Notes for Google Drive – Chrome Web Store

Notes for Google Drive is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to easily create notes from within Chrome that are automatically synced as Documents to your Google Drive account.

* automatically saves to Google Drive as soon as you start typing

* drag and drop reordering of notes

* quick access buttons for opening and editing in Google Drive

* does not require you to be signed into Chrome. This is perfect for when you want to access your notes on work and non-personal computers.

Source: Notes for Google Drive – Chrome Web Store

“App Launcher Customizer” for Google Chrome

“App Launcher Customizer” is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to customize the launcher and add more than 250 Google shortcuts. I bet you didn’t know that Google had that many shortcuts, but they do.

The real killer part of this launcher is that the extension also allows you to create your own custom shortcuts to any website that you want. You can get this Chrome extension at the Chrome Web Store (see source link below).

Source: App Launcher Customizer for Google™ – Chrome Web Store

Here is “How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70”

Chrome version 70 is required in order for this feature to work. You can get the full details by clicking on the source link below.

Whether the feature works depends entirely on whether the owner of a site has enabled it, so you won’t be able to use PiP with every video you encounter. It does work on YouTube, however, and this is a great place to test it out. Find a video and start it playing. Right click on the video window and the YouTube menu will appear. Right click again and the Chrome context menu will appear. Select the Picture in Picture option and you’re good to go.

Source: How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70

This is interesting… Chrome may soon add a feature that will speed up the entire internet – BGR

Google Chrome working on a new feature that may speed things up, even more…

In reality, every major web browser out there right now is about the same right now, all things considered. Sure they look different and offer slightly different features at times, but they all offer impressive performance and the same basic design. That may soon change, however, because Google is working on a new feature for its Chrome web browser that could be a game-changer for users. In fact, with one single feature Google might manage to speed up the entire internet for Chrome users.

Source: Chrome may soon add a feature that will speed up the entire internet – BGR

A Google Chrome Browser Extension That Will Help you Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts 

If you are a Facebook junkie and also use the Google Chrome Browser take a look at the Social Book Post Manager that is featured on Lifehacker…

Called Social Book Post Manager, the extension allows you to delete all your posts on the social network before a specific date, or specify the types of posts you’d like to delete through word search. For instance, you can search for posts that contain the name of your ex, or “weed.”

Source: Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension

If You Love Baseball, Get Baseball Dash – Baseball MLB New Tab Page – Chrome Web Store

If you love Baseball and use the Google Chrome browser, I highly recommend “Baseball Dash”. The developer of “Baseball Dash” had contacted me to take a look at “Baseball Dash” and I have to say, I am very, very impressed.  You will not be disappointed…

“Baseball Dash”, after installed, will appear when you open a new browser tab. The first time I opened it I was prompted for my name and then my favorite Baseball Team. In my case, it was the Baltimore Orioles (not doing so good this year). Now when I open a new tab I get beautiful wallpaper background  (related to my team), a search box, the current weather, the time, the ability to buy tickets, current news on my Orioles, and a baseball schedule.  It doesn’t get any better than that; but, it does. I nearly missed this. On the left side of the page you will see “Links”. You can add your own links, which makes it convenient to load your favorite websites. To modify some of the settings, such as changing the search provider or turning on/off the weather or clock, you will find a “gear icon” in the bottom left corner. In the end, “Baseball Dash”, in my opinion, is one of those hidden gems on the internet that I just love coming across.

To get the full drift of what “Baseball Dash” is all about, click on the image below to see a screenshot of my computer screen.  Also, if interested in “Baseball Dash”, the source link is below. I highly recommend it…

Source: Baseball Dash – Baseball MLB New Tab Page – Chrome Web Store

Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Still learning more about “Progressive Web Apps” on my Chromebook, with the release of Chrome OS 67… Posting this to let you know that this feature is there and now available…

Google Pixelbook android apps

After having brought support for running Android apps on Chromebooks, Google just launched  Chrome OS 67 with support for even more apps. With the release of Chrome OS 67, Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, can now be installed as stand-alone apps, Google noted on its blog.

Source: Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Check Out The Free Google Chrome Apps You Need Now

Some Google Chrome Apps to check out… Click on link below.

What really sets Chrome apart from other browsers, however, are the super useful apps you can supplement it with. There are a ton of Chrome apps that will make your life in the digital space much less of a hassle. They can help you block ads, stay focused, edit photos, manage projects, collaborate with teammates, and more.


http://www.complex.com/life/the-free-google-chrome-apps-you-need-now/

Explain and Send Screenshots by Jason Savard

“Explain and Send Screenshots” is a browser extension (new to me) that gives you the ability to capture screenshots and to record video of your screen. Once the capture is performed, you can write text, crop an image and perform other functions in the editor that is built in (such as insert arrows, lines, and circles to point things out). I especially like the option of uploading my own images into the editor; which, is an option you do not typically see in these type of browser extensions.

I am still playing around with this extension; however, I can tell you the developer is top notch, for which I encourage you to explore some of his other browser extensions (that in my opinion are the best out there).

Source: Explain and Send Screenshots – Jason Savard

Hunter – Find The People Behind A Website

Hunter is a Google Chrome browser extension lets you find the people behind a website and their email addresses. Five Star rating from over 10K users at the Google Chrome Store.

