- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Here’s the skinny on PC World Magazine’s World Class award winners, announced in the July issue on newsstands June 13:

This year’s list of World Class winners contains a wide range of products and services for work, home, and everywhere in between. The editors’ picks reflect the ever-changing world of technology, with revolutionary products in various categories, such as remote access software, power notebook computers, portable hard drives, home-theater receivers, and online bargain trackers. The 2006 Product of the Year is the Intel Core Duo, a Notebook/Desktop CPU. Editors noted that it ” … provides multitasking power never before possible on a portable PC … The Core Duo processor is so good that it’s the CPU of choice not only for Windows laptops but also for Apple’s Windows-capable laptop and desktop Macs.”

PC World editors also selected “Top Companies of the Year” in various categories: Web Company of the Year: Yahoo!; Software Company of the Year: Adobe; and Hardware Company of the Year: Apple. Also included in the article is “The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time” (https://find.pcworld.com/53824). In addition, site visitors can view two streaming videos narrated by staff editors with more information on the “Best Products of the Year” and the “Worst Products of the Year.”

A new component to the 2006 World Class Awards article is a live online chat hosted by PC World Senior Writer Alan Stafford. The interactive discussion will answer questions about the featured products and how they were rated, all in real-time. The event will take place on June 6, 2006 at 4pm/Pacific. Interested participants can sign-up here: https://find.pcworld.com/53808. Transcripts will be available on PCWorld.com post-chat.

Apple’s iPod nano and iTunes software also made the best-of list, so I guess Apple’s feeling the love from PC World, one of the original — and still one of the better — PC monthlies.

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