Win a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the Xbox 360, or the PS3 signed by the developers!

We have two copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to give away, one for the Xbox 360 and one for the PS3. Read on for how you can enter to win!

On November 8, Activision launched a small, little indie game called Call of something-or other. It seemed to do ok, and it made a few bucks. If you don’t recognize that as a joke, this contest clearly isn’t for you.

Since its release on November 8, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has gone on to dominate the sales charts, and sport some impressive reviews to boot (you can find our review of the game here). In fact, the word “dominate” doesn’t even really do it justice. The game annihilated the charts, stomping on not just gaming records, but all entertainment records in general. In just five days the game has earned $775 million. In five days! In its first 24 hours it set a new entertainment record with a $400 million debut, making it the biggest entertainment launch property of all time. And while many will point to the higher price tag as part of the reason for the records, it is still a mind-blowing figure, and one that will increase as the holiday season kicks into full gear.

But why wait for Christmas? We have two copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to give away, one for the PS3 and one for the Xbox 360, and both are signed by members of Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, the developers of MW3.

Here’s how you enter. You may want to grab a pen and paper to write down this:

Post in the comment section below.

That’s it, that’s all you have to do. Post below and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win. In the comment, tell us your favorite game of the year so far (or if you don’t have one that’s fine, tell us that), and specify which system you would prefer a copy for. If you have both consoles and have no preference, cool, just let us know. This offer is open to U.S. residents only.

The contest will run from now until Monday, November 28 at 5pm PST. Once a winner has been chosen, we will contact them and let them know, then the game will be sent to them courtesy of Blockbuster Video.

Blockbuster would also like extend a special offer to those that tie for second place (which will be everyone but the two winners). If you purchase a copy of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from Blockbuster either online or through Blockbuster’s brick and mortar locations, you will receive one free month of unlimited movie and game rentals. For more info on the Blockbuster deal, follow the link for details.

But for this contest just post below and tell us your system preference, let us know what games you’ve been digging this year, and you will automatically be entered to win.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Review

Review: The IdeaPad K1, Lenovo's first Android Honeycomb tablet, does mostly everything well but offers nothing exceptional to set it apart from a crowded Android tablet market.
Since buying IBM’s computer business in 2005, Lenovo has slowly crept its way into the U.S. market by staying on top of computer trends and delivering reliable devices with the old, brick-like styling IBM made famous. Not anymore. With the blooming of the tablet market, Lenovo is spreading its wings a bit. The IdeaPad K1 is the manufacturer’s first Android Honeycomb tablet, and one of its first aimed at the casual user. Though it has some interesting, albeit light, UI modifications, the K1 completely blends in to the pile of Honeycomb devices on shelves today, for better and worse.

Design & Feel

The first thing you’ll notice when you look at the K1 is that it’s big. This isn’t the largest 10.1-inch Android tablet out there, but it’s high on the list with large rounded corners that bring its total dimensions to 10.4 inches long, 7.4 inches tall, and 0.5 inches thick. It’s also pretty heavy at 27.2 oz, or a couple ounces heavier than the Toshiba Thrive, HP TouchPad, and Acer Iconia Tab A500. We’d like to say that appearances and weight are deceiving, but this tablet feels as heavy and large as it is. If there is ever an IdeaPad K2, we hope it sheds some excess fat.
Causing much of this weight is a heavy metal frame with a spray-paint-like sparkly silver coating on it, somewhat resembling the metal on the original iPad. On the back of the tablet is a plastic shell – we haven’t figured out a way to remove this, but it certainly feels flimsy and cheap. Lenovo sells the K1 in multiple colors (ours is red). This plastic back also attracts some fingerprints, but it’s nowhere near as bad as the HP TouchPad’s back or the screen of the Toshiba Thrive.
Like all Android Honeycomb tablets, the K1 can be held in landscape or vertical orientations, but Lenovo’s placement of key objects on the tablet show that it favors landscape. The front-facing camera is centered if you hold the tablet in landscape mode and the rear camera is hardly usable unless you’re holding the device horizontally (it’s in the bottom right corner if you hold it vertically). The charging port is also on the bottom of a landscape orientation.
Although Honeycomb does not require it, Lenovo has opted to include an iPad-like face button on the K1, exactly where the iPad’s is (center, bottom in vertical orientation). This button is mostly useless, but we do like how it’s touch sensitive. If you swipe your thumb over it to the left, it works as the Back button. This is more useful when in landscape as your thumbs naturally land right about where the button is. We accidentally backed out of a few webpages before we realized what was going on, but once we understood it, the button worked nicely to our advantage.
Finally, let’s get to the buttons. Most of the controls are on the left side of the tablet, if held in landscape mode. Starting from the top, the built-in microphone hole, power button, volume rocker, screen orientation lock switch, and microSD slot cover the side. We didn’t have much trouble using these controls, though the power button and volume keys are somewhat small. On the bottom is a big proprietary charging/docking port, an audio jack, and a Micro HDMI port. We’re not sure why the audio jack is on the bottom, but it’s an odd, if inoffensive location. The charge port bothers us though. Its location is fine, but there is no snap or hold to the charger. So when you plug in the tablet to charge, it has no grip on the charging connector. This sounds minor, but it’s also a minor thing that Lenovo has no business messing up. Users want to know for sure that their tablet is charging when they plug it in. Having a firm lock to the port is a basic thing. Come on, Lenovo. Also, why is there no microUSB or full-size USB port? Connecting this thing to a computer will be tough.

