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Submission + - Garage Made Replacement for Google Pack (sourceforge.net)

An anonymous reader writes: The discontinuation of Google Pack has left a small hole in the internet. Their explanation was the "declining interest in downloadable software" and while that may be true, let's face it, not every application can be migrated to the web. And even for those that can be, a lot of users still prefer them to be offline, so there will always be at least some interest in downloadable software. Google Pack was a very nice effort because it allowed everyone to install a bunch of useful apps very easily. Now, an independent user is trying to come up with a similar bundle called the "FSKPack". Sure it doesn't come with an auto updater itself — hey, but most of the apps have a built-in updater anyway — and the choice of applications is also different while on the other hand also more comprehensive. Either way, it is a very nice selection and should spare you the effort of having to download and install a dozen or more software separately.

Submission + - Samsung plants keyloggers on laptops it makes (networkworld.com)

Saint Aardvark writes: "Mohammed Hassan writes in Network World that he found a keylogger program installed on his brand-new laptop — not once, but twice. After initial denials, Samsung has admitted they did this, saying it was to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used." As Hassan says, "In other words, Samsung wanted to gather usage data without obtaining consent from laptop owners." Three PR officers from Samsung have so far refused comment."
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Submission + - SPAM: Top 10 Expected PC Games in 2011

shivambest writes: 2010 was a great year for game freaks. Some of the games that were in huge demand last year are Football Manager 2011, Football Manager 2010, The Sims 3, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. As we were discussing the most anticipated games of 2011 , we reached a conclusion that the game developers are playing it safe. No new ideas? creativity? more and more sequels. Seems the developers and publishers are looking to mint money based on the success of there past titles and that no one is ready to come up with something out of the box. We thought Brink and Rage are the only couple of titles without their parents. Anyways, here is the list of games that we thought are worthy to include in this list. Do comment to vote for your favourite upcoming game.

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