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4 Ways To Enhance Your Browsing Speed In Google Chrome

Google’s Chrome, the browser which has the largest market share in browser usage. Here are some suggestions that makes browsing even faster for you in fastest browser.

1. Omni Bar search, Shortcuts, Gesture Control

Using the Omni bar (URL Bar) for searching, saves few seconds took by the search page to load. Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse shortcuts helps to great extent. For example to open a link in new page, instead of doing right click and then clicking the option “open in new tab” in context menu, you can just middle click the link. Middle clicking on the tab closes it. Relying on Mouse gestures with “Gesture For Chrome” extension will provide great top up on browsing speed and experience.

2. Fastest Chrome

FastestChrome is the clone of FastestFox which backed Mozilla Firefox for faster browsing so far. This extension truly increases the browsing speed, by loading the next page just before you reach the end of the current page while scrolling. This reduces the waiting time needed to load the next page and yes, you don’t need to press the next button at the bottom of the page. I find this inevitable while searching in Google. By Just selecting the text in the webpages, you can preview the definition of the selected word(s) in a light pop up box with the option to search about the same in preferred services like Google, Wikipedia, Wikitionary, Youtube, Maps and so on. This extension also adds suggestions for products while you search for anything to buy in amazon or ebay.

3. Read Later Fast & Evernote Web Clipper

Read Later Fast extension can store an entire page with a click which you would like to read it later(offline). Bookmarking the page and reloading it for another time when you want read takes little extra time and consumes little bandwidth. This extension caches the entire page locally and shows the list in apps page in Chrome. It has the ability to sync with cloud.

If you are using Evernote, ‘Evernote Web Clipper‘ is a better alternative for aforementioned extension. This syncs directly to your Evernote account. In Evernote you can select particular content or entire content or even only the URL of the page, that you want to store, while Read Later Fast stores the entire page locally, and optionally syncs with cloud. So it is obviously faster than Evernote. Evernote installed in PC or Mac has many other great functionalities than RLF, as it is not concerned with this topic, we are not discussing it here.

4. LastPass Password Manager with Form Filling

This extension remembers or updates the login credentials entered in a login page and use those information to fill the login page and even automatically logs you in when visiting the site again. This saves the time taken for loading the log-in page, entering credentials, and clicking ‘sign in’ button. LastPass works better than Chrome’s native password remember feature because it can able to remember more than one credential for a single website, which Chrome can’t. It also features the form filling functions with multiple profile.  Most importantly it syncs with cloud. The premium version works with all major mobile platforms (IOS, Andriod, etc)

Robo form is another password manager, who’s chrome extension is still in infancy.

C and C++ Native Codes, Now Runs In Google Chrome

Google Chrome supports C and C++. Google lately added the Native Client (NaCL) technology to Chrome’s latest version which can execute native C/C++ compiled code inside the browser. HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 are the programming equipments powered the web (client side) so far, now the list incremented with C and C++.

Why native code is needed for web now? Web and Cloud based computing are more popular today, lets take the example of any online text editor like Google Docs (docs.google.com) or Microsoft’s Docs.com, you can see that those programs are running in your browser, and computes the data locally and then updates it to the server. To build a program that can run in browser the only available programming language is JavaScript. Coding in JavaScript is a very difficult task for programmers. So if the browser supports any other language like C/C++ or Java, the programmers leverage on it to develop applications. Programming in native language is much easier than coding in JavaScript.

How it works? A programmer writes his application in C/C++ and the code is compiled. Now the compiled code is downloaded by the browser and runs in the same. Browser can not run the C/C++ code, here comes the NaCl, in which the program is executed. So more or less this online application works like a desktop application. Refer NaCl developer site.

Next is, interface. The program runs in NaCl and GUI designed in HTML, CSS, and JS rendered in the browser, these two sets are connected by an API called Pepper. The message passing between the web page and Native program running in NaCl are handled by Pepper. NaCl is the chemical formula for Sodium Chloride, which is nothing but a normal table Salt. So its salt and pepper combination makes this working.

Google says that NaCl will be available for every other browsers and in near future it is going to support more languages. NaCl Developer site and Google Code page has NaCl SDK, Demos, C++ tutorials etc.

