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This week we’ve got everything from operating systems to ducks in our tech news roundup. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

The reviews are trickling in for Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s response to the much-criticized Windows 8, which some are blaming for dismal PC sales. As with anything, the reviews are mixed. This CNN article says it’s the little things that make all the difference with Windows 8.1, due out later this year. Read the review here.

It’s no secret that the majority of information technology workers are male. Dice has a great (and thought-provoking) article, complete with video interviews, on the struggles that women often face in the IT industry. So what needs to be done to attract more women to IT? Read this Dice article and other articles in the 4-part series here!

File this under the cute category: Check out this heartwarming story about a duck getting a new foot-thanks to 3D printing! We’ve mentioned before how 3D printing could revolutionize our world, and this is one awesome example! Read about it here.

That duckling is adorable, but we don’t recommend you tech lovers to adopt one anytime soon. According to another CNET article, pets can cause a lot of (accidental, of course) damage to your electronics. Read about it here.

Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s not good anymore, even when it comes to technology. Minyanville highlights technologies that have been around for decades and are still useful. Click here to read the list.

Develop web applications? This MRC blog post covers some essential things to keep in mind. Do you already follow most of these suggestions? Read more here.

Nintendo hit home runs with its DS and Wii platforms. In fact, did you know the DS is the top-selling game platform ever to date? But recent offerings such as the Wii U have struggled to catch on. But never fear, this Minyanville article suggests that Nintendo could make a Blackberry-like resurgence. Click here to read more about it.

Have you resisted joining social media sites such as Facebook or Google+ because of privacy concerns? Yet, do you find yourself wistful that you don’t have a way to express yourself? Well, look no further. There’s a new social network that allows to maintain cloak of secrecy. Read the InfoWorld article here.