Ian PaulContributor, PCWorld

Follow me on Google+

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.

Portable hard drives

How to use Windows 10's File History backup feature

Need a quick and easy way to back-up your personal files in Windows 10? Give File History a try.

How to use Dropbox's handy new browser-agnostic bookmarking feature

Dropbox's new drag-and-drop feature for the web app makes it easier to use Dropbox as a bookmarks repository.

spotify logo

Spotify CEO hints why the music service's privacy policy gets all up in your business

Spotify recently changed its privacy policy. Now the CEO is hinting why.

no flash

Flash's fall from grace continues as Amazon swings ad banhammer

Flash lost its prominence in web video, and now Amazon is refusing to use Adobe's technology in its ads.

FreeSync gets a friend: Future Intel CPUs will support Adaptive-Sync standard

Intel may soon get into the variable refresh rate game with its integrated GPUs.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 4 and new Lumias inbound? Microsoft hardware event tipped for October

Microsoft is getting ready to show off some new goodies including the Surface Pro 4, two Lumia phones, and a new Microsoft Band. Or, so say the rumors anyway.


Sony-less Vaio PCs returning to the U.S. this fall

The VAIO brand is coming to America (again) and it's as expensive as it's always been.

gtaiv press

Windows 10 won't run some older CD-ROM games, thanks to DRM

SafeDisc and SecuRom DRM schemes are not allowed on Windows 10, which means the games that require it aren't allowed either.


Google gives Hangouts a dedicated website

If you don't like Google+ or the Chrome Hangouts app now you have a new way to chat with your Google friends online.

bt sync logo

The easiest way to wirelessly get videos from your PC to your tablet

Basically, BitTorrent Sync is the answer for everything.

8chan back in Google's index after temporary disappearance

It appeared that the imageboard 8chan was banned from Google's search index for a few days, but now it's back.

pirate flag pirates piracy

Fears of Microsoft scanning your Windows 10 PC for pirated games are overblown

Microsoft may be scanning your PC, but for usage data, not counterfeit software.

Windows 10 Start menu

Three Windows 10 Start menu tweaks that subtly improve your experience

We've talked about a lot of the big stuff that has to do with Windows 10. Let's dive in and look at some small tweaks that you might enjoy.

labrador dog waiting resignedly

Sony Vaio owners have a few weeks or longer to wait for their Windows 10 upgrade

Vaio users with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will know more in October, but it's unclear what Sony will do for Windows 7 users.


Google Drive's new desktop program launcher plays better with PCs and mobile apps

Now there's another way to launch files stored in Google Drive. Here's what happened when we tried it.