Google’s Android OS Can Be Made To Run On Win7 PC’s

If you are one of those persons whose finding difficult to choose between Microsoft Windows 7 and Google’s Android well there is an solution for it. Its called BlueStacks. This company actually made an marital knot between these Operating Systems. By this software you can boot both Operating Systems on the fly not by re-booting your system. The switching is soo smooth that you can Launch your Android Apps. from your Windows desktop itself.

BlueStacks Senior Vice President Apu Kumar said that BlueStacks is a response to what his company perceives as two complementary needs: the consumers’ desire to have their apps available everywhere, and the desire for a unified device.

BlueStack Systems Inc., which is based in Silicon Valley, has created a software tunnel that allows bidirectional communication between the Android side and the Windows side. This means that it can use Windows print drivers to print while in the Android interface, and create shortcuts for Android apps on the Windows desktop.

BlueStacks supports over-the-air updating, too, so the company can push out Android updates to its users automatically. Kumar said that he expected to get updates to users faster than the phone companies have been.

It hasn’t been an entirely smooth ride for the company. Besides the “heavy lifting” that Kumar said involved development difficulties of getting the software to work with different screen dimensions, scale correctly, different configurations, and multiple devices, there were other problems. One of the big hangups was caused by Google restricting its marketplace to specific ARM-powered devices. The company got around that problem when Amazon.com opened its Android app marketplace. “Amazon was chosen,” Kumar said, “because they have transaction mechanisms, and it’s a heavy brand across the world.”

source: cnet

Android able to run powerful Apps. like MS Word

It is also said that the company was in speak with some Tablet producing corps. as well so they could also integrate in to it also. With Android’s user usage is skyrocketing well, this might be really interesting. We still do not know the prices and release dates and its also early to decide too. It is also too early to decide that this would be as user friendly as it looks. Only time will decide. And do let us know your comment too about what you think of this product.

YouTube Is Soon Rolling Out Movie Rentals

Google’s video streaming website YouTube is set to unveil its movie rental feature in the near future. This is more of anticipated like the well acknowledged company in this field Netflix. Yet, Netflix is not available in most of the countries in the world and if Google actually delivers it to all of the audiences then we might have some competition on this field also.

After this announcement many m0ovie making giants like Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers and Universal agreed to this statement and will allow their content to be rented on YouTube.

Well on the downside Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox Group did not want to rent their movies on YouTube because YouTube has more pirated content on their website and Google in its search engine displays websites that stream pirated movies. Well I will say that just give the people more options at an quality price. There is no information on its release date and pricing for renting movies.

Be sure to tell us what do you think of this feature will this stop movie piracy? or will it stir the things up a more by commenting below.

Want To View Two Webpages In One Tab? Check This!

Are you the kind of the person that have an idea of viewing two webpages in one tab? Well guess what Google’s chrome has an solution for you with its extensions. Well actually it is not gimmicky like merging two tabs into one, it actually divides the tab in to several segments and give room for you to browse webpages.

This is actually an extension in the Chrome web browser it is called as Chrome Splits. This extension actually does this to your browser flawlessly. First you need to open a tab, then you need to add an divider in the same window by adding it in the Chrome Splits extension menu. You can arrange the dividers in columns or in rows accordingly. Then you can type the specific web address in the specific dividers and view these website in a jiffy.

The only problem in this extension is the bookmark retrieving. Which with an simple copy paste you can deal with it. It is good for web developers an many profit oriented programs. Check this extension and do comment below and tell your feedback. To download Chrome Splits click here.

Planning To Live In Another Country? You Might Wanna Check This.

If you are the type of person that is planning to live in another country due to some reasons, you guys must check ifitweremyhome.com. This website actually gives you an comparison chart with your current country that your living in and the country that you want to live in. It gives statistics on Job opportunity, Electricity, How much years that you will live more of your life span if you move to that country. Below the statistics you will also find some information on that particular country. You can also go below and see the reactions of other people if they want to move to that country.

This website don’t tell the daily life of an average person in that country, which is kind of disappointing. So check this site and do give us your feedback.

Click here to go to ifitweremyhome.com

Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail as Default Mailto In Any Browser

Would you like to open any email (mailto:) address to be opened in your favorite web mail service like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Live Mail (MSN) in any browser like Firefox, Chrome, IE. Of course everybody say yes to this, because no one want to copy the email id and pasting it in mail after clicking the compose mail link. Here I list some solutions to make your favorite email service as your default email client.

