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This Firefox OS Powered Chromecast Competitor Costs $25

Matchstick is a KickStarter project which uses Firefox OS’s recently announced Google Cast like capabilities. The device lets you “fling” content from Firefox, Chrome (yes!) or other supporting apps to your TV.

Matchstick looks a lot like Chromecast (the “fling” icon is the same Cast icon from Chromecast)  but the hardware packs a little more power than Chromecast. A dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, 4GB onboard storage , and 1GB of DDR3 memory.

chrome news  This Firefox OS Powered Chromecast Competitor Costs $25

The team is vouching on Firefox OS’ “OPEN hardware and software platform” philosophy and promises more apps and content providers on the platform soon.

There are already hundreds of apps in the Mozilla app store, and as the developer program ramps up many of those apps and hundreds of new apps will become available on the Matchstick app store.

At launch, the Matchstick team will deliver a core set of content for Matchstick that will let you find the most popular movies, TV, and music. Apps like Netflix, HBO Go, Pandora, and others ensure great content right out of the box! And as our developer community grows, new apps will become available, giving users access to a constant flow of new content and experiences for Matchstick.”

You can find more about this project and back this at KickStarter.

Chrome Will Soon Let You Mute Individual Tabs #chromeweekender

Hi guys! Happy Saturday to you all! I am excited. I am going to buy a Chromecast (too late to the party!) and an HDMI to VGA converter to set it up with my PC monitor. I will update you all soon about how this goes!

chrome news  Chrome Will Soon Let You Mute Individual Tabs #chromeweekender

This week’s list. I have started adding interesting Chrome commits that I noticed during the past week.

Now, here is a video for developers, some cool tricks using the Chrome developer tool.

IT Admins Can Soon Set Policies on Chrome for Android and iOS

Google is extending the enterprise friendly features of Chrome to the mobile versions of the browser.

At present, IT admins can set enterprise policies for Chrome users on Windows, Mac and Linux. A recent announcement from Google states that this feature is coming to Chrome for iOS and Android too.

chrome news  IT Admins Can Soon Set Policies on Chrome for Android and iOS

Since April 2013, admins have had the capability to set 100+ Chrome policies for users on Chrome Devices, Windows, Mac, and Linux when they sign-in to Chrome with their Google Apps account.

Today we are providing an early preview of applying some of these same policies to Chrome on Android and iOS as well. For example, you set bookmarks through the Managed Bookmarks setting on Google Admin console and it gets pushed to Chrome on all 6 platforms, including mobile. Similarly, you can set the Proxy policy or the Password Manager policy once and it will apply on Chrome on all 6 platforms. For more information on how to turn on this early preview feature, please see the link below.

For more information:
Apply policies to Chrome on Android and iOS

via Google Apps Updates Blog.

Chrome’s Latest Easter Egg is an Offline T-Rex is Game On Its Network Error Page

Easter Eggs are not new to us Chromies. We have seen some interesting stuff in the past. The latest addition to this list is this cool game that the team has added to Chrome’s network error page.

This is currently available only on Chromium (and Canary) but when this lands in Chrome, you can play a game when your internet connection is down, right there on that error page. Just press the Tab key to start playing!

chrome news  Chromes Latest Easter Egg is an Offline T Rex is Game On Its Network Error Page

OMG Chrome reports: “Like other endless runner games the goal is simple: run as far as you can, for as long as you can, until you crash. You’ll need to keep mashing the space bar on your keyboard to help the T-Rex clear the conveyor belt of variously spaced, differently sized cacti”

Can’t wait to try this one! ( Yes, I am waiting for this to show up in the Dev channel that I run on my Chromebook. Too lazy to boot up my Windows PC these days!)

via François Beaufort

“Spots” Redesigns New Tab Page and Syncs Text Messages and More With Your Android Phone

There is a lot of things that Spots does. I couldn’t put all that in the title chrome news  Spots Redesigns New Tab Page and Syncs Text Messages and More With Your Android Phone So, read on to find out!

For starters, it redesigns your Chrome New Tab Page. The design is flat, bright and colorful. Plus, you have themes to choose from.

You still have your most visited websites, reduced to circles with the first two letters of their name, except for the most popular ones, like Facebook and Youtube. I am not sure why they went with this one instead of using the favicon of the website. Maybe it was too small for this use-case?

