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.

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Windows 10 Creators Update could take months to roll out, data suggests

Data released by AdDuplex suggests that it took up to three months for most users to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and the same could go for the upcoming Creators Update.

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Microsoft says it's blocking Windows 7, 8 patches on latest AMD, Intel chips

Microsoft takes the rather harsh step of blocking Windows updates to those who try to run Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen chips.

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Opera really wants you to use ad blocking, considers making it a default feature

Upset that not enough users are blocking ads, Opera says it may switch its ad-blocking preference to being on by default.

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AMD reveals Ryzen 5 prices as it sidesteps performance questions

We now know Ryzen 5's prices (starting at $169) and release date (April 11). What we still don't know is the performance.

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Microsoft Teams: What to expect if your company switches

Microsoft Teams, the new chat and collaboration software, goes live today for Office 365 customers. Here's what to expect if your company adopts it.

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Windows Vista has just 30 days to live

Microsoft's extended support for Windows Vista runs out on April 11, and that's probably a good thing.

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How to remove ransomware: Use this battle plan to fight back

Ransomware has exploded onto the PC. We'll show you what to do to avoid it, remove it, and—if necessary—even negotiate with its authors.

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Beyond lithium-ion: Researchers reveal a safer, longer-lasting, solid-state battery alternative

A pair of UT Austin researchers, including the co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, have developed a solid-state battery that can store more energy and is said to be safer than the batteries used in today's phones and tablets.

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AMD's CEO says patches will boost Ryzen gaming performance: It 'will only get better'

If you were baffled by how poorly AMD's Ryzen chip did in low-end PC gaming, you weren't alone. AMD says the problems lie with developers, who will issue patches to fix the situation.

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AMD teases Ryzen 5, Zen 2 plans as it begins shipping its first Ryzen 7 chips

As AMD's first Ryzen chips begin arriving in customers' hands, the company opens up about its plans for Ryzen 5, Ryzen 3, future Zen architectures, and why Ryzen's performance is lower than Intel's Core chips in a few key areas.

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Why AMD had to change the Zen name to Ryzen for its new chip

AMD branded its Zen chip architecture to Ryzen to provide a defensible trademark, crossing a space probe with Japanese Buddhist calligraphy.

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AMD's Ryzen launches March 2, outperforming Intel's Core i7 at a fraction of the price

With an aggressive mix of price and performance, AMD's Ryzen will charge into the high-end PC processor space next week. Analysts say Intel may be forced onto the defensive.

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Stretchy OLED technology could pave way for new smart fabrics, wearables, even tablets

Michigan State University researchers have come up with something new in foldable displays: a foldable, stretchable OLED circuit that can be printed using a conventional inkjet printer.

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The 7 security threats to technology that scare experts the most

Researchers from the SANS Institute outline the top seven threats that security researchers dread this year—and ransomware's just the beginning.

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Microsoft's Email Insights finally adds some useful search smarts to Outlook

Email Insights, a new app from the Microsoft Garage, brings your most relevant email search results to the top of your Outlook inbox.