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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Google showcases massive Chrome battery gains in response to Microsoft diss

Google recently ran a battery life test comparing Chrome 46 to Chrome 53. And the winner was...Chrome.

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How to repair Windows' master boot record and fix your bricked PC

Whether Windows' MBR was corrupted or erased by ransomware or a less nefarious means, it can be fixed. Here's how.

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Facebook tests a Twitter-like feature to encourage more conversation

Facebook really wants you to know what your friends are talking about.

Chromebooks may add fingerprint scanning, following Android and Windows

A thread on Google's Chromium code repository suggests fingerprint scanning is being built into future Chromebooks, which would help the platform catch up with Android and Windows.

How to use Firefox's new simplify page printing feature

A small but handy new feature scheduled to roll out with Firefox 49 will help ease your printer-ink bill.

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Samsung announces exchange program for Galaxy Note7 after defective batteries halt sales

After reports of the Galaxy Note7 "exploding," Samsung halted shipments of the device in the company's home country.

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YouTube disappearing from 50 Sony Bravia sets highlights why smart TVs suck

Smart TVs look like a great idea, but they have a serious downside as demonstrated by Sony's recent announcement.

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Intel's low-cost 'Apollo Lake' Celeron and Pentium processors quietly debut

The next generation of Celeron and Pentium processors are coming to budget laptops and desktops soon.

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How to have the Windows XP-style Quick Launch bar in Windows 10

There's no shame in liking the classics. Here's how to bring XP's Quick Launch bar to Windows 10.

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Microsoft fixes Windows 10's Anniversary Update freezing

Anyone experiencing the freeze issue in Windows 10 can now upgrade to the Anniversary Update—but you might lose your webcam.

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Google search for Android now finds info hidden inside apps

Google is making it easier to find content inside your phone with a new feature in the Google app called In Apps.

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Acer's new Spin laptops double as tablets and start at $250

Acer's new Spin laptops can be used as a Windows laptop or a Windows tablet.

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How to use Windows 10's Battery Saver mode

Battery Saver in Windows 10 is a handy feature for anyone who prefers to keep their power cords at home.

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Google quietly discontinues the Chromebook Pixel 2 without replacing it

The Chromebook Pixel 2's reign is over, and it's not clear what will replace it.

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Laptop speed boost: Blazing-fast SSDs are expected to overtake hard drives by 2018

A report by market research firm DRAMeXchange says that by 2018 half of all notebooks sold could be rocking SSDs instead of hard drives.