RockMelt Goes Beta, Black Friday Starts Early on PCWorld Podcast #98

The release of the new, socially aware RockMelt browser has left many pundits--including a few of our own--wondering why the world needs another browser at all. PCWorld editors Steve Fox, Robert Strohmeyer, and Jason Cross explore what social

browsing will really mean, and why RockMelt is worth checking out.

Meanwhile, Black Friday isn't just for Fridays anymore. The post-Thanksgiving shopping fest now begins as early as Halloween for many retailers, and it's no longer necessary to stand in line all night to find deals. The gang dishes up some good resources for tech deals all shopping-season long.

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Facebook Deals and Awesome Things You Shouldn't Do on PCWorld Podcast #97

Facebook announced this week a new feature called Facebook Deals, which will give businesses a way to offer special incentives and discounts via the social networking site's location-based Places service. Mark Sullivan explains on this week's edition of the PCWorld Podcast.

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On the lighter side of tech, PCWorld editorial director Steve Fox joins host Robert Strohmeyer for an interesting look at 15 awesome things you can do with your tech (but probably shouldn't).

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100 Best Products of the Year on PCWorld Podcast #96

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This week on the PCWorld Podcast, editors Steve Fox and Anne McDonald join Robert Strohmeyer and Jason Cross to talk about the best of the best of 2010. Each year, PCWorld's editorial team engages in a bloody, knock-down, drag-out feud to determine the 100 gadgets, devices, machines, and apps that had the most impact on the universe in the previous 12 months. Which products won? Will the fighting ever stop? Listen in to find out.

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New MacBook Air and Graphics Card Overload on PCWorld Podcast #95

Apple announced its new MacBook Air line this week, offering tiny 11-inch and 13-inch laptops that set new standards for the company's ultraportable users. Macworld editorial director Jason Snell joins us to talk about the new machines.

Next, PCWorld editors Jason Cross and Nate Ralph take a look at the latest graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia. Based on our recent test results and the coming price war, hardcore gamers have a lot to be excited about.

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Windows Phone 7 Talk on PCWorld Podcast #94

Microsoft unveiled the first wave of Windows Phone 7 phones this week, offering up 10 new handsets from multiple vendors and on a variety of carriers. Seven of the phones will go on sale in the United States, with most hitting shelves in November, just in time for the holiday season. Join editors Ginny Mies, Robert Strohmeyer, and Jason cross for an in-depth discussion of what Microsoft's new mobile OS has in store.

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CTIA Highlights on PCWorld Podcast #93

CTIA, the wireless telecom industry's biggest U.S. show of the year, landed in San Francisco's Moscone Center this week, and PCWorld was all over it. Join editors Robert Strohmeyer, Melissa Perenson, Jason Cross, and Mark Sullivan as they hash out the hottest trends from the event.

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Leading the charge in wireless news this week was word from Verizon that it's rolling out its 4G network ahead of schedule, bringing LTE to 39 U.S. cities by the end of 2010. Mark Sullivan explains.

And, of course, the Android horde continues to grow as all major carriers and most major phone makers announced new handsets. Android isn't just for high-end smartphones anymore. Carriers want to bring entry-level users into the world of wireless data services, and Android appears to be the vehicle of choice.

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Facebook and Twitter Fails, MineCraft and Ubuntu Wins - PCWorld Podcast #92

This week on the PCWorld Podcast, we take a look at Facebook's big outage and the odd Twitter hack that disrupted the social media world briefly. Then we dive into news from Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference to see how the coming wave of graphics upgrades will speed up everyday computing.

Editors Nate Ralph and Jason Cross have become fiendishly addicted to a little game called MineCraft, and tell us why we should all check it out this weekend.

Finally, Nate walks us through his recent foray into Ubuntu Linux. (Yes, he can still play MineCraft on it.)

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