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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Sling TV expands its Cloud DVR 'First Look' to Apple TV

For $5 per month, Sling TV subscribers get 50 hours of DVR storage in the cloud. The beta 'First Look' service just landed on another major platform, Apple TV.

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How to enable Windows Sonic virtual surround sound in the Windows 10 Creators Update

The Creators Update's built-in Windows Sonic spatial sound feature is supposed to improve your headphone audio experience

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New Google Wifi spotted at the FCC

We might be seeing a new Google Wifi mesh router in the coming months.

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Newegg is giving away a free smart plug with the purchase of a Google Home

This $129 Google Home/smart-plug combo is a great starter kit for aspiring smart-home enthusiasts.

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How to watch Netflix offline on your PC

The Netflix app for Windows 10 now supports offline viewing.

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Samsung's Connect Home mesh Wi-Fi router comes with a SmartThings Hub built-in

The Samsung Connect Home is a mesh router system and a SmartThings Hub in one.

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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.