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Chrome + Netflix HTML5 Player = Netflix on Linux! #chromeweekender

Hi Guys! I had hell of a week, travelling abroad for the first time, flying for the first time, and many other “first time” things. I met a bunch of awesome guys in London (Mike, Andrew, Thomas, hi!) and had loads of fun attending a meet up. Now you know why Chrome Story was rather silent for about a week chrome news  Chrome + Netflix HTML5 Player = Netflix on Linux! #chromeweekender

Anyways,  I am back, and it’s time for this week’s Chrome, Chromebook and Chromecast roundup!

chrome news  Chrome + Netflix HTML5 Player = Netflix on Linux! #chromeweekender

Google Releases Software Removal Tool to Fight Malware on Chrome

Adding to a pretty neat list of solutions that Google provide Chrome users on Windows to fight malware, the company has launched a malware removal tool in beta.

Simply named Software removal tool is a windows tool that works more like a portable app to scan Windows computers to look for creepy software that alter browser settings and add unwanted advertisements without users’ consent.

The tool looks for a specific list of malware that usually cause trouble. Hence, the process takes only seconds after you download. Users will be asked to do a reset of their Chrome settings to put everything back to default.

chrome news  Google Releases Software Removal Tool to Fight Malware on Chrome

This program is currently in beta. However, users can now download it from this page.

To know more about this tool, read the official help center article.

You Can Now Install Chrome Apps Without Signing Into Chrome

Google has removed one of the very few complaints I had about the browser. It now lets me install apps without signing in. I am a heavy Chromesync user, but I do not use that on my work PC for obvious reasons, but I wanted to have apps on it. (No, I didn’t want to use a separate account to sign in there)

Google Chrome 37 on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS has this feature added to it already. So, if you have a computer where you were not allowed to install apps, go ahead and give it a try now!

chrome news  You Can Now Install Chrome Apps Without Signing Into Chrome

The sync has its own benefits, but sometimes, you need to have Chrome on certain PCs without it too. This is now possible. So, thank you!

via François Beaufort

Managed Bookmarks on Chrome and Chromebooks a Video Demo

Google Chromebook users in education and enterprises with access to the Admin Console received a new feature recently: Managed Bookmarks. Here is a short video demo of this feature from Aaron Slutsky

If you have Chrome or Chrome OS version 37 or above, you can do this on your Admin Console now.

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Happy 6th Birthday, Chrome

Happy 6th birthday, Google Chrome.

I am trying to remember the day when they released Chrome, and the comic book that leaked ahead of the launch. I read the book, downloaded Chrome, started using it. And yes, I did a post on my personal blog soon after that.

chrome news  Happy 6th Birthday, Chrome

After a few years on Firefox, it was a welcome change, the UI, and the new ideas that Chrome introduced. There were no themes or extensions, but there was simplicity and speed.

6 years, and Chrome has grown from a browser to a platform. There are issues that came as a side effect of that growth, but overall, things have been GREAT.

Chrome and Chrome Story have made a huge impact on my personal life. So, along with the birthday wishes and congratulations to the entire Chrome team,  let me say this too:

chrome news  Happy 6th Birthday, Chrome

PS: This was just me rambling. For a better write up on Chome’s birthday,  visit OMG Chrome.

The Week of 64 Bit #Chromeweekender

I call this week the 64-bit week in Chrome.  Google has released 64 bit of Chrome for Windows and Mac OSX. With that, let me start this weekend’s list of Chrome news!

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DashNotes Pins Text, Images, And Pages To The New Tab Page

We have done so many things to our new tab pages. We made it minimal, we made it look like iOS and Windows 8. We had tasks there and we had inspirational quotes and more.

Now, here is an extension that will let you use it more like a Pinterest board. A Chrome extension that lets you pin text, images or pages to your new tab page.

DashNotes is a quick and easy way to pin text, images, and pages to your new tab page. Now all of your gathered notes can be accessible right away.

DashNotes comes with the ability to save text, images, and even links to pages. It’s perfect for school, research, and casual browsing.

