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iStorage diskAshur M2: An ultra-secure hardware encrypted portable SSD [Review]

Storing files in the cloud has a lot of benefits, not least making them easily accessible from anywhere. It isn’t necessarily the most secure option, however.

If you have private data that you can’t afford to fall into the wrong hands, you should definitely consider a PIN authenticated hardware encrypted portable USB SSD like iStorage’s excellent diskAshur M2.

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Get 'Machine Learning For Dummies, 2nd Edition' ($18 value) FREE for a limited time

While machine learning expertise doesn’t quite mean you can create your own Turing Test-proof android -- as in the movie Ex Machina -- it is a form of artificial intelligence and one of the most exciting technological means of identifying opportunities and solving problems fast and on a large scale.

Anyone who masters the principles of machine learning is mastering a big part of our tech future and opening up incredible new directions in careers that include fraud detection, optimizing search results, serving real-time ads, credit-scoring, building accurate and sophisticated pricing models -- and way, way more.

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22533 with redesigned flyout

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With the holidays a distant memory, Microsoft is back to its regular Wednesday release schedule with a new Windows 11 build for Insiders on the Dev Channel.

Build 22533  updates the flyout design for the hardware indicators for brightness, volume, camera privacy, camera on/off and airplane mode, so it now follows Windows 11’s design principles.

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Get 'They Ask, You Answer' 2nd Edition ($15 value) FREE for a limited time

The revolutionary guide that challenged businesses around the world to stop selling to their buyers and start answering their questions to get results has been revised and updated to address new technology, trends, the continuous evolution of the digital consumer, and much more.

In today’s digital age, the traditional sales funnel -- marketing at the top, sales in the middle, customer service at the bottom -- is no longer effective. To be successful, businesses must obsess over the questions, concerns, and problems their buyers have, and address them as honestly and as thoroughly as possible. They Ask, You Answer is a straightforward guide filled with practical tactics and insights to put your buyers first and transform your marketing strategy.

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Facebook tracks you across the web and Mozilla wants your help in finding out how

Everyone knows that Facebook collects data on people online and then uses this to tailor content and advertising. Exactly how it does this remains something of a mystery, however.

Mozilla has partnered with non-profit newsroom The Markup for what it’s calling the 'Facebook Pixel Hunt' to find out how Meta tracks people across the web through its pixel-powered ad network, and what it does with this collected data.

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22526 with improved file search

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Having taken a break for the holidays, the Windows development team is back in business with the first new Windows 11 Dev Channel build of 2022.

Build 22526 comes with a decent number of fixes, as well as some welcome changes and improvements.

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You can now give your Linux desktop a Windows 11-style 'Fluent' makeover

Windows 11 is far from perfect -- it’s still very early days for the new operating system after all -- but it sports an attractive, modern aesthetic thanks to the use of Microsoft’s Fluent Design System.

If you like the look of Windows 11, but prefer to use a Linux OS, you can now get the best of both worlds by applying a new 'Fluent' icon set.

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Get 'Business Writing For Dummies, 3rd Edition' ($15 value) FREE for a limited time

Do you wish you could write better? In today’s business world, good writing is key to success in just about every endeavor. Writing is how you connect with colleagues, supervisors, clients, partners, employees, and people you’ve never met. No wonder strong writers win the jobs, promotions and contracts. 

Business Writing For Dummies shows you, from the ground up, how to create persuasive messages with the right content and language every time -- messages your readers will understand and act on.

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AMD announces 30 powerful new Ryzen and Radeon products for notebook and desktop PCs

The start of the new year is when most big hardware companies take the wraps off new and future products.

Today, at a Product Premiere livestream event, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su (and the AMD executive team) showed off over 30 new products, including the Ryzen 7 5800X3D desktop processor -- the first consumer PC processor to feature 3D-stacked chiplets to deliver a major boost in gaming performance.

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Turn the Windows 11 taskbar into a macOS-style dock

Windows 11's centered taskbar isn’t for everyone, and it lacks many of the customization options we’re used to (although Microsoft promises these missing features are on their way).

Thankfully there are some third-party tools which can change the look and behavior of the taskbar.

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CCleaner is currently broken, but a fix is planned

Although it’s had a number of problems in the past, most following Piriform’s takeover by Avast in 2017, CCleaner remains a great program for removing junk from your computer.

Except that’s not true of the latest version of the program which users report is unable to clear cookies from Chrome and other browsers.

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Get 'Tribe of Hackers: Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World' ($15 value) FREE for a limited time

Tribe of Hackers: Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World is your guide to joining the ranks of hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity professionals around the world.

Whether you’re just joining the industry, climbing the corporate ladder, or considering consulting, Tribe of Hackers offers the practical know-how, industry perspectives, and technical insight you need to succeed in the rapidly growing information security market.

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22523, makes ISOs available to download

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Microsoft has just begun rolling out what will be the final new Windows 11 Dev Channel build before the holidays.

After blocking Insiders with ARM64 PCs from installing Build 22518 last week, Microsoft is offering this flight to all. The software giant is also making ISOs for it available to download.

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Hey Apple, this is the iOS 16 we need

Apple rolls out a major update for its mobile operating systems -- iOS and iPadOS -- every year, introducing new features and enhancements. This year, iOS 15 gave us new ways to focus, better FaceTime, live text, photo memories, SharePlay, improved Apple Maps, and much more.

We won’t know exactly what the tech giant has planned for iOS 16 until the middle of 2022, but if you want a glimpse at what the OS should look like, we’ve got this stunning video to wow you. It takes everything we like about iOS/iPadOS, but improves on it significantly.

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Bitdefender pulls the plug on its free antivirus solution

I’ve used many different antivirus programs over the years, but these days I swear by the excellent Bitdefender Total Security. Not everyone wants to pay for protection of course, which is why free solutions prove so popular.

Bitdefender’s no-cost offering -- Antivirus Free Edition for Windows -- is a great choice, or rather I should say 'was' a great choice, as the company is set to retire it by the end of the year.

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