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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Report: Microsoft will unveil Windows 10's new consumer features in January

Windows needs to win back the hearts and minds of regular folk. According to The Verge, we'll see how it plans to do that at an early-2015 event.

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HP's Omen laptop seeks gaming cred with hot hardware that runs cool

HP says dual fans and a huge bottom vent let the Omen go full-bore with its core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX GPU. But will it make Razer or Alienware fans think twice?

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HP’s Sprout is a double touchscreen PC that makes the virtual feel far more real

With powerful imaging tech above, and a touch-enabled work surface below, HP's new $1900 computer is extremely, vividly, palpably hands-on.

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HP’s rumored 'Sprout PC' sure sounds similar to this oddball printer from 2011

Could the 3D scanner on top of HP's TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 be the roots of the fabled Sprout PC? Perhaps we'll find out soon.

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This is not a toy: $250 Samsung Chromebook 2 has Intel CPU, fanless design, aluminum reinforcement

Chromebooks are moving beyond basic browsing. Samsung's $250, aluminum-reinforced Chromebook 2 is designed to take a school's worth of rough handling, and it'll appeal to consumers as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cozies up to cars by adding MirrorLink compatibility

With MirrorLink, this device will be able to plug-and-play with compatible cars and apps, making driving with a phone much safer. Android Auto? Same deal, but it’s not here yet (ahem).

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Apple CarPlay goes live in Pioneer NEX and AppRadio systems, giving real people early dibs for once

No mainstream new cars have CarPlay yet (the Ferrari doesn't count), so it's a small, sweet victory that older cars can get it now if they have or install one of these systems.

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Toyota’s Urban Utility concept blows out the roof, doors and more for active urban lifestyles

Hey young, active, creative urbanites! Toyota's Urban Utility (U-squared) concept car can be customized to fit whatever you have to carry: big gear, lots of people, or anything in between. See how it runs here.

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Apple CarPlay ships first in Ferrari sports cars

Now that a Ferrari has been released with the latest in Apple's smartphone-car integration technology, you're ready to buy, right?

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Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 concept looks like a motorized ladybug with autonomous talents

Google's autonomous car debuted this year, but the Electric Networked-Vehicle's been around since 2010. This new gen is designed for hands-free driving, with lots of vehicle-to-X intelligence.

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HP's bright new Chromebooks include $280 Chromebook 11 and $300 Chromebook 14

HP puts some truly distinctive features into its new generation of Chromebooks. The Chromebook 14 packs a Tegra K1 processor and 250MB of free T-Mobile 4G broadband for the life of the product. The Chromebook 11 sports a Celeron CPU, a slimmer design and more color choices.

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Garmin nuvi navigation devices add Foursquare data to fend off smartphones

Garmin’s sophisticated navigation devices struggle against the "good-enough" capabilities of smartphones. Its new touchscreen devices include Foursquare data along with other features that beat most smartphones hands-down.

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Lenovo N20p Chromebook review: This $329 model stands out for its 300-degree hinge

Take an 11-inch Chromebook, add a touchscreen with a 300-degree hinge, and you suddenly have a model that's versatile and interesting. Too bad it can't be a tablet, though.

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Asus Chromebook C200 review: Long battery life helps this $249 model stand out

Low-cost Chromebooks have fairly little to brag about. The Chromebook C200 is typical in many ways, but its stamina in our tests makes it one of the better choices in this price range.

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Acer's Chromebook 13 runs Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor; prices start at $280

Nvidia’s 32-bit, quad-core chip with a whopping 192 graphics cores will power this 13-inch Chromebook, promising both unprecedented graphics performance and an unusually long battery life of up to 13 hours. An HD-display version will cost $280, and two different Full-HD versions will cost $300 and $380.