Listen To Online Radio While Browsing The Web


For Google Chrome on Windows and Linux Only: The Chrome Radio extension for Google Chrome makes it much easier to playback online radio streams right inside the browser. The extension is very nifty, streamlined and fits smoothly in the browser without interfering with the user’s browsing experience.

Radio stations can be saved within the extension and can be organized in groups, or say, genres. You can also assign quick access keys to five of your stations so that your favorites stay at your fingertips. The extension keeps track of your most played stations and if you want, will also autoplay the last played station on browser startup. Import and Export of station database is also supported.

Coming to the source of media, you can add radio stations from sites like, and shoutcast. Just copy the playlist url (or stream url) from the webpage and add it to the extension. If you get lost, the extension should help you out with its FAQ page which highlights many questions such as how to add stations, where to find them et al.

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A Comparison Of Twitter Clients For Google Chrome

In recent days, Google Chrome has really picked up pace. Hot on the heels of Firefox, Opera, Safari and pretty much any other browser out there, Google is trying to grab some significant market share and establish itself in the browser mart. When Chrome was still young, people hesitated to change browsers because they were wary of Chrome’s lack of support for extensions and other features that mature browsers like Firefox had, especially those gained by addons. Now that Chrome supports extensions and has nearly 4,500 of them in its repository people are considering using Chrome as a primary browser and ditching Firefox for the memory hog* that it is.

If people are going to use a browser full time, how can it not have support for Twitter? Chrome has had a few nice extensions for Twitter and we’re going to see which one is the best.

Chromed Bird

greenshot_2010-03-16_02-58-57 Chromed Bird is perhaps the first Twitter client that I tried on Chrome and I have been hooked onto it since day one. The only problem with Chromed Bird is that I can’t find any problem in it. Really. It just works, that’s all. It’s regularly updated and several of it’s setting can be modified from an options’ page. It has support for Lists and can also preview short urls on mouseover. Other than that, you can set refresh intervals for each column, define font for the text and color for the columns. People who’d like to keep a track of their shortened links would be delighted to know that Chromed Bird supports authorization through it’s api key.You can also choose from 3 provided themes for the extension.

Pros: and lists support,   agile, notifications.

Cons: No support for Twitpic or other similar services.


greenshot_2010-03-16_03-00-12 The first thing that you are going to notice about Tweetings is its beauty. It’s got that Mac-like look with sleek columns and shiny buttons. It looks just elegant. However, beauty and brains should go together, and for Tweetings, this combination came hereditarily. Tweetings is based on on Chromed Bird. The underlying engine is probably same and the functions and features are also identical. All you get apart from Chromed Bird is a new design a good design. (Tweetings is also available as a separate application for Windows and iPhone)

Pros: Personal account support for and Customizable retweet format.

Cons: No support for Twitpic or other similar services.


greenshot_2010-03-16_03-00-51 Metrist’s design is nothing better than mediocre. Like all the others, you click a small icon in the menu bar and the application comes rolling down. Unlike Tweetings and Chromed Bird, Metrist doesn’t support Twitter’ oAuth, so you’ll have to enter in your Twitter username and password. Also, there is no support for lists, favorite-ing a tweet or Twitter new Retweet API. In spite of a dire lack of features, Metrist still stands as a decent Twitter client, for those who don’t need much except to post their one-forty characters.

Pros: Simple minimalistic design, agile.

Cons: No support for oAuth, no url shortening, no Twitpic, no new retweets or favorite-ing a tweet.


greenshot_2010-03-16_03-01-26 The description for this extension is A simple, usable Twitter client for Chrome. Ok let’s see. Skeet might be simple but there ain’t no fun of being simple when you ain’t usable. All I could get on installing skeet was a 400error. The developer said that this error occurs when the user has crossed his Twitter API limit. However, I was still afar from reaching my limit when I always got this error. So instead of taking the pain myself, I referred to Clif’s review of Skeet that he made a few days ago. He says: Currently, my biggest problem with Skeet is that it disappears as soon as you click away from it. This can be maddening if you are in the middle of tweeting or replying, because your unfinished message also disappears.Oh well, I know how that feels. Making a compact 140 character tweet from thoughts of a million words takes effort.

Pros: Search twiter from within the client, attractive UI.

Cons: Unstable.


If you ask me, I’d say Chromed Bird any day; but if you want your tweet workstation to look pretty, there’s no harm in using Chromed Bird’s little brother Tweetings.

