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 overhauls Meet to thrust participants into the spotlight

Google Meet's user interface is adding features like autozoom, low-light enhancement, and video backgrounds.

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Apple iPad Pro vs. Surface Go 2 and Surface Pro 7+: The specs, compared

We compare the specs of the new Apple iPad Pro (2021) versus two of the best Windows tablets: the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ and Surface Go 2.

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Report: Microsoft is in talks to buy Discord for over $10 billion

Discord, the gaming chat app, is reportedly in acquisition talks with Microsoft for over $10 billion. The deal would give Microsoft a social network that boosts its PC gaming aspirations.

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Inexplicably, Apple's new M1 iMac doesn't include face logins

Apple once again introduced a line of new devices—iMacs and iPads—without Face ID, its version of Windows Hello.

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New Outlook setting cuts video meetings short to reduce stress

Microsoft researchers have proven that back-to-back meetings without a break can increase stress, so it's building breaks into Outlook.

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What are the new Surface Edition chips in the Surface Laptop 4?

Microsoft has published the specifications of both the semi-custom Ryzen 5 4680U Surface Edition, and the Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition chips found in the Surface Laptop 4.

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Microsoft launches Kids Mode for Edge: Here's how to use it

The new Microsoft Edge Kids Mode provides a whitelisted web for your kids to browse, complete with some fun, custom themes.

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Chip shortages will continue until 2023, superfoundry TSMC says

TSMC makes the chips that Nvidia, Qualcomm, Apple, and others design. And it has bad news: The chip shortage will continue for another couple of years.

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Surface Laptop 4: Should you buy the AMD or Intel version?

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is available with either an Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake Core or an AMD Ryzen Surface Edition chip inside. Which should you buy? Microsoft has some fairly specific advice.

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Why doesn't the Surface Laptop 4 have the latest Ryzen processors?

Microsoft said that it's continuing to develop Surface Edition processors for its Surface Laptop 4, and that being a generation behind is justified by the improvements the chips add versus the current AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile.

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Microsoft didn't lie: The Surface Laptop 4 really is twice as fast

We put the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 and its Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition chip through a battery of early tests. How fast is it? Is it worth your money? Check out our benchmarks and decide.

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Microsoft's Modern peripherals include a 1080p webcam, headsets and a speaker

Microsoft's Modern lineup of PC peripherals include a webcam, two headsets, the Surface Headphones 2+, and a USB-C speaker.

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Microsoft launches Surface Laptop 4 with huge performance, battery life claims

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 promises performance and battery life improvements over a range of Intel Core and AMD Ryzen Surface Edition chips.

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Should you buy a Thunderbolt display? Pros, cons, and what to buy

The Thunderbolt port is appearing more and more on laptops, docks, and displays. But should you buy a Thunderbolt display? We'll go over the pros and cons.

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How to pick the perfect password

What's the best password? We'll show you the rules and strategies we'd recommend to pick a safe, strong password that will keep your data secure.