Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

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How to live large on every battery charge

These handy tips will help you wring every watt-minute out of your laptop and other mobile devices.

Mozilla Thunderbird fixes cc: problems, plus memory and security issues

The 24.1 version release fixes the same spoofing of an address bar that affected Firefox, among other issues.

IE 11 for Windows 7 speeds up and adds WebGL support

Still on Windows 7? Then you'll want this much-improved IE11.

Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 review: A fast, easy-to-upgrade desktop replacement

An extra hard drive bay and two free SODIMM slots mean that the already fast Satellite P75-A7200 can easily be made faster.

Bugs and Fixes: Firefox 25 fixes security holes and adds web audio

Among the usual tweaks to fend off hackers and malware, the newest version also brings much-needed gaming support.

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Review: VirtualBox 4.3 goes touchy-feely for Windows 8 virtualization

VirtualBox 4.3 now supports touch in its virtual machines, bringing the venerable application up to date technology-wise. Mostly.

Bugs and Fixes: updates to Windows iTunes, Java, and Internet Explorer

A fix stops Java from disabling itself, and iTunes for Windows and Internet Explorer get some security tweaks.

Canon Pixma MG7120 review: All this gorgeous printer needs is cheaper ink

Great design and print quality melted our ink-obsessed hearts. A little.

Samsung Printer Xpress C410W review: NFC makes low-end color laser a little special

Its toner costs are high, and the Samsung Xpress C410W is one of the slower color laser printers we've ever tested, but print quality, including color photos, is as good or better than anything in its price range. And, it prints via NFC.

PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs

When disaster strikes, you need a plan for booting up your PC. These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.

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Cyberlink Director Suite 2 review: Video suite adds FX, support for more technologies

Cyberlink's Director Suite 2 remains a powerful set of media editing and production applications that handle video, images, and audio with aplomb. The new features. though welcome, form a relatively mild upgrade.

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VLC Review: 2.1 "Rincewind" looks the same, plays better

The finest free multimedia player in the world is now even better, thanks to lots of improvements under the hood.

Acer V5 review: Sexy-looking V5-552G-X414 is only a competent performer

The V5-552G is an all-purpose, 15-inch laptop with a handsome design as well as decent everyday performance and gaming. But the odd-feeling touchpad click mechanism irks.

Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook review: Haswell refresh adds performance

Dell's cleverly designed laptop/tablet improves with new CPUs. It runs faster and lasts longer, but is still premium priced.

Benchmarks don't lie: SSD upgrades deliver huge performance gains

An SSD can breathe new life into an old PC, but exactly how much performance do you gain? PCWorld ran the tests. Here are the results.