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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Google's new Hands Free payment app lets you buy stuff with your face

Not content with Android Pay, Google is upping the stakes with a new payment system called Hands Free.

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Western Digital's 8TB hard drives mix helium with mammoth storage

Western Digital's bringing big-time storage to NAS boxes and external drives with new helium-filled 8TB hard drives.

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AT&T, DirecTV reveal plans for three streaming TV services, including a free one

DirecTV is bringing some of its offerings to online subscribers, but aren't cable packages what we're trying to get away from?

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Next PlayStation 4 update will let you play your games on Windows PCs and Macs

The next major operating system update for PlayStation 4 will stream games to your Windows or Mac PC via Remote Play, but the upcoming beta won't have the new feature.

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McDonald's transforms Happy Meal boxes into VR goggles

Think VR isn't going mainstream? Then explain McDonald's Happy Meals turning into happy VR goggles in Sweden.

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How to use voice dictation in Google Docs

Give your hands a break and use Google's new formatting and editing commands for voice typing in Google Docs.

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Hive smart thermostat goes stupid, roasts users

Is it getting hot in here or is it just your smart thermostat?

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WhatsApp gives up on BlackBerry, Nokia, and more

WhatsApp beats BlackBerry to the punch and dumps support for BlackBerry 10.

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Clear out your PC's junk files with Kaspersky Cleaner Beta

A new program from security firm Kaspersky cleans out your PC's log files and cache files quickly and easily.

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Why serious PC gamers should ignore the Windows Store

Microsoft is bringing AAA PC games like Rise of the Tomb Raider to the Windows Store in Windows 10, but buying them is a bad idea. Here's why.

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Microsoft kills Project Astoria, the tool designed to port Android apps to Windows 10

Microsoft created a tool that made it easy for developers to bring Android apps to Windows 10. Now that tool is dead.

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Mobile World Congress 2016's most funky, futuristic, and fantastic new hardware

Things took a turn for the weird and powerful at Mobile World Congress, the largest mobile tradeshow on the planet.

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Report: Apple's rushing to close iPhone hack opening after FBI decryption demand

Apple doesn't want to be in the iPhone hacking business and is looking to close the vulnerability at the center of its current fight with the FBI.

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Samsung's 256GB flash chips point to super-sized storage for future phones

Soon smartphones will come rocking 256GB onboard storage on a single chip.

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Facebook goes beyond Likes with new Reactions for anger, sadness, love, and more

You can still "like" posts to your heart's content, but if you need something stronger there's Reactions.