Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

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Plextor M6e SSD review: It's faster than a SATA drive, and not much more expensive

For only a little more than a SATA SSD, the Plextor M6e PCIe drive offers a 20-percent jump in read performance.

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Acer Travelmate Pro (TMP645-MG-9419) review: This mild-mannered case conceals a powerful laptop

This business-oriented portable delivers on speed and battery life, but its support options are staid by corporate standards.

Driving with data: MetroMile app is nice, but the pay-per-mile insurance is the real draw

Lucky residents of Illinois, Oregon, and Washington can save money on auto insurance if they use this app (and drive wisely). The rest of us have to wait.

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StageLight 1.3 Review: Groundbreaking GarageBand competitor for the PC

Ultra-affordable DAW app offers a lot of beat for the buck, but pro users may find it a tease.

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Bugs & Fixes: Iobit's Start Menu 8 startles with ads

Yep, adware has appeared on Start Menu 8, and unfortunately it looks to be a feature rather than a bug.

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Bugs & Fixes: The Moon Worm slinks by Linksys E-series routers

There's no real fix for this malware yet, but you can thwart it by keeping a specific setting disabled.

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HP EliteBook 840 G1 review: A gem of a business laptop

With super-easy access to internals for upgrades and repairs, good looks, and comfortable ergonomics, this 14-inch business laptop sedately shines.

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Bugs & Fixes: Asus router vulnerability gives Plug and Play a new meaning

Turning on Universal Plug and Play causes any attached storage to be exposed to the Internet. A manual firmware fix is available.

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Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive review: Not the killer storage upgrade it could be

Kudos to WD for combining SSD read performance and hard-drive capacity in a single package, but a high price tag and slow SSD write performance complicate the buying decision.

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Intel 730 Series SSD (480GB) review: Good performance and a strong warranty

Intel's new 730 series SSD has an enterprise heritage and a long warranty, but its performance is only middle of the pack.

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5 password managers that protect your personal data too

Call them "password managers," but these digital vaults secure credit card numbers, bank account information, and more.

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Reveal 11 Business review: automated videography for your professional needs

Pick a style, supply the content, and create near pro-quality promotional or training videos with this easy-to-use production tool.

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Laptops for work and play: the differences that matter

They use the same basic parts and technologies, but consumer and business laptops differ greatly in features, security, support, of course, price. Pick the right one for you.

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Asus, Linksys router exploits tell us home networking is the vulnerability story of 2014

Buggy firmware, sloppy design, and careless users mean easy pickings for online hackers.

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Smart Defrag 3 sports a newfound speed and a Metro-style interface

The third major incarnation of Iobit's free defragger offers a new, more modern interface, better workflow, and it faster. It's a winner, if you need anything more than Window's own utility.