Tom SpringExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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Sneaky Mobile Ads Invade Android Phones

Download the wrong app to your Android phone, and you may end up with ads on your home screen or notification bar. We’ll tell you who’s behind the annoyance and how to get the ads off your phone.


Sleazy Ads on Android Devices Push Bogus 'Battery Upgrade' Warnings

Sketchy ads promote battery-saver apps for Android, but security experts say the programs are really designed to steal your data--or your money.


The Steve Jobs Legacy: Apple Devotees Remember a Genius

Apple faithful remember a tech legend and tell how Steve Jobs' life work has touched their lives.


HP Will Ditch WebOS Devices, May Spin Off Personal PC Business

Hewlett-Packard says it will discontinue its mobile WebOS division and is considering spinning off its personal-computer business and buying software maker Autonomy for $10 billion.

iPhone are Favored iPads


Algorithms That Rule the Web

These powerful (and sometimes creepy) tools help Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others stay one step ahead of us online.

Privacy Backlash Over Ad Tracking Debated

To track or not to track: Two PCWorld editors go toe-to-toe in the debate over Web advertisers' right to track online browsing behavior.

App-surdity: Are These Apps Real or Fake?

It's time to put the "app" in "Ap(p)ril Fools' Day." Can you tell which of these mobile apps are real and which ones are imaginary? It might be harder than you think.

Nintendo 3DS Launch Day Roundup (So Far)

The Nintendo 3DS game system is finally here. Will it sell out? Are there lines to buy the console? Any day-one hiccups?


Head to Head: iPhone vs. Android

Two PCWorld editors face off in the battle of the smartphone platforms.

Apple's Mobile Payment System Will Fail: Here's Why

If Apple is working on a mobile payment system for its next-gen iPhone and iPad it has a lot of work ahead of itself.


Apple Relaxes App Store Approval Restrictions

Apple surprises developers by promising to be more transparent about its App Store approval process and loosens restrictions on what development tools they can use.


BlackBerry 9800 'Torch' Makes Early Accidental Debut

AT&T jumped the gun on debuting BlackBerry's latest phone when it slipped up and revealed images, specifications for the phone expected to be officially announced hours later at a press conference.


Sleazy Marketers Game Google's Sponsored Ads

Sponsored links at the top of Google search results last week promised to take you to the official sites of big brands, but instead led to pages designed to extract your personal data.

Strangest Sights in Google Earth, Part II

Mapping software Google Earth turns the planet into a massive scavenger hunt for weird, wacky, and the unexplained. Here are a few of the things that keep us scratching our heads.