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Google Chrome's notifications won't support Windows 10's Action Center

Google has valid reasons for Chrome to not support Action Center, but it's still the latest blow in a longstanding feud with Microsoft.

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Firefox makes extension porting easier as security crackdown looms

New tools should help developers bring their extensions over from Chrome or Opera, but existing extensions may have trouble surviving the shift.

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The best web browser of 2015: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, IE, and Opera compared

We've tested the top browsers—Google Chrome, Microsoft’s Edge and Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera—against a variety of simulated and real-world tests, and picked a winner.

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Firefox sticks it to Microsoft, redirects Cortana searches in Windows 10

Users who set Firefox as their default browser can use Cortana web search with whatever search engine they want, instead of just Bing.

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Opera Software considers sale after lowering financial expectations

Browser maker also acquired Brazilian app discovery service Bemobi amid reduced financial expectations

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Tested: How Flash destroys your browser's performance

We tested the effects of browsing with and without Flash on several major browsers. Enabling Flash is, in a word, catastrophic.

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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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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.

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How to change Windows 10's default web browser to Chrome, Firefox, or Opera

Windows 10 pulls a nasty trick when you upgrade: It sets your default web browser to Edge, even if you opted for Chrome or Firefox in Windows 7 or 8. Here's how to change it back.

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Mozilla CEO blasts Microsoft over Windows 10 defaults

Mozilla's Chris Beard calls setting Edge browser as default a "dramatic step backwards".

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Firefox's 'Idea Town' testing program will let users try out bleeding-edge features

Mozilla plans to launch a new testing program in August that let's Firefox users try out potential changes to the browser.

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How to use Microsoft Edge, Windows 10's new browser

Windows 10 introduces a new Web browser, Microsoft Edge. We'll show you its new features, from Cortana to Web Notes, and how to use them effectively.

Chrome 44 brings the Physical Web to iPhone, iPad

Don't download the app for your smart device. Check if it has Physical Web support first.

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Stop pesky HTML5 videos from auto-playing with this helpful Firefox add-on

This nifty add-on helps you silence pesky auto-playing audio and video that you come across on the web--as long it's not Flash-based.

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Firefox devs testing feature to find and nuke noisy tabs

Mozilla Firefox developers are working on a noise indicator that appears on tabs playing videos and audio. So far it only works with HTML5 videos, but developers appear to be working on implementing this with Flash media, as well.