Melissa RiofrioExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks, and car tech.

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Roborace's DevBot is the autonomous racecar only a few lucky developers will drive

DevBot is the test car for Roborace's Robocar, the autonomous, electric racecar being developed to run in the Formula E championship. Developers will be able to ride or drive DevBot as they test their software.

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How tequila and weed could make Ford cars sustainable

Ford's sustainability efforts include reducing the amount and weight of petroleum-based plastics by incorporating waste materials including agave fiber and hemp fiber.

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Ford will mass-produce self-driving cars by 2021—but for sharing, not buying

The automaker plans to develop ride-sharing and ride-hailing buisness to go with the autonomous cars it will build.

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Asus Chromebook C202S review: You won't find a better-built bargain

You can find a lot of low-cost Chromebooks, but you can't find many that are as sturdy as the Asus C202S, making it a truly good bargain.

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Audi’s Traffic light information tells when you'll get the green

Audi 2017 Q7, A4, and A4 allroad models with LTE and Connect Prime will be able to receive traffic light data, in the first-ever use of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.

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HP Chromebook 13 review: Google's Pixel has a rival for best Chromebook ever

HP's Chromebook 13 satisfies the corporate user's demand for beauty and power, and it does so for less money than Google's flagship. Battery life is the only question mark.

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Windows 10's free upgrade deadline will stretch into July 30, thanks to time zones

Thanks to time zones, Windows 10's free upgrade deadline will extend into July 30 for most of the world. Procrastinators in New Zealand will get tons of extra time, while those in Hawaii get a raw deal.

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You have a deadline: Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29

Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29. Are you ready? Here's what to expect and how to get ready for it.

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Acer Chromebook 14 review: You can brag a little about this laptop's luxury details

Acer's Chromebook 14 has a few things to brag about: Its brushed-aluminum chassis and high-resolution display make it stand out among other affordable models, even if other features remain pretty basic.

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Windows 10 reinstallation tip: How to reset your PC and keep your files

Sometimes Windows needs a fresh start—maybe a program’s gone awry or a file’s been corrupted. Luckily, Windows 10 has an option where you can reinstall Windows and wipe your programs, but it keeps your files intact.

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Leaked: Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming August 2

A Microsoft press release, posted and then pulled, revealed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update's August 2 debut, which will be four days after Windows 10's free upgrade period ends July 29.

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Windows 10 reinstallation tip: How to reset your PC and remove everything

There are several reasons why you might want to reset Windows 10 and remove everything. Fortunately, Windows 10 lets you start over with a few clicks.

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Toshiba Z20t-C2112 review: 14 hours of battery life highlights this business-class hybrid

Toshiba's Z20t is one of the best tablet-laptop hybrids we've seen, with a whopping 14 hours of battery life and design flourishes that include a matte-finish touchscreen. But it is pricey.

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Android Auto anywhere: Google's app will work in any car, plus it adds Waze support

Once confined to dashboards, Google's in-car experience will soon work directly on your phone. There's also new support for the Waze navigation app, and an SDK for car companies to customize Android Auto to their liking.

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HP Chromebook 11 G4 review: This low-cost laptop stands out for its speed and solid construction

HP's Chromebook 11 G4 stands out among affordable Chromebooks. You can't expect all the components to be top-of-the-line, but it offers impressive performance and quality for the price.