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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Google Meet for G Suite adds custom backgrounds, larger gallery view

Google Meet is going back to school with new features for G Suite for Education: background blurring, custom backgrounds, a shared whiteboard and more.

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AMD's Ryzen exceeds its '25x20' power efficiency challenge

In 2014, AMD challenged itself to improve the energy efficiency of its microprocessors by 25X by 2020. On Thursday, the company said it had exceeded that goal.

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Opera integrates Twitter into new Opera 69 browser

Opera has added Twitter to its stable of third-party messaging apps in its Opera 69 browser, along with some UI improvements.

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What Apple could learn from Microsoft's mistakes with Windows on ARM

Mac users will have to choose between an X86 processor and Apple's own ARM silicon beginning this fall. Here's what Windows did wrong in expanding into ARM processors, and how Apple could learn from its mistakes.

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Microsoft is getting rid of one version of Skype

Microsoft is clearing up Windows 10's app clutter by consolidating Skype for Desktop into Skype for Windows 10.

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Acer's $999 Swift 5 could be the first Tiger Lake ultralight laptop

The Acer Swift 5 has always aimed to be one of thinnest and lightest laptops around. But now, it seems, there's an Intel Tiger Lake chip and a next-gen Nvidia GPU under the hood.

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Apple drops Intel: Transition to ARM processors in Macs will start later in 2020

Apple says that over the next two years its Mac lineup will migrate from Intel CPUs to its own in-house ARM silicon.

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Microsoft ships expanded Microsoft Teams for consumers

Microsoft is tying together work and personal productivity experiences by renaming Office 365 as "Microsoft 365," adding a consumer version of Teams, and unveiling new AI-powered features for Office apps.


Microsoft kills Mixer streaming service, sending fans to Facebook

Microsoft gives up on its Twitch livestreaming platform and will redirect fans to Facebook Gaming instead, beginning July 22.

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Opera's GX gaming browser integrates Discord, adds 'hot tab' killer

As Opera's Opera GX gaming browser celebrates its one-year birthday, it adds support for the popular chat community, Discord.

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Which Internet providers are lifting data caps during the coronavirus, and which aren't

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are lifting data caps during the coronavirus and providing discounts to new customers. Others aren't. We break it down.

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Microsoft Edge uses less memory in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update

Microsoft Edge is taking advantage of a new segment heap memory improvement in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update to increase its efficiency.

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Google Meet is now free for everyone, as the pursuit of Zoom continues

Google is moving its Google Meet videoconferencing service out of its paid G Suite tier, and making it free in an effort to lure consumers and enterprise customers alike. It's npw integrated into Gmail for the web, Android and iOS.

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Windows 10's Linux subsystem gets GPU compute and an easier install in new preview

Microsoft's latest Insider Build 20150 allows you to install the Windows Subsystem for Linx 2 via a typed command, and adds GPU compute support via Nvidia's CUDA.

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Windows 10's May 2020 Update borks pooled Storage Spaces

When using Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2020 Update, a pool of shared storage using Storage Spaces may not be accessible.