Instant Weather Reports with ForecastFox

weather A few months ago, I told you about the fresh looking Google Chrome extension called Aniweather. It gives you a quick weather report and five day forecast, simply by clicking an icon in your web browser.

After reading a post from the Madras Geek, I decided to try out another instant weather tool called ForecastFox. It gives me the same types of weather info, but it offers just a little bit more. You can use ForecastFox in both the Firefox and Chrome web browsers.

In Firefox, you’ll get a new toolbar in the status section at the bottom of the browser. When you hover over each icon, you’ll get different reports.

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In the Chrome browser, the ForecastFox icon is at top right of the browser.

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Here’s what the weather reports look like in Chrome:

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When you click on the map, you will be directed to the AccuWeather website to see the maps there.

To see the details of each day’s forecast, you can click on the day in the left sidebar.

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ForecastFox offers the forecast for more days than Aniweather (shown below), however the Aniweather pop-up is much nicer looking, and it’s information comes from weather.com.

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arrow-down-double-3Internet Explorer? Here’s an Accuweather Toolbar.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The ForecastFox addon/extension is excellent for keeping me up to date on weather. It stays out of the way and does it’s job with no visible hit to my system performance. It deserves a thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Stylebot: Customize Any Website’s Design With Your Own CSS and Save Them Locally

If you are a web designer, the very first extension which should be installed in your browser is definitely Firebug. The extension is available for Firefox as well as Google Chrome and allows you to customize the CSS and style properties of different web elements on any web page.

One of the problems with Firebug is that you are not able to save the customized design for later use. Of course, you can copy the applied changes to a simple text file but then again it is not very convenient. This is because when you open the same webpage later, you have to apply the styles all over again.

This is extremely annoying and time consuming, especially when you are designing something and want to implement the changes after you have completed the whole design. In case of Firebug, you have to note down the changes and apply them recursively.

Stylebot is a chrome extension which aims to simplify the customization part of different web elements, making it more accessible and adaptable.

After the extension is installed, click the Stylebot icon placed just next to the chrome address bar and you will see a sidebar appearing to the right where you can define the different CSS rules.

You can modify the font type, font sizes, background color, hex codes and pretty much every CSS element. When you are done, Stylebot will save the style properties locally in your computer so that everytime you visit the same webpage, the applied styles are executed.

You don’t need to write the applied changes elsewhere because Stylebot will note the URL of the webpage and save the style changes automatically, which can be seen from the extension options.

To see Stylebot in action, watch the video demonstration below:

Hence, if you want a good tool which can save customized CSS rules of any webpage, it’s worth giving Stylebot a try.

What are Chrome Web Apps?

chrome We recently told you that the developers of Google’s Chrome web browser have released version 7 of Chrome. In order to use it, you have to be running the dev channel version of Chrome or the new Canary build of Chrome. One of the interesting new features in Chrome 7, is support for Chrome web apps, which will be available in the Chrome Web Store in October.

The question I’m raising today is What are these Chrome web apps?. An answer at Wikipedia was useful, but as I expected, it’s full of techno-jargon that immediately makes me skip through most of the article. I’ll save you the trouble of trying to sift through the jargon. In most cases, a web app isn’t any different than many existing pages on the internet. Any time you visit Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Google Docs, or even Youtube, you are using a web app. A web app is a web page that performs a specific job or set of jobs using your web browser. Usually web apps require that you download files and data that they need to function. Chrome extensions also have the same requirement and they offer you the ability to change the way pages look or add tools and services to existing pages.

So what’s the big deal? Why are they even called web apps instead of extensions? My best guess is that they are doing this to make it easier to market (sell) these downloads. However, even though web apps aren’t much different from Chrome extensions, there are a couple of differences.

One big difference is that you’ll only find most of them in the Chrome Web Store. Some of those web apps will be free, but most of them will likely cost you a few dollars. Google will make money on them and so will the people who create them.

Another difference is that the tab for a running web app looks different from a normal tab. Here’s a screen shot to show that. The tab on far left is a Gmail web app. It’s a single icon with no text. Next to it is a normal tab showing Gmail.

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You’ll also be able to see all of your installed web apps on the Chrome New tabpage.

