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Samsung Gear S review: Bigger and badder, but not in a good way

pcworld.com — As soon as I strapped the Samsung Gear S smartwatch to my wrist, I knew we had a problem. The Gear S is by far the largest smartwatch I've ever worn, and it looks ridiculous.
Nov 26, 2014

Well this reviewer really didn't like the Samsung Gear S smartwatch I'm so keen to trial: pcworld.com/article/285212…

Nov 26, 2014

Among products from major tech companies, the Samsung Gear S is one of the worst I've ever used. My review: pcworld.com/article/285212…

Audio snobs rejoice: Windows 10 will have system-wide FLAC support

pcworld.com — Windows 10 will make it easier for audiophiles to enjoy lossless music, with support for the popular FLAC format across all modern and desktop programs. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul revealed the plans for FLAC support on Twitter, with a screenshot of FLAC files loaded in Windows Media Player.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @OneJaredNewman: Man. College hippie jamband Jared would have been so stoked for platform-wide FLAC support in Windows - pcworld.com/article/285259…

Nov 26, 2014

Man. College hippie jamband Jared would have been so stoked for platform-wide FLAC support in Windows - pcworld.com/article/285259…

How to skip the Black Friday crowds and still find great deals online

pcworld.com — Sometimes the biggest pain with a new PC is simply buying it, especially if you're eyeing one of those Black Friday deals set to go live next week. Thanksgiving weekend can be a great time for deals, but it's also notorious for massive crowds and long waits. This year, try something new.
Nov 26, 2014

How to skip the Black Friday crowds and still find great deals online pcworld.com/article/285006… via @pcworld

Nov 26, 2014

How to skip the Black Friday crowds and still find great deals online ift.tt/1pnksuy

San Francisco DA pushes for chip payment cards to curb fraud

pcworld.com — Chip-and-PIN technology is a more secure system for making payments and San Francisco DA George Gascon is kicking off a campaign to encourage consumers and businesses to adopt the new technology.

Apple-IBM products in November? Not quite

pcworld.com — IBM appears likely to launch the first products of its mobile partnership with Apple in December, a bit later than Apple CEO Tim Cook had predicted last month. The two companies joined forces in July to help enterprises mobilize their employees and applications.

Ubisoft apologizes for Assassin's Creed: Unity's borked launch with free DLC

pcworld.com — Upset about the less-than-stellar technical quality of the bug-filled Assassin's Creed: Unity ? Ubisoft's going to try and make it better by giving you more Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Nov 26, 2014

Ubisoft apologizes for Assassin's Creed: Unity's borked launch with free DLC pcworld.com/article/285238…

Steam Exploration Sale means Black Friday's come early for PC gamers

pcworld.com — Who needs Black Friday? Not PC gamers, that's for sure. As expected, Steam launched its Thanksgiving sale today, termed the "Steam Exploration Sale." The sale will run November 26 through December 2. Steam's Thanksgiving sale, like the Halloween sale last month, is typically just a stopgap between the larger Christmas and Summer sales.
Nov 26, 2014

Steam Exploration Sale means Black Friday's come early for PC gamers pcworld.com/article/285219… Ties into new personalization features too

Europe wants Google to expand 'right to be forgotten' censorship to global search results

pcworld.com — Google should start applying the European Union's "right to be forgotten" to its global, .com domain, European privacy regulators say. European data protection authorities in the so-called Article 29 Working Party (WP29) have compiled a set of guidelines detailing how search engines should apply a court ruling that gave Europeans the right to be forgotten by search engines.
Nov 26, 2014

EU: The right to be forgotten -- at least in search results -- should be a global right! @loekessers pcworld.com/article/285279…

Mozilla spruces up the Firefox search experience as Yahoo moves in

pcworld.com — Not only does Mozilla have a new default search partner for Firefox, the open source browser is getting a snazzy new search experience to boot. Mozilla calls the new experience a " one-click search " that allows you to type in a search term and then quickly specify which site you'd like to search using that term.
Nov 26, 2014

Mozilla spruces up the Firefox search experience as Yahoo moves in ift.tt/1yh2BH6

Amazon Fire Phone price plunges to $199 unsubsidized after smoldering start

pcworld.com — Amazon is dropping the price of the Fire Phone again, at least for a limited time. The online retailer is now selling its debut smartphone for just $199, unlocked and contract free. As before, Amazon also includes a free, one-year Prime membership with every purchase.
Nov 26, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone price plunges to $199 unsubsidized after smoldering start ift.tt/1ygHdSm

