Ian PaulContributor, PCWorld

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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Windows 10's Creators Update tweaks a workaround for mandatory updates

Windows 10's Creators update may force critical patches over metered connections.

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Netflix is dropping star ratings for a simple thumbs up or down

Siskel and Ebert would be proud. Netflix is adopting a simple like/dislike format for user ratings and dumping the stars.

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How to use the Skype Chrome extension to quickly add Skype call links to calendar entries

The Skype extension for Chrome lets you add call links to your calendar entries on Google and Outlook.com.

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How to use a Chromebook: 10 must-know tips, tricks, and tools for beginners

Chromebooks are dead-simple to use, but just like any PC a little tweaking makes your experience that much better.

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Amazon is selling a 7-button gaming mouse for less than $15

This mouse is a good alternative to a generic 2-button clicker for your PC.

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Netflix wants to be awesome on phones, with HDR support and mobile-specific video cuts

Netflix will bring HDR content to phones, and it's looking at creating phone-specific cuts of its videos.

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Microsoft adds in-game chat transcription for Windows 10 and Xbox One

Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One can now transcribe speech-to-text or text-to-speech in Halo Wars 2.

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Newegg is giving away a free graphics card with the HTC Vive

Virtual reality requires upgrading your hardware. If the Vive is your VR headset of choice, this deal can save you close to $200 on an AMD Radeon RX 480.

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Google adds a read-it-later feature to Chrome for iOS

Just like Safari on iOS, Chrome has a read-it-later feature to bookmark interesting articles for your leisure time.

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Chrome starts throttling background tabs to prolong battery life

Google Chrome's going to throttle background tabs in the quest for longer laptop battery life.

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Netgear's Arlo Pro security camera starter pack has dropped to $600

If you need a solid wireless security camera set-up, this Arlo Pro four pack won't be getting much cheaper right now.

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Spotify, Waze invade each other to seamlessly keep the music jamming on your commute

Now you can get at your Spotify playlists inside Waze, and driving directions inside Spotify.

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Dungeons and Dragons ditches pen and paper with D&D Beyond

Dungeons and Dragons is coming to your smartphone and other devices with D&D Beyond.

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How to jazz up your Firefox new-tab page with the upcoming Activity Stream feature

Try Activity Stream before it's built in to Firefox later in the year.

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Staples dropped the price of this HP 15-inch Notebook to $500

This 15-inch notebook from HP has ho-hum display resolution, but the Kaby Lake processor and sizable hard drive make up for it.