Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Music with Guest Carlos Rodela on PCWorld Podcast #128

This week, PCWorld Editors Ginny Mies, Melissa J. Perenson, and Jason Cross are joined by guest Carlos Rodela to talk about Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Carlos worked at Amazon for years in the early days of its push into digtal products, and has some insight into how Amazon is thinking of the tablet a bit differently than others.

The coversation then shifts to the new Google Music store, fresh out of beta. You can still upload 20,000 of your own tracks, but now you can buy music for around $0.99 per track. Does the world need another "buy songs for a buck" music store? Not really, but Google does bring a few unique features to the table and Android users should probably have a default music service they can rely on being integrated into the OS.

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Mechanical Keyboards, Lytro's Light-Field Camera, Nokia's Windows Phones, and Reader Mail on PCWorld Podcast #127

Join PCWorld Editors Ginny Mies, Tim Moynihan, Patrick Miller, and Jason Cross as we give you the low-down on mechanical keyboards. What's the difference between these and the keyboard you probalby have on your PC today? What are the different switch types? Which ones are best?

And what's this about Nokia's new Windows Phone 7.5 phones? Are they just nice to look at, or is there a real reason to wait for them? They're going to miss the holidays here in the U.S., but Europeans should get them real soon now. Is this what Windows Phone 7 needs to be relevant in the market, or is it too little too late?

Speaking of new entries to the marketplace, there's Lytro and it's rather amazing light-field camera. Focus after you take the picture? That's crazy talk! It looks like it works, and does a few other neat things no other camera does, but there are some significant drawbacks.

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AMD's new FX Processor, Qwikster is Dead, Memristors by 2013, and Most Useful Websites on PCWorld Podcast #126

PCWorld Editors Megan Geuss, Nate Ralph, and Jason Cross express their disappointment in the new FX processors from AMD. "Bulldozer" was supposed to get AMD back in the arms race against Intel for high-performance CPUs, but it's not nearly fast enough and draws too much power. The best AMD can compete with seems to be the middle-of-the-road from Intel.

We're also sort of dismayed by Netflix's decision to kill the whole Qwikster idea. Yes, it was a terrible name, but we're actually sort of in favor of the DVD rental business splitting off from the streaming business. Now it just looks like they don't know what they're doing over there. Speaking of web services, Megan gives us a sneak peak at the results of her coming feature on the most useful websites on the 'net.

Oh, and would you like an SSD that is almost as fast as RAM and draws less power? That's the promise of memristors, a new fundamental circuit component HP has been developing. That, and potentially higher storage density and lower cost, once manufacture ramps up. The first products might be on the market in 2013...it'll be here before you know it.

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Steve Jobs Passes, iPhone 4S, and Facebook Changes on PCWorld Podcast #125

PCWorld Editors Ginny Mies, Mark Sullivan, Nate Ralph, and Jason Cross briefly discuss the passing of Steve Jobs at the age of 56. Jobs was an incon the likes of which comes along only once every few generations, and was both likeable and infuriating in the way only true visionaries are.

After that brief look at his important life, we move on to discussing the iPhone 4S announced this week, and the Facebook announcements from last week. We even answer a reader mail from a blind listener in Scotland who wants to know more about the accessibility features in Windows 8.

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Cloud Printing Woes, Where Not to Buy Ink, and Windows 8 on PCWorld Podcast #124

Join PCWorld Editors Melissa Riofrio, Melissa Perenson, Nate Ralph, and Jason Cross as we discuss the sorry state of Cloud Printing and what could be done about it. Melissa Riofrio also dives into some shopping research she's been doing, and lets you know where you buy our ink and toner (and where not to).

Microsoft's BUILD Windows conference is next week, where the company will finally reveal much about Windows 8. The gang talks about what we know so far and what we hope to learn.

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Steve Jobs Resigns From Apple, HP TouchPad Fire Sale, and New Cameras, Too

Host Melissa Perenson is joined by Nick Mediati, Ginny Mies, and Tim Moynihan as we discuss the latest news stories of the week. How will Steve Jobs' resignation impact Apple, and the tech world beyond? What was the craze like that followed HP's TouchPad price drop to a bargain basement $99? And which of the new bevy of cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Sony are most interesting?

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Adobe Edge and HTML5, Google+ Shedding Users, and Those Dumb IE Users on PCWorld Podcast #122

Ed Albro, Melissa Perenson, Tim Moynihan, and Jason Cross gather around the podcast table to talk about some of the latest news stories this week. Does Adobe's Edge tool signal the death of Flash and the prominant rise of HTML5? Are people already losing interest in Google+, or is it just that the initial gold-rush wave of early adopters is over? A recent study showed that Internet Explorer users are dumber than those that use other browsers; only the study and the company that conducted it were both fake, proving that it's tech journalists that are dumb (or at least lazy and rushed).

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