Ian PaulContributor, PCWorld

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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These 5 SMART errors help you predict your hard drive's death

Want to know if your hard drive is about to fail? These SMART error reports can help.

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Comcast's 1TB data cap starts rolling out across the U.S.

Comcast said it would happen, and now it has. Consider your home bandwidth capped.

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How to stop failing Windows Updates from bothering you

Microsoft's show or hide updates troubleshooter is a handy tool for those times when you need to say "no" to Windows 10's mandatory updates.

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Spotify ads slipped malware onto PCs and Macs

Ads played to Spotify listeners tried to install malware on PCs and Macs.

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Time is running out to update old Windows 10 preview builds

If you've been lazy about upgrading to latest Windows 10 Insider builds in the Fast ring, time is running out to stay up-to-date.

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How to encrypt your Facebook messages with Secret Conversations

Facebook's new encrypted messaging feature, Secret Conversations, is now live for everyone on Android and iOS.

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Lenovo won't make Windows 10 phones because it doubts Microsoft's commitment

Windows 10 Mobile suffers yet another blow as Lenovo calls Microsoft's long-term smartphone support into question.

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Google Assistant opens to apps in December, and hardware makers next year

Google isn't wasting any time with opening up Google Assistant to third parties in order to catch up to Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft.

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Xiaomi's 4K-capable Mi Box is the most affordable Android TV device yet

If you're looking for an affordable Android TV streaming box, Xiaomi's Mi Box is now available with 4K and HDR support.

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WhatsApp adds Snapchat-style emoji, drawing, and other camera editing tools

You can now draw and add emoji to your photos and videos on WhatsApp.

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This Chrome extension mutes all tabs unless you whitelist them

Silent Site Sound Blocker lets you control which sites can shout at you. Here's how.

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Facebook's new Marketplace aims to become the world's largest yard sale

Facebook announced Marketplace on Monday. This new, mobile-only feature lets you buy and sell items on the social network.

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HTC launches Viveport, a VR app store focused on non-gaming experiences

You still buy Vive VR games from Steam, but you can try HTC's Viveport for non-gaming experiences.

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The FCC's plan to replace your cable box with apps hits a snag

The FCC shelves "unlock the box" cable vote amidst industry criticism and political cries for delay.

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New USB-C audio standard joins the iPhone 7's quest to kill the headphone jack

USB Type-C audio is finished, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack's days are numbered.