Ian PaulContributor, TechHive

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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Comcast's live TV streaming service may only be for Xfinity Internet customers

Comcast's Stream is going away in favor of a new service called Xfinity Instant TV, according to reports.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro finally adds 4K video support for local files

You can't use the PlayStation 4 Pro to play UHD Blu-ray, but if you have any locally saved 4K files you can watch them on Sony's console.

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Newegg's dropped $20 off the third-generation Nest thermostat

The Nest thermostat is available for $230 at Newegg until Monday.

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Vudu's smartphone app can turn your old DVDs into HD digital copies

Now you can pay a nominal per-title fee to get digital copies of your DVD and Blu-ray discs.

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Netflix debuts on Firefox for Linux, but not everyone's happy about it

You can now watch Netflix videos on Firefox for Linux, but not everyone is happy about it as the battle over DRM in HTML rages on.

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Alexa gets Prime Now integration

Need those AA batteries in a hurry, but can't leave the house? Alexa's Prime Now rapid delivery service can help.

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Netflix is dropping star ratings for a simple thumbs up or down

Siskel and Ebert would be proud. Netflix is adopting a simple like/dislike format for user ratings and dumping the stars.

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Netflix wants to be awesome on phones, with HDR support and mobile-specific video cuts

Netflix will bring HDR content to phones, and it's looking at creating phone-specific cuts of its videos.

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Pandora's new Premium streaming service leans on personal playlists to compete with Spotify

For $10 a month, Pandora Premium users get access to Pandora's popular radio services and a new on-demand catalog.

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Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users

Anyone with a Plex Pass subscription can now get at their media libraries from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive (personal) with Plex Cloud.

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Nest adds two-step authentication to make your smart home more secure

Nest's new two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of protection to your smart home.

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Amazon Echo adds Office 365 calendar integration

Now you can add a new calendar appointment for work without getting off the couch to grab your phone.

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Vizio's entry-level 4K TVs finally make HDR affordable

Vizio's new E-series TV has the latest in television tech at very reasonable prices.

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The Nintendo Switch launched today, and nobody's sure if that's good or bad

Opinions of the Nintendo Switch are torn between the console's strength and weaknesses.

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Netgear's R6300v2 dual-band 802.11ac router is down to $70 today

It's a pretty solid Wi-Fi router with gigabit ethernet, beamforming, USB peripheral support, and remote access for well under $100.