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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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Amazon bans shoddy, dangerous USB-C cables

Amazon now forbids USB-C cables that aren't standards compliant and pose a potential risk to your devices and chargers.

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Facebook may use Messenger to push into retail payments

Facebook is pushing the concept of Messenger as a platform, with possible new features including retail in-store payments.

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New YouTube Connect live streaming app may take aim at Periscope, Facebook Live

YouTube is working on a new app called YouTube Connect that streams live video broadcasts from your phone.

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Privacy.com's virtual Visas are burner debit cards that keep online shoppers safe

Privacy.com lets you create one-time use and merchant-specific debit cards to limit the use of your actual credit and debit card numbers.

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The Internet turns Tay, Microsoft's millennial AI chatbot, into a racist bigot

Microsoft's chatbot, Tay, learned hateful rhetoric through its online interaction with others.

Google kills the Chrome app launcher on Windows, Mac, and Linux

The Google Chrome app launcher is leaving Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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How to turn off Twitter's algorithmic feed and see tweets in chronological order

Here's how to turn off Twitter's new algorithmic feed that shows the "best tweets first."

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Google Maps embraces Uber and other services with dedicated ride-sharing tab

Google Maps got an Uber upgrade that makes it clearer and easier to hail a car with your smartphone.

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Oculus Rift founder reiterates: Apple's Macs can't handle VR

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey says the company won't bring the Rift headset to Macs, because the machines don't make the grade.

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Google's new Hands Free payment app lets you buy stuff with your face

Not content with Android Pay, Google is upping the stakes with a new payment system called Hands Free.

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Western Digital's 8TB hard drives mix helium with mammoth storage

Western Digital's bringing big-time storage to NAS boxes and external drives with new helium-filled 8TB hard drives.

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Next PlayStation 4 update will let you play your games on Windows PCs and Macs

The next major operating system update for PlayStation 4 will stream games to your Windows or Mac PC via Remote Play, but the upcoming beta won't have the new feature.

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Report: Apple's rushing to close iPhone hack opening after FBI decryption demand

Apple doesn't want to be in the iPhone hacking business and is looking to close the vulnerability at the center of its current fight with the FBI.

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Samsung's 256GB flash chips point to super-sized storage for future phones

Soon smartphones will come rocking 256GB onboard storage on a single chip.

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Facebook goes beyond Likes with new Reactions for anger, sadness, love, and more

You can still "like" posts to your heart's content, but if you need something stronger there's Reactions.