Note: ubuntu user please scroll to end of this page.

Interface Method in Firefox

Go to Firefox -> ‘Preference’ (find it under ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’, in windows and find under ‘Edit’ -> ‘Preference’ in Linux and Mac )

Select ‘Application Tab’ and type “mailto” in search bar shown there.

Now you can see “mailto” in the Content Type area and on the right side you can find a drop down box that consists of Gmail and Yahoo options. If there is no option like that then you have to create it by the config method given below and come back to this step.

Firefox config method

If you can’t find those follow this, type “about:config” in url of firefox, it must show some warning window, go through it and type “mailto” in the ‘Filter’ box. you can find something like “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate” & “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.name” in the preference area if not, just add it by following next step.
Right click any preference and choose “New” -> “String” and add following. For each Mail service you have to add 2 strings like this.
for Gmail
1st String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.name
Value: Gmail

2nd String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate
Value: https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s

for Live Mail

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.name
Value: Live Mail
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.uriTemplate
Value: http://hotmail.msn.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=%s

for Yahoo Mail

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.name
Value: Yahoo
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.uriTemplate
Value: http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?To=%s

now you can choose your mail service through the Interface method given at the start of this article.

Chrome Users

Chrome users can use one of this wonderful plug-ins listed in Chrome-Extension site, plugin1, plugin2.If none of the plugin works for you, follow this link.

Hotmail or Live in IE

Start Internet Explorer. Select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Internet Options’ in the menu. (In IE 7, hold down the Alt key to access the menu ). Go to the ‘Programs’ tab. Make sure ‘Windows Live Mail’ or ‘Hotmail’ is selected for E-mail. Click ‘OK‘.
Note that, the mail page opens only in Internet explorer.

In Ubuntu

Go to System -> Preference -> Preferred Applications in ‘mail reader’ copy and paste the corresponding following code, your default browser will open your preferred mail service.
Gmail :

gnome-open https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s

Yahoo :

gnome-open http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?To=%s

Live or Hotmail:

gnome-open http://hotmail.msn.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=%s

Test Yourself : Here is a sample mail link to test.  mailto:testmail@testdomain.abc. If you have problem in finding your solution comment it, our readers will help you.

Gmail New Chat And Mail Notification Alerts

In the past there are several third party apps to alert you that you have received an mail if you have an gmail account. Now google has stepped up and made its own alerts for gmail and chat.

First go to your Gmail account and go to settings menu.  In the General Tab scroll down to Desktop Notification section.

Click both sections to ON to enable the service. This service only works on Google Chrome. Google assures to deliver it to all kind of browsers.

The notification also gives an line of the mail that arrived to you with what your about to read. Similar to the above picture.

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Google’s Chrome OS

Google’s Chrome OS, a long waited open source, cloud centric OS getting in to reality. As we are very familiar with the file centric operating system (OS) like Windows, Linux, Mac, the concept of  Chrome will be little new.

The Web-Today has lots of services and applications like mail(Gmail, yahoo), video services (youtube, dailymotion), image hosting services (picassa, flickr) and document editing services (Google Docs, Docs.com, zoho ) and social networking services like Facebook, Myspace, Orkut. Taking these in to account everyone today rely on much of these services or web applications for process our day to day work. From this we can say, today the file based processing is decreased thus we greatly fond of web services.

Here the cloud based processing plays a greater role of the internet. Google’s Chrome a cloud dependent OS, a simple browser like OS or by rephrasing, a browser with extended capabilities of an OS. Chrome is a

  1. light weight
  2. open source
  3. free
  4. secure
  5. fast
  6. no data loss (because of cloud based)

OS comes with tons of Apps from Google Chrome Apps Store. Apps are like software s for cloud based operating systems. Most of the Apps are designed to work even in offline like games, calculators, editors but it is said most of them, not every.

The main advantage of owning and using a chrome notebook is given in the below video, don’t miss the final words in this video, its the fact.

An overview of Google Chrome OS will be seen in the official Google Chrome OS site.
So are you ready for chrome-cloud experience?