Specs & Power

This section will be brief because the IdeaPad K1 runs on the exact same specs that every Android Honeycomb tablet seems to run, from the Motorola Xoom through today. The K1 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, has 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, operates on Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), has a 5MP rear camera, has a 2MP front camera, and its 10.1-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. In other words, it’s completely ordinary.

Operating System: Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)

Lenovo is one of the first manufacturers to really tinker with Android Honeycomb, though its modifications are, well, modest. Sadly, these modifications have already delayed the implementation of Android 3.2 on the device. Every time a manufacturer messes with Android to add their own styling, it takes them time to fix up their modifications whenever Google releases a new version of Android. This results in delays for users that often last many months.
Lenovo has changed the style of the Back, Home, and multitasking buttons and added its own: a favorite’s button that brings up a touch carousel of six apps that you select. While the carousel works well enough, it’s a bit awkward and unneeded, as any favorite apps you have can easily be put on one of the five home screens. It also looks hideous because most apps don’t have the images to support it, instead showing a gray box with a tiny “Netflix” (or whatever app) icon. Strangely, Lenovo didn’t restyle the default Honeycomb clock, creating an inconsistent look to the tablet.
The other big changes Lenovo made were in the area of widgets. There are a half dozen or so new widgets–some helpful, others ugly. The big home screen widget is the most visible of them. It allows you to choose one app for each category of consumption–email, book, audio, and video—and open them at your leisure. It also has a big browser and a volume toggle. While we like the idea of this widget, we didn’t end up using it much because it’s a bit unintuitive and operates a bit strangely. Lenovo’s social widget is in a similar boat.
Other tiny changes are sprinkled around like how the multitasking tray now has an X over each item, allowing you to easily exit old apps to clear memory. The modified keyboard is also much nicer than Google’s.

Apps & Web

Like all Android Honeycomb tablets, the IdeaPad K1 has access to the hundreds of thousands of Android Market apps, though the selection of tablet-specific apps is still quite limited. Still, there is plenty to tinker around with. The selection of apps pre-installed onto the K1 is impressive. These aren’t just bloatware; they are usable apps and if you don’t like them, you can actually uninstall them – a luxury smartphone owners don’t get these days. Angry Birds HD, Galaxy on Fire 2, Drawing Pad, an e-reader bookshelf app, a file manager, Documents To Go, Amazon Kindle, Accuweather, ArcSync, Netflix, Slacker, mSpot, PrinterShare, and a bunch of simple card games by Hardwood including Spades, Backgammon, Euchre, Hearts, and Solitaire. Lenovo’s App Shop has some decent productivity apps as well.
Lenovo has stuck with the standard Android browser for the Web, which is good and bad. It’s a decent tablet browser, but it loads many Websites in mobile mode and doesn’t handle Adobe Flash particularly well (though, what does). We hope Google plans to let the Chrome team make an Android browser soon. There are some other browsers on the Android Market, like Firefox, but most have their own sets of flaws.


Lenovo has packed a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, which is pretty standard. The K1 also uses Google’s default camera app, which does the job, but has no frills. Its autofocus is slow and you cannot select what you’d like to focus on before you snap your picture. Expect some fairly washed out, drab pictures. Still, with Google+ Hangouts now supporting mobile devices, we look forward to actually using our tablets for some video calls, so it’s nice that the front camera is up to the task.
We are also pleased that Lenovo has included an LED flash on the rear camera. It’s not going to revolutionize your night photography, but it could help out in a pinch. And if you’re taking pictures or video (the K1 can record at 720p) with your tablet, you really are in a pinch. Get a real camera, if you can afford it. Or use an HTC/Samsung phone if you can’t.

