ctrl tab

replace your new tab page with the data that matters to you

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ctrl tab is a new tab page that fetches news feeds that are relevant to you. choose from over 20 different data providers and customize the page how you want it.

Reviews
  • Pros: 

    Detailed info about news. Todoist integration

    Cons: 

    None that come to mind

    I've been using this since the beta came out and it's been incredibly useful. I have all the websites that I care about right when I open a new tab. It's let me keep an eye on what tasks I have throughout the day, keeps me informed about the news and it keeps chrome from eating my memory with all those pinned tabs. Overall a brilliant extension that I'd recommend to anyone!

    Vybhav Bhargav has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    What a timesaver

    Cons: 

    Aesthetically needs some work

    After using this product for a day I found that I spent less time on the actual sites themselves or on Facebook or twitter where I generally see the links for the articles pop up in my feed. It is quite helpful for someone who would otherwise not want to be using social media as much and would like to cut down on that usage. I highly recommend it for someone who would like their news and other information in one succinct location. One update i would hope to see is email capabilities and a way to modify the aesthetics of this app.

    Monojit Chakraborty has used this product for one day.
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Joshua Pinter
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
Nope Nope Nope! When you're opening up a New Tab it's because you're trying to do something. The last thing you should do is hijack your own attention with endless columns of news headlines that will pull you down a rabbit hole. Keep your New Tab clean and minimal. No need to handicap yourself, unless you're a masochist.
nahtnam
nahtnamMaker@nahtnam · Student @ UCSC, Programmer
@joshuapinter I know since I am the creator, I have some bias BUT I noticed that overall I have wasted less time. Let me explain: If I open a new tab with the intention of going to a website, I would have the first few letters of the domain typed out (at which point chrome autofills it for me) and I hit enter. This all happens even before the extension renders, or at least before the headlines are refreshed so my focus is never stolen. When I do use the extension on purpose, I find that I visit the websites very rarely. I have almost no account history on ProductHunt but I have been a consistent reader for the past 6 months and that is because the extension shows me the top voted posts of every day. I open them in new tabs if they look interesting, and then move on with my work. In the end, I agree with you, about 50% of the people I talk to don't like this but there is that other 50% of users who do want something like this so it wouldn't really be fair to call them a "masochist."
nahtnam
nahtnamMaker@nahtnam · Student @ UCSC, Programmer
Hello everyone, maker here! First, a little background: 4 years ago, I found a chrome extension called Tabbie (https://www.producthunt.com/post...) and instantly fell in love. However over the years, bits and pieces of the underlying stack started deprecating, and eventually, it stopped working entirely. For the past year or so I couldn't find any comparable chrome extension that worked equally as well, and so I set out to create my own. Thus I created ctrl-tab. ctrl-tab is an open source Chrome and Firefox extension (powered by Vue.js) which lets you customize your new tab page with feeds from the most popular tech and news sources, including product hunt! (For the full list of supported data feeds, check the website.) You can add/remove tiles via the menu and drag and drop them to make it look like how want. Currently, the Chrome extension supports logging into Todoist (very BETA), and I plan on adding many more login options, starting with (Reddit). In addition, I am working on supporting custom RSS feeds to allow you to add any sites that the extension doesn't already cover. Please report any bugs you encounter, as well as any providers you would like to see added here: https://github.com/ludicrousxyz/...! I would love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have! Thank you! 😃
Monojit Chakraborty
Monojit Chakraborty@mochakrab · I like memes
@nahtnam Thank you nahtnam, very cool
James Welch
James Welch@jwelch · CEO @ innovationcompany.co.uk
Very cool. First time I've actually wanted to change the default new tab page.
nahtnam
nahtnamMaker@nahtnam · Student @ UCSC, Programmer
@jwelch Glad you like it! Don't hesitate to open a GitHub issue if you want to see features added or come across a bug.
Mick
Mick@mickc79 · SongBox Founder / GetFed Co-Founder
The "Wall-Of-Small-Text" design is really really off putting.
nahtnam
nahtnamMaker@nahtnam · Student @ UCSC, Programmer
@mickc79 Unfortunately you're right but I found that there is no other design that holds as much information as this.
Mick
Mick@mickc79 · SongBox Founder / GetFed Co-Founder
@nahtnam so show less information. Literally any site or app in existence could show more information on the screen, but they are designed to not do that. There’s little point in maximising the amount of info on display if it results in people not wanting to use the product.
nahtnam
nahtnamMaker@nahtnam · Student @ UCSC, Programmer
@mickc79 Well the purpose of the extension is to show headlines and a summary if available, nothing more and nothing less. I understand that it doesn't look great as a result of that but my goal for this extension is to provide a more utilitarian experience.