3G and 4G Wireless Speed Tests, Windows 8 Editions, and Google Drive on PCWorld Podcast #136

Wondering which carrier to tie yourself to for the next two-year contract? If speed is a factor, you'd definitely want to check out our 3G and 4G wireless speed tests. On the podcast, Mark Sullivan gives us the lowdown - which carriers are fastest in the real world, and how we tested to determine that.

Ed Albro also discusses the four versions of Windows 8. In realitiy, there are only two you will ever have to choose from, plus one that will come preinstalled on ARM-based tablets and another that is for big volume enterprise customers that develop custom deployments.

Oh, and have you heard the rumor that Google Drive will launch in the coming week? We don't put a lot of faith in rumors, but this one feels pretty solid. Can it get us to let go of our beloved Dropbox?

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Nokia Lumia 900, Printer Ink Prices, and Instagram for Android on PCWorld Podcast #135

Not all printer ink is created equal. Some of it lasts a long time, some of it goes quickly. Prices vary wildly. Who's ripping you off on ink, and who's providing a better value? Where does quality fit into the picture? Printing expert Melissa Riofrio lets us know who's giving you the best deals on printer ink.

Did you hear the Nokia Lumia 900 is about to hit the market? Reviews are mixed - almost everyone, including our own Ginny Mies - has a lot of nice things to say about the phone, especially given its highly affordable price. Everyone also has a handful of gripes that really sour the experience.

Speaking of sour experiences, the new release of Instagram for Android has brought out the worst in the iPhone fanbase.

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SXSW in Review, Problems With the New iPad, and GeForce 680 on PCWorld Podcast #134

We love the new iPad, and we think it's the best tablet you can buy...even if it is sort of expensive. But that doesn't mean we haven't uncovered a few issues. Melissa drops by to tell us about a strange color-changing problem with photos synced through iTunes, and some problems with how slowly the battery charges. Also, it gets kind of hot.

Mark Sullivan stops by to tell us about what the cool kids are calling "South By". Whatever that is.

Jason and Nate briefly geek out about the latest Nvidia graphics card, the GeForce GTX 680. Unlike previous Nvidia graphics cards, it's really power efficent, while still quite fast.

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The Future Is Free To Play on Game On Podcast #9


PCWorld Editors Alex Wawro, Nate Ralph and Jason Cross (who sounds like he's trapped in a well) join Game On contributing writer David Daw to talk about what the popularity (and profit margin) of free-to-play games like Team Fortress 2, Tiny Tower and Realm Of The Mad God means for the future of the game industry. What makes a free-to-play game fun to play, and when is it worth paying for? Tune in to find out, and stick around 'till the end to hear our recommendations on some great free games for tablets, smartphones and PC that you might want to check out.

You could also check out the Free Friday feature on our Game On blog, but then you'd miss out on fantastic free-to-play games like Hero Academy and League of Legends. Choose wisely!

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Game Developer's Conference 2012 Roundtable on Game On Podcast #8


Another great Game Developer's Conference has come and gone, but a few hardy members of the PCWorld Game On team recoup in the PCWorld Podcast studio to talk about the games we played, the talks we witnessed and the people we met at GDC 2012. Listen in as Alex Rubens, David Daw, Nate Ralph and Alex Wawro discuss a few great games (including Johann Sebastian Joust and MechWarrior Online) and the debate surrounding the Independent Games Festival Awards before pondering the future of location-based gaming. Also, we make fun of Alex and talk about Valve (sorry guys, no Steam Box this year) in this very special GDC 2012 edition of the Game On Podcast.

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The New iPad, Mobile World Congress Recap, and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on PCWorld Podcast #133

Tablets expert Melissa J. Perenson spearheads this week's conversation on Apple's new iPad, which hits stores next week. Tim Moynihan, Nick Mediati, and Armando Rodriguez join in the fray as we also talk about the hottest new phones and tablets shown at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and explore what Microsoft Windows 8--now available in a freely downloadable Consumer Preview version--means for you.

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Mobile World Congress Preview, Windows 8, and PlayStation Vita on PCWorld Podcast #132

Ginny Mies, who thinks there are too many smartphones and users are trapped by their contracts, gives us the run-down on what we can expect out of the big Mobile World Congress show next week. In short: lots of new phone announcements, and lots of phone parts announcements. Like processors and graphics and displays and such. It's mobile phone and tablet overload.

Nate Ralph and Jason Cross also discuss the PlayStation Vita, which is a lovely piece of hardware that simply costs too much and has too expensive games and accessories for the smartphone gaming world we live in.

But they're both looking forward to Windows 8, and can't wait to start running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that should launch at the end of the month.

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