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Three gestures in Chrome Beta for Android that you need to know

One of the more annoying features in Chrome for Android is the swipe from the edge of the screen to change tabs. More often than not, this feature is accidentally triggered when you're trying to move around on a Web page, causing you to jump between tabs at random. It's frustrating.

Google has finally taken notice and is currently testing out some new features in the latest Chrome Beta build for Android users.

As pointed out by the Google Operating System Blog, the new gestures are designed to help provide a better user experience while you're using … Read more

Samsung to release a 12-inch tablet, says Korea report

Samsung will buck the trend toward small tablets with a 12-incher, according to the Korea Economic Daily.

The Daily speculates that it will be released in October sometime, citing industry sources.

The brief report adds that Samsung Electronics is still "engaged in development" of the device. The largest screen size on a Samsung tablet to date is 11.6 inches.

The report comes after series of rumors dating back to early in the year. One more recent July report claimed it packs a 12.2-inch display and may not necessarily be branded as a Galaxy Tab.

That same … Read more

Review: Office Tab brings seamless tabs to your favorite Office programs

Office Tab brings beautiful, useful tabs to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in a matter of seconds. The design is so perfect that you'll wonder if it actually came from Microsoft, itself. If you want all of your documents in one window, this is a phenomenal way to do it.

This program works with just about every version of Office, from 2003 all the way to Office 2013. It doesn't work with every Office program, but it supports PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Those are probably all the programs you'll need anyway. Unlike your browser, multiple Office tabs don'… Read more

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet combines low-key features with low-quality screen

Even when compared to other sub-$200 tablets in its weight class, the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 comes up short in features, performance, and screen quality. While the microSD storage expansion is welcome here, it's not reason enough to buy the tablet. There are plenty of other microSD-toting budget tablets with higher quality screens and more useful features.

Speaking of features, the tablet’s inclusion of Dolby Digital audio enhancement is its one possible saving grace. It's geared toward audiophiles, but due to its headphones-only functionality and a lack of user-friendly integration, it's not as easily accessible as … Read more

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus to launch Aug. 18 for $1,399

Samsung is kicking off its Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop at a price tag of $1,399.

Popping up for pre-order in the U.S. on August 18, the Ativ Book 9 Plus offers a 13.3-inch screen with a hefty resolution of 3,200x1,800 pixels, prompting CNET to dub it "possibly the highest-resolution 13-inch laptop around."

Outfitted with Gorilla Glass, the display is 2.8 times sharper than a full HD screen, according to Samsung. The screen's SuperBright technology is rated at 350 nits, which means it's designed to hold its brightness even under … Read more

Review: Work with multiple e-mail accounts in one program with Postbox for Mac

Postbox for Mac's streamlined interface and automatic syncing to existing accounts makes it a good e-mail manager. Additional features, including social media integration, further add to the program's appeal.

Postbox for Mac's main menu includes a row of buttons along the top that operate all of the common e-mail features. These include syncing to the Internet for new mail, archiving, replying, and forwarding, among others. A bar on the left side allows users to see which e-mail accounts are active, and to switch between them. The response time for changing accounts was quick. The main window contains … Read more

Apple highlights better way to juggle your browser tabs

The more tabbed pages you open in your browser, the more difficult it becomes to navigate them all. Apple has one remedy in mind, as shown in a newly published patent filing.

Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application called "Gesture-based navigation among content items" envisions a way to scroll through your tabbed pages in an array mode to find a specific one.

Desktop browsers typically display your tabs side by side. That's fine until you open so many tabbed pages that you can't keep track of them or even … Read more

Small Android tablets gain as Apple 'buzz' fades

Samsung, Amazon, and other tablet makers gained market share in the second quarter as those vendors cut into Apple's dominant position.

While Apple still holds about 43 percent of the worldwide tablet market -- by far the single largest percentage -- Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, Acer, and others saw hefty year-to-year gains in shipments during the second quarter, ranging from 228 percent (Acer) to 317 percent (Lenovo), according to a research note released Thursday by Canalys.

Overall Android shipments topped Apple.

The market researcher estimated that 68 percent of tablets shipped in the second quarter had a screen size smaller … Read more

Enliven Chrome's new tab page with Metro live tiles

If you have grown to like the live tiles and Metro interface of Windows 8's Start screen, then you might like to know that you can bring similar functionality to Chrome's new tab page.

Install the New MetroTab extension and the next time you open a new tab in Chrome, you'll be greeted by groups of colorful tiles that look and act a lot like those that populate the Windows 8 Start screen. New MetroTab starts you off with a number of tiles for commonly accessed sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the like, along with some … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is compact and sleek but functionally flawed

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 stylishly embraces a more simple aesthetic compared with its predecessor. For a 10-inch tablet, it manages to be a rather compact device; it's lightweight and sleek, with thin bezels and a clean, cohesive design that would make any iPad melt with flattery.

Unfortunately, Samsung continues its trend of lackluster updates to its 10-inch Galaxy Tab line. While I appreciate the Tab 3 10.1's stylish turn, its specs are only a modest upgrade from the Tab 2 10.1, resulting in noticeably lackluster performance. In fact, "change" -- instead … Read more