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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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Zalman hardware warranties will be honored despite parent company's $3 billion fraud conspiracy

Fear not: Your Zalman warranty will continue to be honored, as the hardware maker is being spun off in the wake of its parent company's woes.

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Chromecast snags Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Comedy Central, and more

Google's $35 streaming dongle just keeps on getting stronger—though most of the recent additions are of limited usefulness to cord cutters.

How to find free Internet for your laptop while traveling

A solid Internet connection isn't always available on the road. Here's three ways to stay connected almost anywhere.

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10 mind-blowing Oculus Rift experiments that reveal VR's practical potential

The inspiration for the Oculus Rift may have been gaming, but these experiments show how the consumer-grade virtual reality headset could transform more than just your World of Warcraft experience.

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Android Lollipop's default encryption devastates storage performance, tests show

Is your new Nexus 6 not as snappy as it should be? The default encryption feature may be to blame.

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Skype-powered group chats coming to Office Online

If you knew the trick, Microsoft would let you chat with one other person inside Office Online. Soon, you'll be able to chat with all your collaborators inside a document in PowerPoint and Word.

Plex's new Plex Home features beef up media management in your house

Plex is one of the more popular choices when it comes to PC-based home media streaming platforms. Now managing multiple users on Plex just got easier—for paid users, anyway.

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Aereo files for bankruptcy after Supreme Court's killing blow

The Internet TV revolution will not be televised by Aereo.

How to protect yourself from PC tech support scams

In the third time since 2011, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has shut down another operation selling bogus tech support to Windows PC owners.

Walmart closes price-match loophole after scammers snag $90 PlayStation 4s

Walmart tightened up its online-price matching policy after a few customers took the big box retailer for a ride.

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BitTorrent reveals Sync 2.0, a supercharged update for its cloudless file syncing tool

BitTorrent has some big plans for Sync in 2015. The bad news is most of them are going to cost you.

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Android 5.0's new Trusted Places feature kills passcode prompts in your home

Wish you didn't have to use a passcode to unlock your smartphone at home? If you've got an Android 5.0 device, pretty soon you won't have to.

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Watching shows online is more common now, Flurry says, but TV’s hardly dead yet

The shows aren't going away, they're just moving to new platforms. And many people are overlapping: watching TV while also using their phone or tablet.

Sony eyes ad-supported music streaming warily after Taylor Swift's Spotify freak out

Taylor Swift doesn't like Spotify's free tiers. Is Sony starting to sing the same tune?

This secret power menu unlocks Windows' visual effects options

Want to add a little shadow to your mouse pointer or get rid of window animations? Here's how.