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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

Google has helped lower the blood pressure of internet users across the world with an experimental Chrome feature that makes it easy to identify which of your open tabs is blaring out noise. The feature, which is available in Chromium and the bleeding edge "this might crash horribly" Canary build of Chrome, puts a little visual …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2013
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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Samsung has announced this year's Galaxy Tab range and as has become the case in the world of fondleslabs, not much has changed. At some point in 2014's second quarter Samsung will emit a 10.1 inch, 8 inch and 7 inch tablets, all under the “Galaxy Tab4” moniker. All will be a little thinner and lighter, offer 1280x800 …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2014

Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

It takes a big company to admit it's wrong - and Taiwanese PC maker Asus has finally conceded that it can't keep making Windows RT tablets that folk simply don't want to buy. "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," said Asus CEO Jerry Shen told the WSJ ahead of its …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013
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Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

Microsoft has quietly released a recovery image for Surface RT tablets rendered unusable by bugs in last week's upgrade to Windows RT 8.1. The image can be downloaded here, along with a short instruction sheet explaining how to create a bootable recovery drive using any PC running Windows 7 or later and any USB drive larger than …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2013

Chipzilla just won't quit: Intel touts 64-bit Atoms for Android phones, tabs

Intel has launched one new 64-bit, Android-capable Atom processor platform – "Merrifield" – taken the wraps off a future one – "Moorefield" – and introduced a new LTE modem in its latest bid to crack the mobile market as well as position itself for the buzzword du jour, the Internet of Things. "Today we are announcing leading …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Feb 2014

Samsung pops out app toolkits for TVs, mobes, tabs (But DON'T mention Android)

At Samsung's first-ever developer conference, which kicked off in San Francisco on Monday, the South Korean firm unveiled a handful of new software development kits (SDKs) aimed at convincing programmers to think of themselves as not merely Android coders, but developers for the emerging Samsung platform. In fact, the word " …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2013

China's piracy watchdog to keep tabs on Amazon, Apple & co

China’s copyright watchdog is set to expand its oversight of e-commerce platforms including those run by Apple, Amazon and local giant Taobao as part of a renewed effort to police online piracy. The National Copyright Administration already monitors 19 major sites in China but said it will be expanding that number this year to …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jun 2013

Microsofties to get Windows 8 Surface tabs

Microsoft has found an eager early audience for its Windows-8-powered Surface Ultrabook: its own employees. The software giant is reportedly giving each of its 94,000 full-time staff a Surface computer for work and home use, in a gesture of mass Windows 8 munificence announced at the company’s annual staff meeting in Seattle’s …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Sep 2012
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Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

Skype for Android is up to version three, promising better sound and tablet-friendly menus along with Microsoft account sign-in as Redmond continues to merge user accounts. The claim to improved sound is credible. The variability of Skype's audio makes it hard to pin down, but apparently there's a better audo codec called SILK …
Bill Ray, 21 Nov 2012
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Acer kicks off Computex with tabs and phabs

Acer got Computex 2013 off to a less-than-spectacular start this morning with the launch of the world’s first “one-handed” Windows 8 tablet, a 5.7in phablet and a new version of its flagship ultrabook. In a relatively subdued press conference, Acer president Jim Wong unveiled the company’s latest attempt to get back into the …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013

Microsoft: Someone gave us shot in the ARM by swallowing Surface tabs

Microsoft has produced the name of a corporate customer in a fresh attempt to convince us Windows 8 is being adopted by businesses. Unfortunately, and in a sign of just how desperate things have really become, that customer is ARM - one of Microsoft's co-conspirators on Windows RT and Surface RT. The threadbare "news" comes …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2013

Viewsonic buries fondleslabs for punters, flogs biz tabs instead

A new plot at the consumer tablet graveyard has been dug for Viewsonic after it confirmed it is laying its fondleslabs to rest. But the firm isn't quitting slabs entirely: it's planing to produce business-to-business systems aimed at less crowded vertical industries where it feels it can compete more effectively and maybe even …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2012
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Injunction suspended: EU can buy Galaxy Tabs again