Get email addresses from any website: when you are on a website, click on Hunter’s button in your browser to get every email addresses we found related to the website.

Source: Hunter – Chrome Web Store

How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

This is an interesting tidbit about Google Chrome’s ability to scan your Windows-based computer for malware. I tested this on a Google Chromebook and it would not launch; but, never the less, this is great. I encourage you to read and learn more about this by clicking on the source link below.

Google Chrome might be the most secure web browser around. What’s more, Chrome can actually make your whole computer more secure.

Open Chrome (or open a new tab if Chrome is already running) and type the following in to the address bar at the top: chrome://settings/cleanup.

Here’s what you should see when you do that:

Source: How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely (or by selection) – FireShot – Chrome Web Store

I’ve tried them all (Chrome Screenshot Browser Extensions)… This one (FireShot) is now under my review; and, so far, I really love it.

Here is why:

Take FULL webpage screenshots. Capture, edit and save them to PDF/JPEG/GIF/PNG, upload, print, send to OneNote, clipboard or email.

FireShot takes full web page screenshots. You can edit and annotate captures.

You can capture web pages entirely to PDF (with links) / JPEG / PNG files, print, or copy to clipboard. FireShot can work offline.

* NEW: send screenshots directly to Gmail.

“The Best Free Google Chrome Extension” by PCMAG.COM.

The screenshots are instant and produce no traffic.

### What you can do with FireShot:

✓ Capture full web pages entirely
✓ Capture only visible part of the page
✓ Capture selection
✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF (with links), PNG, and JPEG
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot

### A FREE upgrade is available. Activate it directly from the menu and:

✓ Capture specific elements, such as scrolling areas on web pages
✓ Capture all tabs in one click and save to single PDF
✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects
✓ Print
✓ Save screenshot to PDF files
✓ Save captures to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP
✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)
✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
✓ E-Mail
✓ Export to external editor


Source: Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely – FireShot – Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome Extension – Shortcuts for Google

This is a nice Google Chrome extension, called Shortcuts for Google, that gives you the ability to launch over 300 Google services (i.e. like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Keep, etc…) directly from a button on the toolbar. What has sold me on this extension is that you can also add your own customized shortcuts, in addition to the services that are provided by Google; AND, any changes you make will sync and be the same should you change to another computer. Definitely is a great launcher to have that becomes part of your web browser. Also, a big help if you are a Chromebook user. 5 Star rating in the Google Chrome Store.

Display all Google™ services as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes nearly 300 Google services and websites.

Source: Google Chrome Store – Shortcuts for Google

iChrome – Customizable New Tab Page or Home Page Extension For Google Chrome

Since owning my Chromebook I have been experimenting with just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. My most recent discovery is a Google Chrome browser extension called iChrome. I currently have iChrome set to load when I open a new tab; however, it can also be configured to be used as your home page.

Why iChrome? Well, first off, it ties in nicely with my other Google apps by displaying (for example) my email, calendar, notes, drive, etc… in a nicely layed out customizable panel with the options to customize the background, as well. Displaying of these items is done through a widgets selection page. I especially like the widget for Facebook where I can browse Facebook and at the same time have view of my other widget panels such as my email, calendar, notes, drive, weather, stock market; PLUS, the widget panel I have setup to launch the Google apps I have installed. You can even set up additional tabbed pages.

iChrome is the best of the best, in my opinion, for creating that new tab page or home page. Kudos to the developer on making a very fine product that serves a very useful and productive purpose. The FREE version does contain an advertising bar that can be moved around and is not obtrusive at all.

iChrome includes nearly 50 widgets, thousands of stunning backgrounds, and powerful features including:

Dozens of widgets including: Weather, Sports, News, Stocks, RSS, Bookmarks, Gmail, Recently Closed Tabs, and more! Drag and drop customization on 1-5 columns or a grid! Fully featured voice search and “OK Google” hotword detection Buy Pro and get dark and transparent themes, live backgrounds, maximizable widgets, hourly weather forecasts, and more Navigate between an unlimited number of customizable tabs, each with their own widgets Work completely offline anytime, everything (even the backgrounds) is ready whenever you are! And hundreds more features! Install iChrome now and check them out!

iChrome is an open source project, check it out on Github

Source: iChrome

Close This Tab – Chrome Web Store

Today I would like to share with you a Google Chrome browser extension, called “Close This Tab”, that I highly recommend that serves a very useful purpose and will increase your productivity. What this extension does is allow you close a tab by going to a side of the screen and mouse clicking on a closer bar that will appear. When you go to the side of the screen you will see a colored bar appear which is a cue that you can mouse click to close the tab. “Close This Tab” is configurable in that you can designate which side of the screen you want to use as the hotspot (where the colored closer bar will appear). By default, the colored closer bar is on the left side of the screen; which, for me, is ideal. You can also adjust the width of the colored closer bar.

Where this extension comes in handy is when you have the browser set to full screen (which is my preference).  I no longer have to go to the top of the screen, to search for and close the active tab. If you are a Chromebook user, this is a must-have extension that will also work when you need to close any Google Chrome Apps that you have open.

