Tag Archives: Google Chrome

Google Destroys 25 Laptops to Drive Home Chrome OS Cloud Features

is something Google is betting on to succeed when it comes out. They even want people to get a Chrome OS laptop for free so that they can test it and help them improve it further.

So what is so good about OS? Cloud computing and living in the web. To drive this point across Google created a video which shows how quickly you can get back your data and other things even if your laptop has a disaster.

Check out the video below to see how Google is driving the Chrome OS in the cloud point to users.

Chrome Adds Multiple Tabs Closure Warnings

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.

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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.

How To Uninstall Chrome Apps or Extensions

Google recently rolled out the through which users can download several new and . There are tons of cool apps out there out of which we reviewed few including TweetDeck, Distraction Free Writing and some Note Taking and Sticky Notes App.

If you went on a app installing spree, the new tab page feels a bit cluttered. However, you can uninstall Chrome Apps or Extensions easily without having to break your head.

Uninstall Chrome Apps

To uninstall an that you installed, open a new tab and scroll till you see the app you want to uninstall. Now, right click on that app, and click on "Uninstall" from the available options. Click on the "Uninstall" button in the popup window and the app will be removed. The good thing is that if you use Chrome Sync, the app will be removed across the board on all the computers you use.

Uninstall or Disable Chrome Extensions

To uninstall an extension in , Click on the Settings icon and then click on Extensions from the Tools sub-menu. This will take you to the extensions page, alternatively you can just type chrome://extensions in the browser address bar. On the extensions page, you will see all the installed extensions. You can either disable an extension or remove it entirely by clicking on the available links below the extension description.

Have fun and do try out new extensions and apps that Chrome Web Store.

Note Taking and Sticky Notes Apps for Chrome

Since the was launched, I have been playing around with quite a few 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 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 .

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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.

Chrome Website Note

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.

Sticky Notes 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.

Write Space Brings Distraction Free Writing To Chrome

The 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.

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Write Space is another 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 Showcases the Cr-48, First Chrome OS Laptop

Chrome OS is now official; Google is definitely making a play for a share of the laptop market. It announced Chrome OS and the Chrome Web Store at its event yesterday. It also showcased the first laptop powered by Chrome OS – the Cr-48.

Google Cr-48 Specifications

Cr-48 Chrome OS

12.1 inch display
Full size keyboard
Oversized clickable touchpad
3G connectivity
802.11n dual-band WiFi
8+ hours of active use
8+ days of standby
Webcam for video chat
100 MB free data usage / month (Verizon US only)
Plans starting at $9.99/month (US only)

At 12.2 inches, it is a bit bigger than I expected it to be. 10.1 inches would be the perfect size for it, primarily being a netbook OS.

No other details are out yet; you cannot even buy it yet. Google is offering free laptops to those who qualify for the pilot program though, here’s more information about that.

Extension Less Web Apps, Geolocation Support Coming To Chrome Soon

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.

Google Chrome 10

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 is used to load websites.

Google Chrome 10 Instant Type

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.

Google Chrome 10 Available In Canary Build, 2 Times Faster Than Chrome 9

10 is now available in the Canary build of the browser. The new update includes the Crankshaft technology for the V8 JavaScript engine. The new Canary build is currently at version 10.0.603.3 and is definitely faster than the current Chrome 9 on the dev channel.

Google Chrome 10

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.

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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.

(Source: DSQ)

Google Chrome 9 Dev Channel Adds Cloud Printing and Background Apps Manager

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.

Google Cloud Print

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.

Google Chrome Background Apps

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.

TweetDeck App For Chrome Is Awesome

When Google announced their Chrome OS netbook and web store earlier today for , my initial thoughts were that I would definitely miss a lot of desktop apps, like Windows Live Writer and .

TweetDeck Chrome App

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 or 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 , , LinkedIn and MySpace among other things. You can download the desktop version of TweetDeck from here.

Chrome Web Store Is Now Live. Download Apps, Themes and Extensions

Chrome Web Store is now live and available to all users. You can download and install apps in right now. Chrome Web Store is the backbone of Chrome OS, the new operating system from Google which will run on netbooks.

Chrome Web Store

Chrome Web Store provides users with Apps, themes and among other things. You can also download collections of different apps, themes and extensions based on a certain theme.

The web store design is pretty cool and so are the collections of apps. You can go ahead and start downloading apps for Chrome at https://chrome.google.com/webstore.

P.S. Don’t forget to try your luck and get a free Chrome OS based netbook.

Get Chrome OS Netbook Free By Applying For The Pilot Program

Google today announced the Chrome OS netbook which is based on Chromium and provides users with a quick and easy way to access their data and apps with blazing speed.

Chrome OS Speed

If you haven’t watched the netbook in action, you should definitely watch the videos which will be uploaded. Google has been giving away Chrome OS netbooks to a lot of people on , among other places. They are even giving away free netbooks to all the journalists in attendance today at the Chrome OS event.

Jealous? Want one for yourself? Then head over to http://www.google.com/chromeos/ and apply to get into the Chrome OS pilot program. Please note that applying for the Pilot does not automatically qualify you, it is basically dependent on Google to choose the right people for their pilot.

Google Chrome Is Now Twice As Fast As Before, Thanks to Crankshaft

A couple of years back, Google kick-started the speed race among browsers with Chrome’s superlative performance. The very first release of Chrome blew everyone away with its V8 JavaScript engine, which was miles ahead of the competition. Now that some of the other competitors like Opera have caught up (and perhaps surpassed Chrome), Google is doing it again.

A short while back, Sundar Pichai, VP of Product Management, unveiled Crankshaft – a new compilation infrastructure for V8. Judging from the benchmark results posted at the Chromium blog, it won’t be an understatement to say that Crankshaft dramatically improves Chrome’s JavaScript rendering speed.

Google-Chrome-Crankshaft-Benchmark

Google used its own V8 benchmark, in which Chrome has traditionally done well. They didn’t disclose how Chrome with Crankshaft stands up to its competition. However, judging from the above graph, it should comfortably outperform everyone including Firefox 4, Opera 11 and Safari 5.

Google-Chrome-Speed-Improvements

Chrome with Crankshaft is currently available from the bleeding edge repository and in canary releases. Try them if you are feeling adventurous.

Chrome started the latest round of speed wars, and Crankshaft will once again allow it to establish its supremacy. While Firefox and Internet Explorer are stills struggling to catch up with Chrome’s current performance, with Crankshaft, Chrome just took it to the next level. Well done Google!

Google Chrome Has 120 Million Users, Grew 50 Million in 6 Months

One of the best browser available today, added 50 million users in the past 6 months. Chrome currently have 120 million users who use the browser every day.

Google Chrome Logo

During the announcement Google also was happy about the fact that several tech blogs now have Chrome as their top OS. I had discussed the same thing in a previous post about why Chrome is growing and Firefox is losing market share.

More on the Chrome OS event to come in future posts, till then stay tuned.

Chrome OS and Chrome Web Store Coming Today

Google will be unveiling two new things at today’s Chrome OS event. First of is Chrome OS, which is the netbook OS which makes heavy use of cloud technology and second up is Chrome Web Store, which is basically an app store for and Chrome OS.

Chrome Web Store - Sports Illustrated

Google OS has been able to get their hands on some screenshots from unlisted videos posted on the Google Chrome YouTube channel, the one above is a image of Sports Illustrated magazine in Chrome Web Store.

If you are excited to see what Google will be unveiling you can definitely do that by visiting the official channel for Google Chrome at http://www.youtube.com/googlechrome. The event will be live at 10:30 AM PST, check your local timings to tune in and watch the Chrome OS event live online.