Brad ChacosSenior Editor, PCWorld

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Brad Chacos spends the days jamming to Spotify and digging through desktop PCs. He covers the gaming, graphics cards, and how-to beats for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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Fire Phone's flop may jeopardize Amazon's future hardware endeavors

Amazon's laying off engineers and stopping new products in their tracks after the Fire Phone's epic failure.

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How to stop auto-play videos on Facebook and Twitter

Auto-playing videos in Facebook and Twitter are annoying. Here's how to stop them.

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Oculus Rift's consumer model will launch in early 2016, after Valve's VR headset

Oculus has been busy wrapping up ecosystem support for the Oculus Rift, but the delay may cost it the crucial first-to-market status for the fledgling field of VR.

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Yep, that's the Android mascot peeing on Apple in Google Maps

Now THAT apple will definitely keep doctors away.

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5 everyday technologies Apple killed in the 12-inch MacBook

Apple's quest for ultra-thin simplicity in the new 12-inch MacBook has left a lot of technology in a shallow grave, replaced by a single Type-C port.

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Apple's radical 12-inch MacBook is the slimmest, lightest MacBook ever

The 12-inch MacBook was redesigned from the ground up and uses a single USB Type-C connector in a quest for revolutionary thinness.

This is huge: FCC chairman's strong net neutrality proposal turns the Internet into a public utility

Invoking Title II authority was the FCC's nuclear option in the war for net neutrality, and it just exploded.

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Google reveals Cast for Audio, a Chromecast-like way to beam music to sound gear

First Chromecast took over your TV, and Google Cast for Audio hopes to do the same for speakers and other audio gear.

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11 hilarious, brutally devious ways game developers punish pirates

The Sims 4's encroaching pixelization is the latest in a long line of hilarious anti-piracy efforts.

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Psy's 'Gangnam Style' finally broke YouTube

The viral video was viewed so many times that it broke the code behind YouTube's view counter.

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Watch Tony Hawk ride the world's first real-life hoverboard

The skateboarding legend took the Hendo Hoverboard prototype for a ride and it's just as glorious as you'd expect.

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New CBS All Access joins streaming-service trend, but many strings are attached

The future of a-la-carte TV looks less than rosy. The $6 monthly All Access service omits football games and “The Big Bang Theory” due to licensing issues, and new shows will still have commercials.

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Breakthrough batteries last 20 years, charge 70 percent in two minutes

If the breakthrough battery tech hits mainstream it could revolutionize electric cars—and end the forced obsolescence of smartphones.

Samsung's futuristic Wi-Fi tech is five times faster than today's wireless networks

Samsung's developing a new Wi-Fi technology that will let you transfer a 1GB file between devices in under 3 seconds--but don't expect to see it in your Galaxy phone anytime soon.

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Apple says most Mac users are safe from 'Shellshock' Bash bug, promises quick fix

Don't panic! Your Mac is very, very unlikely to be affected by the 'Shellshock' Bash bug.