Source:  Close This Tab – Chrome Web Store

Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store (for your Chromebook)

Boxcryptor for Chrome is currently in beta; however, if you are looking for a way to encrypt files on your Chromebook and store them on the cloud (such as Google Drive and others), this a great option to consider. By encrypting your files, you are in essence making the impossible to be opened or seen. The Chrome version of Boxcrypt, as featured in this article, is currently in Beta Testing…

Boxcryptor is the encryption solution optimized for the cloud which allows you to use all popular cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Box without sacrificing safety, privacy, or comfort.  With Boxcryptor you can easily encrypt files locally in your browser before uploading them to your cloud. Your cloud provider only receives encrypted files and you keep complete control of your data!

Source: Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store

Geek Squeak (from Lifehacker): Using Google Chrome’s Task Manager

To view the processes running inside Google Chrome, select the options icon, hit More Tools, and select Task Manager. In your task manager window you’ll see every open tab along with every enabled extension, the amount of memory and CPU power each is using, and how much network data they’re sending or receiving. You’ll also spot secondary processes, like how much GPU power Chrome is using to keep everything running smooth… READ MORE

“ClickandClean” Chrome Browser Utility | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases

New update to Click&Clean. If you are using this application, which is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser, it will auto update on its’ own. I have been using his cleaning utility on my desktop computers, as well as my Chromebook. Click the source link below to learn more or click here for the quick start guide to get a good feel about how Click&Clean works.

Privacy and security news, important security vulnerabilities and how to fix them. Latest Click&Clean and another software releases and updates.

Source: Click&Clean | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases

Unload, Park, Suspend Tabs To Reduce The Memory Footprint Of Google Chrome

Have you ever noticed that when you use your web browser and have multiple tabs open, things will slow down? A solution to this problem, if you use the Google Chrome web browser, is to install the browser extension called “The Great Suspender”. This extension automatically unloads (suspends) the tabs you are not using, but will retain their titles and favicons. The extension allows you to manually suspend tabs or you can configure the tabs to suspend after a set period of time. You can even whitelist tabs that you do not want to go into suspension. To take a tab out of suspension, simply click on the web page of the tab.

In the end, what “The Great Suspender” does is reduce the memory footprint that is consumed by having numerous tabs open; thus, a faster browser experience.

SOURCE:  Google Chrome Store – The Great Suspender


			

Click&Clean | Private Data Cleaner Extension for Google Chrome

Click&Clean is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome browser that helps you to delete your browsing history, cache, cookies and enhance your security and privacy online. What caught my attention with this particular browser extension is that, in the Google Chrome Store, this extension is rated 5 Stars by over 55K people,  with a user base of nearly 3.5 million users.

Features:

– Scans your PC for Malware
– Deletes your browsing history,
– Removes download history,
– Erases temporary files,
– Clears cookies and Empty cache,
– Deletes client-side Web SQL Databases
– Removes Flash Cookies (LSOs)
– Protects your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity,
– Cleans up your hard drives and Free up more disk space, including secure file deletion using external applications, like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.


Source: Click&Clean | Extension for Chrome

Google Chrome Extension – Share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, and any other sharing or saving service quickly and easily with one share button…

Found this Google Chrome extension (called “AddToAny”) at the Google Chrome store that is a “must have” extension; especially, if you are a blogger, facebook user, twitter user, Pocket, etc… What this extension does is install a button on the toolbar that helps automate sharing to services (such as WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and a ton more)… The extension is very customizable so that you can add and quickly get to the services you desire to share information with. For example, after finding and installing this extension, I clicked on the share button, selected WordPress and it pushed the information to my WordPress editor where I could quickly put this post together.

If you use Google Chrome or have a Chromebook, definitely install and teach yourself how to use this. Real timesaver…


Source: AddToAny: Share Anywhere – Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome Extension – Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder

If you use the Google Chrome Browser or own a Chromebook, you need to install the browser extension called Nimbus. This extension, to me, is hybrid in nature between a browser extension and an actual app. I can tell you it is the best, by far, screen and video capture extension (app) out there for Google Chrome and the Chromebook. The clips that you capture can be edited (with the built in editor) and stored locally on your computer or online (at Nimbus or Google Drive or Slack).

In summary, here is what Nimbus can do:

Capture screenshots

– Capture the whole web page or a required section of it

– Capture the whole browser window

– Capture the browser window of other programs

– Quick capture site fragment

– Create your own drawing or model from scratch

Record screencasts (video from screen)

– Record video from your screen/tab (Screencasts)

– Record video from other active program

– Customize your screen resolution and FPS

– You can draw on video

Edit screenshots

– Paste different patterns and text boxes to your screenshot

– Resize and crop your screenshot

– Add arrows and stickers to your screenshot

– Highlight text on your screenshot

Share screenshots and screencasts

– Save screenshots in: JPG and PNG

– Save screenshots and screencasts to Nimbus Note

– Send screenshots to Slack

– Save screenshots to Google Drive and Google Classroom

– Comment your screenshots and screencasts


SOURCE: Google Chrome Store – Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder

Google Chrome Browser Extension – Avira Safe Shopping

I first saw Avira Safe Shopping Chrome Browser extension at Major Geeks and decided to give it a spin. The Avira Safe Shopping browser extension is an extension developed by Avira, whom you may recognize as one of the leading makers of Avira Antivirus or predominantly now known as Avira Free Security Suite. I was skeptical at first after installing this extension, but once I discovered what it can do, it is a keeper in my book.

