Stories by Brad Chacos

In Pictures: 15 simple, secret Windows tips and tricks designed to save you time

These small, yet obscure Windows tips and tricks can make a big difference in your workflow - and save you tons of time in the process.

In Pictures: 15 Windows 9 features we want to see in Microsoft's next OS

Windows 9 can right the wrongs (both real and perceived) inflicted by Windows 8, as well as make Microsoft more competitive with Apple and Google.

In Pictures: 12 powerful websites that can replace your desktop software

These days, even brawny tasks like video editing can take place solely in your browser. Check out these great sites for productivity, creativity, security and more.

In Pictures: 10 sites with stunning visual data that will change your world view

We all know what a picture's worth. These websites use graphics to display everything from Twitter traffic to births and deaths, in ways that truly drive home what words alone cannot.

In Pictures: 17 obscure Windows tools and tricks too powerful to overlook

Windows is chock full of handy-dandy power tools, but most of them are hidden from everyday view. These are the ones you need to know about.

In Pictures: 8 ways the password is dying

From smartphones that know you’re near to tattoos and even pills, high-tech companies are busy replacing pesky strings of text with easier ways to authenticate. Check out the future here.

In Pictures: 7 days, 7 futuristic technologies

Amazing advances in computing technology revealed themselves at small events around the globe this week. Catch up on Hybrid Memory Cubes, super-speedy processors, and more.

In Pictures: Meet the future of computing - 10 killer hardware advancements from Computex 2014

From new chips to super-fast storage and amazing connectivity improvements, the future of computing was unveiled at Computex.

In Pictures: Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

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.

In Pictures: Excellent apps to install on your new Windows tablet

Microsoft’s app marketplace may not be quite as flush as its competitors, but roughly 140,000 apps still reside in the Windows Store

In Pictures: Microsoft's most monumental hits, misses, and moments of 2013

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.

In Pictures: 13 highly productive Android apps that play nice with your PC

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In Pictures: Of punchcards, platters, and wooden mice. The PC's origin story

Technology marches relentlessly onward, discarding the old to make way for the new. Today’s heroes quickly becomes yesterday’s news.

In Pictures: 20 free PC apps to ease daily tasks

Some of the best things in a PC lover's life are indeed free, but they're not always obvious.

In Pictures: The best Windows 8 business apps for portable productivity

Mixing modern style with business needs