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Today's best apps and services for search, email, music streaming and to-do management weren't always number one. Some of the apps we loved a long time ago are still out there, updating, adding features and keeping their fans happy even if they don't have what it takes to thrill tech bloggers or stay in the limelight. Here are a few of those old dogs you may remember, and some of the new tricks that make them worth a fresh look.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Microsoft has reimagined and rebranded its existing Hotmail/Windows Live webmail service as Outlook.com, and the result -- a Metro-inspired, stripped-back client that's much more like the Outlook desktop client -- is impressive. We've long thought Hotmail was a solid email service, and certainly the best alternative to Gmail, but Microsoft steps its game up to a whole new level with Outlook.com.

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Chances are you haven't used your Hotmail account for a while, but this could be an incentive: until the end of September, you can get 10% off any group deal from Cudo by accessing it via your Hotmail account. Not only will that give you 10% off, it also keeps your main email account from getting bombarded with deals.

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The new Hotmail interface includes a built-in SMS alert feature that will ping your phone whenever a message matching one of your filters arrives in your inbox. Tech-Recipes walks you through setting up the alert and filter for very specific email.

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Hotmail starts rolling out its new and improved features today, bringing integration with Office Web Apps, a nice new email "sweeping" feature, and up to 10GB file attachments through Windows Live SkyDrive. Not bad. (If you're an Aussie and spot the new features activated in your account, let us know in the comments.)

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While I suspect most Lifehacker readers long ago abandoned Hotmail for Gmail or other alternatives, lots of us probably still have an ageing Hotmail account lying around used for Windows Live services or IM. So the news that up to 100,000 passwords for Hotmail accounts have been exposed should be a cue to change the password on that account.