The biggest problem with Chromebooks was that they had no apps. Not really, anyway. Sure, there were a few decent ChromeOS apps, but it made no sense that they couldn't run the zillions of apps that Google's own Android mobile OS enjoyed. That problem is finally sorted.
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One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it offers thousands of third-party extensions that developers have come up with to add features, boost performance, and fix problems. Here are 17 Chrome extensions that we'd have a difficult time living without.
Having to close a tab with audio blaring from an auto-play ad is one of the web's greatest annoyances, but at the same time, most of us want to hear videos coming from YouTube or Netflix. How do you mute one without the other? Fortunately, there are a couple of easy solutions available.
Earlier this week, Mic reported that members of the alt-right had created a Google Chrome extension which surrounded the names of people suspected of being Jewish with "echo" parenthesis. For example, Bryan (((Menegus))). The extension, named Coincidence Detector, has now been banned from the Chrome store.
One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you've not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome extension.
Google's Chrome browser has a neat history erase tool that lets you blitz your browsing logs from the last hour, day, week or month — or from the beginning of time. However, that history can be useful to search back through, and if you only want to exorcise one site from Chrome's memory, here's how to do it.
There are plenty of extensions out there for customising Chrome's New Tab page and Infinity is one of the latest ones to catch our attention. It creates a simple row of icons for speedy access to your favourite apps and sites, and you get convenient links to search and weather reports thrown into the mix, too. Here's how to set it up.
With a billion or so users to its name, Chrome has been a huge success story for Google since its introduction in 2008. Right from the start, the browser aimed to be as lightweight and user-friendly as possible, but that doesn't mean there aren't some advanced features hidden away behind the scenes — and with that in mind here are 10 of our favourite tips for doing more with the Chrome browser.
Google Chrome has this slight problem where it hoards RAM and battery like Smaug hoards shiny things. It sucks, and it completely ruins an otherwise perfect browser. But luckily, Google knows about Chrome's problems, and it has a twelve-step program to fix things.
Google Chrome already alerts you to which tabs are playing audio, but you can also use these icons as mute buttons if you're prepared to delve into the browser's hidden settings file. The feature was previously available in the developer channel of the program but has now graduated to the stable editions for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.
The Google Chrome Remote Desktop app that was released to Android users just hit the iOS app store. The app lets you access your computer via the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
You know that nifty little feature on the Nexus 5 and other Android handsets that let's you voice summon "Ok Google" from any screen? Well, according to Google's Francois Beaufort, you'll soon be able to do just that on your Chromebook as well.
You're likely familiar with the "cannot connect" page of your favourite browser... how familiar you are depends on the quality of your internet connection. Not that you tend to stick around staring at it, with a quick F5 or click of the Refresh button sending it away to, hopefully, be replaced by content. Soon Chrome will give you something else to do: help a dinosaur jump over cacti as it runs across a never-ending desert.
NASA's ISEE-3 was launched in 1977 and sent data home for 20 years. Recently, NASA discovered the abandoned satellite is still transmitting data, and turned over the controls to a group of citizen scientists. ISEE-3 zooms by the moon tomorrow, and thanks to a new Google project, you can ride along at home.