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U.S. government can now sue companies that fail to protect customer data

Companies that fail to protect customer data from hackers and other sources could soon face the wrath of the FTC, after the federal commission successfully sued the Wyndham hotel chain over its failure to provide safeguards for customer information.


Ashley Madison execs hacked competitors, emails suggest

The fortunes of Ashley Madison continue take a further turn for the worse, as emails between the company's CEO and CTO appear to suggest that plans were made in 2012 to hack a competing service.


Ashley Madison offers $380K reward in bid to catch hackers

As the fallout continues in the wake of the Ashley Madison hack, the company behind the website, Avid Life Media, has announced a $380,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved.


You could play against Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open, thanks to this amazing VR experience

Ever wondered how it would be to return the tennis serve of a champion? If you’re headed to the U.S. Open later this month, you may have the chance to find out — without having to set foot on the court itself, or risk embarrassing yourself in front of the…

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Report: Microsoft’s Office 2016 may launch on September 22

Targeting a Fall 2015 launch to hit mobile devices prior to the holiday shopping season, Office 2016 could be released as early as late September 2015 with significant updates to Microsoft's suite of software.


Rumor: The Fury Nano beats the R9 290X at half the size and power consumption

Nothing is confirmed yet, but leaked slides indicate the R9 Nano may be produce faster gaming framerates than the R9 290X while keeping wattage well below the 290X or the brand new Fury X.


Asus brings Braswell processor to its fanless EeeBox E410 mini PC

New Asus EeeBox E410 mini-PC has a Braswell processor, multi-display support, 4K video output, and much more.


Users heard the Windows 95 startup music for the first time 20 years ago today

It's been 20 years exactly since Microsoft released Windows 95 to the masses. We've come a long way, but there's still a lot of that release in Windows 10.


Cortana is now offering assistance to Android beta users too

If you're a beta user (or if you're willing to sign up) of Google's Android platform, you can download Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant now for free, giving you her full functionality on your Android device.


McAfee has an interesting theory about the Ashley Madison hack

John McAfee, the famous security entrepreneur, has a theory about the Ashley Madison hack. He thinks it was an inside job by a rogue female employee, but his reasoning isn't entirely sound.


Acer Aspire One Cloudbook is a $200, compact workhorse

While nobody expects to get a lot of laptop for $200, Acer is looking to raise the bar on what you can get with its new Aspire One Cloudbook. It packs a Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with cloud expansion, in a compact package.


Windows privacy paranoia causes P2P trackers to drop latest OS

Good luck pirating Microsoft's latest operating system, as on top of being easy to access for free anyway, many of the sites and services that support torrent trackers have banned it amid fears that it's tracking users.


Common problems with installing Windows 10, and how to fix them

Most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will upgrade to Windows 10 without incident. If you haven't, give this guide a look to see if you can solve your problem.


Want your next PC to last a decade? It’s possible

How long will your current PC last? Three years? Five? What if you could make one that would last you 10 years? Here's how to put together, and upgrade, a computer that can last an entire decade.


Stories you missed this week: An Apple Music festival, bizarre bike pedals, and more

It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That's why, we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week — just for you.