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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The first universal Windows app hits Microsoft's Xbox One

Twenty-thousand lucky Xbox One Preview Program participants are getting their first look at the console's first universal Windows app, and it's a Blu-ray player.

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Mozilla aims to combat the closed web by baking smart, open discovery into Firefox

Mozilla's Context Graph wants to help you find content on the web based on previous user experiences and how one page on the web relates to the other.

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Opera’s 4 standout features that make it competitive with Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

Small, scrappy Opera has always been a great browser, but with recent additions of ad-blocking, battery saving and more, it's bidding for big-time market share.

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RIP: The BlackBerry Classic (and its iconic keyboard) is dead

The BlackBerry Classic was the last phone to offer users the original BlackBerry physical keyboard experience.

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How to use Facebook's new save and share Chrome extensions

Facebook recently released two new Chrome extensions that come in handy when browsing the web.

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Microsoft's rolling out an intrusive full-screen Windows 10 upgrade nag for final push

Microsoft stopped the tricks with its Windows 10 upgrade pop-ups. But the company is also adding a full-screen prompt ahead of July 29.

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When browser cookies go bad: How to avoid 'bad header' problems on favorite websites

If you're seeing a "400 Bad Request. Request Header or Cookie Too Large" error that doesn't let you access a site, you've probably got a cookie that's too large or corrupted. Here's how to fix that.

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Google's baking Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google is finally adding a built-in option to Cast open tabs to your Chromecast-enabled television. The extension will still work, but it's no longer needed.

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Facebook's beefing up its huge army of Messenger bots as Google and Amazon catch up

Facebook still dominates the bot wars, with more than 11,000 bots Facebook Messenger bots ready to answer your questions. Soon they'll be able to send you GIFs, too. But Google and Apple are coming up fast.

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How to ban the sites you hate from Cortana's top headlines

Like Cortana but hate that it always surfaces news from a certain site? Now you can dump that site thanks to a new Cortana feature.

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Is this the future of Windows 10 Mobile? NuAns is pitching its Neo phone on Kickstarter

Is anyone interested in a Windows 10 Mobile device that's not a Lumia? We'll soon find out thanks to a Kickstarter campaign from NuAns.

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Windows 10's big Anniversary Update will hit phones the same time as PCs

It appears Windows 10 Mobile users will start seeing upgrades around August 2, or soon after.

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Beloved VLC media player releases a robust universal Windows 10 app

VLC now has a Windows 10-friendly version that works with nearly every major Windows 10 platform.

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Facebook’s shifted your news feed to put friends and family ahead of published content

Facebook is tweaking the news feed algorithm again to put family and friends first, just like the company's news feed manifesto says it should.

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Microsoft kills Windows 10's Messaging Everywhere texts, to bolster Skype

Microsoft had a working feature that let you see and respond to text messages on your PC inside the Messaging app. Now it's killed that feature to bring it to Skype.