Ian PaulContributor, PCWorld

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Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.

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Facebook's beefing up its huge army of Messenger bots as Google and Amazon catch up

Facebook still dominates the bot wars, with more than 11,000 bots Facebook Messenger bots ready to answer your questions. Soon they'll be able to send you GIFs, too. But Google and Apple are coming up fast.

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How to ban the sites you hate from Cortana's top headlines

Like Cortana but hate that it always surfaces news from a certain site? Now you can dump that site thanks to a new Cortana feature.

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Is this the future of Windows 10 Mobile? NuAns is pitching its Neo phone on Kickstarter

Is anyone interested in a Windows 10 Mobile device that's not a Lumia? We'll soon find out thanks to a Kickstarter campaign from NuAns.

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Windows 10's big Anniversary Update will hit phones the same time as PCs

It appears Windows 10 Mobile users will start seeing upgrades around August 2, or soon after.

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Beloved VLC media player releases a robust universal Windows 10 app

VLC now has a Windows 10-friendly version that works with nearly every major Windows 10 platform.

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Facebook’s shifted your news feed to put friends and family ahead of published content

Facebook is tweaking the news feed algorithm again to put family and friends first, just like the company's news feed manifesto says it should.

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Microsoft kills Windows 10's Messaging Everywhere texts, to bolster Skype

Microsoft had a working feature that let you see and respond to text messages on your PC inside the Messaging app. Now it's killed that feature to bring it to Skype.

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Steam's mobile app finally lands on Windows Phones

Valve may not be too happy about Windows as a PC platform, but the company has finally rolled out a Steam app for Windows mobile devices.

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Dell's monstrous 70-inch touchscreen monitor takes aim at Microsoft's Surface Hub

Dell's got a new mega-display that's not high end, but will appeal to any company or school looking for a friendlier price.

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Microsoft backs off sneaky Windows 10 upgrade tricks with simple new pop-up

Microsoft is going legit with its Windows 10 upgrade notifications, and it did it just in time to still matter.

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'Dozens' of new Amazon Dash buttons are coming this week

Amazon's Dash buttons may one day be replaced by bots and smart home appliances, but for now the retail giant is widening its push-button lineup.

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A lawsuit over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade just cost Microsoft $10,000

Microsoft recently paid a (very small) price for its Windows 10 upgrade tactics, and that was before they became increasingly aggressive.

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Roku's new universal Windows 10 app avoids Windows Phones

Another big app goes UWP and another big app ignores mobile completely. Wasn't it supposed to be easy to port these apps to mobile?

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With Android apps inbound, Google preps a storage manager for Chrome OS

The current methods for managing local storage on a Chromebook suck. Google is fixing that.

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How to use Google Save as an online image storehouse

Google Save is an easy way to keep track of images you want to access later.