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I love the fact that only the icon is showing on web app tabs. That’s great for those of us who have lots of tabs open in the browser. Other than that, what is there to like about web apps rather than extensions? At this point, I don’t think that there’s much to like unless you like paying out money. It’s a great deal for Google and the web app developers. It’s not a great deal for the average surfer.

If you’d like to play around with Chrome’s new web apps, DownloadSquad has a page telling you how to install web apps. I’m not going to be using them much unless they are free.


If you have tips or opinions about Chrome web apps, be sure to comment below or email me.


Hide Who To Follow Suggestions On Twitter

recently launched a new feature called "Who to Follow" where they display a list of suggestions of people you should be following on Twitter based on certain algorithms. Though this feature could be handy once in a while, it is always in your face whenever you visit the twitter web interface.

Twitter Who To Follow Suggestions List

Now the problem here is that Twitter does not provide users with an option to disable the suggestions list, and you will have to either use a browser extension or script to disable the "Who to follow" suggestions box on the Twitter web interface.

users have a choice with two different which will allow you to disable/hide or move the "Who To Follow" suggestions box. The Hide Twitter suggestions extension completely removes the suggestions box, whereas the Hide Twitter suggestions PLUS extension will move the box to the bottom of the sidebar so that it is not in your face every time.

If you are a , or Internet Explorer you can use a user style to hide the "Who to Follow" suggestions box in Twitter. To do that, open this link in the browser you are using and choose the options provided to you. If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer you might need to install additional software or add-ons for your respective browser in order to use the User Style.

That’s it, till Twitter provides a way to disable the "Who To Follow" suggestions, you could use this trick to hide it from your web interface.

Test Websites In Different Fonts From Google Font Directory

As a designer or website developer, you would want to try and vary the fonts you use on a webpage to get the best typography for it, however, doing this through CSS could take a little effort.

Google Font Directory API Tester Chrome Extension

Google Font Directory provides users with several fonts which they can use on their website by embedding JavaScript code on your website. The fonts provided through the directory are open source and will be served through Google’s servers.

Google Font API Tester is a extension which will allow you to test the fonts made available through Google Font Directory on any website without having to make any physical changes to the code.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Google Font API Tester is a pretty neat extension which will save developers and designers some work when they want to make use of fonts from the Google Font Directory, however, this extension is not useful for testing other fonts.

My advise to the developer would be to extend this extension and allow users to somehow also use other popular fonts currently being used on websites, that way it could be used by people who want to test websites with fonts like Arial, Verdana and so on without having to make physical changes to the code.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

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Instant Website Safety and Traffic Rank – Ultimate Chrome Flag Extension

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I recently reinstalled a copy of the regular Google Chrome browser after getting rid of my dev channel version. I also had to re-install my favorite Chrome Extensions once again. I decided to check out the most recent WOT (Web of Trust) extension, just so I wouldn’t accidently advise anyone to go to a bad website. While looking around, I found a new extension that you may like.

The Ultimate Chrome Flag extension gives you instant safety and web site information on the pages in your browser. The types of information that are displayed:

• Website country location
• Google Page Rank
• Alexa Page Rank
• Google Trends
• McAfee Site Advisor ratings
• WOT safety ratings

After installing this extension, you’ll see a new icon at the very end of the address bar in your browser. By default, the icon displays a country flag and a WOT rating (red, yellow, green) for safety. All you have to do to get information on a site is to click on the icon. Here’s what you’ll see at a bad website:

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Always keep your eyes open for the red dot on the country flag. As shown here, this site can’t be trusted. You can find out a great deal more in each category by clicking on the blue text in the pop-up.

Just for contrast, I’ll show you the information for a good website. Do you see how the dot on the flag is green instead of red?

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There are a some very nice options that let you change the information displayed and the icon displayed. Here’s a screenshot of the settings page:

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Get the Ultimate Chrome Flag extension

Note: For those using Firefox, a similar addon called FlagFox is available.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you are using the Chrome web browser, and you’d like more information about sites you aren’t familiar with, this is an awesome tool. The Ultimate Chrome Flag extension is definitely going to be one of my favorite extensions. Maybe it will be one of yours now.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Find Size Of Any Image By Placing Your Mouse Over It [Chrome]

Web designers and developers have a constant need to find out image sizes and even though there are a number of browser extensions that let you measure pixels on a web page, however, they all require multiple steps. On the other hand, ImageResolution is a Chrome extension that lets you find the size of an image by simply placing your mouse over it.

