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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Mozilla tests VPN-like Firefox Private Network for Firefox browsers

Mozilla is letting beta testers try out Firefox Private Network, a VPN-like proxy service to mask your IP while browsing.

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Budget tablet showdown: Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2019) vs. Microsoft Surface Go

We take a look at what makes Apple's new 7th-generation 10.2-inch iPad special, and compare it to the Microsoft Surface Go. On paper, what is the best tablet?

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AMD issues updated BIOS to fix Ryzen boost bug, promising up to 50MHz more boost

AMD says that a new BIOS to fix its 3rd-gen Ryzen boost issue has been sent to motherboard partners, increasing boost speeds, lowering overall voltages, and accompanied by a new monitoring SDK.

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Windows 10's Your Phone app will get a battery indicator soon, and maybe calls, too

Microsoft is preparing to add new functionality to Windows 10's Your Phone app in an upcoming update, including a battery indicator and probably call functionality, too.

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Microsoft did it: Windows 10 now powers over half of the world's PCs

According to Net Applications, Microsoft's Windows 10 captured more than 50 percent of the world's PCs beginning in August.

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Windows 10's first PowerToys app allows custom Snap resizing and looks amazing

One of Microsoft's first rebooted PowerTools is FancyZones, a cool app that allows you to design custom zones to snap windows to using Windows Snap.

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Microsoft streamlines 19H2 builds as Windows 10's fall update nears

After restricting some Windows 10 "19H2" features to select Insiders, the 18362.10019 build opens them up to everyone, suggesting Microsoft may be ready to firm up features before Windows 10's expected update release in October.

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Microsoft will patch Windows 10 CPU-spike bug, and says it's tied to disabling web search

If you're noticing unexpected CPU spikes under the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, it may be tied a user preference in Windows Search. A patch has now been issued, Microsoft says.

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Lenovo's Marvel Dimension of Heroes lets you play Marvel superheroes in AR

Lenovo and Disney build on its Star Wars AR game of two years ago. Marvel Dimension of Heroes adds a pair of controllers, so you can play Captain America and five other Marvel heroes in augmented reality.

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Dynabook launches 15-inch thin-and-light Tecra X50 notebook with some big conveniences

Dynabook (formerly Toshiba) has launched a 15.6-inch Tecra notebook that won't break your back, or your bank.

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How to save money and scan your photos digitally using your phone and Google PhotoScan

School photos and wedding photographers now offer you the rights to digital images for an additional fee. But using Google PhotoScan and your smartphone, you may be able to create your own digital images, for free.

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Intel: Core i9-9900KS, Cascade Lake-X chips will ship in October

At IFA, Intel tries to head off AMD's next-gen Threadripper by announcing a timetable for its monstrous Core i9-9900KS and the upcoming Cascade Lake-X multicore processors.

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Logitech unveils next-gen MX Master 3 smart mouse, MX Keys keyboard

Logitech's MX Master 3 mouse includes an improved Magspeed wheel that Logitech says is faster and more precise. Logitech Flow is also supported.

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Thunderbolt is optional in USB4, USB4 spec says

The USB Implementers Forum has published the USB4 spec, but it's left to device makers whether to integrate Thunderbolt support with USB4 devices.

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AMD acknowledges 3rd-gen Ryzen boost bug, says fix is coming September 10

AMD says that it will provide a BIOS fix to address reports that its 3rd-gen Ryzen chips can't hit advertised turbo boost speeds.