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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.

The Optical Drive: Appendix of the Modern PC

Once a core component of every laptop and desktop PC, the silver spinning disc is rapidly going the way of the floppy.

Beware the Marketing Department’s Re-branding Efforts

Intel, AMD, and Nvidia’s latest laptop chips are great, but are muddled with marketing terms that seem almost designed to confuse customers.

HP Pavilion dm1z: AMD’s Fusion Processor Offers a Lot of Bang for the Buck

Straddling the line between netbook and ultraportable laptop, the dm1z offers a lot of value for its $450 starting price.

CES Highlights on PCWorld Podcast #105

4G, tablets, phones, 3D TV and cameras, and the next version of Windows all shared the limelight at CES 2011.

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AMD CEO Dirk Meyer Resigns

Thomas Seifert, Senior VP and CFO, to replace Meyer as interim CEO.

The CES Laptop Rush: Scores of New Models But Few New Designs

New chips from Intel and AMD are popping up in CES notebooks, but the eye candy factor for these laptops lags behind.

Samsung Introduces New Series 9 Thin and Light Laptop

Samsung takes a shot at the Macbook Air with its premium ultraportable laptop.

Acer Announces Laptops With New CPUs from Intel and AMD

The new Aspire 5750, 5750G, and 7750G quad-core notebooks are aimed at enthusiasts and gamers, while the Apsire 5253 targets the budget-conscious.

Asus Unveils Three Tablets and a Slate

Android-based tablets feature keyboard options, and a Windows 7 slate offers both pen a touch input.

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AMD Finally Ships Fusion Processors

Low-power E-Series and C-Series chips combine CPU and GPU to power thin and light laptops and netbooks.

Holiday Tech Wish Lists On PCWorld Podcast #101

What do PCWorld editors want for Christmas? Listen in to find out. (It's not too late to buy us gifts!)

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Windows 7 Tablets are a Terrible Idea

If Microsoft intends to put some version of Windows 7 on a tablet, they just don’t get it.

AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series: Right Performance, Right Features, Right Price

AMD’s latest graphics cards don’t take the speed crown, but they do offer a terrific combination of performance, price, features, and power efficiency.

Wikileaks and Top Tech Stories of 2010 on PCWorld Podcast #100

PCWorld editors discuss great moments in Wikileaks history and the future of the service on the 100th episode of our podcast.

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Every Conversation I Have About Buying a Laptop Goes Like This…

If the discussions about laptops I have with friends and coworkers are any indication, the “right laptop” simply doesn’t exist yet.