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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USB 3.2's horrible new branding scheme may create confusion for PC buyers

By lumping three different USB specifications under the USB 3.2 umbrella, PC makers have an opportunity to play fast and loose with specifications.

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Windows 10 should never reboot your PC without your express permission, researchers conclude

It may be preaching to the choir, but three researchers have found that Windows 10 Home's patching options for Windows Update are simply inadequate.

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Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip suggests 2020 really will be the year of 5G phones

Phones with processors that have 5G built inside won't appear on store shelves until next year, raising raising critical questions about when to buy a 5G phone.

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The microSD Express standard combines PCI Express speeds, microSD convenience

The microSD Express promises bandwidth that about triples the speeds today's microSD cards provide. But laptops and cards supporting the new standard aren't yet available.

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Lenovo's ThinkPad T490 emphasizes display improvements in 2019 refresh

At MWC, Lenovo updates its workhorse ThinkPad T490, as well as the ThinkPad T490s and larger T590 with 500-nit HDR displays, new privacy options, and more.

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Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 with a strong business bent

Microsoft has launched HoloLens 2 with an expanded field of view and—with a price of $3,500—a clear aim at business rather than consumers.

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Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14

Huawei has refreshed its laptop line, updating the Matebook X Pro flagship and turning its Matebook 13 into a bigger Matebook 14.

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Microsoft HoloLens retro review: What made it great, and what a new HoloLens needs to succeed

In anticipation of the debut of Microsoft's HoloLens 2, we've unearthed the first-generation HoloLens and "retroreviewed" it, with an eye toward how Microsoft could improve its next-generation augmented reality headset.

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Logitech brings back its MX518 gaming mouse with an updated version for 2019

Game like it's 2005 again with an updated version of the Logitech MX518 gaming mouse.

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Windows 7's support deadline may expire in July, if you don't apply this patch

Microsoft's shift to an updated, more secure hashing algorithm for delivering its patches means that Windows 7 support may expire sooner than expected.

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Microsoft skips way, way ahead in new Windows 10 build

Microsoft is offering '20H1' builds of Windows 10 for testing. Yes, that's the build due in early 2020.

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Zoho Office Suite taps AI to provide a free, powerful alternative to Office 365

Zoho has integrated its Zia AI into the latest version of the Zoho Office Suite, which provides sophisticated yet free alternatives to Microsoft's own Office apps.

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Skype's cool, useful background-blurring feature goes live for the PC and Mac

Skype's new background-blurring feature draws attention away from the clutter and puts it back on you. It's easy and it's free.

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Microsoft dismisses Office 2019 as old and dumb in videos promoting Office 365 subscriptions

Microsoft has come right out and said it: It would rather Office 2019 just went away, so that everyone would buy Office 365 subscriptions instead.

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Acer Swift 7 (2018) review: This spectacularly thin and light PC is a pain to actually use

Acer's Swift 7 (2018) sets the standard for thin-and-light notebooks, but a frankly awful typing experience and tablet-class performance make it a tough sell.