Tom SpringExecutive Editor, ITworld

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Tom is in charge of news coverage for the publishers of PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive.

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Google quietly updates local search with an image carousel

An addition to Google search introduced with little fanfare this week is a carousel of images served up with local search returns.

How to get a new PC that runs Windows 7, not Windows 8

Your Windows 7 options are drying up fast, but you don't have to settle for a Windows 8 PC if you don't want one.

Wanted: 40 trillion gigabytes of open storage, stat!

The world's storage needs are growing at an alarming rate, but are existing technologies ready to meet the challenge? Unfortunately, a sci-fi solution is not in the cards.

Windows 8 will be big at CES 2013, despite Microsoft's absence

Microsoft might not have a booth presence at CES this year, but Windows 8 will still make a big splash thanks to partner offerings. Behold a cavalcade of hardware!

Cracking the gadget pricing code: Buy now or wait?

Is now the best time to buy a PC, tablet, camera or TV? Will prices hold steady, or are they primed to plummet? Industry experts weigh in.

Lawsuit claims fake Android alerts tied to mystery charges

Lawsuit claims mystery charges on over 100,000 wireless bills can be traced to Android apps made by GoLive Mobile and ads distributed by Airpush.

Windows prelaunch paranoia: 17 years of gloom and doom

A Windows OS launch isn't complete without frightening predictions of Microsoft tanking.

Is all your gear Windows 8 compatible?

Some notebooks and peripherals are Windows 8-challenged. Here's the 411 on what plays nice with the new OS.

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Michael Dell on Surface tablet: 'The impact will be limited'

Dell's desktops roots are deep, but Michael Dell is quickly moving his company toward cloud services, hybrids notebooks, and Windows 8 devices. He explains all in a PCWorld Q&A.

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HP honcho Bradley: Post-PC world claim "just wrong"

The head of HP’s printer and personal systems group talks to PCWorld's Tom Spring about Windows 8, Microsoft’s Surface tablet, small business, the future of printing and life in the "post-PC world."

How 'free trial' web offers can be credit card traps

We handed over a credit card for 40 online trials--only to find out the real cost of 'free.'

Intel's Otellini: 'I don't think there is a tablet- or phone-centric world'

On the eve of his developer's conference, Intel's CEO explains why traditional computers are king, and cautions 'the ARM guys have to live under the same laws of physics that we do.'