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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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.

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Confirmed: Only Microsoft Edge will play Netflix content at 1080p on your PC

Microsoft claims that Edge does something Chrome, Firefox, and Opera can't: Stream 1080p Netflix content on your PC. Turns out it's true.

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Netflix will land on Comcast's X1 platform later this year

A proposed deal between Comcast and Netflix could see Netflix streaming video on Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top boxes by year's end.

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Microsoft puts its DVR plans for the Xbox One on hold

Microsoft may not be killing off its plans to record live TV, but it's at least passing them over in favor of other ideas.

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The T-Mobile Tuesdays #getthanked app gets tanked, depriving customers of their freebies

T-Mobile's Uncarrier 11 promo fails to deliver and the company says high demand for the app is the problem.

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Microsoft's Xbox One begins previewing Anniversary Updates, with Cortana and improved sharing

Microsoft will begin previewing its Anniversary Update features for the Xbox One and Windows 10 Xbox app as early as this week, with Cortana as well as new and improved ways to share game clips and other content.

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Energous nabs FCC certification for true wireless charging, though you'll have to wait for it

Energous, a startup that promises to charge wireless devices by beaming power to them through the air, has passed an important milestone: FCC certification of its WattUp technology.

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Report: Microsoft could debut Xbox One game streaming stick and 'Xbox TV' at E3

Petri's Brad Sams speculates that Microsoft is filling a price gap with two lower-cost streaming devices, along the lines of the Chromecast and Roku.

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Nvidia's pricey Shield Android TV adds some value with 4K YouTube and Netflix HDR

Software Upgrade 3.2 to Nvidia's Shield Android TV media streamer will add a number of nifty updates for higher-quality video apps and games. However, it remains pricey compared to a traditional streaming device like Roku.

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Android TV will add new apps and devices as it heads toward Android N

Several key entertainment apps, including ESPN, will arrive on Android TV in the coming months, Google said Wednesday.