Tab browsing is an amazing tool for multitaskers and ADHD-prone Web surfers everywhere. But one of the most annoying things about using Google Chrome's tab feature is the massive amount of resources it sucks up. Even though we love the idea of multiple tabs, chances are we aren't looking at every one of them at the same time. And because Chrome opens every new tab as a separate process, your system is left with very little memory for anything else. The Great Suspender, a Chrome extension, aims to solve this problem by putting on hold the tabs you … Read more
Google Chrome updated on Tuesday with some new features that will make it easier to search on desktops and easier to use on Android.
The stable channel for Chrome on desktops, version 30, now comes with "search by image." Right-click on any image, and you'll see an option to search using the image as the subject of the query. This works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Other changes in desktop Chrome include new Chrome Web apps application programming interfaces (APIs), which will make the Web apps function more like native mobile apps with in-app payments, saving to … Read more
The largest element on Chrome's redesigned New Tab page -- the Google search bar -- is redundant. If you have gotten into the habit of entering search terms in Chrome's address bar, which Google refers to as the omnibox, then the Google search bar and large Google logo are just taking up space on the New Tab page.
Thankfully, you can return to the old New Tab page, and do so without installing an extension. Here's how:
1. Type or copy and paste chrome://flags into Chrome's omnibox
2. Search for "Enable Instant Extended API&… Read more
On paper, Evernote sounds fairly mundane. An information organizer, woo-hoo. Then, after you use it for a while, you cannot imagine how you functioned without it.
For example, I use the service to preserve and organize things like recipes, instruction manuals, home-repair records, and receipts for major purchases. Most of these items were "clipped" from Web pages using the Evernote plug-in for my browser, though that process has always been a little clunky. The Evernote "clipper" basically just sucked up whatever page I was viewing, giving me few options besides adding tags.
In case it wasn't clear before, a Google decision has shown the writing is on the wall for plug-ins such as Java and Silverlight that for years have been used to extend what browsers can do.
Starting in January 2014, Google will ban all but the most widely used browser plug-ins in favor of programming methods that use standards built directly into the Web, Chrome security engineer Justin Schuh announced in a blog post Monday. And those plug-ins will be barred "over the coming year," he said.
Most Chrome plug-ins (not to be confused with the lighter-weight … Read more
iCloud users can now sync their bookmarks across all of the major browsers used in Windows.
Released on Wednesday, the iCloud Control Panel 3.0 for Windows can keep your bookmarks in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome synchronized with your Safari bookmarks on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the Mac. Previously, iCloud supported only IE.
To turn on the new feature, download and install the 3.0 version of the iCloud Control Panel. After launching the program, click on the checkmark for Bookmarks if it's not already checked. In the Options pop-up up menu, you can then choose … Read more
Google updated the iOS version of Chrome on Wednesday, timed with the release of iOS 7 to the general public.
Chrome for iOS 30 (download) doesn't change much from last week's release of Chrome for iOS 29, which included pronoun recognition in voice search, cached search results, and a data cost-savings calculator.
The latest update adds one-click sign on to other Google apps on your iOS device, provided you're logged into Google in Chrome. It also lets you open links by default in other Google apps, a feature which arrived in Gmail for iOS earlier this year. … Read more
Yesterday, I wrote about a third-party Chrome app that lets you reject the Gmail's new pop-out compose window and return to the old way of composing e-mails. Third-party app Old Compose worked without issue, but there is always more of a risk installing a third-party app than with one that's been vetted by Google. Also, the Old Compose extension requires you to pay with a Tweet or Facebook post in order to download the file.
Developer OldSchoolCompose helpfully commented on yesterday's Old Compose post that he or she has an app in the Chrome Web Store that … Read more
If you are among the masses who have experienced a sense of loss after Gmail introduced its new compose window, you can return to the old way of composing e-mails if you use Chrome. With the Old Compose extension, you can do away with the small pop-out window and bring back Gmail's old compose window.
You won't find the Old Compose extension in the Chrome Web Store. Instead, you'll need to head to the Old Compose Web site, download it, and then drag the file into Chrome's extension page to install it. Last step: restart Chrome … Read more
Last week, Google announced access to Chrome Apps for Windows and Chromebook users. What's great about using the apps is that they don't take a spot on your Chrome toolbar, or require you to launch a new tab every time you want to use them. Instead, they are stored locally for fast -- and sometimes offline -- access. To keep Chrome Apps at your fingertips, Google has created a launcher that resides on your desktop toolbar.
Chrome Apps have their own category on the Chrome Web Store. Under the Collections heading, you'll see a new label titled … Read more