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Jason has written professionally about technology and video games for almost 20 years. His goal in life is to figure out how complicated technology works and explain it in a way anyone can understand.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook: Chrome OS Underwhelms

Maybe the Chromebook is just ahead of its time, or maybe the world will never be ready for a laptop that does little more than run a single Web browser. The compromises you make with Chrome OS far outweigh the benefits you get.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook: Unboxing and Setup

Google says it only takes one minute to set up a Chromebook. We put it to the test.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1: Thin, Sturdy, and Fast…Until the Battery Dies

The sleek ThinkPad X1 isn’t really competition for the Macbook Air, it’s for business road warriors who like to travel light.

Dell XPS 15z Preview: A MacBook Pro Rival For Far Less Money

Dell has announced the thinnest 15.6-inch Windows laptop ever, the XPS 15z. At less than an inch thick and 5.5 pounds, this laptop goes after the 15-inch MacBook Pro and costs $800 less.

Tested: Top 10 All-Purpose Laptops

These laptops can do it all and are a great choice for most notebook users.

Microsoft Buys Skype, New Android Versions, and the Scoop From Google I/O on PCWorld Podcast #113

Learn about Android Ice Cream Sandwich, as well what it's like to use Google Music Beta, and what we think of Android @Home. And what will Microsoft do with Skype?

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Acer Iconia 6120 Review: A Good Implementation of a Terrible Idea

Though Acer did a decent job with the touch features, replacing the laptop's lower deck with a full-size touchscreen is a poor trade-off.

Stop the Cloud, I Want to Get Off!

While every business is rushing to the 'cloud,' I find myself wishing for the days of good ol' local access.

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7 Stylish Superlight Laptops

These high-flying portables--none more than 4 pounds--leave their bulkier brethren behind.

Graphics testing, Blackberry PlayBook, and Digital Privacy on PCWorld Podcast #112

Alex Wawro discusses some of the interesting graphics projects going on in the PCWorld Labs, while Ed Albro discusses the pros and cons of the BlackBerry PlayBook and other non-iPad tablets. We also discuss whether or not Apple is tracking your location, and go over the EFF's privacy scorecard.

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Can AMD Ever Beat Intel?

AMD’s processors are often a bargain, but can it once again make a processor that is flat-out better than Intel’s? Will the Athlon vs. Pentium days ever return?

4G Speed Tests, Cleanup Utilities, and the Death of Flip on PCWorld Podcast #111

This week, we clue you in on how we tested 4G phone speeds across all the major networks, multiple cities, and a dozen cites per city. Also, an early peek at the results of our testing of PC cleanup utilities, and a discussion about why Cisco killed the Flip.

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Samsung Series 9: The First True MacBook Air Competitor

Samsung’s superthin laptop one-ups Apple’s in a few ways, but you’ll pay for its style and performance.

CTIA, Browser, and Disasters on PCWorld Podcast #110

This week, the PC Editors discuss the merits of the latest web browsers, preview the CTIA show, and discuss how technology is changing the way we respond to disasters.

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Five Steps to a Better New PC

Just bought a new PC? Here's how to ditch the bloatware, get the apps you want, and make sure it has all your important data.

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