How to start chatting with webRTC, the no-hassle, in-browser voice and video tech

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There's a relatively new technology built in to most browsers that could revolutionize the way you talk with your friends and family. Called webRTC, the HTML 5-based tech could one day replace the need for third-party plugins from services like Google Hangouts or Skype, offering voice and video chat capabilities natively in your browser.

Even better, most implementations of the technology don't require an account of any kind. Chats take place on a web page that you set up on a site that supports webRTC. To get chatting all you have to do is share a link to the web page and you'll be up and running in no time. Talk about hassle free!

If you'd like to give webRTC a try, here's how to get started.

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The hidden power of Windows Jump Lists

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

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Windows is full of so many handy little features it's easy to forget some of them if you aren't using it every day. One such feature is Jump Lists, which is the app-specific menu that appears when you right-click a desktop app icon on the taskbar.

What you see in a Jump List is almost totally dependent on the app developer. By default, all Windows will provide is an option to open/close the app and pin/unpin it from the taskbar. Beyond that it's up to the app maker to add what makes sense for their app

Many apps, if they use Jump Lists at all, simply use the feature to show your recently opened files, along with an option to permanently pin specific files to the list. That's a great feature, but Jump Lists can be far more useful and productive than that. They can, for example, allow you to jump to a specific section of an app or open the app with a specific mode or setting. There's really no limit to what a Jump List can do.

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Don't throw it out! 5 handy uses for a secondary PC

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday past us, the holiday shopping season is now in full swing, and many people are pondering a new PC purchase. Whether you're getting a new tower for gaming or an ultraportable to tote around at meetings, don't throw out your old PC!

Sure, its glory days may lay in the past, but as long as the aging machine you're about to replace still runs there are plenty of ways to put it to good use.

Home theater PC

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How to limit your PC's data usage while tethering

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

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When you absolutely have to have an Internet connection, tethering your laptop to your phone is sometimes your only option. It happened to me the other day after a big thunderstorm knocked out my broadband for a few hours.

But even with my multi-gigabyte carrier plan, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of having my PC suck down too much of my monthly mobile data allotment. If you find yourself in a similar situation here are a few tips to reduce your data usage while tethering.

Set as metered

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How to skip the Black Friday crowds and still find great deals online

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

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Sometimes the biggest pain with a new PC is simply buying it, especially if you’re eyeing one of those Black Friday deals set to go live next week. Thanksgiving weekend can be a great time for deals, but it’s also notorious for massive crowds and long waits.

This year, try something new. Instead of leaving your Thanksgiving dinner and the warmth of family and friends behind, fire up your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and shop for deals online.

Sure, you might miss out on some jaw-dropping doorbuster deals that are in-store only. But here’s the truth about doorbusters: Most stores stock precious few of those amazing doorbuster deals, making your chances of grabbing that $200 laptop slim anyway. 

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How to find free Internet for your laptop while traveling

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Sure, you can do a lot on a smartphone, phablet, or slate, but there are times when only a laptop will do. Unfortunately, situations like this always seem to pop-up while I'm on the road with no obvious Internet access.

But have no fear, weary traveler. This is no time to cave and start paying for Wi-Fi. Instead, put this three-step plan for finding free(ish) Wi-Fi into action before you even think about paying for that Boingo or Gogo day pass.

Wi-Fi hotspots

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Office 2013 tips: How to open common files quickly and save to any cloud storage service

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We may live in the era of free productivity apps like Google Docs and Office Online, but I still find value in owning the paid, desktop-bound version of Microsoft's productivity suite—especially with all the extras Microsoft keeps throwing at Office 365 subscribers, like boundless cloud storage.

Today, I've got two quick tips for Office 2013 owners and Office 365 customers. One helps you keep your oft-used files and folders at the top of your Office suite apps, and the second one is for those who prefer to use Dropbox or another cloud storage service over OneDrive.

Pin your files

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