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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Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon for mobile devices and applications, including VR and UHD video

Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon, a multi-gigabit derivative of Wi-Fi that you may see in specialized applications like untethered VR gear.

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Microsoft's Xbox Skill grants Alexa and Cortana-powered smart speakers the ability to control an Xbox

Microsoft is rolling out an Xbox Skill that will allow PCs and smart speakers that use Amazon Alexa or Microsoft Cortana to communicate with and control the Xbox game console.

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Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Amazon and Microsoft integrate the two assistants

You can now access Amazon Alexa from Windows 10's Cortana, and Microsoft Cortana from Alexa devices such as the Amazon Echo. We'll show you how to use Alexa within Cortana, too.

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Cortana's smart-home powers grow with IFTTT, Honeywell, Ecobee support

Microsoft's Cortana has added support for the IFTTT conditional platform plus a number of smart services, both helping bring Cortana more in line with competing services from Amazon and Google Home.

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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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WPA3 is coming to Wi-Fi routers in 2018, with better encryption and login management

The Wi-Fi Alliance announces the next-gen WPA3 standard, which will help secure routers even with lousy passwords.

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Mattel cancels Cortana-powered Aristotle smart speaker for kids, citing privacy concerns

Mattel has cancelled its Aristotle smart speaker for kids, in the face of government opposition to monitoring kids' activities and their privacy.

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Comcast quietly acquires Stringify and will use the IFTTT rival to power its Xfinity Home smart-home platform

Stringify-the automation tool that's more powerful, but less well known than IFTTT-will be incorporated into Comcast's smart-home system.

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How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K

Everything you need to know to figure out device support between newer and older devices, and setting it up with Windows or Android devices.

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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.