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30 Dec 12 The 5 Chrome apps and extensions I used most in 2012


The year is about to draw to a close. It is that time when we plan our resolutions for the coming year, get ready for New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations and reflect back on the year that was. One fun thing to think about is the technology you used most in the past year. For me there is quite a bit, but I thought I would focus on one — web browser apps and extensions.

Being a writer, my browser is my most-used tool and this year I made a switch from Firefox to Google’s Chrome. Like Firefox, Chrome has countless extensions, but it also has apps that reside on the New Tab page — access them by opening a new tab and clicking on Apps at the bottom of the screen.

So, this got me thinking about which extensions and apps I used most over the past year and I decided to put together a little list of my top-5.

1. Tab Cloud

Tab Cloud is a great cross-platform (it works in Firefox as well) way to save your tabs and move them from PC to PC or even back and forth between two different brands of browsers. Sure, Chrome can do this, but it does sometimes crash and once in a while even loses your tabs, so I do periodic backups to Tab Cloud. The extension places a cloud icon on your menu bar.

2. Tampermonkey

While Chrome can do a lot with apps and extensions, Tampermonkey adds an additional dimension by letting you access user scripts in an easy way. Again, it adds an icon to your menu bar. Clicking it will give you access to options, access to new user scripts and a lot more.

tampermonkey

3. Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote is a great service. It works on the web and across multiple mobile platforms and allows you to save all sorts of information. It constantly syncs the notes and images so you can always access them from anywhere. The Web Clipper app allows you to “clip” sections or entire web pages to save for later reference.

4. Angry Birds

Yes, the popular mobile game has moved to other platforms. You can play it on Facebook, but you can also play it in Chrome. Access it by clicking Apps on a New Tab page.

5. Better Music for Google Play Music

This is a great little extension that gives you easy access to your Google Music right from the menu bar. There is no need to visit the site or click on a tab. You can Play, Pause and do more from the icon on your menu bar.

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  1. Still no good mouse gestures addon for Chrome, unfortunately. That’s forcing me to stick with Firefox.

  2. Ah that Angry Birds ruined the awesomeness of your list lol
    For me it’s
    WOT
    Lastpass
    Andd app shrotcuts like gmail gdrive drop ox etc :)

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28 May 12 Google Chrome Tab Stacking


I’m not really sure when Google introduced the tab stacking feature in the Google Chrome browser, only that it is available at least in the Windows Chrome Canary builds right now. Tab stacking basically allows you to stack tabs on top of each other to save screen estate when the tab count reaches a level where the browser would originally resort to scrolling.

If I’m not mistaken, it was Opera that introduced tab stacks in version 11 before any other browser. I personally think that all major browsers will eventually introduce a tab stacking feature eventually as it offers a great way of saving screen estate in the tab bar if multiple pages on the same domain name are open in the Internet browser.

Back to Google Chrome and the browser’s tab stacking implementation. The feature is currently only available via the chrome://flags list of experimental features. Just load chrome://flags/ in the browser’s address bar, hit F3 and enter stacked tabs in the on-page search form to find the parameter immediately on the page.

It reads: Stacked Tabs. Tabs never shrink, instead they stack on top of each other when there is not enough space.

google chrome tab stacking

Click on the Enable link and restart the browser to enable tab stacking in Google Chrome. If you have tried Opera’s tab stacking functionality before, you will notice that Chrome’s differs in core aspects.

In Opera, you simply drag and drop tabs on each other to create a stack. This stack is then visualized with an arrow on the right side of the stack that is pointing away from it. A click on the arrow or a double-click on the active tab displays all tabs of that stack in the tabbar.

opera stacked tabs

In Google Chrome, the tab stacking feature is automatic. When there is not enough room, pages are stacked on top of each other. The method is confusing at first, as the original tab and the newly opened tab are displayed next to each other first, and only added to the stack once you click on an unrelated tab.

chrome stacked tabs

Another difference is that you can’t drag and drop tabs on top of each other in Chrome.

To paraphrase: Opera supports manual tab stacking while Google Chrome only the automatic creation of tab stacks. It needs to be noted at this point that the Chrome implementation is experimental right now, and that the Chrome devs may make changes to the feature in the future.

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28 May 12 Google Chrome Tab Stacking


I’m not really sure when Google introduced the tab stacking feature in the Google Chrome browser, only that it is available at least in the Windows Chrome Canary builds right now. Tab stacking basically allows you to stack tabs on top of each other to save screen estate when the tab count reaches a level where the browser would originally resort to scrolling.

