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iTunes snub is another nail in the Windows RT coffin

Windows RT just can't catch a break. Friday's big news-- Apple's refusal to create an iTunes Windows 8 app --was another blow to the beleaguered OS, for even though Microsoft's finger-friendly software are dubbed "Windows 8 apps," they're truly "Wind...

What the 'console-ification' of PCs means for gamers

Traditionally, gamers have voluntary segregated themselves into two camps: console gamers and PC gamers. Hostility between the two runs irrationally deep, and rare is the gamer who's willing to proclaim allegiance to both sides. Either you're part of...

Opinion: Why Windows Blue heralds the death of the desktop

Brace yourselves, faithful PC enthusiasts. You aren't going to like what I'm about to say. Heck, I don't really like what I'm about to say. In fact, I'm almost terrified to lay out my case in black and white. But that doesn't change the fact that it ...

Keep it stable! How to stress-test your PC hardware

Modern-day PCs are more reliable than ever before, but that doesn't mean they're infallible. Equipment failures still happen, however rarely, and even the beefiest of computer components aren't worth their weight in silicon if they aren't dependable....

AMD to release new Radeon HD 8000 graphics cards in 2013

It's official. Bucking a recent round of rumors, AMD revealed today that it will be releasing new Radeon desktop GPUs "from top to bottom" in 2013, though you won't be seeing the next-gen Radeon 8000 series graphics cards until late in the year. Inst...

How (and why) to surf the Web in secret

They say no one can hear you scream in space, but if you so much as whisper on the Web, you can be tracked by a dozen different organizations and recorded for posterity. Simply visiting a website can allow its operators to figure out your general phy...

How to Securely Erase Your Hard Drive

The siren has sung and you've finally succumbed to her call: You're the proud owner of a shiny new PC; a faster, better SSD; or a bigger, better hard drive. It's time to toss your old equipment in the trash and start playing with your new toys, right...

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