DashNotes stores all of your notes on your computer. Not on the cloud. Not with us. Not with the NSA. It’s only accessible on your computer.

We all want to see beautiful pictures whenever we can. Well, whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful crisp picture that will take your breath away.


The extension saves your data locally on your computer. Security. It puts images front and center. Beauty. It lets you select text on webpages, right click and send directly to your new tab page. Utility and ease of use.

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It supports gift, and you can have animated gifs right on your new tab page, every time you open one!

You can resize notes you collected and adjust the content easily. It downloads and updates the backgrounds giving me fresh images each time I open a new tab.

For me, that’s enough reasons to give this one a try! You should too! Download from here.

Chrome Admin Console Now Lets You Push or Manage Bookmarks Remotely

Admin Console, a control panel available to those who have subscribed the Chromebook + Apps package got an update the other day bringing in new bookmarks management features.

Administrator in schools and enterprises can now add or manage bookmarks on  enrolled Chromebooks and even Chrome / Chrome for Android.

Here is the official description of the feature from the help article

Allows you to push a list of bookmarks for the convenience of users on Chrome on all platforms including mobile devices. On Chrome Devices and Chrome on Desktop, the bookmarks will appear in a folder on Chrome’s bookmark bar. The user cannot modify the contents of this folder, but can choose to hide it from the bookmark bar. On Chrome Mobile, this also appears as a folder within Bookmarks.

If you are an admin with access to the Admin Console, go to your Admin Console at, navigate to the Chrome Management section and search for “Managed Bookmarks” to see them.

chrome news  Chrome Admin Console Now Lets You Push or Manage Bookmarks Remotely

It is more like the set of bookmarks that you get pre-installed in computers managed by your company, if you such an experience. Now, we  need to wait and see if Google has something innovative planned for these too!

PS: Is this a side project of people who worked on the new Chrome bookmarks aka Google Stars?



SnagFilms, RiffTrax, and Baeblemusic add Chromecast Support #chromeweekender

This edition of #chromeweekender is rich with Chromebook, Chrome OS and Chromecast news. Let’s get started with the list!

chrome news  SnagFilms, RiffTrax, and Baeblemusic add Chromecast Support #chromeweekender

See you all next weekend!

Do You Use “Awesome Screenshot” Extension for Chrome? Read This Now!

According to the latest numbers on the Chrome Web Store, Awesome Screenshot has 1,300,282  users. That is huge. Very huge, and very tempting.

I am no security expert, so I will borrow words of Miguel Jacq, a Linux administrator who has an interesting story to tell, about this extension and a related bot, “niki-bot”. He started seeing this new bot trying to access some pages that a regular crawler may not get access to, pages that require authentication to access, or to know even know that they exist. Somehow, niki-bot seems to know about these URLs.

Unless someone tracks your browsing activity from the browser, and stores it somewhere etc.

chrome news  Do You Use Awesome Screenshot Extension for Chrome? Read This Now!


Bolstered by this corroborating story, I decided to look further into this AwesomeScreenshot extension. It wasn’t long before negative reviews on the Chrome app store led me to these two articles, which both seemed to confirm that the extension contains javascript which sends browsing activity in plaintext to an upstream service, which redirects or makes use of an API belonging to, which some say is part of a third service called SimilarWeb. 

The tracking and transmission of your browsing history is happening automatically, silently, with no proper explanation in the extension’s details on the Chrome App Store. The potentially sensitive URLs are sent over plaintext HTTP in easily base64-decryptable form, and through the use of some ‘niki-bot’ crawler (which is apparently so malicious its User-Agent requires obfuscation with no reference to SimilarWeb, Awesome Screenshot, or any other explanation for its use – nor does it bother to respect robots.txt), seems to intend to make further reconnaissance against these URLs at a later date. I see little difference between a client-side attack and this ‘service’, except that it can be argued that the end user willingly (but maybe unwittingly) entered into the agreement.

I think that’s enough information for you to review your extension and decide for yourself what  do. If you are looking for a mode detailed information and the complete story, read it here.