As soon as you hover your mouse on any image, whether its a thumbnail or a full-size image, the extension immediately displays its size on the top right corner of the browser. No buttons to click and no lines to draw. Just a dead simple functionality with a no-hassle interface.

You can also change the font size and background color of the display by changing the options. It is a must-have extensions for anybody who constantly work with images. The upcoming version of the extension will also add a feature to allow users to quickly view the weight (KB) of any image by just placing your mouse over it.

Download ImageResolution for Chrome here.

Google Chrome Dev Channel Gets Extension Sync

Finally!!!! The long wait is over. The latest dev channel of comes with the ability to sync your extension with the “cloud”.

Google Chrome Sync Extensions

Google Chrome build has officially added support to sync extensions along with the earlier ability to sync preferences, bookmarks and themes over the cloud, this was a highly demanded feature and will definitely add more value to the already feature rich browser.

Also Read: Ultimate List of Google Chrome Tips and Tricks | Best Google Chrome Extensions

To enable Extensions sync for Google Chrome, edit the Chrome shortcut and add the –enable-sync-extensions to the end of the file path preceded by a space as shown in the screenshot below.

Sync Extensions Switch Google Chrome

This is definitely good news since now users will be able to access all their Chrome settings from anywhere. Lets hope that they add password synching too now. More info on the latest dev build for Chrome can be found here.

(Source: LH)

Quickly Reopen Closed Tabs in Google Chrome with TrashCan

We have earlier seen some nice tricks to reopen accidentally closed tabs in Firefox and Opera. This time it’s Google Chrome but the extension which I am going to discuss here adds much more flexibility and choice to the accidentally closed tabs.

It’s called Trashcan and the way it works is simply superb. After installing the extension, you will notice a trash icon just next to the Google Chrome address bar:

Now keep browsing as you normally do and don’t worry when you accidentally close a tab and want to reopen it. Just hit the trash icon and the extension will show you a list of the recently closed tabs, as shown below:

Clicking an entry from the list opens the URL in a new browser tab. I Agree that Google Chrome has an in built feature to open the recently closed tabs from the new tab page. But the new tab page shows you a maximum of 5 suggestions and you have to open the browsing history (Control + H) to find the complete list of closed tabs.

The Trashcan extension is much better – you get choice as well as one click access to the recently closed tabs (much like opera).

The extension is in it’s early stages of development and the developer claims to add more enhancements in the near future. This could mean saving tabs between sessions, support for multiple windows and saving closed tabs in the incognito mode as well. Thanks to DownloadSquad for the tip.

Here are some more tips on Google Chrome tabs:

1. Manage open tabs in Google Chrome with Tabjump
2. Lock open tabs in Google Chrome
3. Bookmark all open tabs in Google Chrome

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Trashcan extension is a must if you have the habit of opening a large number of tabs. If you forget to bookmark the URL or to copy the link of a webpage, you can quickly reopen the particular tab from the Trash list.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/05/31/trash-can-extension-adds-better-tab-reopening-to-google-chrome/

Incredible Startpage : Spice Google Chrome Start Page

Incredible StartPage extension for Google Chrome adds a three column view to the browser new tab page. Download and install the extension to spice up the boring start page in the browser.

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Features :

1. Theme Color : The theme color can be selected from a list of 5 previously defined colors. You can also define gradients by providing custom color hex codes.

2. Bookmarks Background : The bookmarks are shown with a picture background in the right most column. The pictures are brought into using Flickr API. You can also ch0ose to display two color gradients thereby selecting the color hex codes (in the theme options). The folders in the bookmarks bar are not shown here.

3. Closed Tabs : The default Chrome feature to show the recently closed tabs are also there. You can see the recently closed tabs in the left most column.

4. Detailed Bookmarks : The contents of the bookmarks bar are shown in the middle column. The folders though not included in the rightmost column are shown here.

The extension can be installed from here.

Techie Buzz Verdict :

The extension adds a nice feel to the Chrome new tab page but it lacks the ability to pin any specific web page to the page. Chrome has this sticky tab feature by default which really helps to save frequently visited web pages as shortcuts without any need to bookmark them.

Techie – Buzz Rating : 3.5 / 5 (Very Good)