If I’m not mistaken, it was Opera that introduced tab stacks in version 11 before any other browser. I personally think that all major browsers will eventually introduce a tab stacking feature eventually as it offers a great way of saving screen estate in the tab bar if multiple pages on the same domain name are open in the Internet browser.

Back to Google Chrome and the browser’s tab stacking implementation. The feature is currently only available via the chrome://flags list of experimental features. Just load chrome://flags/ in the browser’s address bar, hit F3 and enter stacked tabs in the on-page search form to find the parameter immediately on the page.

It reads: Stacked Tabs. Tabs never shrink, instead they stack on top of each other when there is not enough space.

google chrome tab stacking

Click on the Enable link and restart the browser to enable tab stacking in Google Chrome. If you have tried Opera’s tab stacking functionality before, you will notice that Chrome’s differs in core aspects.

In Opera, you simply drag and drop tabs on each other to create a stack. This stack is then visualized with an arrow on the right side of the stack that is pointing away from it. A click on the arrow or a double-click on the active tab displays all tabs of that stack in the tabbar.

opera stacked tabs

In Google Chrome, the tab stacking feature is automatic. When there is not enough room, pages are stacked on top of each other. The method is confusing at first, as the original tab and the newly opened tab are displayed next to each other first, and only added to the stack once you click on an unrelated tab.

chrome stacked tabs

Another difference is that you can’t drag and drop tabs on top of each other in Chrome.

To paraphrase: Opera supports manual tab stacking while Google Chrome only the automatic creation of tab stacks. It needs to be noted at this point that the Chrome implementation is experimental right now, and that the Chrome devs may make changes to the feature in the future.

Related Articles:

Opera 11 Beta Available, Download It Now
Enable Side Tabs In Google Chrome
Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnails Added To Google Chrome
Google Chrome Tabs Manager Tabs Plus
Phantom Tabs In Google Chrome

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13 May 12 JavaScript Popup Blocker for Google Chrome


Popups, I do not like them, at all. While they are sometimes used by sites to make part of the website’s functionality available, they are more often than not used for advertisement. And while there is nothing wrong with advertising in general, popup ads tend to be one of the most annoying forms of advertisement that you encounter on the Internet. The core reason being that new windows are spawned, that you need to close manually at one point or the other. That’s fine if one window spawns, but there are sites out there that bombard you with popups.

With Firefox, I have NoScript which takes care of the popups. I can’t really say when I have seen the last unrequested popup show up in the web browser. For Chrome, things have been different. While you get your assortment of ad blocking scripts for the browser, I found the JavaScript Popup Blocker extension to be more reliable when it comes to blocking popup windows in the browser.

JavaScript Popup Blocker

javascript popup blocker

The extension comes with two modes. First whitelist mode, which is the default mode after installation, and then blacklist mode. Whitelist basically blocks all popups automatically, except on pages that you have explicitly whitelisted in the options of the extension. Blacklist mode on the other hand turns this around by only blocking popup windows on pages that you have added to the list. The latter may be useful if you visit that annoying one site regularly that is spawning popups like crazy.

Blocked popups are indicated in the browser’s address bar, next to the bookmarking star. Depending on the page you are on, you may see icons that indicate a blacklisted or whitelisted page, and a blocked popup.

A click on the blocked popup icon in the address bar displayed information about the page the site tried to spawn, with options to open it by clicking on the link, or by going to the blocking preferences of the extension to add it to the whitelist or blacklist, depending on your configuration.

blocked popup

Closing Words

JavaScript Popup Blocker for Google Chrome is a handy extension for Chrome users who are plagued by popups.

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  1. I use adblock plus in Chrome and never saw an ad or a pop-up .

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11 May 12 Chrome Industries launches 4 new shoe models


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Hitting stores today, Industries is proud to introduce four new models into the and fixed scene. Built to be indestructible like all of the , the new Chrome shoes are the Kursk Natural and Natural, the Lower Southside and the addition of Chrome’s first-ever women’s model, the Dolores. “Our Summer Footwear line is inspired by American classics and built with our commitment to making bombproof gear for the city,”  says, Steve McCallion, Chrome Industries’ President.

For the Kursk Natural and Kursk Pro Natural, Chrome created a limited run of their best selling shoes in a natural canvas color. Military grade materials and special features like clip-in compatibility and stiffer soles for maximum riding make these the most sought after urban bike shoes on the market. They provide on the bike and look good chilling in the bar.

