Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome’

1. Quickly see images in full size with the Hover Zoom extension.

11 Insanely Useful And Simple Hacks For Google Chrome

Source: reddit.com

2. Get quick word definitions with just a double click by adding the Google Dictionary extension.

Get quick word definitions with just a double click by adding the Google Dictionary extension.

Add the extension here.

3. Pin your most used tabs to the left to keep things clean and allow for more space.

Pin your most used tabs to the left to keep things clean and allow for more space.

To pin, just right click on the tab itself and select “Pin Tab.” They will be anchored to the left and the “X”s will disappear so you won’t accidentally close them, either.

4. Set a reminder for yourself from the search bar.

Set a reminder for yourself from the search bar.

First, get the extension here. To set a reminder, type “tm” to activate the timer extension, then tab or spacebar, and finally the time and message. At the time you specify, you’ll get a desktop notification with your message.

5. Use Incognito Mode for no-trace browsing.

Use Incognito Mode for no-trace browsing.

You can open an incognito session by going to File -> New Incognito Window. A lot of people already use this for… lewd browsing, but it also comes in hand if you’re gift shopping for someone else and getting around some prominent paywalls.

6. On a PC, improve the spell check by checking one extra box.

On a PC, improve the spell check by checking one extra box.

Just be forewarned that you might be sending yet even more info to Google than they already nab from you. More info here.

7. Add custom search engines to search inside specific sites more quickly and easily.

Add custom search engines to search inside specific sites more quickly and easily.

Right click on any search box and select “Add As Search Engine.” In the subsequent menu, make sure you pick a simple, memorable keyword, ‘cause that’s what you’ll use as a shortcut in the main search bar.

8. Get quick summaries of long articles with the TLDR extension.

Get quick summaries of long articles with the TLDR extension.

I don’t know what kind of algorithmic sorcery they use to make this work, but it’s pretty amazing. Get the extension here.

9. If you accidentally exit Chrome, you can recover all your tabs by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T (PC) or Command+Shift+ T (Mac) once you reopen the browser.

If you accidentally exit Chrome, you can recover all your tabs by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T (PC) or Command+Shift+ T (Mac) once you reopen the browser.

10. Use the address bar to do quick math.

Use the address bar to do quick math.

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I am now addicted to browse only on Google Chrome, not sure of why I like it compared to other browsers :). But I thought the high speed browser was lacking its shine and crashing quite often now a days, but last week a new beta shows up and shatters that impression. Last Thursday, the search titan announced a new Chrome 10 beta that boosts JavaScript performance by a substantial 66 percent, as measured by Google’s own V8 benchmark, and implements GPU-accelerated video playing. The beta also changes the way users set options, and lets them sync passwords. So I am using the beta quite a while now and thought it would be fine to review its performance.

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In my own speed tests on a 2.6-GHz dual-core system, Chrome 10 beta showed significant improvements on Google’s V8 benchmark and Mozilla’s Kraken, but on Webkit’s SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark, it was nearly identical, and still trailed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate’s 231ms.

V8 BenchMark Suite.

V8 BenchMark Suite.

Writing in a post entitled “Faster than a speeding rabbit: speed, sync, and settings” on the Google Chrome Blog, product manager Jeff Chang and product marketing manager Li Chan described the GPU video acceleration: “Users with capable graphics hardware should see a significant decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode, CPU usage may decrease by as much as 80%! This means better battery life so you can keep going and going like that pink bunny in the commercials.”

Beyond performance, the new beta adds a couple of other new user features. Users can now sync saved site passwords on multiple computers. The released version already allows syncing of bookmarks, preferences, themes, and extensions. The new feature also allows for encryption of the synced password if the user chooses that measure of extra security.

The Settings interface has been redesigned, displaying on the Web page area, rather than a separate dialog. This follows a longstanding trend in Chrome towards making every function look like a Web page—just as it does with History, Downloads, and Extension settings. Also new for settings is a search box, where you can just type in the function you’re looking for and set it on the resulting page.

The new version will likely make it to the stable release channel some time in the next few weeks: Chrome versions have been coming out at a pace of once every three months—more frequently than any other major browser. To try out the beta for yourself, head to the Google Chrome Beta download page, or change your current Chrome release channel to the beta on the channel changer page.

Overall, Chrome 10 beta brings a 66% increase in performance in the V8 benchmark over the current stable version (version 9). The boost is thanks to the new Crankshaft engine, which adds more aggressive optimizations to the V8 JavaScript engine. Opera 11.10 (codenamed Barracuda) on the other hand is at a very early stage right now. It adds support for Web Open Font Format and changes the behavior of the browser to be more compatible with other browsers.

With this the browser War heats up has never before..

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Everyone is clamoring about tablets these days, then why not Google too, so it’s not too surprising that Google and HTC are set to join the fray. They are reportedly working together on a Chrome OS Google Tablet.

