Ian PaulContributor, PCWorld

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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Facebook tests a Twitter-like feature to encourage more conversation

Facebook really wants you to know what your friends are talking about.

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Google bakes 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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Philips Hue motion sensor makes smart home lighting even more convenient

In October, you can stop turning on the lights like a sucker and just keep walking.

on techhive.com

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Apple may add Snapchat-like video features to make iOS more social

Apple wants to make iOS devices more social, but there aren't any finished features yet.

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Microsoft's Word Flow iOS keyboard adds Gboard-style GIFs, emoji, and web search

Apple's opening of the iOS keyboard floodgates has created enough space for a small skirmish between Google's Gboard and Microsoft's Word Flow.

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How to turn on Twitter's quality filters and silence trolls

Twitter has a solution for stopping trolls: A new timeline quality filter that discards nasty tweets in your notifications

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Uber's self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

Uber wants to be first to market with driverless cars and replace its human-powered fleet of drivers with robots.

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Intel praises killer USB-C audio features in war against traditional headphone jacks

Ditching analog headphones for USB-C audio opens up a world of new features, Intel says.

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Twitter wants an Apple TV app in time for the NFL season

Twitter's vision for its NFL games apparently includes making it easier to watch the games on your television.

on techhive.com

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Google Chrome's plan to kill Flash kicks into high gear

Google's long-running strategy to kill Flash usage is nearing its endgame this December.

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Spotify's latest personalized playlist wants to put new releases on your radar

Spotify's Release Radar is the company's latest personalized music playlist designed to deliver fresh tunes every Friday.

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1Password's new individual subscription plan protects your passwords across devices

Now individuals can get the benefits of a 1Password subscription.

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Goodbye, Hello: Firefox casts off its built-in video chat client this fall

Firefox’s built-in video chat component, Firefox Hello, could disappear from the browser as early as Firefox 49, which is scheduled for release in mid-September.

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Nintendo's hotly anticipated Pokémon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Nintendo says the Pokémon Go Plus wearable won't hit its original July release time frame.

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A cleaner, simpler Google Maps focuses on 'actionable info'

The new Google Maps revamp is all about "actionable information," according to Google.