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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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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.

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Zombies! 10 shambling technologies that refuse to die

From VGA ports to USB 2.0, these zombie technologies should be dead, but they just won't quit.

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Twitch kicks off new Creative channel with Bob Ross 'Joy of Painting' marathon

It's not all fun and live-streaming games for Twitch. The new channel will highlight the site's lesser-known, but thriving community of artists seeking an online audience for their work. And what better way to kick it off than to stream all 403 episodes of 'The Joy of Painting' with Bob Ross?

Facebook helps Tor project get official recognition for .onion hidden sites

With the efforts from Facebook and the Tor project, it should become easier to browse securely via SSL on the so-called Darknet.

These helpful Bing and Cortana tricks can help you get ready for Halloween

Microsoft wants you to make Bing your go-to resource for this year's Halloween festivities.

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Facebook Message Requests wants to replace your phone number

Facebook's new solution for getting messages from non-friends means the end of the little known 'Other' inbox.


Here's what Samsung's giant 18-inch super tablet looks like

Serial leaker Evan Blass gives us a better look at Samsung's upcoming super tablet.

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How to hold Skype chats with people who aren't Skype users

Skype recently added a WebRTC-style feature that lets anyone join a conversation if they have a link. Here's how to set that up.


Microsoft's Windows 10-powered New Xbox One Experience rolls out Nov. 12

Xbox 360 backwards compatibility and a Windows 10 alignment are due for the Xbox One in November.

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15 powerful Microsoft Word shortcuts you need to know

Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Word. These keyboard shortcuts will put you on the path to Word mastery.

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The Surface Mini was real and 'awesome,' Microsoft's hardware guru confirms

Microsoft exec Panos Panay confirms the long-rumored device was real, but adds nothing else.


Google's Nexus 5X is pretty easy to repair, but watch out for that USB port

The new Nexus 5X got relatively good marks in terms of repairability from iFixit. Here's what they found.

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Chrome for iOS adds iOS 9's Split View multitasking

Google recently released a new version of Chrome that takes advantage of new iOS 9 features.

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This website helps you find cheap items to get free Amazon shipping

This site makes finding filler items on Amazon a breeze.

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These 15 Excel keyboard shortcuts will help you become a spreadsheet master

This list of 15 common Excel keyboard shortcuts will help you get things done more efficiently.