Ian PaulContributor, PCWorld

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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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How to watch Donald Trump's presidential inauguration live online for free

No cable? No problem. Here's how to watch Donald Trump's presidential inauguration live online for free.

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Vizio adds Google Home support to its SmartCast TVs and home audio gear

Vizio's SmartCast devices already come with Google Cast functionality built-in. Now they work with Google Home too.

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How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

We'll show you how to protect your online privacy as governments around the world, including the U.S., step up their online surveillance efforts.

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Nvidia's new Shield TV launches with HDR support, and connected home smarts on deck

After making a splash at CES, Nvidia's new $200 Shield TV is now on sale.

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Google's adding native Chrome support for FLAC lossless audio files

Google's Chrome browser will be able to play FLAC files by the end of January—as will Firefox.

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How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure

Don't let your smart clock expose you to hackers. A web app from BullGuard can help.

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Amazon Echo speakers obey TV's command to buy a dollhouse

Alexa-powered devices try to buy a dollhouse after responding to a command from a news broadcast.

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Amazon's new Fire TV interface is a gorgeous, much-needed upgrade that swipes Netflix's style

Amazon just pushed out a new Fire TV interface that's similar to what Netflix is doing.

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Dolby's luscious Atmos surround sound is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One

Dolby Atmos is coming to most of the Windows 10 world in 2017, including PCs, tablets, and Xbox consoles.

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Cortana's coming to robots and smart devices via Windows 10 for the Internet of Things

Cortana is coming to your coffee maker courtesy of Windows IoT Core and the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Hulu finally makes subscriber accounts easier to share with multi-user profiles

Now you can keep the viewing tastes separate of up to six family members on Hulu.

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Apple's single sign-on for Apple TV and iOS is live

A limited number of cable subscribers across the nation can now forget about signing in to endless apps with their cable provider credentials.

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YouTube's top trending videos for 2016

Here's a look at the weird, wonderful, and mundane from YouTube's top trending videos of 2016.

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Plume's 'routerless' mesh network blankets your home in Wi-Fi with an army of tiny pods

Plume wants to put a pod in every room of your house, with most router functions controlled by the cloud.

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Amazon adds HBO and Cinemax to its cord-cutting selection

Amazon Prime subscribers can now get access to the on-demand content libraries of HBO and Cinemax via their favorite online retailer.