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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Windows 10's latest preview takes steps toward a more conversational Cortana

Windows 10 build 19845 for the Fast Ring adds a new Cortana beta, along with a colorful text cursor and improved Narrator capabilities.

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Intel will increase low-end CPU production now that its 10nm Ice Lake transition is complete

Intel's profits and revenue fell during the second quarter, but they were still better than expected. With 10nm production in full swing, Intel is now in a position to attack the low-end processor market once again.

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New Start screens revealed for Windows and Xbox

Microsoft accidentally revealed a new look for the Windows 10 Start screen, and disclosed a redesign of the Xbox home screen, too.

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What Facebook's new government-enforced privacy restrictions mean for you

The Federal Trade Commission slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine for violating a 2012 order governing data privacy. Here's how the new rules governing Facebook's use of app data, facial recognition, passwords, and phone numbers affect you.

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AMD Ryzen 3900X hits $740 on eBay as AMD struggles to deliver its flagship chip

Major retailers are still sold out of AMD's Ryzen 3900X and 3800X CPUs, two weeks after the chips began to ship. That's caused spot prices to spike to $740 on eBay, almost $250 higher than retail.

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How Microsoft made it harder to create Windows 10 local accounts

If you’re thinking about resetting your Windows PC with a local account, consider upgrading to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update first.

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Nvidia models the Apollo 11 moon landing using real-time ray tracing

Nvidia has recreated the Apollo 11 moon landing using its RTX technology, including the lunar lander and Neil Armstrong.

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Buy a year of Microsoft Office 365 Home, and get a $50 gift card from Amazon

If you subscribe to Office 365, you can add a year to your subscription for the same $99 you'd normally pay, plus a $50 Amazon gift card.

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AMD has a loaner program for third-gen Ryzen PCs that won't boot

If you're trying to use AMD's latest Ryzen 3000-series processors with a legacy AM4 motherboard and it won't boot, AMD may be able to loan you a chip until it does.

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The best Prime Day laptop deals that you won't find on Amazon

While Amazon Prime Day may have some great sales, we've begun looking at competing sites like Dell, Newegg, and others for the best laptop PC deals that you won't find on Amazon. Now featuring Newegg's Fantestech sale!

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Amazon's Alexa might be the first thing you see in a future version of Windows 10

Microsoft announces a new build in which third-party assistants like Amazon Alexa could be enabled on the Windows 10 lock screen. Sorry, Cortana.

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Microsoft blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on the Surface Book 2

Microsoft puts the Windows 10 May 2019 Update on hold for Surface Book 2 owners until it can work out a GPU issue.

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AMD officially hires Alienware's Frank Azor as its new gaming chief

AMD has hired Frank Azor as its chief architect of gaming solutions.

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Intel connects 64 Loihi 'brain chips' together and hands them off to researchers

Intel has connected 64 Loihi neuromorphic processors together in its Nahuku board, and provided them to researchers for their own simulations. A network consisting of 100 million simulated neurons will debut later this year.

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Acer Swift 7 (July 2019) review: The ultimate thin-and-light laptop's flaw is still performance

Acer's Swift 7 (July 2019) is a fantastically thin and light PC that performs well enough for everyday use. But if you demand more, look elsewhere.