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Brad Chacos spends the days jamming to Spotify, digging through desktop PCs and covering everything from BYOD tablets to DIY tesla coils.

25,000-drive study shines a light on how long hard drives actually last

After tracking 25,000 hard drives for 4 years, BackBlaze has some answers about the lifespan of hard drives—answers that involve bathtubs.

Tested: Surface Pro 2's battery update (might) let you squeeze in one more 'Shark Tank'

Microsoft has released a firmware update to boost the Surface Pro 2's endurance, but the improvements vary greatly depending on what you're doing.

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Microsoft zero day attack more widespread than thought, with no Patch Tuesday fix coming

At least two large criminal cybergangs are actively exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft's Office, Vista, and Lync, but a fix won't be ready in time for patch Tuesday.

Google bans Windows Chrome extensions found outside the Chrome Web Store

Google is going to stop allowing non-sanctioned extensions to work on its Chrome for Windows browser. It's for your safety, you understand.

Skype backtracks, won't kill PC peripheral compatibility (yet)

Skype decides it won't kill all aspects of its desktop API just yet, after facing widespread backlash on the decision to do so.

Nvidia's $700 GTX 780 Ti slays Titans and Radeons alike

Nvidia's latest graphics card is the greatest ever sold, pushing more frames than even the $1000 GTX Titan.

Of punchcards, platters, and wooden mice: The PC's origin story

As the computing world splinters into diverse niches and form factors, let's remember that all these devices share the same background.

Acer's CEO is just the latest victim of the PC industry's struggles

Yet another CEO of a major PC player has been shown the door. The times appear dark, but the future of computing has never been brighter.

When Windows breaks: How to fix it, piece by piece

Your browser goes bonkers! Your firewall freaks out! No worries: Windows can repair many problems itself. Here's how.

Windows 8.1 surprises: 25 hidden features and little extras

Tiles. Files. Apps and Snaps. The update's jam-packed with little things that add up to a big improvement over Windows 8.

Dell: Yes, our laptop smells like cat pee, but it's not cat pee

Users say Dell's Latitude E6430u laptop has a distinct odor, but the company says the nauseating smell won't actually make you sick.

New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on Windows 8

A subtle tweak in Windows 8.1 hardware requirements is leaving some users behind on Windows 8. Even worse, affected users will be cut off from critical updates in 2015.

8.1 features Microsoft removed from Windows 8.1

Good-bye, Messaging. Farewell, My Computer. These and some other features were left behind in the jump from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, but for the most part you won't miss them.

The free-OS revolution: What Apple's Mavericks move means for Windows

Apple's claim of revolutionizing pricing with OS X Mavericks isn't quite as revolutionary as claimed. The new-age "One Microsoft" is already laying the groundwork for free Windows upgrades.

It's a trap! Malware disguises itself as Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC gamers

And to add insult to injury, you have to download 18GB of... something before the malware phishes for your personal info.