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Six clicks: Can your browser do these tricks?

All web browsers are not created equal. Each of the top six browsers has a unique killer feature.

Google’s latest Chrome release tries to replace the Windows 8 desktop

This week's Google Chrome update added some significant new features to its Windows 8 mode, effectively turning the browser into a stripped-down version of Chrome OS, with its own taskbar and window-management tools. But who's it for, really?

Despite automatic updates, old browsers are still a problem

These days, every major browser developer pushes automatic updates to its user base. So why are so many people still using out-of-date browsers?

Net Market Share vs. StatCounter: Whose online measurements can you trust?

If you're curious about which computing platforms are most popular, you can take your pick of two separate independent data sources. What's the difference between the two, and why are some of their numbers so far out of sync?

At year's end, XP usage plunges as Windows 7 and 8 take over

It looks like PC owners are finally beginning to relax their grip on Windows XP. According to new worldwide usage share data, XP is down sharply, with Microsoft's two fully supported operating systems, Windows 7 and 8, picking up the slack.

New U.S. sales figures show the changing face of PC and tablet markets in 2013

A snapshot of the U.S. retail sales channel for the first 11 months of 2013 shows a big shift in the marketplace for computing devices. Windows PCs are flat, Apple PCs are down, and tablets of all kinds (including Android and Windows devices) are way up. But the big winner among consumers is the Chromebook.

Google announces ban on "multi-purpose" Chrome extensions

Developers who write extensions for Chrome are on notice. Keep it simple, or risk getting licked out of the Chrome Web Store. But what's the real reason for the sudden crackdown?

The year's top stories: Oracle crapware, Windows 8.1, the NSA, and more [2013 in Review]

My most popular stories of the year covered a wide range of topics. Here are the stories you found most interesting.

Getting ready for CES 2014 and The Internet of Stuff

Why go to the International CES and endure the horrors of a ridiculously crowded Las Vegas in January and the near-certainty of catching the CES flu? Because, after reading through hundreds of pitches about The Internet of Things, I need to see this explosion of super-smart, connected technology for myself.

Microsoft introduces online tool for Gmail switchers

A year after its rebranding of Hotmail as, Microsoft is taking aim at Gmail users with a new online service that simplifies the process of switching. app unifies Office 365 on iPads, Android tablets

Using Office 365 in enterprises isn't always easy on iPads and Android devices. A new update to an already useful third-party app makes it possible to share and collaborate from a single window.

Dell 8-inch tablets face off in Android-versus-Windows cage match

Last month Dell began selling two 8-inch tablets, one running Android, the other with Windows 8.1. It’s not often that a manufacturer introduces two devices with so much in common, on different platforms. Here's how the two devices stack up, side by side.

Free upgrades pay off for Apple and Microsoft in November

Latest worldwide usage figures for PC/Mac operating systems and browsers show little change in November, a traditionally slow month. But a close look at the numbers shows that the free Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades were a ...

Can Windows 8.1 devices close the door on Chromebooks?

A new generation of Windows PCs, with price points hovering around $300, is hitting the market with a vengeance this fall. Consumers stayed away from the last generation of high-priced touch notebooks. Will these new, cheaper devices turn the tide and reclaim the low-end market from Google's Chromebooks?

Dell's 8-inch Windows tablet makes a big impression

If you were disappointed by the first generation of Windows 8 tablets, Dell's new Venue 8 Pro might be the antidote. The form factor, which competes directly with devices like the Nexus 7 and Kindle HDX, takes full advantage of Windows 8.1.

Windows laptop, MacBook, or Chromebook? Let's ask Amazon

Are you looking for a clamshell-style laptop? The world's largest online market,, has a huge selection, with cheap Chromebooks at the top of the list. What does that list say about the three very different ecosystems for this familiar form factor?

Latest IDC figures show Chromebooks continue to struggle

After more than two years on the market, Chromebooks appear to be suffering from the same malaise as netbooks. The latest figures from IDC show that only Samsung has been able to ship more than "tiny volumes" of Chromebooks, and most sales have been in the K-12 education market, not to consumers.

Microsoft improves its free online Office

Where's Office for the iPad? Maybe you're looking in the wrong place. Today, Microsoft released its latest batch of Office Web App updates, pushing its free offering well past the feature set offered by its rivals.

The guessing game begins over SkyDrive's new name

After losing a trademark lawsuit over its SkyDrive cloud storage system, Microsoft agreed to change the name. Since that announcement, the company's been mum over what the new brand will be called. I've got a suggestion, one with lots of X appeal.

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