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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Intel ushers responsive Optane memory into laptops with Core i5+, i7+, and i9+ brands

Intel is showing off "Optane Inside" notebooks and desktops with a new "plus" brand, such as "Core i7+".

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Microsoft executive shakeup signals big changes for Windows, Office and more

Microsoft announced that Terry Myerson, its head of Windows and Devices, would leave the company. Rajesh Jha, his replacement, will be asked to develop a more cohesive experience among Windows, Office, apps, and devices.

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AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, but says they'll be fixed soon via routine BIOS updates

AMD has issued its response to the Ryzenfall vulnerabilities discovered by CTS-Labs, and it sounds like they can be patched rather routinely.

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AMD's Ryzen, Epyc security co-processor and chipset have major flaws, researchers claim

A little-known security firm claims that AMD's Ryzen and Epyc architectures are subject to major exploitable flaws. While AMD said it hasn't had time to confirm or deny the claims, two independent firms have confirmed at least some of the vulnerabilities.

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Microsoft: Windows 10's installation time will be short enough for your lunch break

While the Windows 10 Creators Update last March could require more than 80 minutes to install, the next update to Windows 10 could take a mere half-hour.

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Microsoft tries forcing Mail users to open links in Edge, and people are freaking out

Microsoft says it's testing a change to the Mail app on a small set of users, requiring them to use Edge to open external links. No one's happy.


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Meltdown/Spectre: Intel plans changes to protect future chips

Intel has finished patching five years' worth of chips against Spectre and Meltdown. But the chip giant will still need to redesign its upcoming chips to protect against possible exploits.

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Microsoft knocks a stunning 31.4% off Pi Day laptop deals

Microsoft is celebrating Pi Day with significant discounts on 69 laptops and desktops at the Microsoft Store, including $314 machines and laptops more heavily discounted than they are even during holiday sales.

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Microsoft expands Spectre, Meltdown patches to include Windows 7/8.1, more Intel chips

Add Windows 7, Windows 8.1 to the list of Microsoft operating systems protected against Spectre and Meltdown, as well as the Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Skylake chips from Intel.

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Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA) review: Is this convertible the future of Android tablets?

The Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA offers excellent value as both a Chromebook and Android tablet, powered by a newly branded Google OP1 microprocessor that gets the job done.

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Microsoft Teams marks its first birthday with a roadmap designed to battle Slack

Microsoft Teams will automatically translate and transcribe video chats in the future, one of several handy features to avoid the drudgery of video conferencing.

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Intel issues Meltdown/Spectre fixes for Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge as patch effort winds down

Intel has issued patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities to PCs using its Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge families of Core microprocessors, leaving just a few niche chips left to patch.

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Microsoft expects the 'majority of customers' to use Windows 10's S mode

Though just a few devices use Windows 10 S today, a senior Windows executive has made the bold claim that the majority of Microsoft customers will use Windows 10's new S modeā€”but if they don't like it, they'll be allowed to upgrade for free.

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Windows 10's Sets will reappear in the fall Insider builds, with support for legacy apps

Microsoft said Wednesday that its tabbed interface for Windows 10, known as Sets, is returning in the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 5 release. New improvements include support for legacy Win32 apps.