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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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Redbox Digital starts selling videos in small scale test

Redbox is back with its second attempt at a digital platform. This time the company is reaching for sales and rentals, not subscriptions.

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RIP, VHS players: The last VCRs ever will be made this month

Soon, you'll no longer be able to buy a brand new VHS player.

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Deezer's music streaming service comes to the U.S., but without a free option

Deezer's small-scale entry into the U.S. market is over. The service is now available to all—though it lacks a free tier.

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Plex's new universal Windows app powers up media playback with key Windows 10 features

Plex has a very nice universal Windows app built specifically for Windows 10, but only for PCs and tablets for now.

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Dish's new voice remote lets you change channels with natural language

Dish has a new remote that lets you control your set-top box with your voice.

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Nintendo's releasing a miniature NES console packed with 30 classic games

The original NES console is back in miniaturized form with 30 built-in games, a controller that also works with Wii systems, and HDMI out.

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Google's baking 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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Beloved VLC media player releases a robust universal Windows 10 app

VLC now has a Windows 10-friendly version that works with nearly every major Windows 10 platform.

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'Dozens' of new Amazon Dash buttons are coming this week

Amazon's Dash buttons may one day be replaced by bots and smart home appliances, but for now the retail giant is widening its push-button lineup.

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Roku's new universal Windows 10 app avoids Windows Phones

Another big app goes UWP and another big app ignores mobile completely. Wasn't it supposed to be easy to port these apps to mobile?

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Kodi dives into hardware with a Raspberry Pi 3 case perfect for low-cost HTPCs

Kodi's new Raspberry Pi case looks like it belongs in the living room and provides a little cooling too.

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Sony's PlayStation Vue live TV streaming expands to Roku, with Android on deck

You can now get PlayStation Vue broadcast TV streaming on your Roku, and next week you can watch on your Nexus or Galaxy phone as well.

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Amazon Echo may soon know when you're sad or irritated

Amazon reportedly wants to give Alexa some new features including a hint of emotional intelligence and the ability to hold a conversation.

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Google builds Chromecast support into Fiber TV cable boxes

Forget the Chromecast dongle, if you have Fiber TV your set-top box will do the same thing--almost.

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The fantastic $35 Raspberry Pi 3 mini-PC may soon get official Android support

Google appears to be developing a version of Android for the Raspberry Pi 3, but nobody knows what it will be for.