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.


AMD acknowledges 3rd-gen Ryzen boost bug, says fix is coming September 10

AMD says that it will provide a BIOS fix to address reports that its 3rd-gen Ryzen chips can't hit advertised turbo boost speeds.

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New Windows 10 build merges tablet, desktop experience

Windows 10 build 18970 does away with the traditional tablet UI on two-in-one PCs. A new cloud reset option has been added as well.

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If you're interested in a Microsoft Surface, now's the time to buy

As Microsoft quietly prepares to launch new Surface devices in October, retailers are busy trying to unload current hardware like the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and more.

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A new 32-core AMD Threadripper appears on benchmark site

AMD has promised more details on a new Threadripper chip soon; is it possible that this 32-core chip is it?

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AMD settles Bulldozer class-action suit that could pay out up to $35 per chip

AMD settled a suit claiming that its Bulldozer chip was misportrayed as having eight cores instead of four. The $12.1 million in compensation works out to about $35 per chip.

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Dark mode is coming to Office on the web, plus Outlook for iOS and Android

Dark mode arrives in the mobile version of Outlook today, Microsoft said, and will be extended to other Office apps for iOS once iOS 13 drops.

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Hands on with the next Microsoft Edge, Microsoft's revamped Chromium-based browser

Microsoft recently issued a beta of the new Microsoft Edge, which is built on Chromium, the engine behind Google's Chrome. Here's what we found when we dug in.

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Microsoft signals probable Surface launch event for Oct. 2

Microsoft has notified reporters to save the date for an Oct,. 2 event in New York City, almost certainly setting the stage for new Surface hardware plus an update to Microsoft's Windows 10 strategy.

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How the lack of pay-as-you-go SIMs are thwarting the always-connected PC

PC makers have begun adding SIM slots to some laptops. But a lack of flexible, affordable pricing plans is killing the always-connected PC before it has a chance to flourish.

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Intel announces Comet Lake, a faster, 10th-gen Whiskey Lake chip for mainstream laptops

Intel's new Comet Lake processor is essentially a faster version of Whiskey Lake with some 10th-gen features added to it, forming the foundation of business notebook PCs and some mainstream laptops.

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Intel reveals more about its Lakefield stacked CPU, due to ship in late 2019

Intel pegged late 2019 to ship its Lakefield technology, which stacks Sunny Cove and Atom CPUs to share the processing load. We expect it to be used for thin-and-light laptops.

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Microsoft Edge in Chromium goes beta, and Microsoft says it's ready for everyday use

Microsoft unveils a beta channel for everyday users to try Microsoft Edge, built on its new Chromium foundation.

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Cerebras Systems' new deep-learning chip is as big as your keyboard, and the largest ever

Cerebras Systems announces the largest chip ever made: its trillion-transistor chip is a neural-network processor that measures inches on a side and requires water cooling.

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AMD: Next-gen Threadripper is coming, next-gen CrossFire probably isn't

AMD chief executive Lisa Su says that improving performance is becoming more complex, before reassuring customers again that the company hasn't given up on Threadripper.

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New Windows 10 build adds GPU temp monitoring, desktop renaming, and Settings updates

Microsoft announces Windows 10 build 18963 in the 20H1 feature track, adding small but notable improvements to the Task Manager, Windows Search, Settings, and virtual desktops.