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Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

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Why Chrome is the World's Most Influential Browser

Chrome may trail Internet Explorer and Firefox in market share, but when it comes to design influence, it's clearly the leader. With the recent releases of Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4, the "Chrome-zation" of the browser world is nearly complete.

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YouTube may be the reigning king of online video, but Microsoft, very quietly, has jumped to the number 2 spot in online video watching, leaping from number 7 to number 2 in a single month. It's now ahead of many rivals, including Hulu, Yahoo, Turner, AOL, and others.

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The past year has been a remarkable one for smartphones, with the meteoric rise of Google's Android OS, the restart of Microsoft's mobile strategy with its much-ballyhooed release of Windows Phone 7 and the continuing success of Apple's iPhone.


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Internet Explorer 9 Speeds Past Competition

Throw away what you think you know about Internet Explorer -- because the just-released IE9 will turn it all on its ear. Think IE is sluggish? Think again.

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