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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Minecraft's Java version will require a Microsoft account to play

Mojang's original version of Minecraft, which millions play, will now require a Microsoft to play for security's sake, Microsoft says.

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Acer Swift 3 review: Great features outweigh disappointing performance

Acer's Swift 3 nails the basics of a great laptop: a great keyboard, an excellent display, and superb battery life. Performance, though, holds it back.

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The Acer Swift 3x boasts Intel's new Iris Xe Max discrete GPU

Acer's latest Swift 3x includes the Iris Xe Max GPU, which a report says is the Iris Xe HPG that Intel disclosed earlier this year

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Qualcomm's slower Snapdragon 7c feels like a fit for Acer's Chromebook Spin 5

Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips have struggled to succeed within Windows PCs. Acer's new Chromebook Spin 5, which includes the Snapdragon 7c, feels much more suitable.

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Reviewed: Windows 10 October 2020 Update inches in the right direction

Microsoft's fall update to Windows 10, the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2), improves the Alt+Tab functionality, makes the Start menu less attractive, and makes the new Edge browser official.

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The Windows 10 October 2020 Update is now available to all

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2020 Update is available to all now, either to download manually or wait until it's pushed to your PC in a few weeks.

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Intel sells its faltering SSD business to SK Hynix

Intel bails out of the flash and SSD market, leaving unknown SSD powerhouse SK to grow even bigger. Oddly, though, the deal won't formally close until 2025.

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DOJ sues Google: Let's break down the government's case

The U.S. Department of Justice and several states have sued Google, alleging that the search provider uses its dominant position on the desktop and on mobile to preserve its market share to the detriment of competitors.

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Unexpected Office web apps in Windows 10's Start menu said to be a bug

A source close to Microsoft said that Office apps that unexpectedly appeared in the Windows Start menu were due to a bug that's being fixed.

Government warns of remote attack against Windows PCs editing iPhone video

The U.S. government is warning users that a vulnerability in how Windows PCs handle an HEVC video codec used by Apple iPhones could be used to take over their PCs.

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How to switch from Windows 10 in S Mode to Windows 10 Home

What it will cost (if anything) to move from Microsoft's Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro depends on what you buy and where you bought it. Updated to note Microsoft's extended upgrade period to Windows 10 Pro.

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Vivaldi bundles a video game right into the browser

Vivaldi's latest browser for the desktop and Android phones adds a dedicated video game, Vivaldia. There's also a handy new feature to refresh tabs automatically.

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Surface Laptop Go review: Microsoft delivers a decent budget PC

The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft's most accessible Surface yet, a very good budget laptop that can compete against other midrange models. Even compromises like its fingerprint reader and a sub-1080p screen surprisingly work.

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Dell discounts Alienware gaming laptops by $1,000 for Prime Day

Dell is offering some excellent deals in conjunction with Prime Day, with discounts on Alienware gaming laptops, curved monitors, and XPS laptops.

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Don't tell your kids that they can play Xbox games on their Chromebooks

Microsoft's Xbox cloud gaming service runs on Android, and Android runs on most modern Chromebooks. So all your kids need is a controller and an Xbox Game Pass subscription, and they can turn their Chromebook into a gaming PC.