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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Pit your Movember 'stache against the world on Microsoft's MyMoustache.net

Microsoft Garage is back with another machine learning project. This time the company wants to rank the quality of your facial hair.

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Google Maps adds offline turn-by-turn directions, search

Google Maps is improving offline functionality by bringing it much closer to Maps' connected mode.

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Easily share a web page on your next tech support call with Shove for Chrome

Sometimes tech support calls require a little Shove to get going.

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Steam Machines launch: Steam Controller, Steam Link, and first 3 Valve-powered PCs release today

The Steam Machine revolution took a long time to arrive, but it's finally here. Does anybody still care?

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Try these 15 PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts for masterful slide creation

A good PowerPoint presentation has a lot to do with what you see on that deck, and how it was put together. These keyboard shortcuts will make it all easier.

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Class action lawsuit alleges AMD's Bulldozer CPUs aren't really 8-core processors

At least one customer is unhappy with the performance of AMD's Bulldozer CPUs and is accusing the company of making false claims.

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This Chrome extension banishes Twitter's new hearts and brings back the stars

Just can't accept Twitter's decision to dump favorites and stars for hearts and likes? This Chrome extension can help you return to the glory days of Twitter.

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Nvidia doesn't want to just dominate the graphics card market, it wants to own it

Nvidia is the biggest name in desktop graphics cards and the company's strategy is to keep it that way.

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HTC's gorgeous, iPhone-like One A9 is now available

HTC's latest attempt to stand out from the crowd it once rose above is now available for sale at AT&T, Sprint, and HTC.com

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Samsung embraces 4K displays with the pixel-packed Ativ Book 9 Pro laptop

4K isn't a standard feature in laptops yet, but Samsung is ready to join the 4K laptop club.

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Circle with Disney is a $99 device that watches your kids' online activity when you can't

A new hardware device wants to make it easy to make sure you kids aren't overloading on Internet content. But the digital nanny's methods may not sit well with some.

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How to use a gorgeous Bing images slideshow on your Windows 10 lock screen

Windows Spotlight puts a Bing images slideshow on your lock screen, but right now only for Windows 10 Home. Here's how to get something similar in Windows 10 Pro.

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Nvidia readies Game Ready driver flood, $100k in prizes for GeForce Experience push

The flood of holiday games is underway and Nvidia is gearing up for the season with game-ready drivers on day one.

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Surface Book sacrifices repairability for sleekness as anti-DIY trend continues

The most interesting PC design choices are happening with laptops and hybrids, but that sleekness suggests user-initiated PC repairs may soon be a thing of the past.

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Tasty! Activision snaps up Candy Crush maker King for $5.9 billion

Activision Blizzard is paying through the nose for King Digital Entertainment to get access to the company's nearly half a billion mobile gamers.