The feature which was first spotted by me in version 6.0.495.0 dev took longer than expected to make it to the beta channel. Chrome’s new PDF viewer makes it easier to open PDF Files in the browser itself, eliminating need for external PDF readers. Google Chrome 8.0.552.28 has been updated for all platforms. You should be able to view PDF files inline in Chrome once you have updated to the beta version.
Google Chrome 9 has officially hit the dev channel for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The newest version of Google Chrome is versioned 9.0.570.0 and includes minor fixes and some security fixes. There are no new features added to the Chrome Labs though. You can check the updates in Google Chrome 9 here or view the entire change log for this version here.
Google Chrome 8 was released in mid-October, and Chrome 9 has been released within 3 weeks. This is not surprising though as Chrome developers have planned to release one stable version every 6 weeks. Users might see a stable version of Chrome 8 coming out soon.
If you are a WordPress.com user or have a self hosted WordPress.org installation, you might have heard about the WordPress stats plugin which tracks page views and hits to your website. If not then you might want to try it out here.
If you use the WordPress stats plugin and use Google Chrome, here is a quick way to check your stats without having to visit the site itself. The WordPress stats Google Chrome Extension is definitely useful when you want to check your stats including top posts for the day, referrers, search terms and external clicks.
Interested? Go ahead and download the extension from here. You will need to enter your website URL and WordPress API key in the options page to start viewing your website stats.
Google Chrome dev channel has been updated to version 8.0.552.18. The latest version on the dev channel has officially got a long requested feature to sync passwords to the cloud.
If you visit your sync options, you will now see an option which will allow you to sync your passwords to your Google account. This is definitely something I have been waiting for a long time and will make my life easier when it comes to switching between multiple computers.
Chrome 8.0.552.18 has been updated for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. You can see this feature by visiting Options -> Personal Stuff. If you want to add an extra layer of security to your data, you might want to encrypt it using the "Encryption" tab in the Sync window. This will ensure that your data can only be synced if you enter the encryption key.
I have been using Google Chrome primarily for everything these days. However, I have had a peculiar problem with it where I could not load iTunes links in iTunes from the browser. This was causing me lot of headaches since I then had to manually open the links in another browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer to download the app or manually copy and paste the name in iTunes or the device itself to download it.
Considering that I download 30-40 apps a week, this was getting to be quite a pain for me, and for several other people too who have been complaining about this since a long time at this Google Chrome bug thread.
If you want to know whose fault this is? Well this is certainly not Google Chrome’s fault but a problem in a browser detection script from Apple. So that aside, how do you fix this? Well, I have quite a few solutions for you here, so you can pick and choose whatever you want.
Solution 1: Apple Browser Detection Fix Chrome Extension
This is the simplest fix that you can use. Just download this Chrome extension called iTunes Detection Fix and store it on your computer. The reason I asked you to download it to your computer is because Chrome will not directly install it. Once you have downloaded the file, either drag it and drop it on a Chrome window and install it or use the File – Open menu to open the file in Chrome.
Hint: Press "Ctrl + O" in Chrome and browse to the file you downloaded to open and install it.
Once you have installed the extension, don’t click on the "View in iTunes" button, instead you will see a new option above the app which will ask you to verify whether you have iTunes installed or not. Click on the "I Have iTunes" button and Chrome will prompt you to launch iTunes to open the app.
From next time onwards you will be able to open the app in iTunes by simply clicking on the "View in iTunes" button. If it stops working again, click on the "I Have iTunes" button to launch the app.
Tip: You might want to turn on iTunes Detection Fix extension to work in "incognito mode" so that you will be able to launch apps while you are in incognito mode.
Solution 2 – Changing User Agent for Chrome
If you are not comfortable with the previous solution here is the second one which works too. For this one you will have to change the user agent of Google Chrome to Firefox, Internet Explorer or something else.
To do that download the User-Agent Switch extension for Chrome. Once you have downloaded that, there are two ways in which you can fix the "View in iTunes" link not working.
The first one is temporary and will require you to choose "Mac Safari 4" from the available user agent list whenever you are browsing iTunes. Once you do that refresh the browser and the "View in iTunes" link will work properly and prompt you to open iTunes.
To make this fix permanent, just click on the "Add permanently" option under the User-Agent Switcher options and the extension will always send "Mac Safari 4" as the user-agent when you are browsing the iTunes web app store.
Tip: You might want to turn on User-Agent Switcher extension to work in "incognito mode" so that you will be able to launch apps while you are in incognito mode.
Solution 3: Use IE Tab Extension
Not satisfied with the above solutions? There is another solution for that.
As I had told you earlier iTunes properly detects the browser and works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. So a workaround would be to use the IE tab extension and browse the iTunes store using it.
If you want to permanently fix this with the IE tab extension, open it and click on the settings icon as shown above and add http://itunes.apple.com to the Auto URLs section. This will ensure that the iTunes site always opens in IE Tab.
As I told you earlier, the "View in iTunes" link not launching the iTunes application is not a problem with Google Chrome. It is a problem with how Apple detects browsers. Opera users face a similar problem and I will write a separate post detailing how to fix it for Opera. However, one of these solutions will definitely fix your problem with Google Chrome. If it does not, feel free to leave a comment about it and I will try to find another solution for you.
If you have been using Google Chrome, you might come across the lack of an option to set any image as a wallpaper in Chrome. This has been an annoyance for hundreds and thousands of users and as MG from TechCrunch points out, a bug filed with Chromium about the issue has tons and tons of comments.
So how do you set an image as a wallpaper in Google Chrome? Quite simple, just use a new Chrome extension created by one of the Chromium developers to add this feature to Google Chrome. The extension is called, Set Image as Wallpaper and can be downloaded from here.