Once installed you will see a red shopping cart icon with a check mark in the cart. If you visit any site, you can click on the icon to determine if the site is safe, how many trackers were blocked and how many ads were blocked. If you perform a Google Search this extension will place a green check mark next to the sites Avira deem safe.  Also, discovered this worked with Bing, as well.

Where the real power in this extension is when you are shopping for something. For example, I am an avid Amazon shopper and if I bring up a product in Amazon, the Avira Safe Shopper will display a bar at the top of the browser displaying a comparative best deal and other offers (at other sites).

After briefly exploring the Avira Safe Shopper Chrome browser extension, I am going to keep this extension active to see what kind of mileage I get out of it. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose and may actually help you save some money.


SOURCE: Major Geeks – Avira Safe Shopping for Chrome

Find Out If Your Emails Get Read With Email Tracker

I am currently trying out a Google Chrome browser extension, called Email Tracker, that works with Gmail, Outlook / Hotmail, Google Inbox, and Yahoo Mail. Its’ main sole purpose is to alert you when your sent emails have been read. Simply install and any future emails you send are automatically tracked. No account signup is required. Email Tracker is currently carrying an excellent review rating (based on approximately 200 reviews).

A circle will appear when the tracking is enabled on the sent email and a checkmark will appear when it has been read. Works for unlimited email accounts and sent emails.

SOURCE: Google Chrome Store – Email Tracker

EmailThis – Email Web Pages (ad-free) To Your Inbox

As part of my ongoing project of using a Gmail account to create a customized note-taking app (see full article here) I started exploring ways that I could send stuff to the account (like you can with other note-taking apps). What I discovered was EmailThis that works as a Google Chrome extension and will work with other browsers through a bookmarklet. I found that it does not work with sites behind a login; however, works the great majority of the time by stripping out the ads and presenting the final product (in an email) that can be easily read. Perfect for what I was looking for.

EmailThis will remove ads & distractions from the page and send you a beautifully formatted email with just the text and images. You can read the email anytime you like, anywhere you like – on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

EmailThis

SOURCE: EmailThis

Google Chrome Tip: How To Open A Search In A New Tab When Using The Omnibox

In Google Chrome, where you type in a web address, you can also perform a search. This is called the “omnibox”. Many folks I assist in the home environment are quite surprised when I show them this feature. When typing in the omnibox, whatever it is you are searching for, you will also notice relevant suggestions to assist you with performing the search.

Now that you know how to search from the omnibox there is another tip that will improve your productivity when performing that search. If you type in the omnibox, whatever it is you are searching for, and hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard and then hit the “Enter” key, your search result will open in a separate tag.  To me, this is a “must know” tip that will allow you to stay on your current page tab (without losing it), perform a search, and get the results on another page tab.


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Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft – You can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer. Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and addresses) by stealing your wallet, overhearing a phone conversation, rummaging through your trash (a practice known as dumpster diving), or picking up a receipt at a restaurant that has your account number on it. If a thief has enough information, he or she may be able to impersonate you to purchase items, open new accounts, or apply for loans…. READ MORE


Google Photos rolling out Archive feature to hide images in the main feed – With Archive, you can remove images from the main Photos tab without deleting them from your library. Those who already have the feature should see a new Archive option in the navigation drawer just above Trash… READ MORE

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HTTrack Website Copier for Windows – HTTrack is an offline browser utility that allows you to download a website from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting html, images, and other files from the server to your computer. It arranges the original site’s relative link-structure… READ MORE


Sneaky teen texting codes: what they mean, when to worry – If your teen has a smartphone, chances are they spend several hours a day on text and social media. If you ever look at what they’re actually doing on there, you’ll likely see a lot of innocent “Snapstreaking,”… READ MORE

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All the movies and TV shows hitting Amazon Prime in June 2017 – The sixth month of the year brings a bunch of new movies to Amazon’s streaming video service. Sure, there are plenty of household names, such as “Apocalypse Now,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Magnolia.”… READ MORE


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How To Tell What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

Windows 10 was released in July of 2015 and has went through several version changes (or major updates). You may have heard of the “November Update – Version 1511” or the “Anniversary Update – Version 1607”; and, the most recent “Creators Update – 1703”. I know for some home-based computer users this all may sound quite confusing to the point that you are not sure what version of Windows 10 you are running.

Any easy way to determine what version of Windows 10 you have installed (and the build number); simply, click the Start Button (at the bottom left corner), then click on Settings, then click on System (cog wheeled icon), then click on About (see screenshot below). Another method to determine what version you are running is CLICK HERE (which will open your web browser to the Microsoft site “Get Windows Creator Update”). Once the page loads, click on the button labelled “Check your version of Windows 10”.


