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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Ford, Google may join forces to build self-driving cars

Have you driven a Ford lately? In a few years you may not have to if the new self-driving car venture between Ford and Google is successful.

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How to change your computer name in Windows 10

Don't like the randomly generated name Windows 10 gives your computer after a clean install? Here's how to change it to something more memorable.

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The year in tech: 2015's biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

This year’s leaders down the path of fail include Microsoft, Jay Z, Yahoo, Nvidia, AMD, and Reddit. Read on to see why they made the cut.

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The 10 biggest security stories of 2015

We saw major cyberespionage groups uncovered, the most embarrassing data breach in history, an unbelievable Android flaw, and incredibly stupid decisions from two major PC makers.

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Vulkan, DirectX 12's more open rival, slips to 2016

The next-generation open source graphics API Vulkan won't be ready before 2015 is out, but the Vulkan Working Group says the first version is almost done.

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Error 451 is the new Ray Bradbury-inspired HTTP code for online censorship

The web has a Ray Bradbury-inspired status code that tells you when content you want to see is blocked due to "legal obstacles."

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Cox must pay $25 million after failing to make pirating subscribers walk the plank, but the real loser could be you

BMG has won its suit against Cox and that's bad news for anyone suspected of piracy.

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Windows 10 upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1 devices delayed until 2016

Microsoft originally said we'd see Windows 10 mobile upgrades start in December. That's been pushed back until early 2016.

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Force Block protects you against Star Wars spoilers

The Force Awakens is here and the Internet is now a minefield of spoilers. This Chrome extension helps keep you spoiler-free until you're ready to see the movie yourself.

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MSI's CPU Guard aims to keep your Skylake chip from bending under pressure

MSI says it has just what you need to keep your Skylake CPU from bending due to a monster cooling set-up: a metal frame.

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Microsoft's Surface Pen buttons can now be tweaked to launch any program

A new update to the Surface app lets you launch a desktop program with a click of your digital pen.

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Nvidia's GeForce Experience beta adds screenshot tools and Twitch-friendly overlays

Nvidia's latest GeForce Experience beta adds a much-needed screenshot tool and new tweaks for Twitch and YouTube Live broadcasts.

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Mozilla's Firefox finally enters the 64-bit era on Windows

If you're running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or higher there's finally a version of Firefox designed to take advantage of your system.

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How Netflix plans to curb its massive thirst for bandwidth

Netflix takes a huge chunk of bandwidth in North American during peak periods. A new approach to its encoding could change that.

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This is what Super Mario Bros. 3 on the PC could have looked like in Doom-maker id's hands

Super Mario Bros. 3 never made it to PC even though two of the biggest names in PC gaming history tried to make it happen. Here's what that first early rough cut looked like.