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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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Amazon's $970 million buy gives Twitch the best of both worlds: Money and freedom

Amazon offers Twitch major league resources AND continued independence -- a combination that likely wouldn't have been possible if the video streaming site was bought by YouTube.

Why Microsoft needs to reveal Windows 9 sooner than later: The end of Windows 7

After October, there will be no way to buy a Windows 7 PC and nothing but Live Tiles on the horizon. Unless Microsoft, as widely anticipated, announces Windows 9.

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Windows 9 inbound: Microsoft to unveil Windows 'Threshold' in September, reports say

A Windows 9 technical preview will likely be available to give developers and enthusiasts a chance to try out the operating system's new pro-desktop features.

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Uber launches API to enable seamless ride hailing from within any app

The new Uber API takes the ride-sharing service one step closer to the ubiquity it's striving to achieve.

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How to hide games in your Steam library

After years of begging from PC gamers, you can now hide games from your Steam library—though the secretive feature is hard to find. Here's how to do it.

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The 10 most terrifying security nightmares revealed at the Black Hat and Def Con hacker conferences

Hacked planes. Unstoppable, utterly malicious flash drives. Hotel automation gone crazy. These are the 10 most terrifying security stories out of the premier hacker and security conferences in Las Vegas.

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CryptoLocker decrypted: Researchers reveal website that frees your files from ransomware

CryptoLocker is a nasty bit of ransomware that encrypts all your files unless you fork over $300 in Bitcoin—but Fox-IT and FireEye can help you find the key for free.

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Behold the $30 Movo Wave: More proof that fitness trackers are racing to commodity status

Fitness trackers haven't even gone mainstream yet and they're already headed for the bargain bin.

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Touch+ transforms any surface into a multitouch gesture controller for your PC or Mac

Sure, the idea of controlling your PC with a book or dinner plate sounds cool, but the makers of Touch+ say it has some very real productivity benefits.

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15 Windows 9 features we want to see in Microsoft's next OS

Windows 9 can right the wrongs (both real and perceived) inflicted by Windows 8, as well as make Microsoft more competitive with Apple and Google.

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First Windows Phone 8.1 update rolling out now

But you'll only see it today if you sign up for the Windows Phone developer preview.

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Surface Pro 3's Core i3 and Core i7 models available today

After a long wait, the full range of Surface Pro 3 models is finally available.

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This wildly ambitious PC uses copper foam and custom engineering to pack big power in a small, silent package

The Silent Power mini-PC and its innovative cooling solution is eye-catching, but its independent crowdfunding campaign raises some red flags.

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12 powerful websites that can replace your desktop software

These days, even brawny tasks like video editing can take place solely in your browser. Check out these great sites for productivity, creativity, security and more.

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Windows Phone 8.1's awaited interactive lock screens are here, but they're rough

The Live Lock Screen Beta is nice enough, but it sure earns its beta tag.