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Windows 10 Tip: Unlock the UWP File Explorer – If you’re running Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) or newer, here’s a nice surprise: You can unlock a hidden UWP version of File Explorer… READ MORE

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How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update’s hidden desktop themes – To get started with Windows Store themes, open the Settings app by clicking on Start and selecting the cog icon in the lower left corner of the menu. Once the app opens, go to Personalization > Themes. Scroll down a bit in that screen and under the sub-heading “Apply a theme,” click the link labeled Get more themes in the Store… READ MORE

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Read web pages offline with Chrome for Android  Google’s mobile browser just made it even easier to cache and read pages when you don’t have the internet. Google’s mobile browser added offline reading last year, but a new update expands the capability with a couple handy features… READ MORE

Create multiple partitions on a USB drive in Windows 10 using MakeWinPEMedia – In Windows 10, you can use MakeWinPEMedia to create multiple partitions on a USB drive. Windows 10 v1703 Creators Update allows you to create multiple partitions on a USB drive so that you can have a single USB key with a combination of FAT32 and NTFS partitions… READ MORE

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Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 3.9.30 – An all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions. Video tutorial available below… READ MORE

Try This Coupon Code [TA9JX297] – For Pasonomi VR XMAS – Virtual Reality Headset with Stereo Headphone Speaker for iPhone, Samsung, Google and all Android Smartphones. Try coupon code (for $14 off) at checkout … READ MORE


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Google Chrome Extension Manager Called “Extensity” (5 Star Rating)

I did not realize how many Google Chrome Extensions and Apps I had installed until I installed Extensity (see source link below). This Google Chrome browser extension (which carries a 5 star rating) is a tool that allows you to quickly manage (enable or disable) all of your other Google Chrome browser extensions. You can also setup profiles to determine when specific extensions should be enabled and when not. You can also launch your Chrome apps from the list, as well.

  • Keep your browser fast – disable extensions that you won’t use right away.
  • Keep your toolbar clean
  • Ideal companion for extensions collectors.
  • Turn all extensions off (and back on) with a single click.
  • Quick switch between several extensions groups using the Profiles feature.

Screenshot of Extensity on my computer…

Extensity

Source: Google Chrome Web Store – Extensity

Log Into Another Google Account Using Incognito Mode

When I use my personal Gmail account, from Google Chrome, I typically log into two other Gmail sub-accounts that I can easily access or toggle to, from my main account.  The problem I run into with this is that one of the sub-accounts I use I often need to get to Google Drive and a Google Website (Blogger) that is associated with that account.  Google will not allow me to “EASILY” access those services from a sub-account when logged into my main account. As a result, I would typically have to log out of my main account and then log back into Gmail for the sub-account.

Incognito Mode

A workaround for this that I now use, is to go to the Google Chrome Menu (top right corner) and click on “New Incognito Window”. From the incognito window I simply log into the account I need to access (to get to Google Drive and the Blogger site) to perform the tasks that I need to perform. Since I am in an incognito window, I don’t have to log out of my main account and lose the login credentials for the other two sub accounts.

If you are wondering what the “Incognito Mode” is in Google Chrome???

“Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet in private without Chrome saving the sites you visit. You can switch between an Incognito window and any regular Chrome browsing windows you have open. You’ll only be in Incognito mode when you’re using the Incognito window”.

FireShot – Google Chrome Extension to Take Screenshots

I recently installed FireShot and have been quite impressed. FireShot is a Google Chrome browser extension that gives you the very convenient ability to capture screenshots. You can quickly capture full web pages in their entirety; capture only visible portions of the screen; or, capture selective areas on the screen. Once you make the screen capture you can save the screenshot to disk (as a PDF, JPeg, or Png) or you can copy it to the clipboard. 

FireShot

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Chrome 55 Now Available | TechSpot

Appears that Google Chrome Version 55 has been released. This release is significant in that  it has been engineered to drastically reduce RAM usage by as much as 50 percent thanks to an updated JavaScript V8 engine that reduces the memory zone and heap size. Another notable change is that Chrome is slowly pushing Flash out the back door in favor of HTML5.  In the end, faster browser and better security.

You can wait for the auto update or you go to the Google Menu, click on “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. From that point you can determine your current version and/or the option to go for the upgrade, if available. In my case, the upgrade was there.

Source: Chrome 55 now available: loads HTML5 over Flash by default, drastically reduces RAM usage – TechSpot

Don’t Throw Away That Old Computer. Turn It Into A Chromebook (sort of) — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-08)

Don’t Throw Away That Old Computer. Turn It Into A Chromebook (sort of) – Neverware, a New York City startup, is in the business of taking old computers and refurbishing them into “Chromebooks” (sort of). Actually you could call them Chromiumbooks, due they use a modified version of Chromium (instead of Google Chrome) that will work on most hardware. The difference between Chromium and Chrome are undistinguishable. The good about this is that the software to convert that old computer to a Chromebook or to create a dual-boot system, is free to individual users. If you are interested in giving this a try, the download and instructions can be found by HERE.

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Sandbox Your Web Browser (or any application) With SHADE Sandbox – Most everyone that is into computers is familiar with Sandboxie and its’ isolation technology. Well, there is another competitive option out there called “SHADE Sandbox. SHADE Sandbox is an alternative for antivirus and a tool for virtualization. It locally virtualizes applications (i.e. internet browsers) and locks all incoming internet files and possible viruses in its safe virtual environment – a “sandbox”, keeping them isolated from the Operating System to maintain it clean from malware.

