Melissa RiofrioExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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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No steering wheel. No pedals. Google gets serious about self-driving cars

This friendly-looking prototype car could be rolling its own route within a few years, as Google takes another big step toward autonomous cars.

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CarPlay for the rest of us: Pioneer demos Apple's interface in its NEX infotainment systems

You won’t have to buy a new car to get Apple’s CarPlay interface for your iPhone. Pioneer will be one of the first aftermarket manufacturers to offer it in an installable system for older cars.

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The 4G mobile hotspot you can drive: The 2015 Audi A3 is all about data

This car's first-ever 4G LTE data plan spoils everyone. Passengers can stay online, and the driver gets some impressive data services from the MMI infotainment system and Audi connect.

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Lenovo announces N20p Chromebook with touchscreen and 300-degree hinge

Adding two premium features rarely seen in Chromebooks, the N20p is the most interesting 11-inch Chrome machine we've seen yet.

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First BMW i3 electric vehicle in U.S. goes to professor in Boston

They're heeeere! The fast, funny-looking, all-new, all-electric car from BMW. With the first shipment of the i3 cars landing in the U.S., check out this video of our first drive from earlier this year.

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First look: The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive tries hard to be normal

Powered by Tesla and designed by Mercedes-Benz, the B-Class Electric Drive aims for more mainstream drivers with its low-key look and feel.

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Watch Apple's CarPlay in action, as Mercedes-Benz takes us for a spin

Apple's CarPlay is bobbing up everywhere, it seems, though it's not quite final yet. Watch this video of a prototype, demonstrated at the Mercedes-Benz R&D facility in Sunnyvale.

Electric vehicle drivers are younger and richer than the rest of us

Even though they recently dropped a wad on an expensive EV, a survey by Experian Automotive indicates electric car owners still have plenty of money to burn—just not on gas. No, they'll party hearty instead, because they're younger, too.

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Big hybrid, big battery: BMW’s Concept X5 eDrive crosses power with efficiency

It can drive all-electric for up to 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph, and its hybrid mileage is 60 mpg. Come with us on a quick ride with BMW's concept car at the New York Auto Show.

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Harman Clari-Fi technology gives your MP3s a makeover in the Lexus NX

Your MP3 files may sound fine to you, but Harman's new Clari-Fi technology makes them sound better by restoring what's lost in the compression process. You can hear this innovation first in the newly announced Lexus NX.

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CarPlay keeps coming: Pioneer's NEX systems will get it via upgrade

Grab your iPhone and your older car! Pioneer joins Alpine in announcing CarPlay for its installable systems, which, unlike Alpine's, are already shipping (but the upgrade is pending).


Windows XP survival guide: How to upgrade (or not)

Whether you’re fleeing to a new OS or battening down the XP hatches, read this to survive unscathed.

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Build 2014, Day 1: The highlights, the surprises

Microsoft made a splash on the very first day with impressive upgrades coming for Windows, Windows Phone and more.

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Dell Chromebook 11 review: Basic browser machine keeps up with the times, barely

Dell needed a Chromebook for the education market, and this 11-inch model works fine. Now let's see something bigger for the rest of us!

2014 buick regal 4g lte march 2014

GM rolls out 4G LTE to most Buicks, bringing car connectivity to the 'burbs

The suburban hauler will become a suburban Wi-Fi hotspot for all your kids’ devices. Apps will stream through the car’s infotainment system. And your car will have a data plan.