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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This Chrome extension banishes Twitter's new hearts and brings back the stars

Just can't accept Twitter's decision to dump favorites and stars for hearts and likes? This Chrome extension can help you return to the glory days of Twitter.

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Nvidia doesn't want to just dominate the graphics card market, it wants to own it

Nvidia is the biggest name in desktop graphics cards and the company's strategy is to keep it that way.

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HTC's gorgeous, iPhone-like One A9 is now available

HTC's latest attempt to stand out from the crowd it once rose above is now available for sale at AT&T, Sprint, and HTC.com


Samsung embraces 4K displays with the pixel-packed Ativ Book 9 Pro laptop

4K isn't a standard feature in laptops yet, but Samsung is ready to join the 4K laptop club.

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Circle with Disney is a $99 device that watches your kids' online activity when you can't

A new hardware device wants to make it easy to make sure you kids aren't overloading on Internet content. But the digital nanny's methods may not sit well with some.


How to use a gorgeous Bing images slideshow on your Windows 10 lock screen

Windows Spotlight puts a Bing images slideshow on your lock screen, but right now only for Windows 10 Home. Here's how to get something similar in Windows 10 Pro.

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Nvidia readies Game Ready driver flood, $100k in prizes for GeForce Experience push

The flood of holiday games is underway and Nvidia is gearing up for the season with game-ready drivers on day one.

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Surface Book sacrifices repairability for sleekness as anti-DIY trend continues

The most interesting PC design choices are happening with laptops and hybrids, but that sleekness suggests user-initiated PC repairs may soon be a thing of the past.


Tasty! Activision snaps up Candy Crush maker King for $5.9 billion

Activision Blizzard is paying through the nose for King Digital Entertainment to get access to the company's nearly half a billion mobile gamers.


OneDrive dumps unlimited storage, slashes free storage amount by two-thirds

It was nice while it lasted, but Microsoft is dropping the unlimited storage limit for Office 365 subscribers to 1TB.

Snapchat clarifies privacy policies after terms of service change freaks out users

Snapchat is the latest social network to end up on the wrong end of Internet outrage after changing the language of its terms of service and privacy policy.


Instagram dabbles in curated collections with Halloween video push

Instagram is following similar efforts from Snapchat and Twitter to turn public, user-created content into collections centered around specific events.

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How to upgrade from pirated Windows to legitimate Windows 10

Pirated Windows copies abound, and instead of fighting it, Microsoft is inviting pirates to come clean. Here's how to get a legitimate copy of Windows 10 now, and more on the one-click upgrade Microsoft plans for the near future.

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Three desktop tools for ultra-private encrypted chats

Encrypted chat is easier than you think. Cryptocat, Tor Messenger, and BitTorrent Bleep let you chat with your friends in privacy and security. Here's how to set them up.

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5 dead operating systems, and what their ghosts can tell us

We conduct a séance of sorts to call forth the souls of operating systems past—not so we can gaze upon their ghastly interfaces, but to learn from their tragic demises. What happened to OS/2? Why won't Windows XP users give up? Find the answers here.