How to bring back Chrome's old New Tab page

The largest element on Chrome's redesigned New Tab page -- the Google search bar -- is redundant. If you have gotten into the habit of entering search terms in Chrome's address bar, which Google refers to as the omnibox, then the Google search bar and large Google logo are just taking up space on the New Tab page.

Thankfully, you can return to the old New Tab page, and do so without installing an extension. Here's how:

1. Type or copy and paste chrome://flags into Chrome's omnibox

2. Search for "Enable Instant Extended API&… Read more

Four features to know about in Safari on iOS 7

From a new tab layout to a unified search and address bar, there's a lot to learn when it comes to using Safari on iOS 7. It can be an intimidating experience the first time around, but that's what we're here for. Let's take a look at some things that have changed in Safari on iOS 7.

Smart Search The first thing you'll likely encounter that's different is the address bar. As you can see there are no longer two different text fields, one for entering a URL and one for search. Instead Apple … Read more

When will Samsung go 64-bit?

Samsung is going 64-bit too. But when?

Apple drew plenty of oohs and aahs this week when it revealed the first 64-bit chip for smartphones on Tuesday.

Samsung immediately chimed in, saying it is going to do the 64-bit thing too.

"Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," Samsung's mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun told the Korea Times on Wednesday.

The operative phrase is "not in the shortest time." That echoes a discussion I had earlier this month with ARM executives when they spoke about the Cortex … Read more

Split Chrome tabs into multiwindow, preset layouts with Tab Resize

For times when you find yourself engaged in a research project or otherwise tab-heavy browsing session, there is Tab Resize for Chrome. This extension lets you split tabs into multiple windows, arranged in a number of preset layouts. It's particularly useful on larger displays.

Tab Resize installs a button to the right of the URL bar in Chrome. Click on it and you'll see a number of layouts from which to choose. If you don't like any of the layouts, you can create a custom layout; simply name the number of rows and columns and it's … Read more

Nvidia's 'Tegra Tab' houses unreleased Tegra 4 and stylus

Nvidia is gearing up to release a 7-inch tablet and, although it has yet to be confirmed or announced, its recent FCC appearance gives us a sneak peek at what's to come.

The P1640 -- or the Tegra Tab, as it's rumored to be named -- is expected to boast some home-field advantage, featuring an as-of-yet unreleased version of Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip. Aside from the speedy SoC, the tablet appears to house some midrange specs: a 1,280x800-pixel resolution IPS display and an almost-stock version of Android Jelly Bean.

The front of the tablet is all … Read more

What's coming to Apple and Android? ARM offers a roadmap

On the eve of Intel's annual conference, executives from rival ARM described a more PC-like future for mobile devices in an interview with CNET.

ARM chip designs dominate smartphones and tablets worldwide. Its processors are the brains inside the iPhone, the iPad, Samsung Galaxy products, Google's Nexus line, HTC devices -- and the list goes on and on.

Samsung, Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and MediaTek -- all licensees to varying degrees of ARM technology -- dominate.

That's a problem for Intel as ARM-based devices running Android, for instance, take on more PC-like attributes.

ARM's upcoming Cortex-A53 and … Read more

AT&T launches LTE version of 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 for $199

Consumers looking for the new LTE flavor of Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 can now pick one up through AT&T.

The carrier's Tab 3 order page shows the tablet selling for $299.99 regularly. But buyers can trim that down to $199 by choosing the standard two-year agreement. Alternatively, subscribers can opt for AT&T's Next plan, which eliminates the down payment in favor of monthly installments of $20 each.

Buyers can further slash the price of the Tab 3 to $99.99 with a two-year agreement by adding the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung … Read more

Man allegedly pawns office computers (gets caught)

There are all sorts of ways to get money.

Some are wise, some less so, while others are just asking for pain to knock upon your door.

Gary Lee Cochran stands accused of perhaps taking one risk too far. The 59-year-old is said to have obtained money without legal justification and, perhaps, sufficient aforethought.

For police in Charleston, W.Va., said he took gadgets from his place of work and into a pawn shop called Kanawha Valley Fine Jewelry and Loan. (Motto: "All Loans Confidential!")

You might imagine that the Kanawha County Schools, where Cochran worked, might have … Read more

Meet Samsung's new toddler-friendly Galaxy Tab

Samsung has a new version of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 on the way, but this one's not for you. With its colorful shell and rugged plastic case, this model is aimed squarely at the kids.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, as it's called, is basically the same as the standard Galaxy Tab 3 -- due to be unveiled at IFA next week -- but replaces the normal TouchWiz software with a child-friendly interface. As well as pre-loaded educational software, games and apps, the slate will have access to a dedicated kids app store, presumably overseen by the … Read more

For Chrome, the Omnibox is not enough

Google has begun to make its latest revision to the New Tab page in Chrome available to a small group of people, the company said in a blog post on Monday.

Google has said that it hopes that the cosmetic update, first announced last December and previously available to some people only in Chrome's Beta and Dev testing channels, will result in faster search times. The New Tab page with embedded search is available to a limited number of people on Chrome Stable for Windows and Mac, and Chromebooks.

The search box includes an open Application Programming Interface (API), … Read more