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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Firefox includes a couple of options for your new tab page. You can go with a grid of your most commonly visited sites, use the Firefox Start Page that has a Google search bar and quick links to your history, add-ons or downloads, or stick with the classic "about:blank". If you don't like those options, or you want something a bit more flexible, you do have options that add more features to every new tab. Let's look at some of them.


Chrome: If you like the look of Windows 8's Start Screen, but you're not keen on using it in Windows, New Metrotab for Chrome lets you use it for your new tab page. You get tiles for bookmarks, favourite sites, email and more. If you're looking to spruce up "about:blank" with something more useful, this will do the trick.


The new tab page built into Chrome (and soon, Firefox) is a nice touch, but it isn't incredibly customisable, nor is it particularly beautiful. If you're looking for something a little beyond what your browser's default start page has to offer, here are our favourite extensions and services that add a bit of extra functionality and pizzazz to your new tabs.


Chrome: Like the name suggests, the Awesome New Tab Page extension adds a new New Tab page to Google Chrome. The result is a Windows 8 Metro UI-inspired new tab page that's fully customisable with apps, widgets, bookmarks and so on.