Microsoft's giving 100 insanely good music albums away for free, selling box sets for $2

pcworld.com — It's not quite Christmas yet, but Microsoft's kicking off the season of giving with an insanely generous offer from Xbox Music and its Music Deals companion app. Make that offers: The company's giving away 100 full-length albums for free and 50 additional multi-album box sets for just $2.
Nov 26, 2014

Microsoft's giving 100 insanely good music albums away for free, selling box sets for $2, by @BradChacos at @PCWorld bit.ly/1ybIWYp

Sony to offer refunds over misleading PS Vita ads

pcworld.com — Sony will offer partial refunds to customers to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that its ads in 2011 and 2012 for the PlayStation Vita console's cross-platform sharing and other features were deceiving.

5 easy tips for being your family's tech-support hero this holiday

pcworld.com — Basis Peak review: This is the band to buy if you obsess over heart-rate and sleep tracking The real-time heart-rate tracking isn't perfect, but it comes close. And with automatic sleep tracking and an improved industrial design, the Basis Peak is much better than its predecessor.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @pcworld: Come for 5 easy holiday tech support tips, stay for @Gordonung's drunk uncle Joey impression bit.ly/1zq3X0O pic.twitter.com/T7oYMxotaT

Nov 25, 2014

How to be a tech-support hero when you visit with family Thursday. Awesome VIDEO by @Gordonung pcworld.com/video/44763/5-… pic.twitter.com/6FE6ItJ0qa

San Francisco DA pushes for chip payment cards in tech's backyard

pcworld.com — Chip-and-PIN payment cards have a strong supporter in the hotbed of payment technologies, with San Francisco's district attorney promoting the new technology as a way to cut down on fraud. As nearby tech startups like Square and giants like Apple and Google invent new ways to buy things, San Francisco DA George Gascon is pushing for stores to accept chip-and-PIN, an updated version of the tried-and-true credit card.

Hands-on with HP's Stream 11, the $200 Windows laptop that wants to kill Chromebooks

pcworld.com — HP's $200 Stream 11 has something to prove: that you can enjoy a small, cheap Windows laptop as much as users have enjoyed small, cheap Chromebooks for the past couple of years. The rise of Chromebooks for Web browsing and basic productivity has threatened the borders of Microsoft's Windows empire.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @BradChacos: .@markhachman goes hands-on with HP's Stream 11, the $200 would-be Chromebook killer pcworld.com/article/284931…

Nov 25, 2014

.@markhachman goes hands-on with HP's Stream 11, the $200 would-be Chromebook killer pcworld.com/article/284931…

Tablet craze calms down as iPad shipments decline

pcworld.com — It's time to kiss the tablet boom goodbye, as shipments of the once-dominant Apple iPad decline amid a worldwide slowdown for the devices. Shipments of all tablets worldwide will increase by just 7.2 percent this year, compared to 52.5 percent in 2013, according to a projection from research firm IDC.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @pcworld: iPad sales decline again while Android and Windows tablets continue to climb. bit.ly/1pk1W6g

10 mind-blowing Oculus Rift experiments that reveal VR's practical potential

pcworld.com — The Oculus Rift's official consumer release is still months away, but that hasn't stopped developers from getting excited about the virtual reality headset and forging deeply innovative software that takes full advantage of VR's breathtaking potential. And it's not just gaming developers whipping up mind-blowing projects, either.
Nov 25, 2014

10 mind-blowing Oculus Rift experiments that reveal VR's practical potential pcworld.com/article/285093… World of Tanks IRL is just the start

Nov 25, 2014

10 mind-blowing Oculus Rift experiments that reveal VR's practical potential ift.tt/11sjnqf

Pew poll: Limited knowledge on privacy policies, more on net neutrality

pcworld.com — U.S. Internet users have a limited understanding of what net neutrality means and what protections are contained in company privacy policies, according to the results of a national survey by the Pew Research Center.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @PrivacyMemes: Pew poll: Limited knowledge on privacy policies, more on net neutrality bit.ly/1xA97VG #privacy

Zalman hardware warranties will be honored despite parent company's $3 billion fraud conspiracy

pcworld.com — A troubling situation that threatened to tear apart a trusted PC hardware maker and potentially leave legions of PC enthusiasts without support for current hardware appears to be blowing over, at least for end users. Earlier in November, PC hardware maker Zalman looked like it was headed for bankruptcy after its parent company, Moneual, borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars it couldn't pay back.
Nov 25, 2014

Zalman hardware warranties will be honored despite parent company's $3 billion fraud conspiracy ift.tt/1yc8YeX