The Lower Southside is part skate, part fixed freestyle and part stoop party. It’s the low-top version of Chrome’s popular Southside. Fit and styling include a low profile silhouette with breathable side panels, full-grain leather and a latex wedge in the heel for impact cushioning. The Lower Southside is built for shredding the city and barbequing in the park.

Chrome’s first-ever women’s model, the Dolores features a durable 1000 denier nylon upper to withstand all the city can throw at it and a slimmed down silhouette tailored for a woman’s foot that features a narrow toe box and low profile design. The elastic tongue gorge allows the Dolores to be worn with or without laces. The Dolores provides women the look of an American classic with the durability and comfort for which Chrome is known.

Go to www.chromeindustries.com to find your local Chrome Retailer or you can purchase them through the online store and all of the Chrome HUBs in , , Chicago and soon to open .

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21 Apr 12 How to expand Google Reader articles in the current tab


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With so many Web sites to follow, I find myself relying on my Google Reader regularly. Unfortunately, I also find that many RSS snippets will cut off right when I’m about to get to the good stuff. This is generally because the sites want you to click on their links. I understand the reasoning behind it (and am guilty of it myself), but this sometimes leaves me with 10 open tabs to read, making me wander and lose focus on 10 different Web sites.

To prevent this, I’ve started using Google Reader Inline after checking out a recent article on Lifehacker. This is a very useful extension for Chrome that allows you to load the full article without leaving your current tab or opening a new one (and still gives the writer’s site a page view). So after I’m done reading, I can move on to the next article in the queue, instead of wandering aimlessly through a Web site for 3 hours — like I do on Wikipedia.

Google Reader Inline.

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Step 1: Download Google Reader Inline for Chrome.

Step 2: Open and log in to Google Reader.

A truncated article in Google Reader.

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Step 3: Browse through your articles in the RSS feed, and press on the small magnifying glass in the upper left-hand corner for any article you want to expand.

That’s all you have to do! How do you deal with text hidden “after the jump”? And do you see this extension being helpful?

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10 Apr 12 Tumblr for Android smokes iOS version


The official Tumblr app was a late-comer to Android, and, sigh, hasn’t kept pace in the years since. That’s all changed. Today’s update simply puts the iOS version to shame. Surely this lead can’t last.

Tumblr for Android has a spiffy new user interface, which look and feel — including post-type icons — is more like the social network. The revamped UI is the real deal; well close to it. The app is speedier, and that includes photo browsing as well as loading blogs and posting to them. By comparison, Tumblr for iOS looks ugly and lacking. Access to Tumblr Radar from the Android app rocks. Still there are omissions that favor Tumblr for iOS, such as audio uploads. I’m surprised this feature isn’t available on the Android app (Wasn’t it once?).

“Its very rare for me to say that an app is sexy”, jozefd14 comments on the Google Play product page. “This is truly an awesome update. Hopefully iPhone/iPod Touch update will look like this. Its very nice to the eyes”. The Android user has HTC myTouch 4G.

Brett, who uses Droid Bionic: “A really good update for the app. Things are better, and I can actually open the photos on ny dashboard to get a better look. I just wish I could go through all of my ‘liked’ posts, because it seems I’m limited to a certain amount. I see the three periods at the end, so does it mean I have to stop there?”

Lee, who uses HTC Thunderbolt, offers more mixed reaction: “Love the new UI. Really well done. This app was just terrible before, definitely usable now! Problem: logs me out a lot and says its unable to reach the network. Really annoying!”

I must admit to rarely using Tumblr for Android, having likewise found previous versions deficient. But the update is promising.

Earlier today, I explained that for this week I’m putting away the RSS reader and using social media to ferret out the news. Thanks to software developer Aaron Burrell, whose post alerted me to Tumblr for Android — something that likely wouldn’t have popped up in Google Reader.

Article source: http://betanews.com/2012/04/09/tumblr-for-android-smokes-ios-version/

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04 Apr 12 Chrome Web Store Gets Trending, Offline Filters


As a webmaster who is always looking for the latest and greatest, I have to admit that I dislike the Chrome web store. The core reason for this is that it does not allow me to sort by new extensions, or updated extensions. When you open it, you always see the same old extensions and apps at the top, with little room for changing what is displayed on the page. While it is possible to sort by popular, recommended and rating, it does not change the fact that you won’t see a lot of new extensions at the top of those pages.

Mozilla in this regard handles that better over at the add-ons page, as you can easily sort by new and updated extensions there. While I have the feeling that this may change in the future, I hope it is not the case.

Back to the Chrome web store. Google today announced that the company has added two new options to the store that improve app and extension discovery.

