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12 May 12 Drag and Drop Search 34


Drag and Drop Search is a free Chrome extension that offers an elegant solution to a common problem: Searching on the website that will give you the answers you need. Google is a great engine, but there is no reason to go through it for everything. If you’re after quick facts and figures, you might be better off searching Wikipedia directly; if it’s videos you’re after, then a direct YouTube search might let you find them faster. If you’d like to get a sense for a place, searching for it on Flickr will show you what it’s like. With Drag and Drop Search installed, you only need to select a term, then drag and drop it on the name of the search engine you’d like to use.

Drag and Drop Search screenshotThe Drag and Drop Search configuration interface looks like it was lifted out of a 1997-era webpage, and requires prior knowledge to work.Drag and Drop Search works by overlaying your window with a four-by-four grid. By default, the center of the grid is clear, and the cells for the outer perimeter are each assigned to a different website or search engine. This makes for twelve sites and engines the add-on ships with, including Delicious, Twitter, Wikipedia, and other popular websites. It’s easy to get started: Select any word or term on the current page, start dragging, and the grid will appear. Each of the cells is clearly labeled; drop the term on the cell for the site you want to search and it will open up in a background tab.

If you are looking for visual polish, you won’t find much of it in Drag and Drop Search. The extension does have a configuration pane for customizing your engines, but it is very bare-bones. It’s just a basic HTML table with one table cell for each grid cell. There are no instructions for customizing the search engines used. Each engine has a name, and a URL. Search engine URLs often contain many arguments, one of which is your search term. Drag and Drop Search does not provide a wildcard character for substituting your search term (like %s on Chrome). Instead, you are supposed to format the URL so that the search term is the last parameter, and leave it blank. In other words, you need to be fairly familiar with URLs to customize the search engines Drag and Drop Search uses.

Drag and Drop Search screenshotIn action, Drag and Drop Search offers a beautiful and effective way to search specific websites for a string of text.The basic mechanism Drag and Drop Search uses is brilliant. It is easy and fast to grab a term and drag it to the right search engine, and it’s even a gesture that translates well into a touch interface (unlike right-clicking). I see Drag and Drop Search as a proof of concept, and a sign of things to come. But even in its current state, it is a simple and useful Chrome extension.

Note: The Download button takes you to the Chrome Web Store, where you can download it directly into your Chrome browser.

–Erez Zukerman

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/255351/speed_up_searchesand_reduce_typingwith_drag_and_drop_search.html

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11 May 12 Speed Up Searches–And Reduce Typing–With Drag and Drop Search


Drag and Drop Search is a free Chrome extension that offers an elegant solution to a common problem: Searching on the website that will give you the answers you need. Google is a great engine, but there is no reason to go through it for everything. If you’re after quick facts and figures, you might be better off searching Wikipedia directly; if it’s videos you’re after, then a direct YouTube search might let you find them faster. If you’d like to get a sense for a place, searching for it on Flickr will show you what it’s like. With Drag and Drop Search installed, you only need to select a term, then drag and drop it on the name of the search engine you’d like to use.

Drag and Drop Search screenshotThe Drag and Drop Search configuration interface looks like it was lifted out of a 1997-era webpage, and requires prior knowledge to work.Drag and Drop Search works by overlaying your window with a four-by-four grid. By default, the center of the grid is clear, and the cells for the outer perimeter are each assigned to a different website or search engine. This makes for twelve sites and engines the add-on ships with, including Delicious, Twitter, Wikipedia, and other popular websites. It’s easy to get started: Select any word or term on the current page, start dragging, and the grid will appear. Each of the cells is clearly labeled; drop the term on the cell for the site you want to search and it will open up in a background tab.

If you are looking for visual polish, you won’t find much of it in Drag and Drop Search. The extension does have a configuration pane for customizing your engines, but it is very bare-bones. It’s just a basic HTML table with one table cell for each grid cell. There are no instructions for customizing the search engines used. Each engine has a name, and a URL. Search engine URLs often contain many arguments, one of which is your search term. Drag and Drop Search does not provide a wildcard character for substituting your search term (like %s on Chrome). Instead, you are supposed to format the URL so that the search term is the last parameter, and leave it blank. In other words, you need to be fairly familiar with URLs to customize the search engines Drag and Drop Search uses.

Drag and Drop Search screenshotIn action, Drag and Drop Search offers a beautiful and effective way to search specific websites for a string of text.The basic mechanism Drag and Drop Search uses is brilliant. It is easy and fast to grab a term and drag it to the right search engine, and it’s even a gesture that translates well into a touch interface (unlike right-clicking). I see Drag and Drop Search as a proof of concept, and a sign of things to come. But even in its current state, it is a simple and useful Chrome extension.

Note: The Download button takes you to the Chrome Web Store, where you can download it directly into your Chrome browser.

