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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Intel kills its standalone Project Alloy VR headset, as PC-powered VR wins out

Intel has decided not to go forward with the Project Alloy VR headset it launched with great fanfare in 2016, citing a lack of customer interest.

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Intel may tie future Core CPUs to the VR trend with dedicated features

Intel's virtual-reality chief says that the company is eyeing dedicated logic blocks in its Core PC microprocessors that will be specifically designed to optimize VR for even cheap notebooks.

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Comcast quietly acquires Stringify and will use the IFTTT rival to power its Xfinity Home smart-home platform

Stringify-the automation tool that's more powerful, but less well known than IFTTT-will be incorporated into Comcast's smart-home system.

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Shopping site leaks Microsoft Surface Pro LTE price, features, and December ship date

Microsoft's expected to announce a Surface Pro with LTE at the end of October in the U.K., and a U.K. shopping site has already published prices and configurations.

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Windows 10: Microsoft promises to fix an ongoing game-stuttering problem

Microsoft says it's aware that games may stutter within the current Windows 10 Creators Update, and that it's working on a fix.

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Comcast is the fastest broadband ISP, and T-Mobile is the fastest wireless carrier, Ookla says

Millions of tests conducted by consumers themselves named Comcast as the fastest broadband ISP, and T-Mobile as the fastest wireless carrier.

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Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect

Google will turn off its Drive app for PCs and Macs, replacing it with two new cloud-storage apps: Backup and Sync for consumers, and Drive File Stream for business.

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Just how partisan is Facebook's fake news? We tested it

Using fake Facebook accounts, we discovered that the content Facebook shows conservatives and liberals is significantly different, with far more spin and fake news pushed at Trump supporters.

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Lenovo's Superfish bloatware scandal reveals a sneaky tactic we thought Microsoft had started

The VisualDiscovery Superfish adware that Lenovo loaded on to thousands of laptops not only slowed browsing but also used a sneaky opt-in practice that Microsoft later used with Windows 10.

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Windows 10 S review: Microsoft's OS for students is hard to love

Microsoft may have designed Windows 10 S for students, but a shortage of available hardware and restrictive apps policies earns it a barely-passing grade.

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The Microsoft-Amazon deal leaves Cortana speakers with one advantage: Skype

Putting Cortana on Amazon devices, and Alexa on Windows PCs, would seem to doom Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered smart speaker. But Skype may be the secret sauce that saves it.

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Microsoft pushes Windows mixed reality with two tiers of PCs and a Halo game tease

Microsoft says that Lenovo, Acer, HP and Dell will be showing off mixed-reality devices at IFA this week. For its part, Microsoft revealed the first wave of MR content partners.

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Windows 10: Microsoft, nearly finalizing the Fall Creators Update, teases a mixed-reality future

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Build 16273 for PCs, with a sweet new mixed-reality mode, a Windows 10 S trial, and even a surprisingly interesting new font.

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Intel's 8th-gen Core CPUs could boost laptop performance by 40 percent

Intel has officially launched its 8th-generation Core chips for ultrabooks, which will include an unexpected "refresh" of the current Kaby Lake chips, plus future appearances by Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake -- and maybe an updated Microsoft Surface Book, too?

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How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K

Everything you need to know to figure out device support between newer and older devices, and setting it up with Windows or Android devices.