Once you download and install the extension you will get an option to set any image you come across in Google Chrome as a desktop wallpaper. Have fun. This only works in Windows right now with a Linux and Mac version under works.
If you are expecting this feature to be part of Google Chrome out of the box, you are in for a disappointment, it’s not going to happen. And it hardly matters anyways. Look at me, I didn’t even notice that it had been missing for past two years .
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. As this famous saying goes, sometimes you have to take a break and give yourself some play time. Now, you could load up that Medal of Honor CD or even start playing Call of Duty, but what if you could just play a quick game while you are browsing the web in Google Chrome?
Yes, I am talking about Google Chrome Extensions which allow you to play games from within the browser without even leaving the current website you are browsing. You can play these games while you are waiting for a download or waiting for task to finish in the browser and then continue doing what you do. So without further ado, here is another one of Techie Buzz’s Ultimate List featuring Chrome Extensions which you can use to play Games on the browser.
Please note: Though these extensions do not turn the browser into a gaming device and some times they use popups to open the games. That said, the quick access to games is definitely worth it.
BLOONS, The Game! – Alert, this is a very ADDICTIVE game. I remember playing it once and never stopping. With BLOONS, you play the role of a monkey bursting balloons. Find that easy? Just play some levels and you will see that it isn’t as easy as it seems. And like I said this game can hook you, so make sure you have the time before starting to play this one. They also have a big selection of Tower defense games. If you are more into Tower Defense Games, check out our list of Top 5 Tower Defense Games.
Mario Game – Who hasn’t heard about Mario. Oh yea those new genre gamers. But this classic will keep you hooked for awhile. If you want to play Super Mario, yes there is an extension for that too. Download it here.
Pacman – Another classic arcade game which will keep you busy for awhile. Control your pacman and eat all the dots before the monsters have you for dinner.
Snake Game – The game that probably started the mobile gaming revolution. The snake game has been there and done that, now you can also play it on Chrome.
Chess Game – Show the computer your better brains by challenging it in a Chess game while you wait for something to download or just don’t have anyone else to play Chess with.
Mini Golf – Have some time before heading to the golf course? Just load up this game and practice your putts. However, don’t expect it to improve your score card at the course .
Chrome MineSweeper – Another classic games I started playing when I had Windows 98. This game has stayed around for a long time and you can continue playing it in Google Chrome now.
Ping Pong 3D – Play Ping Pong against the computer and see if you can win. This is one of the hardest Flash games I have played and winning is not a joke.
Tetris – Another classic Arcade game which can keep you hooked. Go build.
Copter Game – Keep the copter from hitting obstacles while you make sure to not hit the terrain, the more you fly, the tougher it gets.
Boys Vs Girls Tic-Tac-Toe Game – Aha those classics, this games lets you play Tic-Tac-Toe from right within the browser. The only difference is that it replaces the X and O with a boy and girl doodles. If you want to just play the classic game, download this Tic-Tac-Toe game extension.
Games for bored people – Waiting for a slow webpage to load? Then make the balls bounce with this completely USELESS game that will keep you busy for a while.
Game Button – This extension allows you to play tons of games in a new popup window. Just select your genre, choose your game and start playing.
Free Online Games @ Gadget Runner – This Chrome extension provides you with a set of games that can keep you hooked for a while. The Games include Sim Taxi, Mini Pool, Solitaire and Bowling among others.
Phew, that’s quite a few games and it doesn’t make Jack a dull boy anymore. If you have your own favorite games, do share them with us. I will add them to the list.
Google Chrome has hit another milestone with their development version. Google Chrome 8 now adds more features to the about:labs section including GPU Acceleration.
Chrome 8 has added an option to leverage your graphics hardware for better graphic performance for the browser. You will have to visit about:labs in the browser to enable the new feature.
In addition to that, Chrome 8 also supports "cloud printing" also known as print from anywhere using the cloud. However, this feature is not yet fully functional. Chrome 8 development version has been updated for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
If you want to try out the development version of Google Chrome, read our earlier guide on switching to Chrome development version.
Back in August, Google added a Labs section to Chromium for showcasing the latest crazy projects from Google engineers. The Chromium Labs kicked off with only a couple of new features, but has since been expanded to include a few more features.
The latest feature to grace Chromium Labs is Cloud Printing. Cloud Print is a feature that was announced earlier by Google for the Chrome OS. In Chrome OS all the apps are web apps. This makes leveraging system drivers to enable native printing support in apps more challenging. Google Cloud Print enables these web apps to submit and manage print jobs without relying on the print drivers.
Cloud Print can be enabled in the latest build of Chromium (7.0.547.0) by typing about:labs in the address bar to bring up the Labs section. Cloud Print compatible printers are under development. However, a proxy (a small piece of software that sits on a PC where the printer is installed) enables legacy printers to work with this new feature.
The last time Google officially said something about the Google TV was at the Google I/O Conference. Since then, the whole Internet world has been upbeat about Google’s next product and curious as to how it will change their daily lives. Now in a blog post, Google has given the whole world a glimpse of the upcoming Google TV along with the details about some of their content partner. The list of content partner for the Google TV includes some big names like Turner Broadcasting, NBC Universal, HBO and NBA. Google has even partnered with Amazon to provide Google TV owners with access to Amazon’s Video on Demand service.
Here is a video which gives us a sneak peek into some of the apps which Google TV will offer -:
As you can see from the video above, Google TV will feature some handy applications like Twitter, Pandora, Napster etcetera. Google has also been working with some of the popular media companies for optimizing their content like USA Today and New York Times.
The blog post also states that Google will reveal more information about the Google TV in the upcoming few weeks. Looks like Google TV is shaping up to be the perfect Apple TV killer!