One of the things that I really love about #newTwitter is the inline display of media via oEmbed. In simple terms, #newTwitter displays media from some of the most common media providers inline in the tweet details. For instance, here’s how twitpic looks like.
As of now, #newTwitter supports 31 providers. Till now, that is. Enter Parrotfish. Parrotfish augments #newTwitter’s default providers to 165 sites, including WordPress, ESPN, Posterous, Tumblr amongst others. If this wasn’t good enough, Parrotfish also has Instapaper support, so you can mark it as Read Later and it will get added to your Instapaper’s Read It Later list.
Parrotfish is currently available as a Chrome Extension ( Chrome v4+) and is a must-have extension if you spend loads of time on twitter and is a worthy addition to some of the best Chrome extensions list.
Since the Chrome Web Store opened a few days ago, I have gone ahead and installed tons of new extensions and Chrome apps in Google Chrome. However, having lots of extensions and apps can be a bad experience since it makes finding them a bit more difficult.
AppJump Launcher is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to quickly find and launch apps you have installed in Chrome. The extension provides you with a quick view of all the installed apps and extensions through an icon. Using that you can find and launch any app quickly.
In addition to the quick access to apps, AppJump also provides a full page view of all the installed apps and extensions where it allows you to launch apps, disable them or uninstall them. You can reach this full page view by clicking on the + button in the icon listing. The AppJump full page option is actually replacement for Google’s in-built extension manager.
Well I am not done yet, another useful feature in AppJump is that it allows you to create groups and add applications to it. Using this feature you can easily browse apps or extensions based on the groups you create.
AppJump is definitely a great extension for Chrome and it makes managing all your extensions and apps a breeze while providing a beautiful interface for it. One thing I would like to see in a future update of AppJump is the ability to search apps and launch them, something similar to what Launchy does, but just for Chrome. Having that feature would definitely be awesome and was already on my wish list for Chrome.
Download AppJump for Chrome
Each and every website you visit tracks your moments across the internet. This is basically done through cookies, URL redirecting and more. Many of the sites then use this data to customize advertisements displayed to you.
If you are not comfortable with sharing your data with third-party websites, you can now try out a new extension called Disconnect for Google Chrome and RockMeIt browsers.
Disconnect stops major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do. It disable tracking on websites and depersonalizes searches on search engines like Google. It also has a nice little counter to show you the requests it has blocked and an option to easily disable unblocking for certain sites.
Disconnect was written by an ex-Googler who calls this service Web2.1 and claims that he is fixing all the wrongs on the web right now. If you are looking to disable third party tracking head over to http://www.disconnectere.com/ and download the extensions for Chrome or RockMeIt.
Looks like Google has finally added a much needed feature to the browser, an alert while closing multiple tabs. This feature was hugely in demand but was ignored by Chrome for a long time. I had written on ways to restore accidental windows closures in Chrome and also about an extension which alerted you when closing a tab.
However, the latest dev version of Chrome 9.0.597.15 dev, seems to have this feature built-in. The request for adding a popup notification was submitted back in September 2008, however, it was ignored for the past couple of years.
Chrome also provides an option to turn off multiple tab closure warning through a checkbox option. However, I did not find any options to turn this feature back on. I will keep looking and update this post when I find it.
Since the Chrome Web Store was launched, I have been playing around with quite a few Chrome Apps and am already loving the experience with it. Many Chrome Apps are not shortcuts and work inside the browser itself. In the next few days I will be posting about several new and interesting Apps you can start using including one for TweetDeck and Distraction Free Writing.
Today, I will talk a few apps for Note-taking and creating sticky notes (checkout 11 Sticky notes software for your desktop). First off, you might spend a lot of time on the browser, researching content or discovering new content on an everyday basis. Having a handy notepad to take notes is definitely one of the most important things for researching and taking notes which you can refer back to later .
The Quick Note app for Chrome is a simple and easy to use Note-Taking app for Chrome which you will definitely come to love. It has simplicity written all over it but it really good. The app allows you to create multiple notes and search within notes. You can also easily copy and paste images into your notes which makes it pretty powerful.
Quick Note also allows you to create a new note while browsing a website through the context menu, you can then toggle the note and continue reading the content while you continue with your work. Whenever you want to add some more notes, just click on the note in the right hand side again.
All of the notes are saved locally, so you will have access to them even if you close the application. Overall, if you are looking to take notes in Chrome, the Quick Note is the app I recommend. Download Quick Note app for Chrome.
My second favorite app is the Stickies app for Chrome which allows you to create Sticky notes and stack them up in the browser. You can create as many sticky notes as you want and also recycle them after you are done with.
Creating Sticky notes is pretty easy too, just double click anywhere on the Stickies window and your sticky note is ready to be used. Once you are done with the Sticky note, just drag it to the recycle bin to get rid of it. However, disposed sticky notes can no longer be recovered. Download Stickies app for Chrome.
Did you find any other app that does the same job? Do let me know through your comments.
