Jason CrossExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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I have written professionally about technology and video games for my entire adult professional life - about 20 years. I am to figure out how complicated technology works and explain it in a way anyone can understand.

Invisible Phone Guard protects your gear from rogue hammers and knives

New material used for protecting Air Force jets can now protect your phone or tablet.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 gives you several days of emergency gadget power (video)

Energy in an emergency is crucial, and the Yeti 150 can extend your backup reserves with an optional solar panel, making it a powerful ally when the lines go down.

The Fitbug Orb may be the best cheap fitness tracker on the market (video)

Fitbug aims to bring the cost of fitness trackers down with its Fitbug Orb tracker.

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Play This! Podcast: It's Christmas in heaven!

It's our holiday show! Our favorite holiday movies, music, and games that made lasting holiday memories.

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Play This! Podcast: I'm kind of a wuss

Skrillex meets Legend of Zelda, the shout-at-your-friends game Spaceteam, independent movies worth watching, and more on this week's Play This! podcast.

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Play This! Podcast: Do you level up?

Veronica Belmont joins us to talk about Letterpress, Walking Dead, 80's RPGs, and BSG.

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Play This! Podcast: Dude, Christians get around!

From Halo 4 to Baba Yetu to Hotline Miami, today's conversation centers around great music from video games.

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Play This! Podcast: Can I stream it?

Jackie Talbott joins us to talk about how you can find streaming media online.

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Play This! Podcast: It's Schwarzageddon!

It's Steve Martin, Schwarzenegger, and mobile games on the 10th episode of the Play This! podcast.

Live Blog: Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows Phone 8

We've heard bits and pieces about Windows Phone 8 in recent months, and a number of phones have been announced, but Microsoft is only now going to spill the beans about the new features of its mobile OS. Join us live.

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Play This! Podcast: Halloween special

It's the Play This! Podcast Halloween special! Carlos, Jason, and a double-dose of Alex turn off the lights and turn on the flashlights to tell you about the Halloween movies and scary games. There's even a bonus special: the TechHive Halloween Playlist.

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Play This! Podcast: What's up, Jad Abumrad?

It's The Simpsons meets FarmVille, Spotify apps for music discovery, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on our latest episode.

Microsoft launches Xbox Music: What you need to know

Microsoft is kicking it up a notch with the new Xbox music service, but the company will need to greatly expand device and OS support to capture significant market share.

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Play This! Podcast: I've never met Hef

Tech and lifestyle writer extraordinaire Damon Brown is in the studio with Carlos and Jason this week, talking about A Tribe Called Quest, Neil Young's music player, Louis CK, and more.

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Play This! Podcast: Pomeranians in the jungle

Alex Cocilova joins the crew this week, doubling up our Alex Power Quotient. It's a good thing too, because otherwise Alex Wawro's powerful love for Tokyo Jungle would overwhelm the podcast.