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PCWorld Show Episode 18: Microsoft trickery, WinPhone woes, and Twitter upgrades

Jon, Brad and Gordon rage about Microsoft's decision to trick people into upgrading to Windows 10, Twitter tries to make its service usable and Windows Phone dies a little more.

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Microsoft eats another $1B as phone strategy shrinks to enterprise-only

Microsoft's decision to eat nearly $1 billion and lay off another 1,850 workers prompted analysts to call the company's consumer smartphone business dead.

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Mingis on Tech: 4D printing arrives -- and so does the mystery gadget guy

You've already heard of 3D printing, but what about 4D? Executive News Editor Ken Mingis gets the details from Senior Writer Lucas Mearian and they both puzzle over the mystery gadget guy's mystery gadget.

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Microsoft breaks own design rules in dupe-the-user Windows 10 upgrade tactic

Microsoft's interpretation of the "Close" button in a notification of an impending Windows 10 upgrade is contrary to its own design guidelines.

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Dear Satya Nadella: Make sure the Microsoft Surface phone has these features

Microsoft is officially dropping out of the smartphone race...except for some strong hints that they will make a Surface phone.

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Microsoft PowerApps first look: Create mobile apps without coding

Microsoft’s nascent no-code development tool is limited and limiting, but also promising.

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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.

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Microsoft has been conning Windows users for two months

Microsoft has been using a deceptive tactic to dupe Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users into upgrading to Windows 10 for at least two months.

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Why Android apps on Chromebooks are a really, really big deal (really!)

There's much more to this move than what you see on the surface. Ready to have your mind blown?

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Now you can run Windows 10 on an iPad Pro, Android

Parallels Access puts your Windows and Mac computers on your tablet, virtually

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Microsoft dials back Windows 10 upgrades to 2X a year

Microsoft has scaled back its Windows 10 release schedule to two feature upgrades a year, not the three annually it once envisioned.

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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.

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EZ conversions on Unix

Converting numbers to different numeric bases is easy on the Unix command line. Just learn a little syntax or stash your conversion commands in a script.

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Dealing with a problematic Chromebook: Part 2

What to do when powerwashing a Chromebook fails to fix a problem.

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Microsoft tweaks IE11-Edge interoperability in Windows 10

Microsoft will introduce changes in this summer's Windows 10 Anniversary Update to simplify switching from IE11 to Edge, and back.

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Google goes after the enterprise, but at I/O, proof is MIA

Some users and industry analysts attending Google I/O this week said they didn't see evidence of a business focus at the developer conference.

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Chromebooks beat Macintosh -- because you are cheap

Macintosh got outsold by Chromebooks last quarter, in the USA. And Mac sales grew by a healthy amount, so this is huge news...

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Windows 10 tutorial: How to uninstall apps and programs

You have two new ways to uninstall programs in Windows 10. We’ll show you how it works.

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