Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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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Microsoft's '12 Days of Faves' deals knock the Surface Laptop 2 price down to a fantastic $799

Microsoft's selected 12 deals for its "12 Faves" holiday deals promotion. A discounted Surface Laptop 2 is by far the best bargain, though a $499 Dell Inspiron 15 and a cheaper Surface Pro 6 are also worth checking out.

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Samsung upgrades its Notebook 9 Pen (2019) with Thunderbolt and a discrete Nvidia GPU

Samsung announces two versions of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen for 2019, with key performance upgrades that include Thuinderbolt and a discrete GPU in the larger 15-inch model.

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Careful! Windows 10's 'Check for updates' button may download beta code

Microsoft reveals that users who manually ask for Windows 10 updates during the latter half of the month may receive code being beta-tested in advance of its official Patch Tuesday.

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A Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers wouldn't work without the Xbox

A Microsoft job posting hints that Microsoft will offer a Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers in the near future. But what consumer services does Microsoft have left to offer?

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The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet

Tested and approved: We'll tell you which USB-C hub to buy for your laptop or tablet, based on our hands-on evaluation of more than a dozen products.

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How fast is 5G? This speed demo gives us an idea

Motorola, Qualcomm, and Verizon show off a prototype 5G MotoMod for the Moto Z3, demoing how fast it is on 5G wireless.

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Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster

We tried the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop, experiencing ARM64-coded versions of the Firefox browser and Chromium. It felt fast, but independent benchmarking will tell more.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx for PCs aims to overcome the performance gap

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx is working hard to convince PC customers that the chip can offer great performance as well as outstanding battery life.

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Watch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855's best new features in action

We go inside Qualcomm's demo room to show you some of the flagship features of the Snapdragon 855, from intelligent audio filtering to 4K HDR video capture.

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Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG

Qualcomm delivers a deep dive on Snapdragon 855, the chip powering most major smartphones. Expect improvements that make phones smarter, with improvements to the camera and video capabilities.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G

Qualcomm executives gathered AT&T, Verizon, and Samsung to promote 5G, the wireless backbone that will connect its next-generation Snapdragon 855 processor for smartphones.

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Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so

Lite appears to be Microsoft's latest attempt to slim down Windows, with the likely goal of taking on Chromebooks.

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Intel publishes its first Modern Windows Driver for PCs, and there's no going back

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update brings with it the first Modern Windows Driver for PCs by Intel. It's a sharp break, as there's no going back to the "legacy" driver model without a support call.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 tablet review: Performance takes a back seat to battery life

Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chip, which enables this Windows tablet to achieve industry-leading battery life at the cost of some performance.

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Microsoft's Cyber Monday laptop deals are going fast—here are the best we found

Microsoft's Cyber Monday deals on third-party laptops include $400 off a good Samsung laptop and some nicely discounted MSI gaming notebooks. It's worth checking out.