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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.

chrome news  Managed Bookmarks on Chrome and Chromebooks a Video Demo

HP Updates Chromebook 14 with Nvidia Tegra K1 and Touchscreen

After dropping the ARM processor on the Chromebook 11 and updating it with a Bay Trail processor, HP has done the opposite thing on their Chromebook 14. The new version of Chromebook 14 announced yesterday comes with the new Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that we saw on the new Acer Chromebook.

The announcement came at a time everyone is going crazy about new Android phones and watches being announced throughout this week.

Unlike the Acer Chromebook, HP Chromebook 14 does not have an HD screen option. The screen is, yes 14 inches with the usual 1366×768 resolution (hence the name Chromebook 14, I guess).

The device is fan-less, thanks to the ARM chip inside. From the looks of it, the design also has been updated a little. It now looks like a hybrid of the HP design and the original Chromebook 11 design that they did with Google.

chromebook  HP Updates Chromebook 14 with Nvidia Tegra K1 and Touchscreen

The new Chromebook will be available in two body colours, Twinkle Black and  Snow White, with a choice of accent colors like Smoke Silver, Sorbet Orange, Ocean Turquoise and Neon Green. (Sounds similar?)

There are those usual Chromebook specs as well, the 16GB SSD, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and 2 Years of 100 GB Google Drive space etc.

The device comes with two RAM options, 2GB and 4GB. Battery life is estimated at 9.5 hours and the price starts at $299.99. A 3G model is also in the works.

For those who want a 14″ Chromebook, this is one of the few options available. The Nvidia chip sounds promising, but the initial reviews of the Acer Chromebook with the same chip has raised some questions about the performance. I would suggest you go through those reviews before making a decision on this one.

Hands On Video

The hands on video we have here demos a Chromebook 14 with touchscreen, full HD screen (not IPS)

PS: Again, I would love to see the original Chromebook 11 (that design!) with this K1 processor and a good price. Just saying.

Source: HP Product Page.

Hands on With the Toshiba Chromebook 2 #video

Here is a hands on video of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB30-B. An interesting detail that I missed in yesterday’s post, they have done something with the sound here, speakers from SkullCandy.

chromebook  Hands on With the Toshiba Chromebook 2 #video

Plus, the HD screen variant has two options, glossy or matte displays. Here’s the video, courtesy of Steve Paine:

A couple more weeks for this guy to show up on retailer websites.

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.

CSS Shapes Editor for Chrome is an Incredible Interactive Editor for CSS Shapes

Developer news, but you will surely enjoy the video that I have included here even if you are not a developer. Read on!

As the developer saysCSS Shapes are meant to be used in the browser context where it’s easy to see how they interact with other elements on the page in various configurations. With this tool, developer Razvan Caliman wants make this possible.

The extension adds a new sidebar to the DevTools Elements panel called “Shapes”. It offers controls to create and edit CSS Shapes values like polygon(), circle() and ellipse() on the selected element.

chrome extensions  CSS Shapes Editor for Chrome is an Incredible Interactive Editor for CSS Shapes

Here is a video demo:

Install this from here.

Toshiba Updates Their Chromebook with 1080p IPS Display and 4GB RAM for $330

Toshiba  has updated their Chromebook with 1080p IPS display and 4GB RAM for $330, calling it the Chromebook 2. That’s really an upgrade. Let me tell you that first.

Chromebooks have been doing good. We have seen newer OEMs, more designs, colors and even newer chips inside. However, there is one item in the spec list that has remained the same for most of the Chromebooks, the screen. We saw displays around the usual 1366×768  resolution, except for one two Chromebooks so far. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is taking a step towards a better screen, an IPS panel with full HD.

The screen resolution part of the spec list is less boring now, and that is why I called this a true “upgrade”. Plus, the design is more compact now  and the Chromebook weighs 2.95 pounds and is 0.76 inches thick.

chromebook  Toshiba Updates Their Chromebook with 1080p IPS Display and 4GB RAM for $330

Now, the details of the new Chromebooks. (Yes, there are two variants for Chromebook 2)

The lower priced model starts at $249.99, with a 1366×768  resolution screen and 2GB RAM. The $329.99. model is our guy, with the full HD IPS display and 4GB RAM.

