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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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Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt

If you bought a Toshiba laptop between 2011 and 2016 you might have a faulty battery pack eligible for a free replacement.

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Amazon bans shoddy, dangerous USB-C cables

Amazon now forbids USB-C cables that aren't standards compliant and pose a potential risk to your devices and chargers.

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Razer's Ripsaw video capture card wants to help you become the next PewDiePie

The Razer Ripsaw helps stream your gameplay online.

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Facebook may use Messenger to push into retail payments

Facebook is pushing the concept of Messenger as a platform, with possible new features including retail in-store payments.

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Acer's aluminum Chromebook 14 blends high-end features with a budget-friendly price

Mixing quality components with light weight, the Chromebook 14 seeks the same business users drawn to Dell's Chromebook 13.

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Banish Netflix's 'Continue watching' pop-up with Flix Assist

A handy Chrome extension stops the 'continue watching' dialog and kills the 30-second intermission between episodes.

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Samsung's smart motorcycle windshield uses your phone to power a virtual dashboard

Samsung's Smart Windshield concept brings a virtual dashboard to your bike powered by a smartphone.

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The world's first Ubuntu tablet opens preorders, converging PCs and mobile devices

Canonical's first convergence device is here with the ability to switch between a desktop and mobile device, similar to Microsoft's Lumia 950 and 950XL.

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The Atari Vault hits Steam with 100 classic games to scratch your retro 2600 itch

Atari Vault is now available on Steam. These 100 classic games add modern features like online multiplayer.

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After its first failed attempt, Redbox could return to online video with Redbox Digital

Redbox is coming up with a new online video store for rental and purchase called Redbox Digital.

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How to copy windows that weren't meant to be copied with Textify

Textify is a free Windows utility that lets you easily copy a window's text, whatever the source.

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New YouTube Connect live streaming app may take aim at Periscope, Facebook Live

YouTube is working on a new app called YouTube Connect that streams live video broadcasts from your phone.

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Privacy.com's virtual Visas are burner debit cards that keep online shoppers safe

Privacy.com lets you create one-time use and merchant-specific debit cards to limit the use of your actual credit and debit card numbers.

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The Internet turns Tay, Microsoft's millennial AI chatbot, into a racist bigot

Microsoft's chatbot, Tay, learned hateful rhetoric through its online interaction with others.

Google kills the Chrome app launcher on Windows, Mac, and Linux

The Google Chrome app launcher is leaving Windows, Mac, and Linux.