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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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Windows 10 installation files already sneaking onto Windows 7 and 8 PCs

'Twas the night before Windows and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a clicky mouse. The PC was running in the basement with care in the hopes that Cortana soon would be there.

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How to use Windows 10's Task View and virtual desktops

Task View and virtual desktops are two powerful new Windows 10 features. Here's how to use them.

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LinkedIn brings back simple, instant contact exports following user outrage

The power of the crowd has stopped a new data export process from LinkedIn dead in its tracks--at least until LinkedIn can figure out how to make its new feature faster.

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Optional Windows 10 utility blocks bad updates from messing with your PC

You can't stop the downloads from happening before they land on your Windows 10 PC with this utility, but you can rollback your system and then block them.

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Google's Nest smart thermostat yanked from the Apple Store

HomeKit-enabled devices are slowly rolling into Apple's world, and Google's Nest Learning Thermostat is rolling out.

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Hilarious Google Maps easter egg answers age-old question: 'Are we there yet?'

Google Maps ain't taking your sass this summer, missy, so watch it!

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Couch computing: How to browse your PC's videos from your tablet

Embrace the power of Windows built-in folder sharing and you too can enjoy saved media on your Android tablet from nearly any room in the house.

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More details emerge about the Cityman and Talkman Lumia phones

Microsoft hasn't released a flagship Windows phone in more than a year. This fall we may finally see a Lumia worthy of the upcoming Windows 10 rollout.

Chrome 44 brings the Physical Web to iPhone, iPad

Don't download the app for your smart device. Check if it has Physical Web support first.

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Twitch finally starts ditching Flash for HTML5

Twitch's slow move out from under Adobe Flash is slow going, but work on the video player is starting to appear.

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Microsoft's working on keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox chief says mouse support is coming to the Xbox One, but what does that mean?

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Google Maps' new 'Your Timeline' feature helps you track your travel history

Your Timeline shows you where you've been on any given day if you're storing your location history with Google.

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10 tools that fix common Windows frustrations

Windows is full of niggling little irritations. These tools fix them.

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Asus' flip-back touchscreen Chromebook hybrid hits stores

Asus' Chromebook convertible first appeared on our radar in late March, now it's finally here.

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Microsoft rushes out emergency security update to fix critical Windows flaw

The Windows maker is not messing around with a critical security flaw that could allow an attacker to take over your system was revealed.