Getting Back In The Game: Arming Yourself To Play With Strangers

The wide, wide world of multiplayer online games can be intimidating for the would-be gamer. Here's how to meet great people and avoid the trolls.

With millions of players worldwide, World of Warcraft is one of the largest and longest-running massively-multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG).

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Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires

The cybersecurity threat that individuals are largely powerless to fix, Heartbleed, dominated this week's headlines. And is Silicon Valley overvaluing the future?

Each new billion-dollar IPO is raising the speculation that another tech bubble will soon burst.

Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead

In the hiring process, employers aren't allowed to ask certain things, like if you go to church or intend to have children. But is it OK for employers to check social media sites for this information?

In the hiring process, there are things employers aren't permitted to ask, like whether you plan to have kids. Some employers turn to social media to learn more about job candidates.


One-Day Sale: Google Glass Will Be Available For A Cool $1,500

The wearable computing headset will be available for anyone to purchase, for one day only, on Tuesday. Google says it's expanding the Glass testing program to get more feedback.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in February 2013.


No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales

What's the etiquette around using your laptop in public? If you stop for lunch at the August First Bakery in Burlington, Vt., keep your computer in your bag. The cafe is banning screens.

"We saw a lot of customers come in, look for a table, not find one and leave," owner Jodi Whalen says. "It was money flowing out the door for us."

Privacy & Security

What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet

As companies scramble to patch a bug that exposed much of the Internet for two years, you can protect yourself by practicing some good Web hygiene.

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.


This Packing Tape Innovation Takes The Hassle Out Of Unboxing

The Rip Cord is a simple solution to open tightly sealed boxes without a knife, keys or any other sharp objects. And it might encourage recycling.

The Rip Cord

Privacy & Security

The New Age: Leaving Behind Everything, Or Nothing At All

Older generations might have left behind physical letters, photographs and journals. But much of that is digital now. Saving and organizing it all is a new challenge for librarians and writers alike.

Will we save and treasure hard drives like we did our grandparents' letters? What happens when we can't read them anymore?

Privacy & Security

The Security Bug That Affects Most Of The Internet, Explained

Google, Yahoo and other major Internet companies use OpenSSL to protect your data transactions with them. Turns out a bug called Heartbleed has been exposing much of their data, and yours.

A screen grab from a Heartbleed test Tuesday morning showed Yahoo was vulnerable. The company has since fixed the vulnerability.

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Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

Microsoft support for Windows XP stops Tuesday. If you're still using the 12-year-old operating system — an estimated quarter of PC users still run XP — here are some tips to get through an upgrade.

Microsoft is ending its support for the 12-year-old Windows XP software Tuesday.

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Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.

Are we in a tech bubble about to burst? Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion earlier this year. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Spain.


How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses technology, known as mesh networking, that could be scaled up to provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.

If mesh networks take off, they could challenge reliance on cellular data or existing wireless for Internet.

Keeping Robots In Line With The Law

Attendees at the annual We Robot conference are peering into the future, pondering questions like, do robots have rights? What kinds of laws do we need to regulate unmanned drones?

A mini-drone lands with a 12-pack of beer for ice fishing anglers in Minnesota in January. The Federal Aviation Administration grounded future deliveries when they learned of the service.


What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

The perk-laden, money-drenched world of Silicon Valley gets a send-up from Mike Judge and HBO starting Sunday night. The cast weighs in on the "real" Silicon Valley.

Cast and crew on the set of HBO's Silicon Valley (from left): Zach Woods, Thomas Middleditch, Alec Berg, Mike Judge, T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani.

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Tech Week: Amazon Fire, The Mozilla Debate, Nest's Recall

How Amazon's moving into your living room, why the Nest smoke detector got recalled and the big debate that erupted over Mozilla's CEO — all in this week's tech headlines.

Amazon's vice president of Kindle, Peter Larsen, displays the Amazon Fire TV.