Brad ChacosSenior Editor, PCWorld

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Brad Chacos spends the days jamming to Spotify and digging through desktop PCs. He covers the gaming, graphics cards, and how-to beats for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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11 hilarious, brutally devious ways game developers punish pirates

The Sims 4's encroaching pixelization is the latest in a long line of hilarious anti-piracy efforts.

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The 10 best PC games of 2014

From puzzlers to old-school RPGs and a whole lot more, these titles were the cream of the PC gaming crop in 2014.

7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC

Quick, while it's still pure and unsullied! Set up antivirus, clear out bloatware, and perform other tasks to keep your PC humming well into the future.

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Your new PC needs these 22 free, excellent programs

Start off right with solid security tools, productivity software, and other programs that every PC needs.

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Trying a leaked Windows 10 build? Microsoft ain't mad

"How could we be upset about lots of people wanting to try our new stuff?"

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The future is now: The 10 biggest tech innovations of 2014

A hoverboard. A virtual reality headset. A PC with a drawing board and 3D imaging capabilities. Believe it or not, all these things are real today. See them for yourself right here.

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Microsoft's giving 100 more insanely great music albums away for free

And once you've claimed the albums you want, you can download them as DRM-free MP3s.

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Feature-stuffed Catalyst Omega reinvents AMD's approach to graphics drivers

Catalyst Omega kicks off AMD's new plan to release a massive, feature-stuffed driver once per year, and with downsampling, FreeSync support, video enhancements, and more, it doesn't disappoint.

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PC gaming's 10 biggest surprises of 2014

Walk with us through a year of unexpectedly momentous, disastrous, and sometimes downright bewildering events in the world of gaming.

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Psy's 'Gangnam Style' finally broke YouTube

The viral video was viewed so many times that it broke the code behind YouTube's view counter.

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Microsoft's giving 100 insanely good music albums away for free, selling box sets for $2

But the 50 $2 box sets on sale through Xbox Music may be an even better deal.

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Bah humbug: Redbox jacks rental prices by up to 50 percent

Bad news, Redbox fans: Renting movies and games is about to become more expensive.

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Far Cry 4 woes with dual-core processors point to a bleak future for budget PC gamers

Far Cry 4's minimum PC requirements weren't kidding: The game appears to truly NEED a quad-core processor. And it isn't the only one.

Big AMD wins: Capcom embraces Mantle, Samsung plans 4K FreeSync monitor line

Two new big-name partners are embracing AMD's game-enhancing technologies, Mantle and FreeSync.

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Watch Tony Hawk ride the world's first real-life hoverboard

The skateboarding legend took the Hendo Hoverboard prototype for a ride and it's just as glorious as you'd expect.