Alex CocilovaAssistant Editor, PCWorld

Alex covers desktops, everything from fancy to practical. He's also an avid (addicted) gamer and loves following the industry.

11 winning alternatives to Windows 8's built-in apps

Not all of the new Windows 8 apps are 5-star winners. Allow us to suggest some worthy options.

20 must-know Windows 8 tips and tricks

Windows 8 can be somewhat inscrutable, even for long-time PC users. But with just a little hand-holding, the OS suddenly becomes much less mysterious.

Teardown finds Microsoft Surface RT tough to get into, with modular options inside

iFixit took a look inside Microsoft's Surface RT tablet to see if they can determine just how repairable it is.

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Play This! Podcast: Halloween special

It's the Play This! Podcast Halloween special! Carlos, Jason, and a double-dose of Alex turn off the lights and turn on the flashlights to tell you about the Halloween movies and scary games. There's even a bonus special: the TechHive Halloween Playlist.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92z review: Multitouch comes to business

It may not be prettiest all-in-one system, but the ThinkCentre M92z makes up for its indifferent looks with efficiency and performance.

Review: Toshiba's LX835-D3230 is a compact all-in-one with strong media capability

The Toshiba LX835-D3230 is a great machine for catching up on your favorite shows or viewing your DVD collection, but it may not be big enough for the living room.

Episode 4 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead lives

Episode 4 of The Walking Dead game is available to play now.

Play This! Podcast

Play This! Podcast: Pomeranians in the jungle

Alex Cocilova joins the crew this week, doubling up our Alex Power Quotient. It's a good thing too, because otherwise Alex Wawro's powerful love for Tokyo Jungle would overwhelm the podcast.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 review: Powerful—and power hungry, too

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 stands out as packing a punch while remaining economical. It has the on-the-go power for games, programs, and media. If its short battery life and crushing weight don’t dampen your enthusiasm, the IdeaPad Y580 will make you happy.

The Popinator sends snacks flying to your mouth

The Popinator uses a fully automated system to accurately shoot popcorn to your mouth.

Hands-on with The War Z

A full report on our experience with The War Z, an upcoming zombie MMO for the PC.

FTL is a strategy game for lovers of hard sci-fi

FTL is a semi-randomized strategy game funded by Kickstarter that lets you live out your space captain fantasies, die horribly, and try again.