SHADE Sandbox

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An Ultimate Tool For Customizing Windows (including Windows 10)  – If you are into customizing the look of Windows to meet your personal taste, then take a look at CustomizerGod.

 CustomizerGod

CustomizerGod in Windows 8.1

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An Android App To Listen To Your News Websites, Online Magazines, RSS Feeds and Blogs – The Android app, called Play News is a nice app that allows you to listen to (read aloud) news, magazines and your selected web content on your phone (or tablet). You can also add to a playlist inbox articles, news, etc… of your choice.  A nice addition to this app is the Google Chrome extension, called Play News: Listen Later, that gives you the ability to add items to your playlist that can be listened to later (for example in your car using full bluetooth support).

Play News

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Speaking Of Chromebooks – Checkout the Newest Samsung 11.6-Inch Chromebook 2, featuring: the Intel Dual-Core Celeron N2840 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 11.6″ HD Display 1366 x 768, Intel® HD Graphics, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, 802.11ac, Chrome OS…

Newest Samsung 11.6-Inch Chromebook 2

Newest Samsung 11.6-Inch Chromebook 2 (Intel Dual-Core Celeron N2840 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 11.6" HD Display 1366 x 768, Intel® HD Graphics, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, 802.11ac, Chrome OS)

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Is 123456 A Good Password? — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-04)

Is 123456 A Good Password? – Apparently many people think that it is. The password “123456” once again reigns as the most commonly used password, as it has since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky. The second most risky password used is; you got it, is the word “password”. To see a listing of the worst passwords for 2015 — CLICK HERE… The whole purpose of this annual publishing of bad passwords is to encourage “we the people” to use stronger passwords in an effort to protect our personal data and to improve internet security.

Worst Passwords

One of the options that I use to protect myself, due to the numerous passwords that I use, is to use a password manager. The password manager that I use and strongly endorse is the S10 Password Vault which is available as a Windows install, portable app (on USB Drive), iPhone app, iPad app, and Android app. Many folks have a tendency to use one of the cloud-based password managers; however, I personally just do not feel comfortable with piping the passwords to my personal accounts into the cloud and not knowing (for absolutely sure) that it will always remain protected. With S10 Password Vault, I at least feel I have some level of control.

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How To Create A Bookmark For The Download List In Google Chrome – Open chrome://downloads in your browser. Click the star next to the link and then save it on your bookmarks bar. You can adjust the name of the shortcut to whatever you desire..

Google Chrome

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If You Have Windows 10 And Love Jigsaw Puzzles – Check out Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, a Windows app, that has some FREEBIE options built into it, as well as paid options. Featuring: Lot’s of  beautiful, high-definition puzzles; Downloadable content (including FREE puzzles); Constantly updated pictures gallery; 4 levels of difficulty (up to 280 pieces); Move pieces in groups; Rotation mode for a greater challenge; Create your own puzzles from your pictures; New special picture every day; Work on more than one puzzle at a time and see your progress; Easy-to-operate control and Easy preview. After installing and trying it out, I found there were some ads and a few freebie puzzles. There was an option to buy into a package for $9.99 that makes the ads go away and opens up many options. Nice jigsaw puzzle software (even for $10)…

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles

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Synchronize Your Folders and Drives In A Quick and Easy Way – I have been testing various FREE backup and synchronization software. One that is currently on my computer now that is leading the pack is Synchredible. The standard version is free for private purposes. What I really like about Synchredible is that it has a built in wizard that will walk you through configuring your sync jobs. Once these jobs are setup, performing synchronized backups is as easy as clicking a button.

Synchredible

Synchredible

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A “News Spread” Like No OtherCLICK HERE to see Newsola… I have featured Newsola on here before and decided to throw it out there at you again. Really neat way that the news is presented. You can set Newsola up so that it will auto refresh on a regular basis. Nice cloud based app that you can keep up on the screen when your computer is idle that will keep you up to date on the latest news.

Newsola 

Newsola

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Need A Router? Check This One Out – The TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router is one of those routers I am seeing on Amazon that is inexpensive, but has a great number of customer reviews. At the time of this posting, this router was at the $20 mark.

TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router

TP-Link Router

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Send Notes and Send Directions To Your Phone From Google Search

This week’s hot Google news is similar news from last week, with a different twist, where you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type in “find my phone” (see article here).

This week Google revealed you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type  “Send Directions” (to push driving directions to your phone) or “Send Note” (to push a note to your phone). Appears you have to be signed into your Google account through your web browser (Google Chrome) to make this work. READ MORE…

Send Directions

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Bring An Entertaining Look To Your Browser With “Turn Off The Lights”

Watching video in our web browser is commonplace these days and is often implanted in the middle of whatever story you are reading to help bring the story home. This is all good; however, oftentimes there many distractions (such as ads, other videos, side bars, etc…) that can take away from the focus of the video.

A solution to making the video you desire to watch the main and only focus in the browser window, I suggest you take a look at the browser extension or add-on called Turn Off The Lights.

Turn Off The Lights

Turn Off The Lights works great with all known browsers and will truly bring a more entertaining look and feel to your browser. In my case I am a Google Chrome browser user and fan. You can easily darken a web page with one click on the lamp button. And it will automatically highlight the video player. In Google Chrome, the lamp button is located in the web address bar. You can also right mouse click the lamp button to bring up various configuration and customization options.

