Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.


Kim Stevenson's exit from Intel hints at problems in its PC business

The second-in-command of Intel's PC chip business, Kim Stevenson, has left the company unexpectedly.

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Windows 10 Build 15031 slips in handy video and auto-locking features ahead of Creators Update

With Windows 10 Insider Build 15031, Microsoft has added two nice improvements to Windows 10: a feature to auto-lock your PC when you step away, and a capability to strip out video into a small, floating window.

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The best consumer antivirus products of 2016 are Avira and Norton, test labs say

AV-Test and AV-Comparatives have published their end-of-year awards for the best antimalware products of 2016, selecting Symantec's Norton and Avira as the ones to buy.

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If you've ever owned a PC with a DVD drive, you may get a $10 settlement

A proposed class-action settlement will pay you $10 per DVD drive that you purchased, either separately or as part of a PC, between 2003 and 2008.

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Intel packs a tablet chip from yesteryear inside New Balance's new RunIQ smartwatch

Yes, smartwatches like the New Balance RunIQ are growing more powerful every day. But when they start using former phone and tablet processors like the Atom, things can get a little crazy.

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Windows 10's Creators Update bug bash begins, signalling an end to new feature releases

Windows 10's milestone bug bash lets us know that Microsoft's moving into the final, bug-fixing phase of the Windows 10 Creators Update development process.

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AMD confirms its Ryzen CPU will launch in early March, followed by the Vega GPU

AMD confirmed earlier reports that its Ryzen chip would launch in early March, followed by its Vega GPU chip a quarter later.

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Hands-on: HP's Lap Dock helps your Windows Phone feel more like a real PC

HP's Lap Dock is an elegant way to dock your Windows phone to a convenient laptop form factor. For all of its class, however, it hides a few nitpicks and a more serious flaw.

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Microsoft's mysterious 'Windows Cloud' could be the second coming of Windows RT

What could be a new version of Windows has surfaced deep inside recent Insider builds of Windows 10. One report suggests that it could be a UWP-only version of Windows: Windows RT 2.0, in other words.

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Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun

Irony: Microsoft's Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019 for the PC offers some much-anticipated gaming features, but a small horde of bugs could make some games unplayable. From Microsoft's perspective, it's all part of the beta-testing journey.

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Gears of War 4 adds multiplayer crossplay for Windows 10, Xbox One gamers

Gears of War 4 expands crossplay to Social Quickplay, giving Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers the ability to face off, just not in ranked competition.

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Subscriptions nourish Microsoft while its hardware businesses go hungry

Microsoft and Wall Street are in love with Microsoft's software and services, especially Office 365 and Azure. a closer look at the numbers reveals problems with here problems with Microsoft's hardware business that should be rooted out?

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Windows 10 Creators Update could ship March 31, and we're already worried about bugs

Clues point to an end-of-March launch for Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update, based on planned ship dates for the closely aligned Surface Studio and Dell Canvas products. Given the bugginess of the Anniversary Update last July, however, we'd advise Microsoft not to rush.

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New Windows 10 preview build focuses on PC gaming with Game Mode, Beam, Game Settings

Microsoft says that big updates will drop later this week for Xbox One and Windows 10 Insiders, with PC gamers receiving the new Game Mode, Beam streaming, and improved Settings, among others.

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Microsoft's mobile apps will get better image capture and OCR via the Office Lens camera app

Microsoft's Office Lens camera app is now a part of both Word and PowerPoint for iOS and Android. It will become really useful, though, once true OCR machine-reading capabilities are added.