masquerades as being family friendly.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17046 to the Fast ring

Microsoft is back to rolling out new Insider Preview builds to the Fast ring on a weekly basis.

The latest release, Build 17046, introduces a number of improvements, changes and fixes. So what’s new this time around?

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Facebook is developing a tool to let users know if they interacted with Russian troll accounts

Russia's use of Facebook and other social media to try to influence the outcome of elections around the world has been the subject of investigation for some time now. Millions of Facebook users were exposed to divisive ads placed by Russia, and the social networking site is doing what it can to be transparent about what happened.

Having admitted that Russia bought ads on the site, Facebook is now developing a tool that will enable users to determine if they interacted with the Internet Research Agency -- the propaganda company also known as the Trolls from Olgino.

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SJCAM SJDASH dash cam review

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SJCAM has become one of the biggest players in the action camera market thanks to devices like the SJ5000X Elite and SJ6 Legend. And now it's come up with a product targeting a different audience.

The SJDASH is SJCAM's first dash cam and, just like the other devices in the company's range, it is designed to appeal to consumers looking for a good balance between quality and price. Question is, how does it perform? I've tested it to find out.

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UC Browser returns to Google Play after tweaks to its policy-infringing settings

UC Browser was unceremoniously removed from Google Play last week after it was discovered that a setting within the app violated Google policies. Now the popular web browser is back with an updated version.

The company behind the app is pleased to return its flagship title to the Play store, but also voices its delight that during UC Browser's brief absence, the cut-down UC Browser Mini proved fantastically popular.

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UK government pledges cash to boost the digital economy

In today's budget speech the UK Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, has announced a number of measures aimed at boosting the tech sector.

These include £500m of support for 5G mobile networks, full fiber broadband and artificial intelligence and £540m to support the growth of electric cars, including more charging points. A further £2.3bn is allocated for investment in research and development and £30m to develop digital skills distance learning courses.

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Privacy: Google caught tracking Android users' whereabouts even if location services are disabled

For those concerned about their privacy, location services is just one more setting to disable on their phone. But Google has now revealed that it is not only able to, but actually does track the location of Android users even if location services are disabled.

More than this, Google records the addresses of nearby cell towers -- thereby giving a very good idea of location -- even when there is no SIM card in a phone and no apps are used. This data has been collected since the beginning of the year.

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Net Neutrality will die, so let's take the profit out of killing it

The U.S. Federal Communication Commission, under the leadership of chairman Ajit Pai, will next week set in motion the end of Net Neutrality in the USA. This is an unfortunate situation that will cause lots of news stories to be written in the days ahead, but I’m pretty sure the fix is in and this change is going to happen.

No matter how many protesters march on their local Verizon store, no matter how many impassioned editorials are written, it’s going to happen. The real question is what can be done in response to take the profit out of killing it? I have a plan.

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Amazon knocks big discounts off Nest products for Black Friday, deals start now

Feeling cold, hot or insecure? There are many solutions provided by the Internet of Things, from lights, cameras, locks, thermostats and much more. You need to choose carefully though as not all work as claimed, and some have rather glaring security problems. But, if you're up for the challenge, then you can set up a fairly cohesive and secure system in your home.

One of the top purveyors of some of these products is Nest, part of Google/Alphabet. If you have been looking for a smart thermostat or security camera then this may be a good time to pull the trigger.

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Half of UK adults want to stop using the Uber app following breach

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The news that ride hailing service Uber has suffered, and covered up, a major hack means that millions of people could unknowingly have had their data put at risk.

Data security company Egress Software Technologies ran a flash survey of 500 UK adults this morning to find their reactions to the story.

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