Mike BartonEditor, PCWorld

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Mike Barton started out in online slinging HTML for CNET.com in the late 1990s and began his editorial career at New Media magazine shortly thereafter. In his early days, he was an editor at Ziff-Davis's PC Computing and ZDNet.com before heading Down Under, where he produced and edited the business and technology sections of The Sydney Morning Herald online. After returning to the States in 2006, he has worked for IDG's Infoworld, PCWorld, Computerworld, and CSO Online. He currently edits and produces WIRED.com's Innovation Insights, and is a contributing editor at ITworld.

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12 free utilities that can give you more control over your PC

There are a slew of free third-party utilities for Windows that let you monitor and manage all aspects of your PC.

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How to use Process Explorer, Microsoft's free, supercharged Task Manager alternative

Microsoft's Process Explorer is a powerful utility that makes the built-in Windows Task Manager obsolete. Here's how to use it.

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Does Google listen in on your life? Should it?

A widely held myth says Google eavesdrops on your life to improve search results. It doesn't, but should it?

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These three virtual assistants point the way to the future

Step aside, Siri, Cortana, and Alexa. We look at three new virtual assistants that raise the bar for usefulness, interactivity, and personalization.

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Security tips from a super-hacker: Kevin Mitnick's advice on protecting laptops, smartphones, and more

Virtually everyone in technology knows about Kevin Mitnick, the one-time fugitive hacker who is now a security consultant. Mitnick has a wealth of security advice for the public.

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The surprising truth about Facebook's Internet.org

No, Internet.org is not a nonprofit organization that subsidizes Internet access for new users.

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How real people help Cortana, Siri, and other virtual assistants feel alive

The responses from virtual assistants are far more human than most of us assume. In fact, every response is carefully crafted by a person or a team of people.

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7 smartphone rules changed this week

The FCC and FTC have been on a roll lately, using their power to side with smartphone users. Here's what you need to know.

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In search of a social site that doesn't lie

Facebook and OKCupid experiment on users. So what's wrong with that?

Ready for your electronic tattoo?

The concept sounds simultaneously futuristic and bizarre. But mark my words: You'll get one. And sooner than you think.

How do you feel? Your phone may soon tell you

Emotion-detection capability is coming soon to a wide range of mobile apps, thanks to several systems now available.

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Why wearable computing is waiting for AI

A new app for Google Glass may seem trivial, but it represents the future of wearable computing.

Beware snoopy apps that ask more than they need to know

Some apps that don't seem to have anything to do with user data are actually watching and noting your usage habits and reporting back to their corporate overlords.

Could tech solve distracted driving as well cause it?

Passing laws to minimize accidents caused by distracted drivers is a good idea. But let's not dump advanced technology prematurely just because we assume it's a distraction.

Weeding out fake reviews online takes care, incentive

A thriving industry of paid-for user comments pollutes social networks with fake opinions. Let the reader beware.