Trending

The trending filter, prominently displayed in the store’s sidebar listing and sort menu, displays top trending apps and extensions. Google mixes apps and extensions on the page if you click on the Trending link in the sidebar. If you only want extensions, click on extensions first, and use the Sort by pulldown menu to filter by trending. This way, you only get extensions and not apps listed. You can naturally reverse that and only display trending apps instead.

google chrome web store trending

Trending aps and extensions receive a “hotness” rating, ranging from on fire over hot to warm. These ratings are displayed on the overview pages as you can see in the screenshot above.

Offline

If you have eagle-eyes, you may have spotted the lightning icon underneath the Download Master extension listing. This indicates offline capabilities of extensions and apps. When you see it listed, it means that you can use the extension or app without Internet connection.

Google furthermore has added a filter to the web store that filters by offline capabilities. Visit this link to only display extensions and apps that can be used offline. Here it is unfortunately not possible to filter exclusively by extension or apps.

Closing Words

Especially trending can be interesting for Chrome users who would like to stay in the loop when it comes to hot new extensions and apps for the browser. While that is still not what I’m personally looking for, it is a step in the right direction. (via Caschy via Chrome blog)

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18 Mar 12 Google Chrome Reveals Extensions To Websites


I may be old-fashioned in this regard but I prefer websites and companies to know as little about me as possible, unless the information are used for a service that I make active use of. I do not mind Amazon knowing that I’m an adult male, as this is blocking recommendations and offers aimed at a female audience on the site.

Ideally, sites that I do not have an account with should know nothing about me. The Polish security researcher Krzysztof Kotowicz discovered a possibility to fingerprint Chrome add-ons with a few lines of JavaScript code.

The method used tests if certain extensions are installed in the browser, which is different from listing all installed extensions. Here are the technical details on how this can done:

Every addon has a manifest.json file. In http[s]:// page you can try to load a script cross-scheme from chrome-extension:// URL, in this case – the manifest file. You just need the addon unique id to put into URL. If the extension is installed, manifest will load and onload event will fire. If not – onerror event is there for you.

You may still remember the CSS History Leak issue were a list of popular web addresses was used on websites to find out if a visitor did visit those sites in the past. The principle is the same, only the execution is different.

A proof-of-concept page has been created that Chrome users can visit for a demonstration. Chrome users without extensions installed, or other browser users, are not affected by this at all.

chrome add-ons enumeration

This has two implications. First a privacy one, as websites can use the information for a variety of purposes. They can for instance test if an adblocker is installed, or social networking, shopping or pregnancy extensions. Security is the other one. Malicious websites could check if add-ons with known vulnerabilities are installed that are no longer maintained by the author.

According to information posted in the comment section, add-ons installed from a custom-packed extension file or that are loaded unpacked are not recognized by the script.

It appears that Firefox is also leaking out information in this regard. Blocking JavaScript code prevents this from happening.

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  1. No, you arent old-fashioned but much more intelligent than others. Sometimes i cant believe how easily people accepted giving all personal informations to big corporations, companies and how they dont care what they gather about us; all in the name of neatness.

  2. This is old news and is being done for ages. Just try http://detectmybrowser.com/

    • This appears to list plug-ins, but not extensions?

      • :-)

        You are right.

        Google has outlines how a web site can detect Chrome extensions .

        Detecting Google Chrome Browser Extensions :

        http://code.google.com/chrome/extensions/content_scripts.html#host-page-communication

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09 Mar 12 Customize and enhance Chrome’s start tab


When you open a new tab in Chrome, you may want more than a few Google Apps or recently opened sites. Start is an extension that lets you add bookmarks and more to your start tab.

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Many of us have tricked-out home pages, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and energy on it, the Chrome extension Start can add functionality to your start tabs without much effort. Here’s how to use it: 

  1. Install Start here. 
  2. Click the wrench icon in the upper right, then select Options, then click Extensions in the left sidebar, then click Options for Start.
  3. If you want an RSS feed or bundle on your new tabs, follow the directions to create one, then add the URL. 
  4. Click Advanced to set layout and other options. 
  5. Open a new tab or window to see Start in action and change more settings. 
    Step 5: Start! in action.

    Step 5: “Start!” in action.

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  6. At the bottom of the page is a small tool pane that lets you access Start options quickly, change the background image (or set your own), set background opacity, and minimize the tool pane. 

That’s it! While Start may not have a deeply robust set of tools, it is easy to use and is definitely a step up from the default start tab.

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