Promised battery life is 11.5 hours on the standard model and around 9.5 on the full HD model.

Both models use the dual-core Intel N2840 processor, part of the Bay Trail family, bringing in better battery life, but with lesser processing power compared to the Haswell architecture.

Other attractions include the SD card slot that can take up to 1TB capacity cards and three colors to choose from (“Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose”).

Toshiba says they will have this on sale by October 5th. Will we see other manufacturers upgrading their Chromebooks with better designs and beautiful screens in that time? Which Chromebook would like to see getting a display upgrade?


Google Adds “Chrome OS” Mode to Chrome on Windows 7

We have already seen this “Chrome OS” mode on Windows 8, using the “Metro Mode”. Now, Windows 7 users also can taste Chrome OS on their PCs. This time, it is not called “Metro Mode”, but “Chrome OS mode”


You can enable this  by clicking on the Chrome top-level menu “Relaunch Chrome in Chrome OS mode”.

They did this on Windows 8 with the inbuilt metro mode feature, but on Windows 7, they had to get another workaround.  With no Metro Mode on Windows 7, Chrome actually runs maximized (or fullscreen if your taskbar automatically hides) so that users get a nice immersive experienceFrançois Beaufort explains.

Here is how it looks like:

chromebook  Google Adds Chrome OS Mode to Chrome on Windows 7

If you have Chrome Canary installed on your Windows 7 PC, you can go ahead and try this now.

I would really love to see someone testing this on Windows XP too. Even though they may not officially announce it for Windows XP, I have a feeling that it will work on Windows XP too. But again, that’s a guess, until I get a chance to test it or find someone who has done it.

Blipshot for Chrome Makes Full Page Screenshots with a Single Click

If you read one of recent posts and uninstalled the Awesome Screenshot extension, here is one alternative that you can try. This however does not offer all those features, but if you are into making full page screenshots (full, including the scroll) this extension is the right pick.

Official literature:

Blipshot is a one-click screenshot extension: just click on the icon and the page screenshot will be created: you can then drag’n’drop it wherever you want.
Why wasting time if you just want a screenshot? chrome extensions  Blipshot for Chrome Makes Full Page Screenshots with a Single Click

This extension is from Davide Casali of Automattic, the company I would LOVE to work for (they make WordPress among other cool stuff). So, I can safely recommend this one as Matt did.

chrome extensions  Blipshot for Chrome Makes Full Page Screenshots with a Single Click

So again, if you are into full page screenshots, install Blipshot from here.


Google Cast Extension for Chrome Beta Now Casts in 1080p

The Beta version of the Google Cast extension for Chrome has been updated with 1080p support. If you have a powerful computer and a good network connection, tab casting will look a lot better with this change.

From the official announcement:

The latest version of the beta extension (version 14.826.0.4) has an additional section on the options page that offers a higher level of control over tab casting.  These settings are really for those who want to experiment with what works best – if they seem confusing, you are perfectly safe in ignoring them!  The available settings are as follows:

chromecast  Google Cast Extension for Chrome Beta Now Casts in 1080p

Now, the resolution control:

Resolution – This controls the resolution of the video stream sent to Chromecast. Until now, the built-in settings (Standard, High, and Extreme) only enabled 854 x 480 and 1280 x 720 to be supported. If you’ve got a powerful computer, you can now push this up to 1920 x 1080. This can also work well if you use tab casting primarily when browsing the web, or for viewing photos, where detail is more important than smoothness. Note that while it’s always tempting to run at the highest settings, if your computer’s display is lower than 1920 x 1080, you’ll get little benefit from choosing this setting.

If you have never heard of the Google Cast extension: The Google Cast extension enables you to find and play content on your Chromecast device from your Chrome browser.

A note to those who are using the stable version of this extension, if you want to switch to the beta version, you must uninstall the stable version before installing the beta.

via Google Product Forums

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!

chrome news  The Week of 64 Bit #Chromeweekender