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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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How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Regretting the loss of DVD playback on your fancy new Windows 10 upgrade? Here's how to get that capability back for free.

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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.

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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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Comcast reveals Stream, a $15 online TV package for Internet-only subscribers

Comcast offers several packages that include online streaming, but Stream could be the company's first truly cord-cutter friendly service.

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5 free Wi-Fi tools that help maximize your home network

Wi-Fi is wonderful, and even more so when you use these free tools.

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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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OneDrive adds Chromecast support for photos and videos

Now you can stream your personal photos and videos stored in OneDrive to your TV via Chromecast.

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Cord cutters shut out from MLB Network's new live-streaming service

The MLB Network is live and available online 24/7, but only if you have a cable subscription.

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Spotify shows off impressive growth ahead of Apple Music launch

Spotify isn't afraid of Apple Music and it has the users to show it with a doubling of paid subscribers in just over a year.

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Plex gets more secure, adding free SSL encryption for all free and paying users

Plex Media Server users just got an important upgrade: The company is giving all of its customers, both paid subscribers and free users, an SSL certificate from a trusted authority, for free.

NFL chooses Yahoo streaming over TV for one game this season

The annual showdown from London, England won't be shown on traditional TV in every market. Instead, you'll have to watch it online courtesy of Yahoo.

Windows 10 Music Preview app redesign sports a Spotify-like aesthetic

It's late in the game, but Microsoft is still playing around with the visual look to elements of Windows 10 as it tweaks the OS prior to the upcoming launch.

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Walmart's testing a $50 Amazon Prime competitor

Walmart reportedly plans to take on Amazon this summer with an invite only trial program that offers unlimited free delivery for a low annual fee.

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Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are finally ready to bring 4K movies to your home theater

Ultra HD is coming to Blu-ray. Licensing will begin this summer.

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NBC's experiments with Netflix-like binge watching for Duchovny's new TV show

NBC is taking a page from Netflix for its upcoming new series Aquarius, starring David Duchovny