Melissa AparicioMultimedia Correspondent, PCWorld

Melissa Aparicio is multimedia correspondent for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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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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Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike

The D3300 is the rare DSLR that will please both beginner digital shutterbugs as well as those with more experience.

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Sony Alpha a58 review: A feature-packed entry-level DSLR great for beginners

If you aren't wedded to Canon or Nikon, the budget-priced Sony Alpha a58 offers a ton of features and good image quality.

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Canon EOS T5 review: Entry-level DSLR offers basics and value, but not much more

The Canon EOS T5 is relatively inexpensive and takes care of the basics, but it doesn't offer all the bells and whistles you might want.

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Canon EOS T5i review: This entry-level DSLR is particularly great for video

With its ease of use and powerful features, the T5i is a great step from a point-and-shoot or smartphone.

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Review: 5 entry-level DSLRs under $900

The phone in your pocket is OK for quick snapshots. But for challenging subjects or lighting, you need an actual camera. These five entry-level DSLRs make the upgrade easy.

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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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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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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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Skully heads-up display motorcycle helmet now available for preorder

The augmented reality helmet is on sale for $1,399 on Indiegogo with an expected ship date of May 2015