Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

How to restore your SSD to peak performance

SSDs slow down with use, but a secure-erase utility could work wonders for it.

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Kill your data dead with these tips and tools

Your data must be handled discreetly. Whatever your reason for wanting to get rid of old files, here's how to make sure sensitive information is truly deceased.

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HDDerase.exe review: Freeware utility securely erases drives the old-fashioned way

This command-line utility is an oldie, but that's just because it doesn't need to change. If your drive's not in a frozen security state, it works like a charm to invoke the ATA secure erase command.

Dell Precision T3610 review: A workstation with exceptional fit and finish

Dell's Precision T3610 is a well-polished, midrange workstation.

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Gateway NE 72206u review: An affordable, but not so swift, big-screen laptop

Road warriors should look elsewhere, but anyone in the market for a budget-priced desktop replacement should take notice.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 review: A competent burning suite, mildly upgraded

Though there aren't a lot of new features, the latest version of Ashampoo Burning Studio remains a top solution for your optical and multimedia creation needs.

Dell Inspiron 14R-5437 review: It's no barn burner, but it runs a good long while

Here's a solid, utilitarian, all-purpose laptop that favors function over looks. It's not overly swift, but it runs for a whopping 9 hours on a single charge.

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12 stellar PC upgrades for the holidays, all less than $300

Add some sparkle to your desktop with new storage, networking or accessories.

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6 audio/video players to ease the sorrow of losing Winamp

Winamp is no longer supported as of December 20. If you've had eyes for no audio/video player but Winamp, take a look at these six attractive alternatives. Most are free.

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Bugs & Fixes: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Adobe Flash

Office, Internet Explorer, and good ol' Flash all get some much-needed attention.

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review: Great performance and a better-than-Retina display

The Yoga 2 Pro laptop/tablet hybrid is a superior experience in either orientation, and its ultrahigh-resolution display is awesome. But the dual design forced compromises with the keyboard.

HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One review: Home printer has print quality and cheaper inks in its favor

Low-cost home printers tend to be unexciting, but this one stands out for having better-than-usual print quality and a new, cloud-controlled Instant Ink program that is cheaper per page than its regular cartridges are.

Brother MFC-J6920dw review: a fast, capable MFP stuck with mediocre print quality

This brawny machine will make short work of office chores and do it on the cheap. But it can't shake a few stereotypical inkjet shortcomings.

Another reason to ditch Windows XP: Admin rights loophole

Microsoft's investigating an exploit at the kernel level that could give admin rights to an industrious hacker.

How to make your dumb car smarter

Your beater can have better tech, whether it's a simple streaming device for less than $100, or an entire infotainment system for $800. Check out your options here.

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