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Top 10 Ways to Speed Up and Beef Up Your Google Searches

For all the time you spend online, you probably spend most of it searching for stuff. So why settle for the most basic Google experience? Here are 10 …

Five ways to remember people's names

Are you bad at remembering names?<p>Most people are. And yet it's a business skill that's vital to master. People like hearing their name, and the more someone likes you, the more likely they are to do business with you.<p>So, how can you get better at remembering the people you just met? Motivational …

28 pieces of computing advice that stand the test of time

Technology never stops moving foward. Hardware gets faster, and operating systems gain new features and (we hope) finesse. This is natural computing law.<p>But just because computers are one big exercise in evolutionary progress, that doesn't mean certain computing maxims ever go out of style. Take, …

Web browser showdown: Which Windows app is really the best?

Your Web browser is probably the most-used application on your PC. You check your email in it, you write in it, you collaborate with coworkers in it, you use it to watch cat videos. With so much at stake, you need a browser that works well for you.<p>But which one is the best? We put the three major …

How to find happiness in a world of password madness

In early August, <i>Wired</i> reporter Mat Honan had his most precious passwords hacked via a complex series of social engineering exploits. The breach made headlines because it exposed security flaws in Apple and Amazon customer service policies; but let’s not forget that the Honan saga capped a long …

Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a PC

Let's just say it: For the vast majority of computer shoppers, buying a Windows PC doesn't quite qualify as a decision. Around nine out of ten computers run one version of Windows or another, making it the world's default option in operating systems. It's opting for something else, like a Mac, that …

Three Reasons You Should Switch to Office 365

Office 2013 will soon be here, along with a new and improved version of the cloud-based Office 365. If you’re looking to upgrade, you have to decide whether the traditional desktop version of Office is the way to go, or if Office 365 is a better fit for your needs.<p>There are a few compelling …

The iPad Can Run Norway, Still Can't Multitask

Just what Apple needed to hype its latest product even more: A photo of Norway's Prime Minister running his country from his iPad.<p>Jens Stoltenberg was stranded in New York after a volcano erupted in Iceland, closing airports throughout northern Europe. But instead of using a laptop, netbook or …

Make Office 2013 more powerful with 10 killer apps

There's no dictionary, geographic mapping or flow chart tool baked into the core Microsoft Office 2013 software, but you can still get all these functions for free or a small fee. Developers from Microsoft and beyond have created a variety of apps that you can embed within Word, Excel, PowerPoint …

Review: Customize and tweak your Windows 7 experience with Sunrise Seven

There are things in Windows the vast majority of us never touch. Look at your system, and then look at your friends' PCs. Do you all have the same Start Menu button? The same items in the desktop context menu? Do you all have the same logon screen and taskbar thumbnail size? I'm betting the answer …

The one keyboard key you should be using in your browser—but aren't

Every so often I like to revisit topics I haven't covered for a few years, the idea being that new readers might have missed them the first time around.<p>This one skews heavily toward novice users, but it always surprises me how few people take advantage of this great time-saver.<p>Think about the last …

Microsoft's CEO is wrong about Office for iOS: Here's why

Rumors have been floating around for some time that Microsoft is hard at work developing Microsoft Office apps for iOS—or more specifically for the Apple iPad. Speculation about Office for iOS has grown following the launch of Office 2013 and the new Office 365, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer …

Microsoft Surface Pro reviews: Device is good, not great, critics say

The Surface Windows 8 Pro arrives on store shelves Saturday starting at $900, and the verdict is in for Microsoft’s marquee PC-meets-tablet device.<p>Microsoft, like the rest of the stalwarts in the PC industry including Lenovo, Acer and Dell, is attempting to create a Windows 8 device that perfectly …

Free Microsoft quick-start guides teach you the Office 2013 basics

The other day I offered four reasons you don't need Microsoft Office 2013. However, if you fall into the camp that does need it, or you just decided not to follow my advice (it's been known to happen), Microsoft wants to help you get started using the new suite.<p>Specifically, the company just …

Wi-Fi on Buses and Trains: Better Service Ahead

In an era where Wi-Fi services are cropping up almost everywhere (you can now get Wi-Fi with your fries or while you're picking up lumber), it's still not so easy to get Wi-Fi while on the go, especially on public transit in most of America's major cities.<p>With a few exceptions, such as Boston's …

Answer Line: Configure Windows Explorer's (or File Explorer's) Navigation pane

<i>Windows Explorer's Navigation pane provides easy movement between the folders on your hard drive. Bevaau asked the</i> <i>Windows</i> <i>forum about configuring this handy tool.</i><p>Microsoft greatly improved Windows Explorer in Windows 7, making it more configurable and easier to navigate. They improved it even more …

Review: Start Menu 8 is a free Windows 8 Start Menu par excellence

Third-party replacement of the missing Windows 8 Start menu (I'm sorry, the Modern/Metro UI is not a start menu) has become quite the booming cottage industry. Stardock's Start8, a $5 alternative, has been the most seamless replacement for several months, but it's now going to have to share the …

Acrobat XI simplifies PDF editing, deepens ties to Microsoft Office

Few people would say that it’s fun to edit PDF documents, but it should become easier with Acrobat XI, Adobe's new release for Mac and Windows. The latest version of the PDF creation and viewing software offers deeper integration with Microsoft Office than in the past. In addition, Adobe aims to …

The 100 Best Products of 2012

Around this time each year, the editors at PCWorld and TechHive gather to recognize the best new tech products—the hardware, software, gadgets, and devices that had the biggest impact on the world. The process starts out casually enough, because editors get to name their favorites from their …

Windows 8 Preview Beats Windows 7 in Most Performance Tests

Windows 8‘s Metro interface may be controversial, but it looks like few PC users will complain about the new operating system’s performance. The PCWorld Labs put the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 through a battery of tests and found it generally faster--sometimes a lot faster--than Windows 7.<p>Our …

30 years of PCWorld, 30 pivotal moments in PC history

Talk about longevity. Thirty years ago to this month, PCWorld published its very first print issue, a 310-page magazine loaded with essential news, reviews, and features about IBM PCs and compatible "clones."<p>The content inside the March 1983 issue of <i>PC World</i> was exceedingly quaint—even borderline …

5 Great Mobile Technology Articles You Must Read This Week 9.13.2012

As always, there are plenty of great mobile technology pieces from which to choose. Here are my choices for this week. I’ve also included a more general article by Nathan Myhrvold that deserves everyone’s attention.<p>J. Angel Racoma, <i>China’s Alibaba Wants To Take on Android, Should Google Be Worried?</i> …

Why PCs, not smartphones, are best for social media sharing

<i>Part one of a two-part series. For a contrary view, see "Why smartphones are the rightful kings of social media."</i><p>Walk anywhere within a 3-mile radius of the PCWorld office, and you’ll find legions of new-economy hipsters with smartphones surgically implanted in their hands. But they’re not talking …

Google Glass Shows Off New Interface, Impressive Functionality, Elite Availability

Last year, Google envisioned their augmented reality device as an in-your-face smartphone screen. But now they've created something much, much better. And you can get one.<p>When Google released their original concept video for Project Glass last April, it seemed like the company was still struggling …