Battery Life

Lenovo claims that its 7400 mAh lithium ion battery can achieve a battery life of about 9 hours, which is mostly in line with our experience. We did not drain down the battery to get a hard number, but estimate that you should be able to get 6-8 hours of use on a regular charge and more time if you use the standby mode. This is pretty average for Android tablets, but still a bit lower than theApple iPad, which leads the pack on battery life.


If you’re looking for an affordable 10.1-inch tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is not the cheapest tablet, but at about $450, it does come in at less than most other 32GB models. The K1 is a bit too heavy and large for its own good, and Lenovo’s Android modifications are a mixed bag, but there is nothing particularly offensive about the design, specs, or operation of the device. It’s just nothing special, which might be the biggest knock against it. Everything is merely OK. Except, of course, for the silly charging port; we really wish it snapped in better.


  • Good pre-loaded apps
  • Good price for 32GB of storage
  • Lenovo App Shop good for productivity apps
  • Physical Back button works well


  • Heavy & big
  • No microUSB port
  • Crappy charging port
  • Android UI modifications are ugly
  • Plastic backplate is hollow & attracts fingerprints

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review

Review: Lenovo's affordable nettop, the IdeaCentre Q150, delivers as a media player but lacks the power to perform more complex tasks.
Lenovo’s ultra-compact IdeaCentre Q150 represents what may very well be one of the smallest and most-affordable PCs for practical use on the market. Obviously, one would expect some trade-offs in terms of performance, but Lenovo has packed some surprising media-playback horsepower into the Q150’s polished, diminutive form factor.


Our review unit came specced with an Intel Atom D510 running at 1.6GHz and two gigs of DDR3 RAM to power the Windows Home Premium 32-bit OS. A recovery partition occupies 30 gigs of the 500GB hard drive. It has built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN as well as a gigabit Ethernet port. Nvidia’s Ion GPU brings 512MB of video processing. The unit has no optical drive or card reader, but comes with a small USB keyboard and mouse. Lenovo also supplied us with one of the company’s N5901 wireless controllers, though it does not come standard.
With a street price of $350, the Q150 is even cheaper than some barebones systems.


Though the Q150 has an attractive design and satisfying heft, the standout attribute is the machine’s compact size. Lenovo had to forego an optical drive and card reader to trim the inches, but thankfully there are enough ports to connect just about anything: two USB 2.0 ports and an S/PDIF optical output underneath a small flap on the front, and two more USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA-out, HDMI-out, and headphone & mic jack on the rear.


Inside the box, Lenovo includes a stand for using the machine in a vertical orientation, as well as a VESA bracket for mounting it on the rear of a monitor.
The included USB mouse and keyboard work fine, but the wires are so short that you’ll almost have your nose up against your TV screen if you set up the Q150 near your A/V components. The N5901 hand-held control worked okay for point-and-clicking, but typing on it proved annoying, given the tiny keys and lack of backlighting. We would much prefer that the Q150 come with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (or at least a backlit remote for use in a dim home theater setting).


Except for McAfee Security Center, we found a desktop thankfully free of bloatware upon the first boot. You’ll want to either activate or uninstall the McAfee suite right away, as you’ll get a nag screen every five minutes or so if you don’t.
Lenovo’s decision to opt for the 32-bit flavor of Windows 7 Home puzzled us, since all the hardware supports 64-bit.


As a media-playback device, the Q150 performs admirably for its small size and low-voltage components. It had no problems playing 1080p video files and high-fidelity audio files, or streaming Divx files over a Wi-Fi network. However, apart from very basic operations like word processing and light Internet browsing, any task requiring even moderate processing power revealed the Q150’s shortcomings. Despite the Atom processor’s dual cores, the Q150 struggled to keep up when multitasking or crunching lots of numbers. ITunes alone took over four minutes just to install.
Similarly, encoding from one media format to another often moved at a glacial pace, something that will no doubt frustrate those using the Q150 as an HTPC. In many cases, it would be faster to do the transcoding on one’s main desktop or laptop PC and then transfer the media files to the Q150 via a thumbdrive than to let the Q150 do all the work. sells a version of the Q150 loaded with Windows XP Home for $219, and we can’t help but wonder how a lighter OS load might improve performance.