*Memory hog: Now people may comment that firefox is no memory hog. People, once you use Chrome, firefox looks like a fox with a butt larger than Manuel Uribe. Believe me. :P

Google Wave Extensions Gallery Introduced

Google Wave may not have lived up to its hype but it is still used by millions of people. Today, Google announces the extensions gallery for Wave to enhance the user experience through various Google and third party created add-ons. The gallery can be accessed via the extensions link in the Wave navigation panel on the left hand side.

Google Wave Extensions Gallery

Goolge Wave Extensions

The gallery essentially lists waves containing links to extension installers. All these extensions use the Google Wave API. As the official blog post from Google indicates, the gallery might not be very pretty right now since it is just an initial version. If you are a developer and want to try your luck with a Google Wave extension, you can submit it for review using this link.

You can read complete details and instructions on how to use the installers here. The gallery would definitely make Google Wave users to find extensions they need without searching on Google or opening up a new web page. The gallery currently showcases 18 extensions but its bound to grow pretty rapidly. Do you think offering extensions can help Google Wave do a bit better than it has since it launched?

IESurfGear: Wipe Out Clutter from Webpages in Internet Explorer for Easier Reading

Many blogs are difficult to read and navigate. Sometimes they aren’t compatible with your browser or use poor color combinations. Dark backgrounds, small fonts and catchy colors make blogs hard to read. Whenever I see a page with a black background and green fonts, I close the window.

There may be some websites that are so good, you hate to miss out on them. You want to read them but the poor design makes it difficult. If you use Internet Explorer, the IE Surfgear add-on may help you solve this problem.

The add-on can increase the font size and remove dark background colors and images from web pages. This gives you a clutter free and easy to read environment. Once the add-on is installed, you’ll see three new buttons on the toolbar after you re-start Internet Explorer.

When you land on a page with a bad design, hit those three buttons one by one. The add-on  first removes background textures, then alters the fonts to fixed size and resets the text colors.

Following is an example of a page where I used the add-in to remove the background image:

The extension works with Internet Explorer 5 through Internet Explorer 8. A similar tool which we discussed earlier are TOC Monkey script and Clippable (browser bookmarklet).

Techie Buzz Verdict

The extension wipes out clutter from web pages but what about the other browsers? I would love to see SurfGear working on other browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. The add-on is fine but it feels tiring when you have to install different add-ons for different browsers, just for a small purpose.

Techie Buzz rating: 2/5 (Average).

Google Docs Extension For Chrome

Google Docs is the best online office suite with powerful features of editing, collaboration and sharing. There are many Firefox add-ons already available to integrate Google Docs with Firefox. But a Chrome extension was missing, and finally we have a cool Google chrome extension for that.

Google Docs extension for Google Chrome browser

This Google Docs extension is actually the iGoogle gadget transformed as a Chrome extension. Using this extension, you can access your Docs account just with a single click. Users can also create new documents, presentations, spreadsheets etc. right from the extension popup. By default, it lists your recent documents, but you can filter files from the showmenu.

Some other Chrome extensions for Google Docs

  • QuietRead: QuietRead is another useful tool for Chrome users. Users can bookmark web pages using QuietRead, and it saves these links in a separate Google Docs spreadsheet. Hence, you can collect links into a spreadsheet. It has option to sort and search links.


  • Import to Google Docs : It provides an easy way to view supported files in Google Docs from the Google search result page. Unfortunately, this extension is not working as expected and developer needs to work on it. :(
  • Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer and gPDF : we have already covered gPDF in our popular post: Best Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Download. These extensions open PDF (and other supported formats like PPT) in Google’s Docs Viewer. You can view these files in an online application, without any desktop tool.

InvisibleHand Ensures That You Shop At the Lowest Prices – Always

It isn’t always easy to find the best deals while shopping online. In fact most of us simply check the prices at two or three stores and make the final purchase, without even realising that shop X may be offering a special 20% Christmas discount on the same product.

Last year, we had featured a Firefox extension called FoxyPrices which automatically hunted down the prices for you. Unfortunately, FoxyPrices isn’t yet available for Google Chrome. InvisibleHand is a similar extension which works for Firefox as well as Chrome and supports US, UK and German stores.


InvisibleHand is an install and forget it kind of an extension. Whenever you start browsing a supported online store it will automatically jump into action and begin searching for better deals in the background. You will be notified when a better deal has been found. It also monitors Google searches and steps in if you are searching for a product.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

InvisibleHand-Get-The-Best-PricesI know little about economics and I certainly know anything about Adam Smith’s principle of the Invisible Hand. But, I love anything which can help me save money. And InvisibleHand does just that. Price comparison services are nice and useful. However, what makes InvisibleHand awesome is that it’s completely automated. Its also fairly well executed. It works mostly in the background and is intuitive and unobtrusive. Yes, it does get things wrong sometimes. For example, it isn’t able to differentiate between an iPhone and an iPhone case. But, most of the time it gets things right. InvisibleHand’s biggest strength is that it supports a large number of stores – 50+ US stores, 45+ UK stores and 15 German stores. InvisibleHand has already helped American users save more than 10 million dollars. Give it a try if you want a hassle free way to save money while shopping online.

