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76% off Intel Compute Stick - Deal Alert

The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny device the size of a pack of gum that can transform any HDMI TV or display into a complete computer. It's regular list price of $490 on Amazon has been dramatically reduced to just $115.90.

Add accents, symbols and more with Alt codes for special characters

Pressing the Alt key and a number code gives you access to hundreds of special characters from currency to copyright symbols, to linguistic characters and tiny graphics like snowmen and smiley faces. Here's how they work.


Chromebooks surge past Macs in the U.S. for the first time

Chromebooks outsold Macs in the early months of 2016, according to IDC. But the victory comes with a few caveats.

HP Elite x2 review: The Surface Pro 4 gets some seriously solid competition

HP's convertible tablet for business has good performance and is built to take some abuse, though a few other features don't quite measure up.


GeForce GTX 1080, Battlefield 1, and 4-core vs. 8-core | The Full Nerd Ep. 0

This week Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman fawn over the GeForce 1080 and debate whether to build an LGA1151 or LGA2011 v3 rig.

The PCWorld Show Episode 16: Windows 10 upgrade, GeForce GTX 1080, and Facebook's controversial approach to news

Jon, Brad, and Gordon discuss the week's hot tech topics, including the Windows 10 upgrade offer, the GeForce GTX 1080, and the death of VGA.

The truth about Windows 10's hidden drive partition

You may think there's free space in these hidden drive partitions, but think twice before messing with anything in these locations. We use a third-party disk utility to find out what's really in them.

Samsung Notebook 9 (13”) review: Its light weight makes for easy travel

Despite a couple of design oddities, the Samsung Notebook 9 (13”) is a great ultraportable machine for everyday use.

Windows 10 File History offers a simple backup solution anyone can do

The File History feature lets you set up an external drive to back up your files automatically. You don’t need any extra software, and it’s very customizable.

PCWorld Show Episode 15: Dell XPS 15 vs MacBook Pro 13

Is it unfair to put a quad-core PC against a dual-core Mac?

PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam shoot-out, laptop fight, and Burning Man for the 1 percent

Jon, Flo, and Gordon talk iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 cameras, MacBook Pro vs. XPS 15, and if it's right to have a fully catered Burning Man without dirty hippies.

Acer's new tablet, gaming PCs pack power

Acer unveiled a new tablet PC, gaming laptop and gaming desktop in New York on Thursday.


The nightmare of rogue USB-C cables and adapters will end soon

The wave of rogue USB-C products that could pose a risk to PCs and mobile devices hasn't gone unnoticed, and the USB Implementers Forum has taken steps to eradicate the issue.

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55% off Tripp Lite Rotatable Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Deal Alert

This power strip has a built-in surge protector, 6 rotatable outlets, an extra long 8 foot cord and a USB port for charging portable devices. Currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from almost 600 people on Amazon.

6 port hub

Save 57% on Atrico's Rapid-Charging 6-Port Hub - Deal Alert

This hub/charging station quickly charges various combinations of devices simultaneously.

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48% off APC Back-UPS Pro Uninterruptible Power Supply - Deal Alert

The Back-UPS BR1500G offers guaranteed battery backup and surge protection for high performance computer systems, networks, external storage devices, game consoles and other electronics, and is currently offered at a 48% discount.

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45% off Mini DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI/DVI/VGA Adaptor - Deal Alert

This adaptor is 45% off and will connect Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt enabled devices to HDMI, DVI or displays.