More than a mere blank slate, a new PC is a fresh opportunity—a collection of components that, with the right software installed, could accomplish anything from balancing your household budget to helping to cure cancer. Yes, stocking your PC is an intensely personal task. Even still, some programs are so helpful, so handy, so useful across the board that we heartily recommend them to everybody. These are the programs you want to install on a new PC first.
Stories by Brad Chacos
Microsoft’s app marketplace may not be quite as flush as its competitors, but roughly 140,000 apps still reside in the Windows Store
They say you don't move forward by standing still. In a frenzied grasp for relevance in the mobile age, Microsoft spent 2013 shaking things up at a cellular level.
Just a few years back, buying a laptop was as easy as walking into a store, strolling past the netbooks, plunking down a few hundred bucks on a Windows machine with a trackpad that didn't completely suck, and coming home, if not happy, at least with a notebook that could get the job done.
The sudden, quiet killing of the legendary Winamp media player sent a shiver across the Web last week. Just like that, a software giant of yore was gone. But once the initial shock wore off, another thought settled in: "Wait, Winamp was still around?"
Steve Ballmer's audacious vision of "One Microsoft, all the time," delivering a single, seamless user experience across a wide range of devices, from PCs to tablets to video-game consoles, will not be achieved without digital bloodshed. Windows will die, a Microsoft exec suggested last week..
What does "all-day charge" mean? For most devices, "all-day" means "all work day," or about 8 hours. But Toshiba just announced a laptop in Japan that's only getting started when your work day ends: The company claims its Dynabook Kira V634/27K gets a jaw-dropping 22 hours of battery life.
The masses seem to be buying into the dream behind the $35 Raspberry Pi, a low-cost, barebones computer designed to get PCs into the hands of kids who want to learn to code. Sunday, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced that the company sold its two-millionth micro-PC sometime towards the end of October.
Technology marches relentlessly onward, discarding the old to make way for the new. Today’s heroes quickly becomes yesterday’s news.
The PC industry's hemorrhaging continued on Tuesday, as Acer announced that it lost nearly half a billion dollars in the last three months--an utter disaster that prompted the company to boot CEO J.T. Wang out the door, along with 7 percent of Acer's staff.
Let's start with the bad news: If you've purchased a Dell Latitude E6430u, there's a solid chance that it smells like cat pee. But don't worry! Dell says it's not actually cat pee and while the smell may be unpleasant, it won't make you sick.
As Apple vice-president, Craig Federighi, declared OS X Mavericks would be a free upgrade, an image of a boxed copy of Windows 8 Pro flashed on the screen behind him, next to a $199 price tag. "Today we're going to revolutionize pricing," Federighi said.
What a long, strange trip it's been.
Some of the best things in a PC lover's life are indeed free, but they're not always obvious.
Tremors are a-quaking throughout the PC industry, and the violent shake-up is turning former bedfellows into bitter rivals. Over the past year, PC makers have been vocally complaining about Microsoft's recent decisions, and what's more, virtually every manufacturer has put their money where their mouths are, turning to the open arms of Android and Chromebooks in ever-increasing numbers.
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