Apps help turn water guzzlers into sippers

A handful of apps can help you learn more about water usage and how you might change your practices, especially in a time of drought conditions.

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Amazon’s music service plays to a different beat

With less buzz, a smaller selection and an older audience than its entrenched rivals, Amazon has been quietly building a digital-music offering to give its Amazon Prime members another reason to stick with the service. Now, it hopes to make some noise.

Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would...

Windows’ built-in protection may be enough for low-key user

No guarantees, but someone who skips risky websites and doesn’t open email attachments from unknown senders is probably safe with Windows Defender, Patrick Marshall writes. He also advises another reader having trouble with Adobe Acrobat and Creative Suite 6.