Mark Hachman

Senior Editor

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.

Updated: Intel buys Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking brand to beef up its Wi-Fi tech
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Updated: Intel buys Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking brand to beef up its Wi-Fi tech

Intel has bought Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking brand to supplement its own Wi-Fi capabilities and build a stronger platform to support its gaming CPUs.

Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds

Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds

The Intel Comet Lake S desktop chips push clock speeds up to 5.3GHz. Intel claims its Core i9-10900K is the world's fastest gaming processor, relying on a basket of gaming benchmarks to prove the point.

Report: Sony PlayStation 5 could be sold in limited quantities early on

Report: Sony PlayStation 5 could be sold in limited quantities early on

Bloomberg reports that the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5 could be sold in limited quantities, due to its price and economic concerns with the coronavirus.

How to limit screen time on Xbox and Windows for your kids
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How to limit screen time on Xbox and Windows for your kids

Here's how to limit screen time for the Xbox and Windows 10 PCs, using the dashboard within your Windows account.

Intel calls its 5.3GHz 'Comet Lake-H' chip for gaming laptops the 'fastest mobile processor'
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Intel calls its 5.3GHz 'Comet Lake-H' chip for gaming laptops the 'fastest mobile processor'

Intel launches six new 10th-gen "Comet Lake-H" processors for gaming laptops, claiming that their 5GHz clock speeds make them the fastest mobile processor—at least in clock speed.

Microsoft offers a cool Xbox extension for Microsoft Edge: Xbox New Tab

Microsoft offers a cool Xbox extension for Microsoft Edge: Xbox New Tab

Microsoft has added Xbox New Tab to its list of Microsoft Edge extensions, providing quick links to art and game streams for your favorite Xbox games.

Minecraft transfers some 'Education Edition' content to 'Bedrock Edition' for kids stuck at home

Minecraft transfers some 'Education Edition' content to 'Bedrock Edition' for kids stuck at home

Microsoft has taken some of the greatest hits of its Minecraft: Education Edition and made them available to Minecraft players, for free, until the end of June.

The backbone of the Xbox Series X's ultra-fast storage technology is coming to Windows
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The backbone of the Xbox Series X's ultra-fast storage technology is coming to Windows

Microsoft confirms that DirectStorage, part of the Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture, will arrive on Windows 10 gaming PCs in the future.

AMD talks PC GPU ray tracing as it looks to the future of Ryzen and Radeon

AMD talks PC GPU ray tracing as it looks to the future of Ryzen and Radeon

AMD looks ahead five years as it discusses the future of its Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs, its Epyc server processors, and the underlying technologies it will be using to advance all of them.

AMD plots multicore domination with 64-core Threadripper 3990X processor, coming in 2020

AMD plots multicore domination with 64-core Threadripper 3990X processor, coming in 2020

AMD confirms plans for a whopping 64-core Threadripper processor, which will debut in 2020.

Minecraft Earth goes live in preview for the entire United States

Minecraft Earth goes live in preview for the entire United States

Microsoft's augmented-reality version of Minecraft is now yours to try out for iOS and Android.

Hands on with Microsoft's Project xCloud: Putting cellular cloud gaming to the test

Hands on with Microsoft's Project xCloud: Putting cellular cloud gaming to the test

We've tried Microsoft's Project xCloud, now available in beta, and it's a surprisingly good experience playing Xbox games over a cellular connection.

Xbox console streaming goes live for Xbox Insiders

Xbox console streaming goes live for Xbox Insiders

Microsoft turns on the second phase of its cloud gaming experiment, streaming games from your home Xbox to an Android phone.

Windows, Xbox now allow parents to set per-game screen time limits for kids

Windows, Xbox now allow parents to set per-game screen time limits for kids

Microsoft has made its Windows and Xbox family settings more granular, allowing parents to place more defined limits on their kids' online activity and screen time.

Hands on with Marvel Dimension of Heroes: Fun, frantic though repetitive AR gameplay

Hands on with Marvel Dimension of Heroes: Fun, frantic though repetitive AR gameplay

Lenovo and Disney team up again with its second AR experience, starring several of the Marvel Avengers. While the augmented-reality gameplay is fun and well-crafted, it's ultimately somewhat repetitive.

Lenovo's Marvel Dimension of Heroes lets you play Marvel superheroes in AR

Lenovo's Marvel Dimension of Heroes lets you play Marvel superheroes in AR

Lenovo and Disney build on its Star Wars AR game of two years ago. Marvel Dimension of Heroes adds a pair of controllers, so you can play Captain America and five other Marvel heroes in augmented reality.

AMD Ryzen 3900X hits $740 on eBay as AMD struggles to deliver its flagship chip

AMD Ryzen 3900X hits $740 on eBay as AMD struggles to deliver its flagship chip

Major retailers are still sold out of AMD's Ryzen 3900X and 3800X CPUs, two weeks after the chips began to ship. That's caused spot prices to spike to $740 on eBay, almost $250 higher than retail.

Nvidia models the Apollo 11 moon landing using real-time ray tracing

Nvidia models the Apollo 11 moon landing using real-time ray tracing

Nvidia has recreated the Apollo 11 moon landing using its RTX technology, including the lunar lander and Neil Armstrong.

AMD officially hires Alienware's Frank Azor as its new gaming chief

AMD officially hires Alienware's Frank Azor as its new gaming chief

AMD has hired Frank Azor as its chief architect of gaming solutions.

Microsoft is shutting down its online versions of Hearts, Spades, Checkers and more

Microsoft is shutting down its online versions of Hearts, Spades, Checkers and more

Microsoft says that it will discontinue the online versions of many popular games, such as Hearts, Backgammon, and Go.

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