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How to customize the left side of the Windows 10 Start menu

Hate those "Most used" and "Recently added" sections of the Windows 10 Start menu? Here's how to get rid of them and add items that are actually useful.

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Ad-blocking software is costing websites real money

A new report released Monday says ad blocking will cost online businesses nearly $22 billion worldwide, and it will only get worse in the coming years.

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Cortana can replace Google Now on your Android phone

Google invaded the Windows platform with the Chromebook-like experience in Chrome. Now, Microsoft is returning the favor by invading Android with Cortana.

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EFF's tracker-smashing Privacy Badger exits beta

After more than a year in beta, the EFF's Privacy Badger privacy-protecting add-on for Chrome and Firefox is available in its first stable version.

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3 Windows 10 tweaks to maximize your taskbar

Here's how to customize all the things in Windows 10's taskbar.

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Update Firefox now! Fix rushed out for an exploit that steals files off your hard drive

Mozilla released Firefox 39.0.3 on Thursday to patch a pretty serious security flaw.

How to uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 or 8

Did you upgrade to Windows 10 and regret it? You can go back to your older operating system in a few clicks.

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HBO Now rolls out support for Google's Chromecast

Now it's really easy to beam your HBO Now subscription to your TV without an Apple set-top box.

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New tool reawakens disabled hardware in high-end AMD Radeon graphics cards

A new homebrew procedure tries to determine if select AMD graphics cards have extra compute units locked down by software, and then tries to unlock them.

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Google turns your Android phone into a Hangouts presentation powerhouse

First your phone was a presentation remote for Chromecast and Airplay, now you can add Hangouts to that list.

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Seagate's stylish 2TB Xbox hard drive packs ample room for games, DVR recordings

Need an external hard drive for your Xbox? This one will look really nice next to your console.

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Epson's new printers aim to kill the costly hassle of frequent ink cartridge refills

Epson is bucking the trend of low-priced printers and high-priced ink with a new line of EcoTank printers starting at $380.

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BitTorrent Sync's cloudless file syncing adds mobile productivity features

BitTorrent Sync for mobile is great if you just want to view files sent to you from PCs. Now, Sync taps into your smartphone or tablet's productive side.

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Can't find a Windows 10 feature? Ask Cortana for help

Microsoft has rearranged the furniture in Windows 10. To find what you need, turn to the operating system's digital personal assistant.

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Acer's insanely cheap Windows 10 Cloudbooks take aim at Chromebooks

Don't want to spend sub-$200 on a Chromebook? How about a Windows 10 laptop?