Testing Tablet Displays and The Future of Digital Photography On PCWorld Podcast #118

On this week's edition of the PCWorld Podcast, host Melissa J. Perenson is joined by Nick Mediati, Tim Moynihan, and Alex Wawro for a lively discussion about tablets and photography. We reveal the results of our first round of tablet display tests--Apple's iPad 2 came out on top of the field. And we delve into the innovative new Lytro light field digital camera technology, which has the potential to revolutionize how consumers approach digital photography.

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Wii U, Playstation Vita, What Specs Matter, and Facebook Facial Recognition on PCWorld Podcast #117

Today, host Jason Cross is joined by Nate Ralph, Patrick Miller, and Megan Geuss as we discuss the hot new hardware of E3 - the Wii U and PlayStation Vita. We also give you some advice from our recent "What specs matter" feature to help you more easily buy a desktop or laptop PC you'll be happy with. Finally, Megan gives us some insight into the process and results of her tests of the new Facebook facial recognition features.

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iOS 5, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Chromebooks on PCWorld Podcast #116

Host Melissa J. Perenson is joined this week by Jason Cross, Ginny Mies, and Nick Mediati. It’s been a busy week in tech, and we’ve got all the details here—starting with the news about iOS 5 and iCloud from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. We introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet, discuss mobile security threats, and delve into our experience handling the first Google Chrome OS Chromebook—the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook.

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Windows 8, Security Breaches, and WWDC on PCWorld Podcast #115

Host Melissa J. Perenson is joined this week by Nick Mediati and Armando Rodriguez. Hear all about Microsoft’s unveiling of Windows 8, the latest rash of security breaches and how they may may affect you, and details about the latest Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, and Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy Tab 10.1 Oh, and one more thing…we preview what to expect from Steve Jobs’ keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Windows Phone 7 'Mango' and New E-Readers on PCWorld Podcast #114

Host Melissa J. Perenson is joined by Ginny Mies, Jason Cross, and Melissa Riofrio this week, as we explore a wide swath of topics. We reveal what happened when we placed multifunction printers into several real world scenarios? We delve into whether Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system update, due this fall, pulls ahead of where its Android and iOS competition, or merely brings Windows Phone 7 closer to the pack? We discuss what’s new among standalone e-readers, now that Barnes & Noble and Kobo have revealed all-new E Ink models, and that Amazon has launched another, cheaper Kindle With Special Offers. And we talk about the new MacBook Pro-like Dell XPS 15z laptop.

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Microsoft Buys Skype, New Android Versions, and the Scoop From Google I/O on PCWorld Podcast #113

Host Melissa Perenson is joined by Ginny Mies, Jason Cross, and Ed Albro for a lively discussion on Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, and on all the latest news from Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O. Learn all about the great Android operating system unifier--to be known as Ice Cream Sandwich--as well what it's like to use Google Music Beta and what we think of Android @Home.

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Graphics testing, Blackberry PlayBook, and Digital Privacy on PCWorld Podcast #112

So how about that BlackBerry PlayBook? It's okay, but it's not going to knock the iPad 2 off its throne anytime soon. Ed Albro kicks off a discussion about how these non-Apple tablets are rushing to market without the sort of polish and software library necessary to put a dent in Apple's lead. At this point, are they just confirming with the public that the iPad is the only tablet worth owning? Alex Wawro also gives us some insight into the cool graphics and how-to projects going on in the PCWorld Labs these days. Finally, we discuss whether or not Apple is deliberately tracking you or not, and go over the EFF's Privacy Report Card.

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