According to patent filings discovered by Patently Apple, Cupertino-based tech company Apple may be working to bring a Spaces-like feature to its iPad tablet. Spaces, which first debuted in Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) back in 2007, allows users to manage multiple, virtual desktops to aid window organization and management — the feature has been standard in a handful of various Linux window environments for nearly a decade. It is unclear if the function will be used as a card-based application switcher, like the ones found on webOS and the BlackBerry PlayBook; as a true, multi-desktop, multi-tasking application; or if this is just another one of those things Apple decided to patent just in case. Either way, the feature looks interesting… we wouldn’t be opposed other tablet operating systems manufacturers re-engineering a feature like this for their own OS. More →
Over the past few days, tech sites have been reporting that some Gmail users were seeing a new option in their email web-settings that allowed them to switch between multiple Gmail accounts without logging out. Today, Google has made this new feature official. On the official Gmail Blog, Engineering Director Macduff Hughes wrote: “You can visit google.com/accounts and click the link next to ‘Multiple sign-in.’ After you sign into your first account, you can sign in with up to two additional accounts from the new accounts menu in the upper right hand corner of Gmail, then easily toggle back and forth between them. You can even open multiple Gmail tabs — one for each of your accounts.” The blog does note that not all Google services support multiple account sign-ins yet and that this feature will not work in offline mode or on your mobile device. All things considered, we’re sure this new feature is welcomed by those who are trying to manage multiple Gmail accounts.