The German court which imposed an EU-wide ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has suspended it, on the grounds that it may not have the authority to impose such a decision, the Wall Street Journal reports. The ban was based on the Tab's similarity to Apple's iPad, which the court still reckons is too much for coincidence, but the …
Bill Ray, 16 Aug 2011

Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

The Mozilla foundation has released 'Australis', the new design for its flagship Firefox browser. Australis is only visible in Firefox nightlies for now and Mozilla isn't saying which release of the browser it will land in. It is, however, destined to become the design standard for all versions of Firefox on all platforms. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013
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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

The slab revolution in UK consumer land continued over Chrimbo but many biz customers are still struggling to justify wider deployments and most of those that did steered well clear of Windows 8. Disties shipped a total of 1.5 million tabs in Q4, a hike of 53.1 per cent on a year ago. Some 16.4 per cent of these went via biz …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014

Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

Yahoo! Mail's redesign has not gone over well with users, who are miffed at the Purple Palace's axing of features like tabs and changing how folders work. Yahoo! has been busily redesigning a number of its products, as well as tilting its exclamation mark a whimsical nine degrees as part of a logo revamp – much to the annoyance …
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Google to web: SHUT YOUR MOUTH or Chrome 32 beta will do it for you

We're all been there. You fire up a web browser, open loads of tabs for further perusal and suddenly the office is full of noise from an advert proclaiming that in 15 minutes or less you can save on your car insurance – and you've no clue which tab it's in. Now the boys and girls on Google's Chrome browser team have finished …
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2013
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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

Reports are filtering in that some Google Nexus 7 tablets slow to a crawl once the memory starts filling up, and require a hard reset to bring them back to the admirable speed expected of Google's flagship hardware. Most of the reports, on various forums, relate to the 16GB model, and claim that once the remaining capacity is …
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2012
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Opera 11 goes beta with extensions, stacked tabs

Opera has released a beta version of Opera 11, its latest desktop browser, that offers Firefox-like extensions and a new interface meant to better organize tabs. The Norwegian browser maker released an alpha version of Opera 11 in late October, and according to the company, testers have already download more than 500,000 …
Cade Metz, 23 Nov 2010
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South Korea bans Apple's AND Samsung's ageing phones, tabs

Both Apple and Samsung got teeny fines and had some of their products banned in South Korea, after a court in Seoul found they infringed on each other's patents. The South Korean court said that Apple had infringed two of Samsung's wireless patents, while Sammy had infringed on a fruity firm patent related to a "bounce-back" …
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Firefox 14 tabs no longer sneak a peek at users' privates

Mozilla has plugged a privacy-related security hole in Firefox 13 and released a fixed version of its web browser. The flaw allowed the software's speed-dial-alike "new tab" feature to take snapshots of supposedly secure HTTPS sessions. Punters sounded the alarm over the feature that, for example, revealed online bank account …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2012
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Latest Chrome adds Chrome OS flavor to Windows 8 'Metro' mode

Google on Tuesday delivered a new stable version of Chrome that offers a few features previously only available in beta versions, as well as giving a major overhaul to the UI of the browser's Windows 8 mode. The new version is the first mainstream release to include a feature that allows users to quickly locate tabs that are …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2014
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Firefox 4 beta 2 preaches tabs-on-top love to fanbois

Mozilla’s second beta for Firefox 4 arrived yesterday and, as expected, it now sets its Chrome-like tabs-on-top feature as default for Mac fanbois. Windows lovers already saw that interface tweak in the first beta of Firefox 4 that was released earlier this month. The stripped-back look is supposed to make Mozilla’s latest …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2010
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Dell 'disappears' cut-price Windows XPS 10 RT tab

Dell, the last bastion of Windows RT on fondleslabs - outside of Microsoft itself - has refused to give a public seal of approval to the OS ahead of a product refresh next week. This comes after the XPS 10 tablet models running Windows RT disappeared from parts of its website. While the devices are no longer available at Dell's …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013
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Industry vet Buxton retires from AMD 'not from life'

