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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Zuckerberg, Facebook commit to building 'privacy focused platform,' dodging ads and fake news

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg outlined how a commitment to privacy will affect the future of Facebook apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, but generally ignored the broader problems facing the platform.

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The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion

Meet USB4, which promises to simply the USB naming scheme and integrate the high-bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 specification.

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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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Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

Who wouldn't want to plug their USB-C notebook into four monitors? This Targus dock is tailor-made for that.

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SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

The SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD is designed for video editors, who can take advantage of the drive's 1GB/s read speeds for editing.

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8 big changes coming to Facebook: Dating, Clear History, Instagram AR, and more

A cowed Facebook promised more respect for your privacy at its f8 developer conference, then launched several new features designed for you to engage with the platform and its millions of users.

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Sick of NBC's vapid Olympics coverage? Use a VPN and you can watch the BBC's coverage instead

How to use a VPN to watch the Olympics online via a foreign broadcaster, and avoid the vapid banter of NBC's games coverage.

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Intel responds to the CPU kernel bug, claiming its patches will make PCs 'immune'

Intel acknowledged that a CPU kernel bug, being referred to as a side-channel analysis exploit, has the potential to affect chips from ARM and AMD. Patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities may carry performance penalties of between 0 and 30 percent.

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Microsoft announces Office 2019 for customers who don't want to pay forever for Office 365

Office 2019 will be Microsoft's latest suite of perpetual apps, where users pay once for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more.

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Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect

Google will turn off its Drive app for PCs and Macs, replacing it with two new cloud-storage apps: Backup and Sync for consumers, and Drive File Stream for business.

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Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser makers say

Adobe plans to phase out its venerable Flash Player by 2020, and browser makers will act even faster to get rid of it.

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Mattel and Microsoft reveal Aristotle, a tabletop digital nanny for kids

Mattel shows us how its new "Amazon Echo for kids" interacts with children and other devices around the home.

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Bitdefender’s second Bitdefender Box sniffs your home’s network to detect hackers

Bitdefender’s new Bitdefender Box protects your home devices from being used in DDoS attacks as well as being remotely hacked.

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Thanks to Neonode's AirBar, the MacBook Air has a touchscreen—kind of

Neonode launches a version of its AirBar for the 13-inch MacBook Air, which gives it “touch” capabilities via projected beams of infrared light.

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Facebook Instant Games puts games right smack in the middle of News Feed, Messenger

Facebook has launched Facebook Instant Games, placing social games directly within its News Feed and Messenger app and tacitly discouraging users from turning to other mobile games and third-party chat services.