There is a recommended sites section, which puts some extra links ( maybe a couple of them were sponsored? I am not sure)

chrome news  Spots Redesigns New Tab Page and Syncs Text Messages and More With Your Android Phone

You can add additional sections and websites into these sections to place them conveniently next to your most visited websites.

chrome news  Spots Redesigns New Tab Page and Syncs Text Messages and More With Your Android Phone

There is a search, time and weather on the top row of the page, followed by your most recent contacts from the phone, if you have installed the app on your phone and synced it. (You can login using your Google account or Facebook account)

Your profile picture is listed on the top left corner, with a drop-down menu on hover, which gives you Settings and other links.

Real-time call and SMS sync, contacts sync and a lot more if you sync the extension with the Android app. I am yet to test most of the things, but give you an idea, here is a video:

Like it? Get it here.

Google Chrome for iOS Updated with iOS 8 Support

Google Chrome for iPhones and iPads have been updated with iOS 8 compatibility, bringing in a couple of new features.

Version 37.0.2062.60 of Chrome comes with the following changes according to the official change log:

  • Supports using 3rd party App Extensions to post and share content.
  • iOS 8 Compatibility.
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes.

The most important change here is the first one, support for sharing with other apps and extensions. This means you will have more flexibility sharing content with other applications that support this feature.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS Updated with iOS 8 Support

I’ve to wait for Pocket to update their app with this sharing feature. Sharing link from Chrome to Pocket is something that I do quite often.

Any other interesting use-cases guys? Like, printing may be?

via 9to5mac.com

Chrome Users Can Now Edit Saved Passwords

Here is a cool new feature coming to Google Chrome; editing saved usernames and passwords. This feature is currently available on Chromium nightly builds.

Just go to chrome://settings/passwords, click on the password you want to edit and click the “Overwrite”  says François Beaufort, explaining the new feature.

chrome news  Chrome Users Can Now Edit Saved Passwords

Save New Password from Settings Page

A bonus. You can add new user name and password combos from the Settings page now.

From the same screen as you edit saved passwords, you can now add new ones too. Enter the URL, username, password and click Done.

I assume this will show up in the next Dev update, and we will get try this on Beta and Stable channels a few weeks after that.

Stay tuned for more on this!

“Google Search by Image” From Your Screenshots With This Extension

Here is a fancy Chrome extension to kick-start your Monday morning. “Screenshot Search” lets you take a screenshot and upload that to Google Search By Image, instantly and do a search.

Here is how you use this extension:

  1. Print screen the area you want to search.
  2. Crop it.
  3. Press enter.

The image will be uploaded to a server where Google can find it then you will be redirected to Google search results page.

chrome news  Google Search by Image From Your Screenshots With This Extension

Notes: This extension was released very recently. Things may not work as expected. I did not have much time testing this, so please review before installing and using this extension. (And that applies to every extension I share here btw)

Install it from here.

A New Samsung Chromebook and Google Search for iOS with Chromecast Support #chromeweekender

Hi guys! Hope you all are having a good weekend. Things are pretty silent on the personal side, except the job hunt I kickstarted this week chrome news  A New Samsung Chromebook and Google Search for iOS with Chromecast Support #chromeweekender

chrome news  A New Samsung Chromebook and Google Search for iOS with Chromecast Support #chromeweekender

Now, here is this weekend’s list!

[Unofficial] Run Android Apps on Windows, Linux or Mac Using Chrome

It was just two days ago that we saw someone figuring out a way to install any Android app on Chrome OS. Now today, we have the same developer giving us a tool to install these apps on any computer with Windows, Linux or OSX.

The tool is a custom version of the Android Runtime extension, called ARChon. For converting applications into something Chrome compatible, you use the same tool that we discussed in the Chrome OS version.

chrome news  [Unofficial] Run Android Apps on Windows, Linux or Mac Using Chrome

Now to the notes of caution. First of all, this is VERY unofficial, and Google may not even like what you are doing.

This tool and the process are in the very early stages of development. Things may not work as expected or break things that are already working.

That being said, here is the official GitHub page for the app. If you have Chrome version 37 or above, give it a try at your own risk.

via OMG Chrome.