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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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Google search tweak helps you avoid long lines at local shops

Got a hankering for coffee but can't stand the thought of waiting in line? Google search on mobile can help you figure out if that's likely to happen.

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Google's Nest smart thermostat yanked from the Apple Store

HomeKit-enabled devices are slowly rolling into Apple's world, and Google's Nest Learning Thermostat is rolling out.

Chrome 44 brings the Physical Web to iPhone, iPad

Don't download the app for your smart device. Check if it has Physical Web support first.

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Twitch finally starts ditching Flash for HTML5

Twitch's slow move out from under Adobe Flash is slow going, but work on the video player is starting to appear.

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Google Maps' new 'Your Timeline' feature helps you track your travel history

Your Timeline shows you where you've been on any given day if you're storing your location history with Google.

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Amazon's 'Prime Day' birthday blowout promises more deals than Black Friday

Amazon's big Black Friday-style sale begins on Wednesday, but Walmart wants to play too.

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Mozilla Firefox temporarily blocks Flash by default

Mozilla's Firefox has had enough of Flash and its security problems, at least for now.

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Samsung may bump up Galaxy Note 5's launch to avoid Apple's new iPhone

We all expect to see the Galaxy Note 5 debut in the coming weeks. But a new report says Samsung's newest phablet may come earlier than usual.

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How to keep track of Beats 1 playlists even when you're not "tuned in"

Don't want to bother with Apple Music or iTunes, but curious about Beats 1 streaming radio? Turn to Spotify and Twitter for a sampling.

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Gmail gets visual with hundreds of new themes, revamped emojis

Gmail has added more themes to choose from and has swapped its old emoticon menu for Hangouts-style emojis.

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YouTube's Android, iOS apps now stream buttery-smooth 60 frames per second videos

Now you can watch 60fps YouTube videos on your mobile device, as well as your PC.

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AC/DC finally embraces streaming music with Spotify, Apple Music, and Rdio

Finally, you can make a comprehensive playlist of late 70's and 80's rock thanks to AC/DC landing on streaming services like Rdio and Spotify.

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Google Maps' Street View ascends 3,000 feet to the top of El Capitan

Google is looking up, way up with its latest addition to Street View, Yosemite National Park's El Capitan.

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Google finally makes Undo Send an official Gmail feature

Undo Send has been in Gmail Labs for six years and now it's finally a standard part of Google's email service.

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Amazon may soon look to you for package delivery

Amazon has caught the crowdsourcing bug and wants to control its shipping costs with independent drivers.