–Erez Zukerman

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/product/1199296/drag_and_drop_search.html

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11 May 12 Speed Up Searches–And Reduce Typing–With Drag and Drop Search


Drag and Drop Search is a free Chrome extension that offers an elegant solution to a common problem: Searching on the website that will give you the answers you need. Google is a great engine, but there is no reason to go through it for everything. If you’re after quick facts and figures, you might be better off searching Wikipedia directly; if it’s videos you’re after, then a direct YouTube search might let you find them faster. If you’d like to get a sense for a place, searching for it on Flickr will show you what it’s like. With Drag and Drop Search installed, you only need to select a term, then drag and drop it on the name of the search engine you’d like to use.

Drag and Drop Search screenshotThe Drag and Drop Search configuration interface looks like it was lifted out of a 1997-era webpage, and requires prior knowledge to work.Drag and Drop Search works by overlaying your window with a four-by-four grid. By default, the center of the grid is clear, and the cells for the outer perimeter are each assigned to a different website or search engine. This makes for twelve sites and engines the add-on ships with, including Delicious, Twitter, Wikipedia, and other popular websites. It’s easy to get started: Select any word or term on the current page, start dragging, and the grid will appear. Each of the cells is clearly labeled; drop the term on the cell for the site you want to search and it will open up in a background tab.

If you are looking for visual polish, you won’t find much of it in Drag and Drop Search. The extension does have a configuration pane for customizing your engines, but it is very bare-bones. It’s just a basic HTML table with one table cell for each grid cell. There are no instructions for customizing the search engines used. Each engine has a name, and a URL. Search engine URLs often contain many arguments, one of which is your search term. Drag and Drop Search does not provide a wildcard character for substituting your search term (like %s on Chrome). Instead, you are supposed to format the URL so that the search term is the last parameter, and leave it blank. In other words, you need to be fairly familiar with URLs to customize the search engines Drag and Drop Search uses.

Drag and Drop Search screenshotIn action, Drag and Drop Search offers a beautiful and effective way to search specific websites for a string of text.The basic mechanism Drag and Drop Search uses is brilliant. It is easy and fast to grab a term and drag it to the right search engine, and it’s even a gesture that translates well into a touch interface (unlike right-clicking). I see Drag and Drop Search as a proof of concept, and a sign of things to come. But even in its current state, it is a simple and useful Chrome extension.

Note: The Download button takes you to the Chrome Web Store, where you can download it directly into your Chrome browser.

–Erez Zukerman

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/255351/speed_up_searchesand_reduce_typingwith_drag_and_drop_search.html

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01 May 12 Social Surfing: Mon.ki Applies Twitter Conversations to Web Browsing


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Quick Pitch: Mon.ki is a Chrome web extension that integrates Twitter content with what’s open in your browser. Users can quickly find out what people are saying about products or news.

Genius Idea: Mon.ki sweeps webpages and gives users the lowdown about given topics in real time on Twitter. It automatically shows related tweets and user profiles.


Sure, you value credible website searches, but it can also be helpful to know what people are said about said topic on Twitter. Mon.ki is a Chrome web extension available for download that aims to help individuals consume information one webpage at a time — and optimizes social discovery in web browsing.

Mon.ki shines light on the organic conversation surrounding topics on a single webpage.

Mon.ki is a product built to be used as a “social compass,” Mon.ki CEO Tim Delhaes tells Mashable. Users can immediately find out what people are saying about a breaking news article or product for sale.

“If I am reading about a product or new service or something interesting that’s going on, instead of switching over to Twitter to see what people are saying about this, I can go to Mon.ki,” Delhaes says.

After downloading the Mon.ki web extension, the tool shows up as an icon next to the URL window. The application only opens when clicked. Mon.ki automatically searches Twitter for what topics you’re currently looking with the Chrome browser.

Mon.ki currently only integrates Twitter, but will open up to Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Meetup and other social network integrations. It automatically extracts topics and names from the web page that is open in the browser. Then searches your social networks to turn up related tweets, users and feeds all in one browser.

Mon.ki also lets you tweet and search Twitter directly from the browser sidebar without opening another tab.

There’s a saturation of information on the Internet that makes it impossible to digest, says Delhaes.

“We’re moving through a moment of explosion of information,” he says. “Every day, we get more information and we get it in different formats.”

The startup team says this is only the “beginning of a long road” to creating an alternative to reading hundreds of tweets and looking through dozens of user profiles before finding something relevant. The team behind Mon.ki adamantly wanted to steer clear of building another application or social network. Rather, it’s a “social compass” putting information people want into their view.

“It’s a solution to a problem that’s fundamental for people using the Internet on any device. We call this providing social context,” Delhaes said. “When you look at information, it changes in meaning and relevance when you can associate it to people.”

The team is working to bring Mon.ki to mobile and other web browsers in the next few weeks.

