Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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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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Google's Standalone Daydream VR and VPS fight the clutter and clumsiness of virtual reality

At Google I/O, Google launched both a new category of cable-free standalone Google Daydream VR devices, as well as a new Visual Positioning System for helping phones navigate via augmented reality.

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Cortana's coming to your living room via HP, Intel partnerships

While Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices are manufactured by a single supplier, Microsoft appears to be using a PC-like strategy to create Cortana devices.

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Harman Kardon teases the Invoke speaker, a Cortana-powered Echo competitor

Harman Kardon unveils the first images and description of Invoke, the first smart speaker to be powered by Microsoft's Cortana.

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Microsoft will unveil Project Scorpio, the next Xbox, at E3

Microsoft plans a June 11 event before the E3 console gaming show to unveil Project Scorpio and show how it fits into the Xbox One lineup.

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Netflix offline streaming lands on Windows 10 PCs, delighting travelers and commuters

Business travelers, rejoice: You can now save some Netflix shows to your Windows 10 laptop's hard drive for viewing in the air or in your hotel.

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Tested: Microsoft Edge is the only browser to run Netflix in 4K

In 2016, Microsoft Edge was the only major PC browser to run Netflix in 1080p. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, it's now made the jump to 4K.

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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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Anker enters the TV space with new 100-inch, 1080p laser-projection Nebula TV

Anker's new consumer-electronics brand takes aim at big-screen LCDs with a short-throw projector that can throw 1080p across 100 inches. There's a portable option, too.

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Xiaomi launches a new media router and an updated Mi TV 4, but just for China

Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi launched a new media router and an upgraded modular TV, but just for the Chinese market.

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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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Microsoft sets the stage for Cortana-powered smart devices

Microsoft's making several under-the-hood improvements to Cortana, not the least of which will be an SDK for (finally!) consumer devices powered by the technology.

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Report: Microsoft's Home Hub will chase Amazon's Alexa and Echo as a software service

A Windows Central report suggests that Microsoft is indeed developing a smart-home solution, though its Home Hub may be a Windows 10 service rather than a device.

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The 7 worst tech gifts you absolutely shouldn't buy this holiday

Any site can tell you the best tech gifts to buy. But before you get too creative (or too cheap), read this list to find out what not to buy.

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Hands on: Netflix via Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top box is a very good experience

Not ready to cut the cord? Comcast makes switching to Netflix as easy as changing channels,

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Coming soon: USB-C to HDMI without an adapter, thanks to a new HDMI spec

USB-C, which has become something of a "do-everything" connector standard, has added an alternate mode that eliminates the need for an adapter when connecting to HDMI displays.