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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Surface Laptop 4 leaks suggest a mix of AMD and Intel CPUs

Microsoft's upcoming Surface Laptop 4 will be interesting, if recent leaks are true. The laptop may ship with either Intel's 11th-gen Tiger Lake or AMD's CPUs—but the older Ryzen 4000, not the new Ryzen 5000.

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Google is working to solve the Chromebook's support problem

Google is addressing the plight of older Chromebooks rendered useless when their support windows expire, working with vendors to develop hardware with long support cycles, and trying to push browser updates even after support window expires.

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Google Chrome OS adds a Phone Hub, Nearby Share, and Tote files

Google's Chrome OS and Chromebooks are celebrating its tenth anniversary with the M85 Chrome OS release, which adds a Phone Hub, Nearby Share, Wi-Fi Sync and quick answers -- many quite similar to WIndows.

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How to change your computer name in Windows 10

Don't like the randomly generated name Windows 10 gives your computer after a clean install? Here's how to change it to something more memorable.

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How to avoid going over your broadband data cap

Our tips on how to avoid going over your ISP's broadband data cap cover Windows PCs, your phone, game consoles, and streaming devices. Here's how to manage your data on all four.

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An Amazon Alexa app is headed for the Xbox

Microsoft and Amazon have posted a "Coming Soon" sign for an official Amazon Alexa app for your Xbox.

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Google Chrome will replace third-party cookies with tracking that's less intrusive

Google Chrome won’t replace third-party cookies with alternative methods of tracking individuals in Chrome. The browser is moving toward tracking methods that aggregate users to protect their privacy.

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Brave Search is a privacy-first search engine

Browser maker Brave Software is buying Tailcat, an open search engine, and will add it to what it’s calling Brave Search, a forthcoming search engine. Brave Search will be folded into the existing, privacy-first Brave browser.

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Microsoft Mesh: Why you should be skeptical about this new VR platform

Microsoft announced Microsoft Mesh on Tuesday, a VR platform that the company hopes will eventually be used for holographic meetings and other uses.

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Microsoft Teams hardware will join new presenter modes later this year

At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft certifies Microsoft Teams displays, updates its Teams speaker timeline, and unveils new presenter modes.

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Microsoft still loves smart devices, rolling out Azure Percept camera, mic and services

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Azure Percept, consisting of its Percept Vision camera module and Percept Audio smart mic. They'll form the foundation for intelligent devices built by partners.

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Google beefs up Workspace with new apps, and Google Assistant

Google said Monday that it's adding capabilities to its Workspace offering, including new apps, calendar improvements, and Google Assistant support.

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The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme—and what it looks like today

Like Windows XP itself, Microsoft's 'Bliss' image of rolling green hills has aged, and evolved. Here's its story— and what the real-world site looks like today.

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How to use Zoom's Video Filters to spice up your next Zoom call

Zoom's new Video Filters and Studio Effects give you fun effects without having to search for third-party images online.

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Send texts on your own time with Android's new Schedule Send feature

Google is adding a new feature to Android, called Schedule Send, that allows you to send texts to other people on your own time.