Techie-Buzz Verdict: 4/5 (Excellent)

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Best Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Download

We have been covering several for sometime now. The official extension gallery will take a little more time to open up, so we decided to put up a list of the most useful Google Chrome extensions that we have covered till now. We also decided to throw in some other Chrome extension which we haven’t written about to make the list a comprehensive one.


For your convenience we have segregated the extensions into several categories for easier browsing.

Bookmarking & Session Management

Read It Later Extension – Quickly add content to your Read It Later account in one click.

Bookmark All Tabs Extension – Allows you to bookmark all open tabs at one, allowing you perform maintenance and then reopen it again later.

Delicious Extension – Quickly Bookmark a webpage to your Delicious account.

Chrome Session Saver Extension – Allows you to save all the open tabs as a session and open them up later.

Google Bookmarks Extension – Adds a Google bookmarks button which displays the bookmarks from your Google Bookmarks account in a dropdown list.

Blogging & Developer Related

Allow Right Click Extension – Allows you to perform right clicks on webpages which have disabled it.

Pagerank Checker Extension – Similar to the Pagerank Checker for Chrome which we had covered earlier, however, this one adds a icon in the toolbar.

IE Tab Extension – This extension will allow you to use Internet explorer rendering to display pages in Google Chrome.

XML Tree Extension Adds XML rendering support to Google Chrome.

Proxy Switcher Extension – Allows you to quickly switch between proxy servers in Google Chrome.

Chrome Window Resizer Extension – Allows you to quickly resize the current window to match your browsing experience.

WhoIs Checker Extension – Allows you to quickly check details about the current website you are viewing.

Auto Reload Extension – Auto Reload webpages after certain time intervals.

Web Developer Mini Extension – Shows you some useful options which will come in handy for web development.

iMacros Extension – Record and Play macros in Google Chrome to quickly perform repetitive tasks.

NoFollow Link Checker Extension – Checks and highlights nofollow links on the current webpage.

Useful Google Wave Extensions and Gadgets

might not have taken off as Google may have expected it to. However, users can still make full use of the service by reading through our of Google Wave Tips and Tricks. In addition to that, you can also check out the Complete guide to Google Wave.


One of the more interesting features of Google Wave is the ability to use Extensions and Gadgets to add new features to it. There are tons of extensions and gadgets which allow you to play games, access and more.

Tech Exclusive has a list of 25 Google Wave extensions and gadgets which includes some handy utilities for accessing Wikipedia, accessing your account, viewing local weather and more. Do check out the list to choose some of the best Wave extensions and gadgets for your account.

25 Useful Google Wave Extensions and Gadgets [Tech Exclusive]

Find And Download Google Chrome Extensions

We have covered Google Chrome extensions in quite detail here, here and here. We have told you how to install and uninstall extensions and also told you about some great extensions. But what if you wanted to see what extensions are available on the web?

ChromeExtensions is a great resource to do exactly that. It indexes tons of Google Chrome extensions sorted into categories that you can browse through. Similar to the Mozilla Add-ons website, ChromeExtensions offers quick installation of these extensions to your Chrome developer version.

Each listing includes a list of older versions of the extension and user reviews. You can find extensions for everything ranging from Tabs and bookmarks to social media and translation utilities.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

With so many Chrome extensions coming out, an index of all the extensions was a much needed resource. The ability to browse through different categories and write reviews adds even more value for visitors. As the number of extensions grow, this will serve as a one stop resource for everything related to Chrome extensions.

Minimize Google Chrome to System Tray

There are several times when you might want to use browser only for certain things and not want it to crowd up your taskbar. Instead of closing the application, you can always minimize them to the system tray using several applications including our favorite TrayIt.


If you are a user, you can use a handy called Minimize to Tray, which will allow you to minimize the Chrome to the system tray, and free some space in your taskbar area.

However, there is one problem with this extension. It will always send the application to the system tray, whenever you click the minimize button on the browser. Instead of doing that, the developer could add another button, clicking on which would send the browser to the system tray.

If you do not want to add this behavior to the browser, you can always try out the best application minimizing tool, TrayIt, and use the hotkey Ctrl + minimizeto send the application to the system tray.

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