PCWorld StaffPCWorld

PCWorld's Favorite Downloads of 2011

At the end of another year, PCWorld reviewers name downloads and Web programs we liked so much we just kept on using them.

Amazon Kindle Fire: A Fireside Chat

Two PCWorld staffers discuss the pros and cons of Amazon's Kindle Fire. Is it an anemic Android tablet, a particularly robust e-reader, or a new breed of device? Tune in to find out!

Help Us Make a Better PCWorld

Take our survey to tell us how you use PCWorld.com and how you find out about new tech products. You might even win a $100 gift certificate for your efforts.

Citizen Journalist Tech Tips

Don't let your tech get in the way of covering your local protests, demonstrations, and other public goings-on. Read these how-tos for better photos, live video streaming, and useful apps.

What to Expect From the Next Generation of Game Consoles

Here's what we're anticipating in the next Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles.

Avadon: The Black Fortress

Explore a vast land and uncover a complex plot in this turn-based RPG.

SRS Audio Essentials

Add life, bass, and clarity to your music and video playback with this utility.

Yataghan

Gothic display font Yataghan draws inspiration from a lethal form of weaponry.

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 8

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 8, like its predecessors, will stand for modern technology, efficiency, security and intuitive handling, and this software will again mark a milestone in the history of system optimization tools. In real time the new live-tuner pools all available resources in exactly those places where they are urgently needed. Existing processor cores, Windows priorities and assigned usages of applications are customized, in order to ensure a trouble-free workflow. The resource-saving live-tuner runs in the background - just a mouse click away. Its so easy to tune Windows! Just answer a few special questions about your personal requirements concerning your Windows system and our tuning assistant will automatically choose all suitable options. System optimization has never been so quick, safe and thorough! HIGHLIGHTS: Tuning Assistant: Provides support during the selection of the most appropriate optimizations and the most suitable settings that can be applied to your system. Live Tuner: Accelerates the start of applications and adjusts priorities for the best possible distribution of system resources. Interface: Provides continuously improved and new functions within all modules as well as access with just a few mouse clicks. Backup Management: For a clear organization of your backups and reports in the look and feel of our modules. Registry Cleaner: Includes new categories on the basis of new algorithms and therefore achieves higher effectiveness at an increased speed. Drive Cleaner: Was updated with the latest formats and applications, which might put additional strain on the system. Internet Cleaner: Includes updated profiles of the most popular browsers plus support for Apple Safari and Google Chrome.

Youda Legend: The Curse of the Amsterdam Diamond

Welcome to Amsterdam! The dark influence of an old curse still taunts the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Puzzling through old city mysteries and searching for clues you might be on the biggest quest you have ever experienced. Starting off as a tourist in Amsterdam, you sense there is something in the air! Once settled in your hotel room, more and more mysteries reveal. Explore this city by combining clues and solving puzzles. You have no choice but use all the knowledge and wisdom you may find during your exploration. Passing by the most famous places in Amsterdam, like the Rijksmuseum, the Flower Market and the Carr�� Theatre, you will solve the mysteries that finally lead you to the greatest diamond you have ever seen! The curse of the Amsterdam diamond has all the ingredients an hidden object adventure could wish for. An eagles eye and common sense will lead you through an exciting adventure in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Hidden clues and tools will provide you enough rope to hold on to and the amazing design will make your heart beat just a little bit faster. Youda Legend: The curse of the Amsterdam diamond offers you: realistic and stunning 3d art hidden objects, tools and clues a thrilling storyline lots of plots and twists challenging puzzles and mini games an historical Dutch backdrop the heart and soul of suspense amazing sceneries and an unprecedented guidance tour through Amsterdam.

Mednafen

Open-source emulator Mednafen lets you play games from Atari Lynx, Game Boy, NES, and other platforms on your PC

BigOven

Make grocery shopping easier, access 150,000 recipes, and analyze nutritional content.

Battle for Wesnoth

Turn-based tactical fantasy with many campaigns, 200 units, and an active community... for free.

SpeedFan

Powerful tool lets you overclock your PC and make sure it doesn't overheat.

CPU-Z

Learn everything about your CPU with this utility.