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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.

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy early Sunday morning.

Online tools to use to track Hurricane Sandy's power

Here's where to go to find up-to-the-minute information as Hurricane Sandy clobbers the United States.

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Windows 8, iPad, and Android: Previewing tech's busy week

The next seven days offer a slew of mobile product announcements and releases, ranging from Apple's anticipated iPad Mini to Microsoft's first tablet, refreshes from Samsung and Google, and a promotion of the first Windows 8 devices.

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Yelp to battle shill reviews with name-and-shame program

The company will place alert messages on the profile page of businesses caught stuffing their profile full of bogus reviews

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Android and iOS app download sizes are growing fast

Download sizes for iOS and Android apps continue to explode as new tablets and smartphones come packed with high-definition displays, more RAM, and beefier processors.

Google search experiment integrates Google Drive, Calendar

Google's new beta test requires users to sign up for the service

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Newer smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, teardown finds

If your smartphone ends up in a landfill or incinerator, all those toxic chemicals can end up in the water you drink or the air you breathe

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban lifted

A U.S. District judge late Monday lifted the temporary sales ban against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Rovio extends Angry Birds franchise with Bad Piggies

This time you play on the side of the pigs as you try and steal eggs from those furious fowls

New iPhone 5 users cry foul, claim new phone is too easily scuffed and scratched

Some iPhone 5 buyers claim handset is scratch-prone, while others claim phone is scuffed before taking it out of the box.

Twitter redesigns its iPad app, introduces new profile header

Twitter's getting just a bit more photogenic: The company on Tuesday announced a redesign for its iPad Twitter app, along with updates to its iOS and Android apps and a new profile page overhaul that includes Facebook-style cover photos.

TechHive: iPhone 5 preorders begin; ship dates slip to two weeks


Apple and U.S. carriers began accepting iPhone 5 preorders early Friday morning. By 8 a.m. ET, shipping estimates had already slipped to two weeks.

TechHive: iPhone 5 to debut on Cricket Wireless Sept. 28


AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint won't be the only U.S. carriers to offer the iPhone 5 later this month. Cricket Wireless will also offer a prepaid, no-contract version of Apple's latest phone, though it will be available a week after it goes on sale elsewhere.

TechHive: The Kindle Fire HD as an iPad rival


Amazon's is priming its newly unveiled Kindle Fire HD as an iPad competitor. Here's how the two tablets measure up.

TechHive: What comes next in Apple-Samsung


The battle is far from over: Samsung is appealing, Apple wants to ban sales of specific Samsung devices in the U.S., and a much bigger battle could be brewing between Apple and Google. Here's what to look for in the coming days.

Sony cuts Tablet S pricing by $100

A price cut to Sony's Tablet S shows how iPad rivals are trying to compete with Apple's dominance in the market by lowering prices.