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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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How to turn your Android phone and Windows 10 PC into a dynamic duo with Cortana

Cortana has some great tricks up its sleeve—including a few new ones—that make it a great companion for any Windows 10 user on Android.

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Amazon Prime price slashed 25% this weekend to celebrate Golden Globe win

If you want to get a Prime subscription, a good time to buy will be Friday starting at 9 p.m. Pacific.


How to banish the Windows 10 upgrade prompts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Are you a Windows 7 or 8.1 user tired of seeing Microsoft's incessant taskbar pop-ups prompting you to upgrade to Windows 10? Here's how to banish them forever.

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Skype's magical real-time language Translator tool goes live for all Windows users

Skype Translator is now live for everyone using Skype on Windows.

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Comcast bugs BYO modem user with browser pop-ups suggesting an upgrade

Comcast is messing with your web browsing again with pop-up warnings you'd never see on a non-Comcast connection.

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Google Maps' secretive new Driving Mode wants to guess where you're going

Google just released a new version of Maps for Android with a hidden feature called Driving Mode that wants to figure out where you're going and feed you navigation tips during your trip.


The first PC hardware based on Intel's itty-bitty new mini-STX motherboards appears

Intel introduced the mini-STX motherboard design in August as the 5x5, and now hardware makers are picking up the torch.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday kills off Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

Support for Windows 8 is over, as is most support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. If you haven't done so already now is the time to upgrade.


Why you need a cloud backup service, and how to use one

Cloud backup is the easiest way to get the security of off-site backup for your important files. Here's how to choose and use one of these services.

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HTC Vive VR headset preorders open February 29

Pre-orders for the Vive will begin on the last day of February with shipping expected in April.

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AT&T brings back unlimited wireless data plans, but only for TV subscribers

If you use DirecTV or U-Verse, you can get unlimited data for the smartphones and tablets in your house.


Biz Stone's Q&A app Jelly to be reborn as Q&A app, only better

If at first you don't succeed, try an un-pivot. That's Jelly co-founder Biz Stone's approach in the hopes his team can rejuvenate the Q&A service.

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Strengthen your email writing with this Chrome extension

Just Not Sorry for Chrome prevents you from using weak statements like "I just..." or "Sorry to tell you this..." in your email.

ProPublica joins the Dark Web with .onion version of news site

ProPublica is now the biggest news site on the Dark Web. The independent news organization recently launched its own .onion address.

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Razer's new Nabu Watch has two screens and two batteries

It's not a smartwatch, but you can still get app notifications.