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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.

TechHive: Should You Buy That New Laptop, or Wait?

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If you think you want a new laptop this year, this quick guide can help you decide when you break out your credit card.

TechHive: Microsoft's Brilliant $99 Xbox Plan Brings the Phone Contract Model to Consoles

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The best way to keep interest high in the aging console is to make it cheap and get people invested in the new premium audio and video content being added to Xbox Live.

Radeon HD 7770 Review: Bare Minimum for Serious Gamers

Not every PC game enthusiast can spend $250 or more on a graphics card. If your budget is tight and your case has the room, this GPU is the least you should buy.

AMD Radeon HD 7750 Review: A Minimal Graphics Upgrade

Improving integrated-graphics tech is killing the sub-$100 graphics card market, but the Radeon HD 7750 provides a nice boost at a reasonable price.

3G and 4G Wireless Speed Tests, Windows 8 Editions, and Google Drive on PCWorld Podcast #136

Can Google Drive compete with Dropbox? Which wireless carrier has the best real-world speeds? How many editions of Windows 8 will you really have to choose from?

GeForce GTX 680 Review: Nvidia's Impressive, Efficient New Graphics Card

Nvidia's new high-end graphics card is the most efficient in its class, and a great buy for serious game enthusiasts.

Nokia Lumia 900, Printer Ink Prices, and Instagram for Android on PCWorld Podcast #135

Melissa Riofrio dishes out some interesting info about who's got horrible printer ink prices and who doesn't. Ginny rants and raves about Nokia's hot new Windows Phone, and we all shrug about the debut of Instagram on Android.

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Why "Ultrabook" Doesn't Mean Much

Intel’s requirements for Ultrabooks aren’t in line with what consumers expect, and it’s going to turn the label into a meaningless buzzword.

SXSW in Review, Problems With the New iPad, and GeForce 680 on PCWorld Podcast #134

Mark tells us what was new at SXSW, Melissa raves about the iPad display but points out battery problems, and Nate enthuses about Nvidia's efficient new GeForce GTX 680.

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The Future Is Free To Play on Game On Podcast #9

PCWorld Editors Alex Wawro, Nate Ralph and Jason Cross join Game On writer David Daw to discuss what makes a free-to-play game great. Will we ever see a prominent publisher like Activision or Electronic Arts invest in a big-budget game that's free to play? Find out on the Game On Podcast #9!

Digital Displays Explained

AMOLED, IPS, PenTile, TFT…is the alphabet soup of display technologies giving you a headache? Our guide tells you what it all means.

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Dell XPS 13: One of the Best Ultrabooks Yet

Dell surprises us with a sturdy, speedy, and stylish three-pound laptop. If only it had a better display.

How We Test PCs

Learn about our WorldBench 7 benchmarking suite, as well as the other tests we use to evaluate desktops, laptops, and all-in-one PCs.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Visual Tour

Windows 8 has come a long way since the Developer Preview last year. While you wait for the download, here’s a look at what you can expect.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Initial Impressions

We kick the tires on the first widespread release of Windows 8 for the general public. Is it worth your time?