As a media player, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 performs quite well. The unit’s small stature and multiple mounting options make it a solid choice for installation in a location short on space, and its good looks hold up nicely against home theater components.
On the other hand, its anemic processor delivers some bottom-of-the-barrel performance in multitasking and encoding roles, two areas that power users will sorely miss.
However, if you can live with the Q150’s limitations, the $350 price tag is tough to beat.


  • Small footprint and several mounting options
  • Great looks
  • Smooth 1080p video playback
  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Convenient OS recovery should disaster strike


  • Poor multitasking and encoding performance
  • Lacks good backlit remote
  • No TV tuner

Sony launches more restrictive DRM for the PlayStation Network

While PlayStation 3 owners are likely spending time engrossed in the latest PS3 releases like Uncharted 3 and Modern Warfare 3, Sony is applying stricter DRM on purchases made on the PlayStation Network.

Previously announced during early November, Sony rolled out a revised version of the PlayStation Network digital rights management policy for owners of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Portable. The policy change will also apply to the Vita when it launches in North America next year. All new game purchases made on the PlayStation Network as of November 18 can only be accessed on two devices at any given time. Sony previous allowed users to access PlayStation Network purchases on up to five different devices. Users can view how many devices are currently active with a PlayStation Network account by logging into the Sony Entertainment Network.

Users can deactivate devices after logging in, especially helpful if a PlayStation 3 console or PlayStation Portable has been replaced with a newer model. This change also allows users to remotely deactivate a PlayStation device that’s been lost due to theft. A user can deactivate every system linked to the PlayStation Network, but this action can only be performed every six months. This shift in Sony’s policy will reduce the number of people sharing games between PlayStation devices with different owners and some PlayStation 3 owners used Internet forums to share games among friends.

This change in DRM policy only effects gaming purchases. For instance, video purchases can be played on a PlayStation 3 as well as three PlayStation Portable devices. It’s also not retroactively applied to previous purchases, thus all purchases before November 18 are still allowed to be accessed on up to five different PlayStation devices. As of yesterday, Sony celebrated the fifth birthday of the release of the PlayStation 3. While Sony remains silent on rumors around the development of the PlayStation 4, Sony is ramping up a push for 3D with the launch of the 24-inch, PlayStation-branded 3D LED monitor. Sporting a $500 price tag, the 1080p screen comes with a single pair of 3D glasses and a PS3 copy of MotorStorm Apocalypse.

Avalanche of Ultrabooks: up to 50 will be announced at CES

The Consumer Electronics Association is predicting that between 30 and 50 Ultrabooks will be launched at this year's CES in Las Vegas.
If you have been dying for some more Ultrabooks to hit the market than we have some amazing news for you. There could be as many and 50 Ultrabooks launched at January’s CES. The Consumer Electronics Association expepts to see between 30 and 50 Ultrabooks to be debuted at the show.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini is scheduled to make a keynote speech in Las Vegas during the conference at which time he is expected to announce a new more powerful 22 nanometer Ivy Bridge processor. It is rumored that this processor will be the brain of all the newly launched Ultrabooks during the show.
Currently there are only a handful of Ultrabooks on the market, even though everyone seems to be excited about Ultrabooks sales are not meeting expectations. Sales numbers for early Ultrabooks are one third of what were expected, and might be a bad omen for the coming surge of skinny laptops.
Just because so many Ultrabooks will be launched does not mean that they will be a success. Last year over 100 new tablets were launched at CES, all trying to unseat Apple’s iPad, and for the most part those tablets have failed to make a sizeable dent in the iPad’s market share. In 2010 the big product was 3D TV, and those still haven’t become popular yet.
Ultrabooks promise to be thinner, lighter, and last longer than other laptops, but only time will tell if they will live up to their potential.  With the increasing popularity of Apple’s Macbook Air it seems likely that Ultrabooks will also find an audience, but ultimately consumers will decide what they want

A beginners guide to Google Chrome: Why it’s time to ditch Internet Explorer

Between IE, Firefox, and Opera the choice might not be easy to make, but with our helpful guide, we will show you why we think Google Chrome stands out among the rest and deserves your attention.

