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In a rush to get through all the episodes of Luke Cage? Way behind your partner on seasons of House of Cards? You can get through your Netflix queue faster than normal and save yourself some time, as long as you're prepared to do a little bit of under-the-hood tinkering in your browser.

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Are you a fervent acolyte of the on-demand video streaming revolution and yet still yearn for some of the old-school television charm? OttoPlay is an add-on for Netflix (and YouTube and Hulu) that brings back the old channel surfing feel, letting you skip across "channels." It may be more rewarding than normal recommendations, at least.

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Building extensible software is a tricky business. On one hand, you want your platform to be as customisable as possible, while on the other you want the flexibility to update APIs to make them faster, more secure and feature-rich. These aims aren't always compatible, as we're now discovering with Mozilla and the fundamental changes it's making to Firefox's add-on infrastructure.

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Back in 2012, YouTube started hiding the tags associated with videos to stop people copying popular combinations. They can still be attached to clips — and they're still factored into searches — but they're not visible while you're browsing around the site. If you find them useful, you can bring them back with the help of a simple Chrome extension.

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Cortana makes the jump to the desktop in Windows 10, meaning you can get a more personalised experience through voice commands or the good old mouse and keyboard. But what if kind of hate Bing's search engine? You can use a browser extension to redirect Bing queries to any search engine you choose.

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Part of the appeal of Chromebooks lies in their lightweight minimalism, but that does mean you miss out on some advanced OS features — such as being able to set a display time-out interval. If you want to stop your Chrome OS screen from dimming then there's an extension that can help.

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There's an awful lot of content out there on YouTube and sorting the wheat from the chaff can be a serious undertaking. One way of making your video browsing smarter is to install the unofficial Ratings Preview extension for Google Chrome; it rather handily shows the rating for a clip right alongside every thumbnail, making it easier to pick out videos from search results.