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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Amazon's Alexa app headed to Windows PCs, exposing Cortana's smart-home weakness

Major PC makers like Asus, Acer, and HP will use Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, highlighting Microsoft's weakness in natural language and smart-home control.

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Intel launches five Core chips with Radeon graphics from rival AMD

Intel unveils the speeds, feeds, and prices of the 8th-gen Intel Core with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or what some are calling Kaby Lake-G. The new chips will appear in notebooks from Dell and HP, plus new Intel NUCs.

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HP recalls 50,000 batteries from consumer notebooks after meltdowns are reported

HP has recalled 50,000 notebook batteries sold in the last two years from popular notebooks including the x360, Pavilion, and Envy series, after several reports of batteries' charring and and even melting.

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Intel responds to the CPU kernel bug, claiming its patches will make PCs 'immune'

Intel acknowledged that a CPU kernel bug, being referred to as a side-channel analysis exploit, has the potential to affect chips from ARM and AMD. Patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities may carry performance penalties of between 0 and 30 percent.

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Blade's Shadow cloud PC service reinvents cloud gaming one more time

Blade, a French startup, is launching a cloud PC service that's optimized for PC gaming, in the spirit of such failed pioneers as OnLive.

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Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 review: A superb Windows tablet with subpar battery life

The Lenovo Miix 520 is one of the best two-in-one Windows tablets we've seen, powered by a new 8th-generation Core chip. Its only big flaw is relatively poor battery life.

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Why Microsoft's Groove Music app is the forgotten MP3 player you still need

Remixes, mashups, live tracks: Here's why you'll want to store your archived MP3s on OneDrive and access them via Windows 10's Groove Music app—even if you have a Spotify subscription.

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Eye tracking within Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is an assistive technology with potential

Microsoft's Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 includes a beta of an eye-tracking technology, called Eye Control. What could be a solid eye tracker falls short due to an apparent bug.

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How to use Microsoft's Paint 3D: Creating cool 3D scenes has never been so much fun

We'll show you how Windows 10's Paint 3D app works, as well as the easy way to create fun 3D objects and scenes.

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Microsoft 2017 in review: Wins, fails, and WTF moments

Microsoft's 2017 was a rocky one, from the Surface Laptop to the death of Windows phones. Here are the best, worst, and WTF moments of 2017.

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Massive Windows Insider build finally adds Timeline and Sets, revamps My People and more

Microsoft's Windows 10 Insider Build 17063 adds the long-awaited Timeline and Sets features, plus solid under-the-hood additions including a Windows Update taskbar icon, scaling improvements, and cellular data metering.

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The 'always-connected PC' is coming, but its full cost remains unknown

Always-connected PCs that use eSIMs and cellular data to connect laptops and notebooks are being eagerly embraced by Qualcomm, Microsoft, Intel, and others. Expect to see them at CES and in 2018.

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Microsoft takes $550 off the Alienware 15 gaming laptop as time runs out on PC deals

Microsoft's PC bargain bin of PC sales and tech deals is emptying out, but there's still some excellent discounts to be had on gaming laptops like the Alienware 15, plus other tech.

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How Microsoft is wading into 'fake news' with Bing opinion-based search results

Certain questions have one answer, not two. Yet Microsoft seems inclined to offer conflicting opinions within the upcoming revamp to its Bing search engine.

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Microsoft knocks $550 off the fantastic Dell XPS 13 as last-minute PC deals get crazier

Microsoft's actively promoting $200 off its Surface Pro tablet. But far better deals are found under the covers, including a big discount on the top-rated Dell XPS 9360, and a deal on the Dell XPS 15 9560.