Since the company hopes the personal search engine will have an impact of decision making and product purchases, Delhaes hopes to base the business model around this idea.

The week-old startup is now in its private beta stage. The first 500 Mashable readers can access the browser tool by signing up at Mon.ki and emailing their Twitter handle to mashable@mon.ki.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Jeremy Levine Design


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The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

Article source: http://mashable.com/2012/04/30/monki-app/

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27 Apr 12 Control music in Chrome without switching tabs


By midafternoon, I usually have so many tabs open, I can’t keep track of them all. It’s really a nuisance when I have music playing on one of my many tabs and can’t locate it quickly to mute the song that’s playing to answer the phone. Enter Music Controller, a Chrome extension that adds a button to the right of your URL bar. The button, which features a music note, provides access to any song currently playing on any tab in your current Chrome window.

(Credit:
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

Music Controller claims to work with Google Music, Grooveshark, Mog, Rdio, Pandora, and YouTube. Using a
Mac, I could not get it to work with Google Music. And it recognized Rdio but failed to list any tracks played with that service. For the others, however, it worked as advertised. Click on the button to open a small window that lists any song (with artist info) currently playing or paused in any of the above services. Next to each song listed is a pause button and, if you are listening to a playlist, fast-forward and rewind buttons. Thumbs-up and -down buttons are present if the music service has a rating system. A mute button at the top lets you quickly mute any song playing, and if you click on a song, you’ll be taken to the tab where that song is playing.

Music Controller works only with music services accessed via Chrome, so it doesn’t work with apps such as iTunes and Spotify. If you use either of those on a Mac, Skip Tunes will prove useful.

(Via AddictiveTips)

Article source: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57422249-285/control-music-in-chrome-without-switching-tabs/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=

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26 Apr 12 Control music in Chrome without switching tabs


By midafternoon, I usually have so many tabs open, I can’t keep track of them all. It’s really a nuisance when I have music playing on one of my many tabs and can’t locate it quickly to mute the song that’s playing to answer the phone. Enter Music Controller, a Chrome extension that adds a button to the right of your URL bar. The button, which features a music note, provides access to any song currently playing on any tab in your current Chrome window.

(Credit:
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

Music Controller claims to work with Google Music, Grooveshark, Mog, Rdio, Pandora, and YouTube. Using a
Mac, I could not get it to work with Google Music. And it recognized Rdio but failed to list any tracks played with that service. For the others, however, it worked as advertised. Click on the button to open a small window that lists any song (with artist info) currently playing or paused in any of the above services. Next to each song listed is a pause button and, if you are listening to a playlist, fast-forward and rewind buttons. Thumbs-up and -down buttons are present if the music service has a rating system. A mute button at the top lets you quickly mute any song playing, and if you click on a song, you’ll be taken to the tab where that song is playing.

Music Controller works only with music services accessed via Chrome, so it doesn’t work with apps such as iTunes and Spotify. If you use either of those on a Mac, Skip Tunes will prove useful.

(Via AddictiveTips)

Article source: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57422249-285/control-music-in-chrome-without-switching-tabs/

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24 Apr 12 Hide YouTube Comments with Chrome extension


My kids love watching videos on YouTube and now that my daughter has learned how to read, I worry about the words she may encounter in the comments section below a video she’s watching. Thankfully, I found a Chrome extension, YouTube Options for Google Chrome, which lets me tweak the appearance of the video player page on YouTube.

(Credit:
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

After installing the extension, a small icon shows up on the right edge of your URL bar when you view a YouTube video. (It’s a small red button with the letters YTO.) Click on it and a narrow window opens below it with a small, sample YouTube page. You can click on the various components of the page — header, title, description, comments, suggested videos, footer, playlist — to toggle between hiding and showing them. You can also adjust the size of the video player, and if you click the Options link at the bottom of this window, you’ll be taken to the extension’s settings page where you can tweak further options. The extension remembers your preferences for subsequent visits.

(Credit:
Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET)

In related news, you can replace YouTube comments with Facebook comments with another Chrome extension.

Article source: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57419340-285/hide-youtube-comments-with-chrome-extension/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=

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20 Apr 12 Google Chrome Browser for Android Gets Updated with Desktop View, Languages …


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(Photo: Google) – Google Chrome Browser for Android Gets Updated with Desktop View, Languages and More

If you are a fan of Chrome – the popular desktop Web browser made by Google, then you will love to get it on your Android device, especially since now it has received a major update, which adds new features and expands language support.

The recent update brings 31 new languages to Chrome Beta. The older version was only available in English language.

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The update also brings cool, new features. For instance, users can now request for desktop version of a Web site for better view, instead of accessing only mobile version. Then there’s the all-new Incognito mode that lets you browse with privacy so that the browsing history is not saved on the device. Browser tabs are also stacked like cards for easy viewing. Thanks to the built-in accelerometer, users can flip through these tabs by tilting the device.