The Chrome Web Store launched yesterday and though there are hundreds of apps many are just simple bookmarks to a webpage. However, there are some brilliant ones including the TweetDeck app for Chrome.
Write Space is another Chrome App which is really good. If you are a writer or a blogger, you will definitely love this app since it allows you to write without distractions and just concentrate on what you want to write. Using this in conjunction with Full screen (F11) cuts off anything distracting from the environment.
Write Space also saves data on each keystroke, so just have to concentrate on writing and forget tasks like saving et all. This is definitely a really good app and I would suggest anyone who writes content to start using it.
Download Write Space app for Chrome.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Write Space is definitely a great app and can come in very handy to writers and bloggers alike. However, what I would love to see with Write Space is the ability to save the written content to the cloud so that I can start writing on one computer and then continue writing on another one without having to do anything.
Another thing I would want to see with Write Space is the ability to create multiple writing spaces and then sift through them through a menu or something. Of course that would make things a bit complicated, but it would be a good option to have.
Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Excellent)
Google Chrome was just updated to version 10 in the Canary build, other than the speed gain there are a few other interesting experiences going on with the latest build of Chrome.
The most noteworthy change in the Canary Build version of Chrome (which is also in Chrome 9) is the support to use web apps without having to install extensions on chrome (CRX files). According to the description available in about:flags, CRX-less Web Apps basically:
Enables support for installing Chrome apps that are deployed using a manifest file on a web page, rather than by packaging the manifest and icons into a crx file.
This hints on how Chrome might allow websites to define their operations in a manifest file and then use it to allow access to the app through Chrome. Another interesting change is the addition of "Experimental location features" which basically makes use of operating system location APIs, most likely to be used in Chrome OS.
Enables experimental extensions to the geolocation feature. Includes using operating system location APIs (where available), and sending additional local network configuration data to the Google location service to provide higher accuracy positioning.
This feature is currently only available in Chrome 10 Canary Build. Chrome 10 also allows users to change the way Google Instant is used to load websites.
As you can see from the screenshot above, there are basically three options available right now including; Verbatim, Predictive and Predictive no auto-complete. This might be from changes Google has internally done for Instant in Google Search and is now being rolled out to the Chrome Omnibox.
The new features are definitely exciting and it would be interesting to see them come into the stable version of Chrome. Considering Chrome’s 3 month stable release policy we should see Chrome 10 coming out in the first quarter of next year.
I ran a test using Chrome’s V8 Benchmark suite and Chrome 10 almost has a
50% 70% increase in performance over Chrome 9 as you can see. This bodes well with the claim Google made about Crankshaft almost doubling Chrome’s current speed.
Google Chrome Canary Build is not for the for the faint-hearted, it is based upon code which is untested so you might want to stay away from it if you don’t like crashes. However, you can install Canary Build as a separate installation so it should not be a problem as such. Interested? Go ahead and download Chrome Canary build from here http://tools.google.com/dlpage/chromesxs.
Google Chrome dev channel has been updated to version 9.0.597.10 for Windows, Mac and Linux and includes Cloud Printing feature and an option to view apps running in the Background.
Cloud Printing is Google’s new technology to allow users to print documents from any computer or smart phone regardless of where you are on a printer you add to the Google Cloud. Using this new technology users will able to print documents from anywhere you are without having to be physically present near the printer.
You will need to visit Settings -> Under the Hood and scroll down and sign in with your account to the Google Cloud print service to start using this feature.
In addition to the Cloud Printing technology, Google has also introduced a feature which display the Background Apps running currently, this coincides with Google’s new Web store which went live earlier today. To view the Background apps, Go to Settings -> View background apps. Once you click on the option you can view details of the apps/extensions which are currently running along with memory and CPU usage.
This is definitely a good addition because you can quickly identify processes which are using up too much memory or CPU usage and then End the process using the background apps manager. Since Chrome runs all apps and extensions as separate processes killing an individual process should not affect the rest of the browser.
When Google announced their Chrome OS netbook and web store earlier today for Google Chrome, my initial thoughts were that I would definitely miss a lot of desktop apps, like Windows Live Writer and TweetDeck.
However, I guess my worries have disappeared now after I started using the TweetDeck app for Google Chrome. If you have already used TweetDeck on the desktop or on the iPhone or Android based device, you will see a very familiar UI with the Chrome App. The app allows you to add multiple accounts, follow lists and more among other things.
The app also has smooth scrolling within columns so that you can view updates you have missed. It is almost similar to the desktop experience you get. TweetDeck for Chrome also has almost all the features which you might find in the desktop app. TweetDeck for Chrome also imports all your settings from TweetDeck desktop to the web app making it easier to replicate your information.
TweetDeck is the perfect app that shows how much can be done within the browser and that living in the cloud is a really not going to be that bad after all. If you haven’t done it yet, go ahead and download the TweetDeck app for Chrome from here.
For those not in the know, TweetDeck is a social networking app for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace among other things. You can download the desktop version of TweetDeck from here.