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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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It's back! Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 app, KB 3035583, reappears

The nagware upgrader’s fourteenth version in fourteen months arrives with no fanfare

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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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More Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 driver updates roll out -- details included

The round of updates is dated May 24, 2016, and for the first time we get detailed documentation

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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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Visual Basic at 25: Microsoft looks back and ahead

The Silver Anniversary Celebration will include such details as forthcoming language features

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Microsoft dials back Windows 10 upgrades to twice 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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Hit by an unexpected Windows 10 upgrade? Here's how to recover

If you know somebody who woke up to find Windows 10 on their computer, perhaps this advice will console them

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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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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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Windows 10 beta patch KB 3158988 turns build number to 14342.1001

When is a cumulative update not a cumulative update?

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New Windows 7 and 8.1 patches usher in the future of rollup updating

It remains to be seen whether Microsoft's new experiment with nonsecurity patch rollups will work

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Microsoft overhauls Windows 7 and 8.1 updating -- but don't call it a service pack

The status of Win 8.1 is still unclear, but it looks like updates to Win7 will (finally!) run much faster

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KB 3159635 will upgrade you to Windows 10 version 1511

In apparent preparation for the Anniversary Update, MS releases version 1511 upgrade tool

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The end of Apple? The early signs may be in

We seem to be heading toward a post-Microsoft, post-Apple world -- and that’s OK

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

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.

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