To really get an idea of how Turn Off The Lights works, I encourage you to watch this short video…

Turn Off the Lights is an extension that you have never seen before and is unique in its’ kind. Not only this, but this extension is compatible with Google Chrome™, Apple Safari™, Mozilla Firefox™, Opera™, Internet Explorer™, Maxthon™ and Yandex™ web browsers.

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You May Want To Try The Google Chrome Software Removal Tool (CRST) When You Suspect Chrome Has Been Hijacked

The Chrome Software Removal Tool (CRST) is software (developed by Google), that is currently in beta, that scans your computer for programs known to cause problems with Chrome, and then offers to remove them for you. This program is to be used only on occasions where the Google Chrome Browser is (obviously) behaving strangely and you suspect it may be due to an unwanted program on your computer (for example, showing you unusual start-up pages, toolbars, or pop-up ads you can’t get rid of). Typically, these types of examples are referred to as browser hijackers.

Two things you need to know before using CRST:

  1. To discourage attackers from changing the names of their programs, the Software Removal Tool does not reveal the names of the suspicious programs it finds. You’ll only see the number of programs detected.
  2. The Software Removal Tool beta is Windows-only (all versions) and you need to have admin rights to use it.  To learn more, please visit the Software Removal Tool beta help page.

google software removal tool

Setting up & using the Software Removal Tool beta

  1. The Software Removal Tool scans your computer for programs known to cause problems with Chrome, and then offers to remove them for you. To start:
  2. Visit the Software Removal Tool homepage.
  3. Click the Download button.
  4. Review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. To agree, click Accept and Download.

The Software Removal Tool will download to your computer.

  1. Open the Software Removal Tool. It will immediately start searching your computer for suspicious programs.
  2. A message will tell you how many programs were found, if any.
  3. Click Remove suspicious programs. Wait until you see the message “Removal complete.” Some open applications may be closed in the process.
  4. Click Continue to quit the tool. (If your computer needs to reboot, the button will say Restart.)
  5. Chrome will automatically reopen, asking you to reset your browser settings. Click Reset.

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Checker Plus for Google Calendar – Another Google Chrome Browser Extension Gem

I just posted an article about Checker Plus for Gmail and while at the developer’s site I noticed he had developed another Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Google Calendar.

Again, this is another extension by this developer that is carrying a very high user base rating. I am a big time user of Google Calendar and this extension makes it so that you can do any and all your calendaring activitiies easily from the Chrome Browser. If you want more details, information and support for Checker Plus for Google Calendar, I encourage you to visit the developer’s site — CLICK HERE 

Check Plus for Google Calendar

Again, as I did in the article about Checker Plus for Gmail, below you will find a video about Checker Plus for Google Calendar; AND, the highlights and features (verbatim as reflected on the developer’s site).

Enjoy! Great piece of work on something that I find to be very useful.

100 times more powerful than the “by Google” extension and with desktop and voice notifications and great reviews

  • Trusted developer of many extensions – more than one million satisfied users worldwide
  • Lots of features, options and updates – just read the version changes in the logs below
  • Personal tech support from the developer – very fast response times, 5-30 minutes

Improve your productivity and your business with new features like this…

  • Add events quickly with multiple ways…Click on a day in the popup calendar or just type it into the quick add ex. Lunch with Mom 11am Sunday

    Select the text on any page like “…dinner Aug 26th at 3:30pm…” and right click to add it automatically for that date!

    Right click a webpage and add it instantly to your calendar for tomorrow or any day or time! Try it in Gmail ex. a friend emails you to play soccer tomorrow, reply to them, then right click and save it to your calendar. Screenshot: http://bit.ly/o1Qxu4. You can also use the popup calendar see video:http://youtu.be/hrrZa2egQDc

    Use Chrome’s address bar (Omnibox) to add an event by simply typing “cal” and then tab or space and your event title with the time or date – See screenshot: http://bit.ly/pmeFCU or video: http://youtu.be/owtEUtueXp4

    When viewing a Facebook event page the popup gives you the choice to add it to your calendar

  • Desktop notifications “like Outlook” when your event occurs that you can snooze and with optional voice notification: Add a cooking timer that yells out “take out pizza!” See video: http://youtu.be/kimuIJ7re8o
  • Sound and voice notification: Great for the visually impaired
  • Supports multiple calendars and Google Apps™ (for Business or Education) and hosted
  • Option to run in background even when Google Chrome is closed
  • Popup a calendar for the month, week, agenda view when clicking on the icon or customize your own view!
  • Show the current date or day or time until your next event and preview details of your future ones right on the icon
  • Lots of options that you can customize, most are free (95%) and the rest is upon donations of any amount because I’ve added those features by special requests
  • Get reminders of your contacts’ birthdays and events
  • Drag and drop events to reschedule them in the month view
  • Can also be used as a widget for the extension “Awesome New Tab Page” (ANTP)
  • Notification of events even when there is no internet connection with offline mode
  • Gray out past days or highlight weekends

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Checker Plus for Gmail – One Of The Highest Rated Google Chrome Extensions Out There

When I see a five star rating at the Google Chrome Web Store I know it has to be something good. If you are a Google Chrome browser fan and use Gmail then you must download the Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Gmail.