In 2010, Internet Explorer for the first time dipped below 50% market share, an impressive slide from ten years ago, when nearly 90% of users decided on it. Part of the problem has been IE itself, as Microsoft’s development of the browser tends to be slow, but much of the blame for IE’s slide can be levied at the fact that there is actual competition in the form of Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers, all of which are now mature alternatives.

For the most part, users who abandon Internet Explorer end up joining the Firefox crowd, but not me. I’m a dedicated Chrome user, and have been since just a few months after its release. Despite the high-profile brand (Google) behind Chrome, only 13% of users choose it as their browser. I believe that’s awfully low, so allow me to help you become acquainted with the wonderful world of Chrome.

Why Chrome?

Chrome’s development focused on two important themes. One was speed, and the other was excellent web page rendering. Many steps were taken to achieve this, among which was the development of the V8 JavaScript engine, which used new optimization techniques to achieve better performance.

Thankfully these efforts were not in vain. Though it’s been available nearly three years now, Chrome remains the unchallenged performance leader. Peacekeeper browser benchmark scores for Chrome are much higher than they are for other browsers – in fact, when compared to IE9, the latest version can almost double Internet Explorer’s score.

Compatibility is another strong point. In the Acid3 web standards test, Chrome can achieve a score of 97/100, which until recently was a leading result. However, changes to the Acid3 test now allow Firefox and Internet Explorer to achieve a 100/100 score.

Even so, I find that Chrome’s web rendering is superior to either, particularly Firefox, which has presented trouble with text on some high-resolution monitors. Chrome has always rendered images and text smoothly, and because of its speed, zooming in and out of pages is quick as lightening.

Installing Chrome

To demonstrate Chrome’s focus on speed, the installation process has been made simple and fast. When you visit the Google main page on a computer without the browser installed, you’ll see a prompt on the page asking if you’d like to install it. You may have banished this, already – so you can also access the installer by going directly to the Google Chrome website.

When you click the install or download button, you will be prompted with the terms of service, which you’ll need to accept. Then, the installer will download and installation will begin. On an average desktop or laptop the process will take only a couple minutes from start to finish.

Chrome, unlike many other browsers, doesn’t require that users re-download the browser when new updates are made available. Once you have it installed, you will never need to re-install it unless you’ve purchased a new computer or reformatted your hard drive. Updates are pushed out automatically, so you don’t even have to click a button to obtain the newest version.

Understanding the Chrome Interface

When Chrome was released, the interface was bold and new. Tabs are used to manage multiple browsing sessions, a concept that was still gaining steam when the browser was released, and the drop-down menus and large interface icons that used to dominate browsers are gone.

Now, this has actually become the norm. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome have all homogenized at least some of their interface elements, so users will find some familiarity between them. They all use tabs that are managed at the top of the window, they all have just a few, abstracted icons, and they all tuck bookmarks under the URL bar.

However, all the browsers have very different menus for managing critical browser options. In Chrome, you will find the browser options by clicking on the wrench icon in the upper right, then navigating to Options. An options page will open like a web page in a new tab. Every single function of the browser is managed from this one area except for Bookmarks, Downloads and History.

Otherwise, there’s not much to understand about the basics of the interface, because there’s simply not a lot of interface there – but let’s take a closer look at some individual features.


In Chrome, adding a bookmark is best accomplished by clicking the star icon on the right hand side of the URL bar. Once you click it, a small pop-up menu will ask you which folder you’d like to store the Bookmark in. This can be changed later, of course.

Sites that are bookmarked will from then display a yellow star icon (instead of the standard, uncolored icon) in the URL bar when you visit them.

Users have the choice to display or not display bookmarks in Chrome interface. This can be turned on or off by opening the wrench menu, going to bookmarks, and then de/selecting Show Bookmarks Bar. The bookmarks bar can contain both folders full of bookmarks or individual bookmarks, and can be edited directly by right-clicking.

There’s also a Bookmark Manager found in the options, but I doubt you’ll have much need for it. Since the Bookmarks Bar can be edited, the Manager is only needed by users who choose not to show the bar, or who prefer that interface for management of very large bookmark folders.


In the toolbar menu you’ll find Downloads. Clicking on it opens the download manager, which appears like a web page in its own tab. There’s not a lot to comment on here. All of your recent downloads will be shown in chronological order. There is no option to filter them by name or size.

The only way to find a specific download is to either search for it, which is effective as long as you know the file name, or bypass Chrome by clicking on Open Downloads Folder. This will simply open your Windows download folder.


