Mark HachmanSenior Editor, TechHive

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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HBO is making some of its iconic shows free to watch for everyone stuck at home

Series like The Wire, Veep, Ballers and Barry will join additional movies and documentaries from HBO and Warner Bros., all available for free using HBO GO and the HBO Web site.

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YouTube will default to lower-resolution streams in the U.S. to save bandwidth

YouTube is lowering the default resolution of video streamed in the United States in response to the uptick in network traffic due to the coronavirus. You can still dial up a higher-resolution stream, though.

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Broadcom ships the first Wi-Fi 6E chip for mobile devices, paving the way for new 6GHz networks

With dedicated 6GHz spectrum expected to open up this year, Wi-Fi 6E will be the next standard in home networking. Broadcom is first to announce its new Wi-Fi 6E chip, the BCM4389.

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Coronavirus is slowing LCD production, and TV and monitor prices are expected to climb as a result

A report by Informa Tech's IHS Markit division says that the quarantines associated by the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, are also slowing down LCD production for TVs and PC displays. Prices are expected to go up as a result.

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How hackable is your smart device? The UL IoT Security Rating and UL Verified Mark will tell you

The UL Verified Mark will indicate the level of IoT device security based on a series of standards, and using a five-tier rating scale. GE is the first company to achieve UL certification.

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Royole, that foldable phone maker, now has an OLED-wrapped Alexa smart speaker

Royole's Mirage takes an 8-inch OLED and wraps it around the most expensive Alexa smart speaker you'll ever buy.

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IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 5GHz technology in a USB-C dongle

IOGear's new GWHDKIT11C is a bit pricey, but uses a convenient dongle format that doesn't require an available HDMI port.

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Comcast xFinity xFi Advanced Security will protect all your connected devices for $5.99/mo

Comcast taps CujoAI's IoT cloud protection service to protect any and all connected devices in your home via the new Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, using its Xfinity xFi gateways.

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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.