Don't-Miss Holiday season Stories

5 addictive (and free!) browser games for holiday hijinks

PCWorld does not condone absenteeism, laggardism or all-around, year-end slothfulness. But if you must play a browser game at work, you might as well zone out on a holiday-themed title.

10 great PC accessories that cost less than $200

If you want to get the most from your desktop or laptop, you’'ll need to look beyond speeds and feeds, and pick the right peripherals.

10 killer PC upgrades for less than $250

Sometimes a single component upgrade can push your PC over the edge. Allow us to make some timely holiday suggestions.

Safe online shopping: 10 tips to avoid getting burned

Here are 10 easy ways to ensure you're being as safe as possible when shopping online.

PayPal phishing scams ramp up for holidays

'Tis the season to be careful. That should be no surprise. Given that the online holiday shopping season is peaking, cybercriminals would be expected to ramp up their efforts as well.

10 gifts for obscenely wealthy PC fanatics

Do you have a friend with more dollars than Bill Gates and the good sense to be a rabid PC fanatic? Express your admiration with a gift that laughs in the face of price-to-performance ratios.

The best smartphones you can buy right now

Looking for an upgrade? These are the best smartphones you can currently buy, by carrier.

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Power laptops, some HDTVs are best buys for December

The bargains didn't end with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Deal-hunter sites point to the best prices for the coming weeks, as well as trends and habits of technology shoppers.

7 killer upgrades to supercharge your PC gaming

Gamepads. Headsets. Mice. Mechanical keyboards. Delight the deserving gamer in your life with equipment that ups the fun quotient.

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Cyber Monday sales break records for retailers

Consumers looking for deals on tablets boost Cyber Monday sales to nearly $2 billion.

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iPad grabs top spot as preferred Black Friday shopping tool

Apple retained its stranglehold on mobile shopping over the two-day stretch of Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the U.S., IBM said.

US, European agencies seize 132 domain names for selling counterfeit merchandise

U.S. and European agencies have seized 132 domain names that were allegedly used to sell counterfeit merchandise online.

Black Friday surpasses $1 billion in online sales

Online sales for Black Friday topped $1 billion for the first time, according to online tracker comScore.