Before I go further, if you click this link (Checker Plus for Gmail) you will be taken to the Chrome Web Store; however, if you want to meet the author of this fantastic creation and learn more in detail about this extension, CLICK HERE …  The author’s main site also provides a forum, frequently asked questions, and other goodies that is an indicator (as a software reviewer) that the author is serious about what they do (as a trusted developer) and will continue to develop and fine tune their work. I can’t get over how good this extension is…

Due to this browser extension being very featured rich, I am going to cut to the chase and post the highlights, features and video (verbatim) as posted on the author’s site (see below); but there is one feature that I really love and that is you can configure Checker Plus for Gmail to read an incoming email to you (which is very unique).

I encourage you to take a look at this extension. It is definitely number one on my list of Chrome browser extensions at this time and is now added to my list of “Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without“…

Highlights...

  • The fastest and easiest way to manage multiple email accounts
  • One of the highest rated Chrome extensions – featured many times on PCWorld
  • Trusted developer of many extensions – more than one million satisfied users worldwide
  • Lots of features, options and updates – just read the version changes in the logs below
  • Personal tech support from me (the developer) – very fast response times, 5-30 minutes
  • Supports “Inbox by Gmail”
  • I’ll add your suggestions
  • Safer – requires less permissions and only access to Google Mail’s website

Features…

  • See the people emailing you just like in the Gmail chat notification, with an option to show their contact photos or your assigned photos for them.
  • Voice notification: If you get an email while you’re busy watching a movie or cooking dinner this extension can optionally read it out loud ie. “Jason says, dinner at my place”. It’s great for the visually impaired.
  • Option to monitor any Gmail or custom labels
  • Option to run in background when Google Chrome is closed and still get new email alerts
  • Zoom in and out of emails which have large images
  • Popup mail preview window to read, archive, mark as read or delete emails without leaving the current tab (or option to go directly to your Gmail tab)
  • Can also be used as a widget for the extension “Awesome New Tab Page” (ANTP) which supports multiple accounts
  • Desktop sound or voice notifications when new mail arrives (or add your own sounds)
  • Support for multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts
  • Option to open “Mail to” links in your Gmail instead of your regular mail client
  • This Gmail notifier has more than 10 different icon sets, choose your favorite!
  • You change the generated voice by adding TTS (text to speech) voice extensions
  • The fast way to inbox zero. Yes that’s a thing.

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A 5 Star Google Chrome Screen Capture Utility

I love screen capture applications due they are very useful in drafting articles for the blog and for everyday computing. I have featured other capture programs on the blog, and every I time turn around I stumble across another one. The one I present today, called FireShot, I somehow missed on my radar. FireShot currently is carrying a 5 star rating (from over 7500 reviews) and was selected in 2013 as “The Best Free Google Chrome Extension for 2013″ by PCMAG.COM”. FireShot is available as a Google Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store.

FireShot Screen Capture Utility

FireShot typically performs like many of the other screen capture utilities; however, it offers more features than what else is out there. For example, one feature that really jumped out at me is that you can capture a page (or part of page) with FireShot and save it as a PDF file.

This is only one of the features and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to FireShot.

Other features are:

✓ Capture web pages entirely

✓ Capture only visible part of the page

✓ Capture selection

✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF, PNG, and JPEG

✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard

✓ Print screenshot

Additionally, users on Windows can do the following:

✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects

✓ Print

✓ Save screenshot to PDF files

✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP

✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)

✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures

✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard

✓ Print screenshot

✓ E-Mail

✓ Export to external editor

Google Chrome Tip – How To Open Links In New Tab In Background

Google Chrome TipGoogle Chrome user?  Try this handy tip. Not sure if this will work in the other browsers; but, you may want to give it a try. To me this tip is pretty handy, especially if you are researching something and you need to open another browser tab in the background.  I found two ways this will work:

1 – Hover your mouse on a link on a web page and CLICK your MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON and the link will open in a new tab (in the background). For some reason, the type of mouse that I have, this did not work; however, other mice I have used, this does work.

2 – A workaround, if your middle mouse button does not work (like in my case), is to hover your mouse on a link, is to push down the CTRL key on the keyboard and LEFT MOUSE CLICK the link. Again, this will open the link in a new tab (in the backgound).

 

Send And Receive SMS Text Messages From Google Chrome On Your Computer

Wish you could answer your phone text from your computer?  Well, you can with the Google Chrome browser extension, called MightyText. You must first install the MightyText Android App, on your phone, from the Google Play store which will enable the permission to sync your text messages from your phone to the browser extension. After you have completed that installation on your phone, install the MightyText Chrome browser extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Mighty Text - Google Chrome Browser Extension

I’ve been using MightyText for over a week now and I must say I am liking what I am seeing and experiencing. I like the idea that when I am on my computer and I receive a text on my phone I will also get the text on my computer where I can reply to the sender. Since you are using your computer’s keyboard, typing out your text messages is much faster. You can also have your contacts synced with your phone so that you can pull up a contact and start sending text messages (and even generate phone calls) directly from your browser window.

Other features include syncing photos/videos from your phone, creating draft text messages, a built in scheduler and a visual status of your phone’s battery (and an alert when the battery is low).

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