AMD European channel director Andrew Buxton is planning to grow old disgracefully after retiring from the CPU and GPU maker. For nearly three decades the man has fought the fight against Intel, starting in 1985 as a field sales engineer. "29 years was enough and it is time to work for myself. I am retiring from the IT industry …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014

PC market: ABANDON HOPE all ye who enter here

If PC makers were despondent that slablets of every type continue to hog consumer spending this year, then 2014 will bring little relief - and may finally shove those teetering on the brink of the abyss over the edge. Providing the box counters at Canalys have done their forward calculations correctly, tabs will "almost outship …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013

PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon. There will be no let-up on any front, with desktops and portables predicted to decline in both the mature and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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Acer coughs to insider trading probe on 2 staffers

Senior execs implementing a turnaround strategy at sickly PC maker Acer have another plate to spin after prosecutors stormed the firm's HQ in Taiwan over an insider trading probe. Ten peeps, some of whom are still employed by the firm, were held and quizzed about the alleged offence, according to the New Taipei District …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

High-end Samsung slabs, cheapie Androids take healthy BITE out of Apple's market share

The rise of entry-level slabs coupled with an "ageing" portfolio caused Apple iPad sales growth to flatline in calendar Q3 and market share to crash, analyst figures have confirmed. Global sales-in numbers – shipments to retailers and distributors – show that 51.5 million slabs were rolled out in the three months, up 113 per …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013

Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

Thought the UK PC market was like a dead mule? Wrong. There's life yet in those age old desktop and notebook nags, according to distributor shipment data. Numbers from venerable analyst Context, the gentle purveyor of sales-out figures - the stuff that users are actually buying - showed Q3 was not bad, not bad at all. The total …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013

Asus staggers into summer heatwave thirsty for sales, sweating profit

The fire raging across the traditional PC industry has reached the door of Taiwanese titan Asus - which watched its sales and profits go up in smoke. The world's fifth largest PC maker - which has done a better job than many of its peers in traversing the notebook market's shift to tabs - posted a decline in both the top and …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

A small faction of IT bravehearts in the Scottish government are dabbling with Windows 8 – yes, you read that correctly – to see if Microsoft's much-maligned OS is suitable for a wider roll out. In a pilot scheme, the devolved administration is handing out 100 units comprised of Samsung Series 7, Dell Latitude 10 and Samsung …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013

Frightening fondleslabs branded Hannibal Lecter of UK PC market

The classic PC industry in Blighty is down but not yet out for the count, according to the latest IT distribution channel data. Prelim numbers from Context SalesWatch shows 960,000 notebooks, desktops, x86 servers and workstations were sold in Q1 2013, a decline of 4.8 per cent on a year ago. Market revenues fell 3.4 per cent to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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Apple's US bid to ban Samsung tabs hinges on design

A US judge has said that she won't ban Samsung tablets on functionality, but might still do so based on design, and that Cupertino has yet to demonstrate those patents are valid. The comments were made by Judge Lucy Koh, who isn't deciding if there is genuine infringement – that will take a lot longer – but the judge will soon …
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2011
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Microsoft's uphill battle to push Win8 tabs into punters' paws

Microsoft has its work cut out thanks to its entry into a tablet arena revived by Apple's iPad, according to analysts. Just as the company approaches the finish line clutching Windows 8 for fondleslabs, panting away like Steve Ballmer at a developer conference, punters have already lost interest. Forrester Research has published …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2011
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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

It is HP's "God-given right" to take control of the business tablet space given the company's standing in the notebook and desktop client market, according to colourful exec Jos Brenkel. To date, HP hasn't made a dent in Apple and Samsung's mammoth share of the overall tablet computer market: after all, slabs aimed at companies …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2014

Samsung appoints first-ever British head of UK ops

Samsung Electronics has upgraded UK and Ireland MD Andy Griffiths to the presidential suite above - the first time the Korean chaebol has put a native in charge of a major country subsidiary. The previous man in the hotseat, SP Kim, who doubled up as president of European operations, has now moved to run two global business …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

