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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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Netflix users worry about potential VPN ban

Netflix doesn't do much to stop people from accessing Netflix over a virtual private network, but that may soon change.

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Withings introduces $150 Activité Pop, a smartwatch with analog style

If you want to look good while tracking your steps, the new Activité Pop may be the smartwatch for you.

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8 easy digital resolutions for a happy, high-tech 2015

Forget going to the gym. Getting your digital life in order is just as important--and far, far easier.

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The year in tech: 2014's 13 biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

For these companies, it was just the worst of times.

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Skype group chat hits Word and PowerPoint Online apps

Microsoft has finally made it easier to chat with others working on the same document inside Office Online thanks to a Skype-powered feature that is now live.

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Samsung smart TVs will soon be able to play PlayStation games without a PlayStation

Sony is partnering with Samsung to bring its PlayStation Now game streaming service to select Samsung Smart TVs in 2015.

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How to track Santa's Christmas Eve journey from any device

Keep tabs on Santa's Christmas Eve trek around the globe with these websites, apps, and more.

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How to use cloud storage's hidden, helpful power tool: Robust file version histories

Lost some work on a document you saved to Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive? Don't worry! All three services automatically save older versions of edited documents.

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Google adds song lyrics to search results but it feels like a cheap cash grab

Google's instant answer results for song lyrics are partial and push you towards the Google Play Store.

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HP quietly rolls out a touch-enabled Chromebook 14

Looking for a last-minute gift that doesn't need to get there before Christmas? HP recently introduced a touch-enabled Chromebook that might do the trick.

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Snapchat cracks down on Windows Phone imitator apps

Snapchat doesn't offer an official Windows Phone app yet, but it's asked Microsoft to remove the unofficial ones, some of which have proved risky to users.

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Here's a wearable for couch potatoes: KipstR pauses or records TV for snoozers

Aw, you fell sleep watching your favorite program? Virgin Media's KipstR checks one more first-world problem off the list.

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Three security-boosting steps to perform on every router

If you haven't done this with your router yet, do so STAT to make sure it's nice and secure.

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Comcast launches 4K app the same week it kills Xfinity 3D

Comcast is so over 3D, because the new attraction in HDTV technology is 4K, also known as UHD. If you've got a 2014 Samsung UHD TV then Comcast has an app for you.

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Xbox One kicks out the jams with new Pandora, Vevo apps

Pandora and Vevo have arrived on the Xbox One for your aural pleasure.