 Another useful feature added with this update is the link zoom functionality. Whenever a user is trying to click on a URL link, which is relatively hard to touch as surround by some other URL’s, then the browser will zoom in on that area in a bubble making it easy to select the desired link. External links will also now open in tabs, instead of new windows, when multiple tabs are opened.

Moreover, you can use the browser on a Wi-Fi network with proxy setup. Users can assign application to handle links on their own when clicking on a new URL in Chrome. And, like the desktop version, the mobile version of Google Chrome also has ability to add bookmarks to homescreen as shortcuts.

Chrome Beta is available on Google Play Store. But you will need an Ice Cream Sandwich-enabled smartphone or tablet in order to download it. And a big share of Android devices runs Android v2.3 Gingerbread at the moment (and more than 90% of Android devices do not run Android 4.0 ICS). So the browser is not as high on downloads as expected, but it is marching forward day by day.

With new smartphones getting rolled out in the market, featuring Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, the future for Chrome is bright. We may see Google replacing its Android Web kit browser in its mobile operating system with Chrome browser in near future.

Nonetheless, despite this recent update, the Google’s favorite browser is not yet as perfect as it is on desktop. Still it is in beta mode and Flash support is currently off. The biggest drawback of Chrome Beta is that it is only available for devices running Android OS v4.0 codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich.

(reported by Johnny Wills, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

Article source: http://www.mobilenapps.com/articles/1736/20120419/google-chrome-browser-android-gets-updated-desktop.htm

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15 Apr 12 Google starts testing device syncing for Chrome


In order to unify the Chrome experience across all devices that use the Chrome browser, the development team at Google is testing a new way to sync tab information between devices.

Included in the beta test of Google Chrome 19, the next major release of the Web browser will include the ability to sync open tabs between different devices. Assuming that the user has the browser open on both devices and is logged in with the same profile, they can access all open pages by clicking the new “Other Devices” option in the bottom right hand corner of a new tab page. For instance, if a user is reading a particular article or series of articles on a work computer, they can open up the tab on a laptop, desktop or tablet located at home without having to type in the URL or search for each page. 

Chrome_Desktop_Beta_Android_SyncIn addition to pulling up the current URL within the tab, the syncing process also brings over page history as well. Users can navigate backward and forward through the tab’s history and current tabs that are open on the device won’t be closed when the new “Other Devices” tab is launched.

Beyond the new tab sync feature within Chrome 19, the beta version of the software includes a smattering of bug fixes and performance tweaks. Issues with 3D graphics on NVIDIA GPUs has been fixed as well as errors with incognito windows.

Regarding desktop to mobile syncing, Google is working on a solution that will be built into Chrome 20. If a user has pulled up directions to a new restaurant on a desktop computer, but forgotten to print out the details, they could bring up the directions immediately on a synced Android 4.0 mobile phone.

This feature will replace the Google Chrome to Phone extension that’s currently available on the Chrome Web Store. Google is also expected to include updates to Native Client, a solution for high-end gaming through the Web browser, within Chrome 19 and Chrome 20. 

Article source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/google-starts-testing-device-syncing-for-chrome/

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15 Apr 12 Google starts testing device syncing for Chrome


In order to unify the Chrome experience across all devices that use the Chrome browser, the development team at Google is testing a new way to sync tab information between devices.

Included in the beta test of Google Chrome 19, the next major release of the Web browser will include the ability to sync open tabs between different devices. Assuming that the user has the browser open on both devices and is logged in with the same profile, they can access all open pages by clicking the new “Other Devices” option in the bottom right hand corner of a new tab page. For instance, if a user is reading a particular article or series of articles on a work computer, they can open up the tab on a laptop, desktop or tablet located at home without having to type in the URL or search for each page. 

Chrome_Desktop_Beta_Android_SyncIn addition to pulling up the current URL within the tab, the syncing process also brings over page history as well. Users can navigate backward and forward through the tab’s history and current tabs that are open on the device won’t be closed when the new “Other Devices” tab is launched.

Beyond the new tab sync feature within Chrome 19, the beta version of the software includes a smattering of bug fixes and performance tweaks. Issues with 3D graphics on NVIDIA GPUs has been fixed as well as errors with incognito windows.

Regarding desktop to mobile syncing, Google is working on a solution that will be built into Chrome 20. If a user has pulled up directions to a new restaurant on a desktop computer, but forgotten to print out the details, they could bring up the directions immediately on a synced Android 4.0 mobile phone.

This feature will replace the Google Chrome to Phone extension that’s currently available on the Chrome Web Store. Google is also expected to include updates to Native Client, a solution for high-end gaming through the Web browser, within Chrome 19 and Chrome 20. 

Article source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/google-starts-testing-device-syncing-for-chrome/

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