You've got mail … and Google+ notifications, Android updates and group buying offers. That's not quite a line romcom writers can work into the title of 90 minutes of fluff starring Meg Ryan, but is the reality of a Gmail inbox design revealed by the Chocolate Factory today. The design seems to owe a lot to the interface of …
Simon Sharwood, 30 May 2013

Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses

US retail giant Best Buy is taking back unwanted Microsoft Surface tablets under a trade-in programme. The company that helped launch Surface RT one year ago has added Surfaces to a list of other consumer computing devices you can now trade in. Best Buy is offering between $79 and $350 to buy back your unwanted first-edition …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013
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Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

They may not be sleeping on the street in hopes of being the first to get their mitts on it, but Brits do seem enthusiastic about the new Microsoft Surface tablet. Preorders of the device have already sold out in the UK, the Microsoft UK site shows – at least the £399 32GB version. The £599 64GB version is still available. A …
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2012
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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up. Or so says Phil Sorgen, global partner veep, who reckons the path Microsoft took was "safer" for its legion of suppliers, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014

Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

Android will break the one billion sales barrier this year as low-priced tabs become ever more popular while PC shipments continue to fall. Number-crunching house Gartner has predicted 1.1 billion Android devices will be sold during 2014, a 26 per cent increase over 2013. Android will continue to be the “OS of choice across all …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2014
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HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

Distributors in Blighty reported PC growth across all of the major vendor lines in Q2 with just one exception - HP posted a double-digit decline. The numbers came from channel researchers Context, which runs a quarterly European PC research tracker collating sales-out data from wholesalers on the gear that resellers (and hence …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2013
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Google puts Chrome tabs on options list

Google has updated its tab feature in Chrome, allowing users of the open source browser to remove web page thumbnails. Previously the option came in default mode. The uncooked software, which is available via Google's preview channel, was given the 2.0.174.0 update yesterday. Google Chrome program manager, Anthony Laforge, said …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2009
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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

The Mozilla Foundation has taken a further step into the world of online services with the introduction of Firefox Accounts. "While we've worked to offer services that deliver value and put users and developers in control of their Web experiences, we've never had a simple way for you to sign up and sign in to access these …
Neil McAllister, 08 Feb 2014

Opera unveils iPad-only browser

Opera has released a browser designed specifically for the iPad. 'Coast' dispenses with a 'back' button, an omission Opera argues is sensible because a touch-enabled device shouldn't need one when a leftwards swipe can do the job. “Websites and apps today invite you to interact in new ways, but browser design for tablets has …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013
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Opera Mini gets facelift, sprouts tabs

Opera is bringing multipage browsing to its popular Mini browser, with a beta rolling out today. Mini 5.0 also gets a slick visual makeover, and touch support on devices that accept touch input. Underneath it's the familiar Opera 4 Mini engine with a few tweaks, and existing users will be relieved that key shortcuts have been …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Sep 2009

Samsung snaps up Cisco enterprise director for B2B push

Samsung has rustled Cisco's herd and made off with veteran UK enterprise sales director Tim Skinner, who will head up its continued push into commercial sectors. Skinner spent 14 years in the sales engine room at Cisco but this week started at Samsung as director of its B2B operation, reporting directly to Graham Long. Long, …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Sharp-eyed blogger Alvaro Lopez Ortega has spotted something fascinating: Coca Cola has reserved a block of media access control (MAC) addresses. The IEEE records the beverage company's actions here. MAC addresses are a unique identifier for networked devices, usually comprised of six pairs of hexadecimal characters. Lots of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014
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BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins reckons slabs will be dead in half a decade, by which point his firm will be the front runner in mobile computing. Two predictions in a Bloomberg report, both of which might come back to the haunt Heins, who replaced former joint CEO's Jim Balsilie and Mike Lazaridis at the start of 2012. The man …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013