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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How to make a funny Zoom background to entertain your friends and coworkers

A Zoom background hides your clutter and can entertain your friends and coworkers. Here's how to do it, with either a still image or video.

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Microsoft unveils new Microsoft Teams features, including one that filters out background noise

Microsoft will be rolling out new features to Microsoft Teams over the course of the year to help remote workers, including the ability to filter out background noise and work offline.

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Intel's 'Pohoiki Springs' network of brain chips may be asked to help fight coronavirus

Intel has shipped the next iteration of its Loihi neuromorphic systems, which has been combines 768 Lohi chips into a rack with the computational intelligence of a mole rat.

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Slack reworks its interface to reorganize the sidebar and emphasize apps

The popular enterprise messaging and collaboration app gets a face-lift to encourage users to use third-party integrated apps and reorganize the navigation sidebar how they'd like.

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The backbone of the Xbox Series X's ultra-fast storage technology is coming to Windows

Microsoft confirms that DirectStorage, part of the Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture, will arrive on Windows 10 gaming PCs in the future.

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Microsoft finally hits its goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10

Microsoft originally thought 1 billion PCs, servers, and phones would be running Windows 10 in three years after its launch. Things moved a bit more slowly than planned.

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Intel teaches its Loihi brain chip to smell

Intel says it was worked with Cornell University to help its Loihi neuromorphic chip model how the human brain interprets smells.

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Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft's board to pursue charity work

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has stepped down from Microsoft's board of directors to pursue his work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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How the Linux kernel will work in Windows 10's next big update

The Linux kernel and any updates to it within Windows 10's Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 will now be handled via Windows Update, Microsoft said Friday.

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Samsung Galaxy Book S review: Incredible battery life, WWAN options sell this on-the-go PC

Samsung's Galaxy Book S laptop uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip, trading middling performance for a number of features that make on-the-go computing a snap.

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Update: Google and Microsoft are scaring consumers over Edge extensions, and for what?

The new Edge browser can use Chrome extensions, but users risk being scared away by security warnings from both Google and Microsoft.

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AMD talks PC GPU ray tracing as it looks to the future of Ryzen and Radeon

AMD looks ahead five years as it discusses the future of its Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs, its Epyc server processors, and the underlying technologies it will be using to advance all of them.

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Microsoft's solution for COVID-19 is a free Teams subscription for six months

Microsoft is adding a new six-month trial of Office 365 that includes premium features of Microsoft Teams, as a way for employees to remain productive during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Windows 10 20H1 review: Microsoft boosts Linux and Your Phone, but Cortana slips hard

Microsoft's Windows 10 20H1 update, aka version 2004, pumps up Linux and the Your Phone integration to Android phones. But Microsoft also fumbles Cortana's transition to a standalone app.

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Microsoft shows a future Windows 10's Start menu based on icons, not Live Tiles

Microsoft showed off a possible future Start menu for Windows 10 that's based on the Windows 10X icons Microsoft plans to roll out this holiday season with the Surface Neo.