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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Neonode AirBar review: Transform your plain-Jane display into a 'touchscreen,' for just $69

Neonode's AirBar promises to add touchscreen capabilities to an older laptop or monitor for just $69. And by golly, it works.

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Tobii Eye Tracker 4C hands-on: Mousing with your eyes has surprising potential for gaming

Tobii's latest eye tracker, the 4C, allows your gaze to serve both as an "eye mouse" as well as a gaming peripheral. It's as intriguing as ever, but it has yet to overcome its basic flaws.

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Microsoft's biggest wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2016

Microsoft's 2016 was busy. From the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to Surfacegate and Windows phones' cliff dive, here the company's best, worst, and ugliest moments of the year.

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Xbox One update turbocharges downloads for virtually all users

A new system update can speed up your Xbox One downloads by up to 80 percent.

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Microsoft Edge will give you the option to block Flash where you want

Microsoft said it will take a harsher stance towards Adobe Flash, with a roadmap towards replacing it with HTML5 content and allowing users to block Flash entirely from specific sites.


Microsoft sets the stage for Cortana-powered smart devices

Microsoft's making several under-the-hood improvements to Cortana, not the least of which will be an SDK for (finally!) consumer devices powered by the technology.


AMD shows how Zen—now renamed Ryzen—is its best chip family in a decade

AMD revealed key details about its first Zen-based processor, code-named Summit Ridge: its clock speed, the underlying SenseMI technologies that make it tick. Zen also gets a new brand name, Ryzen.

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$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Microsoft deals

Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals" contain some hidden gems, including $1,000 off selected PCs, discounts on Groove Music and Xbox Live Gold, as well as sweet stocking stuffers. Today's deal: a $49 tablet. Skip it! We have a better offer.

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Microsoft's vision for LinkedIn is about tying its business data into Office and other services

As the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal closes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlines how Office 365 workers will benefit from mining LinkedIn's store of digital intelligence and making connections, whether for career goals or data analysis.

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Microsoft-Qualcomm deal finally puts Windows 10 and Win32 apps on ARM devices

Microsoft and Qualcomm have teamed up to bring Windows on ARM chips—again—to PCs, but with a powerful caveat: they've added support for traditional Win32 apps as well.

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Intel, Microsoft renew 'Wintel' partnership with Project Evo and VR specs for PCs

Microsoft and Intel will team up on "Project Evo" to help future computers better understand the world around them. Plus: The two companies release hardware specs for new PCs designed for virtual reality.

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New Windows 10 Insider Build allows you to shut down your PC with your voice

Build 14986 of Windows 10 for desktop PCs contains a ton of improvements, most centered around improving Cortana's intelligence. Windows Ink, the Game Bar, Windows Defender, and many more have all received upgrades.

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Report: Microsoft's Home Hub will chase Amazon's Alexa and Echo as a software service

A Windows Central report suggests that Microsoft is indeed developing a smart-home solution, though its Home Hub may be a Windows 10 service rather than a device.

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Asus Transformer Mini review: This 2-in-1 delivers good-enough computing on the cheap

The Asus Transformer Mini (T102HA) looks awful on paper, but stellar battery life and a well-designed exterior still make this affordable Surface clone worth a look.

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Report: Intel plans to make the Core i7 the brains behind self-driving cars

After committing $250 million to self-driving cars earlier this month, it appears Intel is joining forces with Delphi and ex-Tesla partner Mobileye.