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Why Windows Insiders are seeing Android notifications on their PCs

Cortana's deep link between Android and Windows 10 PCs is starting to show up among testers in the wild. Windows 10 Mobile is still unpopular, so Microsoft's trying to keep a hand in by offering services and apps to Android and iOS.

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Netflix's Fast.com download tester takes its war against slow ISPs directly to the user

Netflix’s war against poor speeds from Internet service providers (ISPs) has a new weapon: The company's Fast.com utility can tell you the download speed between your home and Netflix's servers.

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Android N at Google I/O: No new features announced, so Google turned to name-calling

Google wants your input on what Android N should be named when it rolls out later this summer, so choose wisely.

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Microsoft just implied it may never release another Lumia

Was the Lumia 650 the end of the line for Lumia handsets? Looks like it.

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Giant Windows 7 roll-up patch takes the headache out of updating a new PC

More than five years of updates for Windows 7 in a single package. It's about time.

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New Windows 10 Mobile preview adds handy web features, but kills Wi-Fi Sense

The latest Windows 10 Mobile preview build kills Wi-Fi Sense, and makes it easier to navigate on Microsoft Edge.

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Touch-friendly Windows 10 OneDrive app launches with placeholder-like functionality

You hated it in Windows 8, but the OneDrive universal app for Windows 10 is a helpful alternative to placeholders.

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Beat Google to the punch: Make Flash on Chrome click-to-play right now

Adobe Flash is going click-to-play in late 2016, but you don't have to wait until then to stop Flash from autoplaying.

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The Raspberry Pi Zero mini-PC adds a camera connector, still costs just $5

Now you can do even more with the Raspberry Pi Zero thanks to the addition of a camera connector.

Microsoft is killing Project Spark, its ambitious cross-platform creation game

Microsoft's Project Spark is dead, not just resting.

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Acer and Starbreeze will team up to create the ultra-immersive StarVR headset

Acer wants a piece of the virtual reality scene and Starbreeze seems like the perfect partner.

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Nearly 100 classic NFL games headed to YouTube

The NFL and YouTube have a new agreement that brings classic NFL games in full to Google's video site, as well as more NFL content in Google search.

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Windows 10 phones gaining support for fingerprint readers this summer

When the next version of Windows 10 Mobile rolls out this summer it will add fingerprint sensing capabilities to Windows Hello.

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How to bring picture-in-picture mode to YouTube on your PC

A handy Chrome extension lets you continue watching a video while checking out the rest of YouTube within the same tab.

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Latest Windows 10 Insider preview build's small touches add up to a major update

Preview build 14342 is out for Insider users on the fast ring for Windows 10 for PCs. The new build adds desktop notifications for Edge, improved dark theme support, and more.