Melissa Riofrio

Executive Editor

Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.

The Amazon Echo's always-listening feature entangles it in a murder case

The Amazon Echo's always-listening feature entangles it in a murder case

Police investigating a Bentonville, AK murder want the data recorded by an Amazon Echo found in the home where the murder took place. The Echo records only your commands, though, making it unlikely that it caught any cries for help.

2017 Fiat 124 vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5: What two Miata faithfuls think of the Italian job

2017 Fiat 124 vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5: What two Miata faithfuls think of the Italian job

Mazda Miata drivers are understandably curious and skeptical about the Fiat 124 that's based on their much-loved roaster. So we put two Miata lovers into both current cars. Would they be convertible to the Italian take on their...

Lenovo Yoga Book review: Unique touch features let you be hands-on creative

Lenovo Yoga Book review: Unique touch features let you be hands-on creative

Lenovo’s Yoga Book is for the scribblers of the world. Its huge touch surface and special pen help users create written content digitally, taking fuller advantage of the stylus- and touch-friendly Windows 10 than any other device has. ...

Meet the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime in its West Coast debut

Meet the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime in its West Coast debut

The eagerly awaited Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid appeared at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

Hardcore Hardware: The CyberPower Pro Streaming I300 is made for Twitch stardom

Hardcore Hardware: The CyberPower Pro Streaming I300 is made for Twitch stardom

When you're ready to stream your gameplay to the world, one PC will not do. You need two, and that's what the CyberPower Pro Streaming I300 brings to the game.

How tequila and weed could make Ford cars sustainable

How tequila and weed could make Ford cars sustainable

Ford's sustainability efforts include reducing the amount and weight of petroleum-based plastics by incorporating waste materials including agave fiber and hemp fiber.

Audi’s Traffic light information tells when you'll get the green

Audi’s Traffic light information tells when you'll get the green

Audi 2017 Q7, A4, and A4 allroad models with LTE and Connect Prime will be able to receive traffic light data, in the first-ever use of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.

Windows 10's free upgrade deadline will stretch into July 30, thanks to time zones

Windows 10's free upgrade deadline will stretch into July 30, thanks to time zones

Thanks to time zones, Windows 10's free upgrade deadline will extend into July 30 for most of the world. Procrastinators in New Zealand will get tons of extra time, while those in Hawaii get a raw deal.

You have a deadline: Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29

You have a deadline: Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29

Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29. Are you ready? Here's what to expect and how to get ready for it.

HP Chromebook 11 G4 review: This low-cost laptop stands out for its speed and solid construction

HP Chromebook 11 G4 review: This low-cost laptop stands out for its speed and solid construction

HP's Chromebook 11 G4 stands out among affordable Chromebooks. You can't expect all the components to be top-of-the-line, but it offers impressive performance and quality for the price.

The specs and story behind the Roborace autonomous car and its Nvidia Drive PX 2 brains

The specs and story behind the Roborace autonomous car and its Nvidia Drive PX 2 brains

You'll find no driver and no cockpit, but plenty of processing power in Roborace's autonomous racecar, thanks to Nvidia's lunchbox-sized Drive PX 2 supercomputer.

2016 Chevy Volt review: The cult hero of plug-in hybrids reaches for mainstream fame

2016 Chevy Volt review: The cult hero of plug-in hybrids reaches for mainstream fame

The Volt's category-leading 53 miles of EV range automatically sells the car to green-car nerds, but Chevrolet wants more. We drive it seven days and 700 miles to see how it plays out.

Intel’s Brian Krzanich says 5G networking will let millions of drones roam the earth

Intel’s Brian Krzanich says 5G networking will let millions of drones roam the earth

We're not talking "Terminator" (we hope), but we are talking connected everything from toasters to trains, all enabled by the big push for faster, stronger 5G wireless networks.

Lenovo's Tab3 10 for Business brings out the serious side of Android

Lenovo's Tab3 10 for Business brings out the serious side of Android

Starting at $199, this tablet shows that Android has arrived in the corporate world. The Tab3 10 for Business is built to take a full day at the office, with sturdy construction and the enhanced security and manageability of Android...

The Surface Pro shares the Denver Broncos' moment of triumph at Super Bowl 50

The Surface Pro shares the Denver Broncos' moment of triumph at Super Bowl 50

Denver Bronco cornerback Aqib Talib used the Surface Pro's handwriting tools to help celebrate his team's victory, a nice comeback for the Surfacegate-plagued device.

How Ford SYNC 3 works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

How Ford SYNC 3 works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Google and Apple's products are rivals to SYNC 3, but Ford still went to the effort to make it seamless to use them with other SYNC features.

2017 Chevy Bolt drive: This 200-mile EV could cure my range anxiety

2017 Chevy Bolt drive: This 200-mile EV could cure my range anxiety

For everyone who can't afford a Tesla Model S, the Chevy Bolt offers nearly as much range for about $30,000, plus other future-y features that anyone could like.

12 technologies that died in 2015

12 technologies that died in 2015

Some tech died quickly. Some faded away. For better or worse, we look back at what we lost in 2015.

The one thing you must do before upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586

The one thing you must do before upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586

"This is a really great build," says Microsoft's Gabe Aul, but users who already have Build 10581 must proceed with extreme caution.

Meet the first Toyota Mirai and the big, expensive plan to keep this hydrogen car alive

Meet the first Toyota Mirai and the big, expensive plan to keep this hydrogen car alive

The first Mirai can't go far from the sole fueling station available to it. The race is on to build more stations so Toyota can sell more cars.

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