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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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.

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Facebook's video app rolls out on Apple TV

Facebook videos from your news feed and profile are now available in an endless stream on Apple TV.

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Google snafu signs users out of accounts, wreaks havoc on OnHub and Wifi routers

If you were signed out of your Google device on Thursday it wasn't hackers—just a Google hiccup.

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Amazon Echo and Google Home want to replace your home phone

Phone calls could be coming to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but the companies are currently hung up on several technicalities.

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Caavo wants to cure streaming video headaches by unifying your set-top boxes

Caavo wants to be the one set-top box to rule them all, but will the major video streaming players stand for it?

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Comcast's Xfinity Stream app will bring live TV, Xfinity X1 features to your mobile device

Comcast's new Xfinity Stream app takes its cues from the cable company's impressive X1 set-top box.

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PewDiePie dumped by Disney and YouTube over anti-Semitic stunts

YouTube isn't cancelling PewDiePie's account, but the popular vlogger has lost his YouTube Red series and access to the Google Preferred advertising program.