Add-on software to Chrome is called an extension, and can be managed by going to the wrench menu, clicking on Options, and then going to Extensions. Users have the choice to disable or enable extensions through this menu, or uninstall them completely.

Official extensions can be found at the Chrome Web Store. Recent updates have made this site very similar to the Android marketplace. Most of the extensions available are free, but developers can charge if they choose, and there is also support for in-app payments.

In addition to extensions, Chrome also supports “apps.” These are vaguely defined as web services that can be accessed through the Apps section of the Chrome homepage. At the moment, most of the apps are just than links to websites. Installing the Gmail by Google app, for example, does nothing more than install a new icon that takes you to the standard Gmail interface. However, there are some true apps available, including games like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.

Security and Privacy

When you open a new tab in Chrome via a right-click, you have the option to open the tab in “incognito mode.” This is a built-in private browsing feature. When a tab goes incognito, it doesn’t record the browsing or download history of that tab, and all cookies related to that tab are deleted when the tab is closed.

Sometimes users misunderstand incognito mode, thinking it provides some protection against keyloggers, spyware, or other such threats. It does not. The main purpose is to provide on-the-fly private browsing. Let’s say, for example, you want to research some Christmas gifts. Incognito mode lets you do this on the family computer without tipping anyone off.

Another important security feature, this time related to extensions and apps, is permissions. In order for the extensions that you install to function, they sometimes need “permission” to perform certain functions, such as access location data or information from a certain site.

You can find the permissions needed by going to the Details section of an extension on the Chrome Web Store. Unfortunately, permissions are not shown in the Extensions section of the Options menu.


Google likes the cloud, most likely because they offer a lot of cloud services. Chrome does, as well, in the form of its sync feature. You can find this feature in the Personal Stuff section of the Options menu.

What this does is save your Chrome settings using your Google account. Once saved, these settings can then be loaded to Chrome on any other computer by going to the Personal Stuff section once again and entering your Google account information.

You can choose what to sync, including everything from passwords to extensions to bookmarks. If you make a change to your settings on any of the now synced Chrome browsers, it will be migrated to all of them. But you don’t have sync everything if you don’t want to, and you can pick-and-choose. You can, for example, choose not to sync extensions if you like to customize your extensions for each PC.

To protect your privacy, sync data is encrypted while it is sent. Normally the encryption passphrase if your Google account password, but if you want extra security, you can enter a different passphrase manually.

Tab Management

Chrome tabs can be moved about at your leisure by click-dragging them. When they are moved inside an open Chrome window, a tab’s position can be re-arranged. But you can also click-drag a tab away from the Chrome window in order to open another, separate browser window. Likewise, you can click-drag tabs from separate instances of Chrome into a single browser window to combine them.

New tabs can be opened using keyboard shortcuts or the small “+” icon beside the last currently open tab. All new tabs that are not opened to display a link will instead display the default home screen, which consists of a tile display of recently visited websites and installed apps. You can also access a list of recently closed tabs from the menu in the lower right hand corner.

There’s no hard cap on the amount of tabs you can have open at once in the browser, but once you go past about twelve, the titles of open tabs become difficult to see because so little space is available. If you need to frequently use a large number of tabs, you may want to download a tab management extension from the web store.

Important Shortcuts

Like any browser, Chrome has a number of keyboard shortcuts that can help you navigate the user interface. Here are some of the most important ones to know.

Ctrl+N – Opens new window

Ctrl+Shift+N– Opens new incognito mode window

Ctrl+T – Opens new tab

Ctrl+P– Print the page

Ctrl+S– Save the page

Ctrl+F5 – Reloads the page

Ctrl+D – Saves page as a bookmark

Ctrl+Shift+D– Saves all open pages as bookmarks

Ctrl+Click a link – Opens the link in a new tab in the background

Ctrl+Shift+Click a link – Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the new tab

Ctrl+Shift+T – Reopens the last closed tab

Ctrl+Tab– Switches to the next tab

Ctrl+Shift+Tab– Switches to the previous tab

Alt+For Alt+E– Opens the wrench menu

Ctrl+Shift+B– Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off

Ctrl+H– Opens the History page

Ctrl+J– Opens the Downloads page

Shift+Esc– Opens the Task Manager

Ctrl+Shift+Delete– Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialog

Come to Chrome

These are all of the basic features that make up the Chrome web browser. It’s an impressive suite, and generally better than what other browsers offer by default. But some of its biggest advantages – such as its speed – are only apparent after using the browser for a few minutes.