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With this Apple’s high-profile iPad touchscreen tablet PC may face stiff competition from rivals such as Google, Sony and X2. Google having collaborated on the Nexus One, a smart phone that impressed us with its design as well as its hardware, HTC and Google partnering on a tablet seems like a promising prospect. But will it “compete head on” with Apple’s tablet ? 😉 who knows…

So let take a sneak peak at what it may look like, the developers behind Chromium OS – the open-source project that underpins Google’s Chrome mobile operating system – have revealed concept designs for a tablet PC running on Google Chrome.

The Google Chrome tablet concept designs showcases a range of touchscreen tablet PC features, including:

— A range of touch-screen keypad configurations, including a split keyboard with keys assigned to left and right hands
— Different methods of launching Google Chrome applications
— Tabs presented along the side of the screen of the Google Chrome interface
— Creating multiple Chrome web browsers on screen using a launcher

Also pictures of what a Google tablet might look like were featured at a Chromium developers web page this week along with talk of how touchscreen controls could work based on the Internet titan’s Chrome computer operating system. It primarily comprises shots highlighting the user interface (UI) of a tablet PC. It includes such possibilities as, “keyboard interaction with the screen: anchored, split, attached to focus,” “contextual actions triggered via dwell,” and “zooming UI for multiple tabs.” and primary targeted date for Chrome OS hardware is Q4 2010. Here are some snaps of the Google Tablet concept design…

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It’s hard to foresee a future in which a Google Tablet tries to go head to head with Apple on the content level. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t some compelling things that could be offered by a Google tablet. As the launch of Google’s Chrome OS made clear, they’re looking toward a future with a multitude of devices that can access the Internet quickly, cleanly, and cheaply. A Google Tablet could be just the thing to realize all of those goals. If you have tried out the JooJoo tablet, we can see how a well-designed tablet for consuming web content could provide an engaging experience. A Chrome OS tablet by Google would likely work the same way, keeping typing to a minimum and offering a literal hands-on web surfing experience. By far the consumer it’s a tough choice if one thinks of affording a tablet, my choice wait until there is a sync in the tablet world, there would be a better choice for ur need and multiple to choose from within ur budget…;)

Late Tuesday night, the Google Blog officially announced that the Google Chrome OS was a reality and would appear on netbooks some time later next year. So it seems now is the time where a lightweight contender with enough focus, and enough driving force could succeed in tipping the balance finally from desktop to web.

Google chrome OS

Google chrome OS

If you remember the very first Micrsoft WPF demos, they showed desktop applications which were email-able, inherently connected. At the time I considered these islands in the cloud, whether that was the future of apps, indeed it seemed silly to have to start an OS, to start a web browser, to start an app. Why not cut out the middle man (as does AIR). But this big old web-browser kept on being too useful, too good at connecting the dots, so it lingers. When you turn it into the OS, that doesn’t cut out the middle man, it cuts out the old guy that was behind him. Indeed most people don’t even know what the browser is/was.

Google Chrome OS is nothing new, from the Pogo of the 90’s, to linux netbooks of this decade, to the Crunchpad of next, we’ve seen these light-weight alternatives come and go, but this is a war of attrition, and it’s the users that are the grains of sand wearing down at the walls of the Fat Operating System, not the technology.

The announcement contained a thesis statement that is a bit more significant than it might appear at first: “It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.” That statement has both strategic and practical implications, which we’ll consider in turn.

From a strategic perspective, “what operating systems should be” clearly involves a heavy dose of Google-driven Web apps, from e-mail to spreadsheets. The entire OS will be focused on getting users into a Web browser as quickly as possible; any other applications will be secondary and probably not provided by Google. Instead, once the browser launches, users can do their computing via online applications, saving their data in the cloud

Google views this as computing nirvana for users, saying, “[Users] want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files.”

But there are still a variety of applications that simply can’t be replicated within a browser, and consumers have had a mixed reaction to Google’s own apps, embracing Gmail but finding its presentation software to be severely limited compared to its desktop app counterparts. But the Chrome OS will be appearing first on netbooks, which can’t handle some of the more heavyweight desktop applications in the first place. And the new offering has the potential to drive users to rely on Google’s online offerings, which certainly would further the company’s goals.

Google expects this to be a a full fledged open source operating system built from the ground up. Its focus will be on speed, security and simplicity much like the Google Chrome web browser and Android OS.

I believe Google as a rich tech basket in themself the have a diverse portfolio of technologies to pick from. Their experience with Flash in Google Analytics and YouTube, HTML and JavaScript in applications such as Google Mail (primarily created using Java that outputs the HTML/JS), their open 3D plugin O3D, their Google Gears for offline storage of data, and of course HTML5 with JavaScript which is perhaps where we’ll see them lean should it reach sufficient fruition in the 2010’s.

Google says that they are working on making netbooks running Google Chrome OS for availability sometime in 2010 with the help OEM like HP, Dell, Acer etc… Your move Apple and Microsoft.