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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Hands-on: Sony N is a Google Glass for your neck, with an assistant named Nigel

Sony formally unveiled its N wearable on Thursday night, complete with a digital assistant named Nigel. You can't buy it, but you may try it if you sign up for Sony's beta program.

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The Windows weakness no one mentions: Speech recognition

Microsoft has buried dictation capabilities within Windows for a decade. Isn't it time that Microsoft put speech recognition front and center as a productivity assistant for Microsoft Office?

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Surface AIO rumors intensify with FCC filings for Surface-colored mouse, keyboard

Pictures of what appears to be a Surface-themed mouse and keyboard have appeared on the FCC's site, solid circumstantial evidence that a Surface all-in-one may be nearing completion.

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Google's new Pixel phone includes a dedicated adapter to transfer data from older phones

The Pixel's new Quick Switch Adapter provides a quick and easy way to move data from an older iPhone or Android device to your new Pixel phone.

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Google launches two Pixel phones, the showcase for Google Assistant

Google ushered in the next wave of Google smartphones with the Pixel and the Pixel XL, both of which will be powered by Google's new interactive Google Assistant.

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Could Cortana 2.0 be a chatbot? Microsoft's new AI chief hasn't ruled it out

As Microsoft considers bringing its successful Chinese chatbot to the United States, Cortana's new chief says that there will be more than one kind of intelligent agent in Microsoft's future.

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Microsoft combines Cortana and Bing with Microsoft Research to accelerate new features

On Thursday, Microsoft moved Cortana and Bing into a new organization that combines the two product groups with Microsoft Research. Both products could benefit from closer proximity to the company's most advanced technologies.

HP rethinks its ink policy, allowing third-party ink again

Responding to customer outrage, HP will offer an optional firmware update reinstating customers' ability to use third-party ink cartridges.

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Microsoft's FPGA-powered supercomputers can translate Wikipedia faster than you can blink

At its Ignite conference, Microsoft demonstrated its new server technology that uses field-programmable logic chips as the foundation for a new "A.I. supercomputer."

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Microsoft debuts new Office 365 app for bartenders, burger flippers

Microsoft's new Office 365 app helps hourly workers to manage their shift work, which should please the millions of Americans who work as waiters, busboys, retail employees, and more.

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Microsoft-Nissan partnership treats cars like PCs

Nissan's car of the future will use Microsoft's Azure cloud services to pay tolls, transfer settings between cars, and even—gulp!—possibly bring Office features to the dashboard.

Acer Liquid Jade Primo mouse keyboard

Acer Liquid Jade Primo review: Acer bets big on a Windows phone as your next PC

Acer's Liquid Jade Primo smartphone goes all in to replace your PC, bundling a phone, keyboard, mouse, and dock together. We put that daring concept to the test.

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More than half of PCs don't have Windows 10 AU yet, and no one's quite sure why

Microsoft's go-slow approach to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update means the majority of PCs haven't received it yet, according to a new report.

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The so-called Universal Stylus Initiative launches without the three biggest players

The Universal Stylus Initiative released its first specification for generic digital styluses, suggesting a future where they'll be as commonplace as the mouse. However, the three biggest players—Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung—have yet to sign on.

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Hands-on: Google Assistant's Allo chatbot outdoes Cortana, Siri as your digital pal

First there was Google Now. Next, Google's new Allo app includes Google Assistant, a capable digital personality that is eager to assist.