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WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful on Chrome

WikiWand is a Chrome extension that gives a face-lift to Wikipedia. Install the extension and visit Wikipedia, and you’ll see a modern and fluid user interface.

Here is the official list of extension features:

  • New clean layout for optimal readability
  • Great modern typography
  • Convenient fixed table-of-contents
  • Quick preview when hovering over links
  • Multi-language search with icons
  • Beautiful, immersive cover photos
  • Larger photos and better media gallery
  • Easy article narration and audio playback
  •  Dozens of other improvements

I can keep writing about how good it looks, but that won’t do any justice . So, here are some screenshots for you.

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Think you want this one? Get it here.


StayFocusd Helps You Increase Productivity By Reducing Your Time on Time-wasting Websites

StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.

I really need something like this. At least when I am blogging from home. (At work, most of these websites are blocked anyway). I sit down to blog, open a new tab, and then start browsing around: Facebook, Feedly, Facebook, Google Plus and Facebook again.

I eventually finish a post or two for Chrome Story, but I could very well use that wasted time to write my other blog, G This G That.

If you have the same problem, this extension can help you to some extend.

chrome extensions  StayFocusd Helps You Increase Productivity By Reducing Your Time on Time wasting Websites

It is highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc).

You should totally check out this one. Download from here.

GraphiTabs Lets You Manage Chrome Tabs in Style!

Want something to manage your Chrome tabs in style? GraphiTabs is here to help you! It searches, groups and suspends tabs in a tree view.

GraphiTabs helps to see the current browser state with a simple graphically structured tree. This tree is truly live – every branch & item within it can be changed in realtime mode. 

We have seen many other Chrome extensions trying to do this, but the difference here is the style. Plus, I see the possibility of these guys updating this extension often adding feature. They are additional settings and bookmark management options promised as “coming soon”

chrome extensions  GraphiTabs Lets You Manage Chrome Tabs in Style!

There are some handy instructions and hints dropped wherever required, which shows the care they have taken to make this as user friendly as possible. You get keyboard shortcuts too!

chrome extensions  GraphiTabs Lets You Manage Chrome Tabs in Style!

You can right click any tab on the tree view to close, suspend or open. You can click and drag the entire tree to zoom in and manage your tabs.

If you are someone who keep a LOT of tabs open while using Chrome, this is an extension that you might want to install and keep For others, I recommend you install, play with it and uninstall it, because it is worth checking out!

Download it from here.

via Lifehacker.

Unofficial Android Debug Bridge Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS

A Chrome/ Chrome OS news with developer touch, so as usual, I will stay away from writing too much and messing it up chromebook  Unofficial Android Debug Bridge Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS

Developer Koushik Dutta has released a new Chrome app  bringing Android Debug Bridge (adb) to Chrome and Chrome OS. Now, for those non-dev readers, here is some official literature on ADB:

Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with an emulator instance or connected Android-powered device.

  • A client, which runs on your development machine. You can invoke a client from a shell by issuing an adb command. Other Android tools such as the ADT plugin and DDMS also create adb clients.
  • A server, which runs as a background process on your development machine. The server manages communication between the client and the adb daemon running on an emulator or device.
  • A daemon, which runs as a background process on each emulator or device instance.

You can read more about it here.

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The Chrome ADB project is just getting started, and there is very little that you can do for now. Support is currently limited to Nexus 5. However, if you have been following this developer, you will know the speed at which he moves with his projects, so do not worry about the current limitations!

Since Windows users already have a way to get ADB on their computers, it is Chromebook owners who will be eager to try this app. So, here goes the download link.

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!

Woot Now Has Dell Chromebook 11 for $249.99, Grab One Now!

Due to huge demand, Dell had to stop selling Chromebook 11 to general consumers. However, they have got things under control now, and is even offering huge discounts!

Dell Chromebook 11 with 2GB RAM/16GB SSD is now up for the best deal yet on Woot. The $390.00  Chromebook is now up for $249.99, down by 36%. No, this is not a refurbed machine, but a brand new Chromebook that we are talking about!

You can buy the Chromebook from here.

Key Features

  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor; provides powerful processing capabilities for problem-free computing
  • USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  • 11.6″ HD LED-backlit display; delivers outstanding visual quality
  • 2GB DDR3L memory – For multitasking power
  • SATA 16GB Solid State Drive dramatically improves the responsiveness of your system
  • Intel HD Graphics; enhances graphics performance great for movies and games
  • Wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the built-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connection
  • Chrome OS and Chrome browser get you online in an instant and loads web pages in seconds

chromebook  Woot Now Has Dell Chromebook 11 for $249.99, Grab One Now!


Google, Here is One More Chromecast Root Exploit for You to Fix

A group of hardware hackers (fail0verflowTeam Eureka and GTVHacker) have  discovered a vulnerability in the latest Chromecast software, and developed a way to exploit it and give you root access. 

The team’s calling it “HubCap,” and it works on both newly updated and brand new, fresh-out-the-box Chromecasts. Once you have root access, you can modify the Chromecast as you wish, and even turn off the auto update. 

Here is a video demo of the hack, using an extra piece of hardware, a USB development board called Teensy:

chromecast  Google, Here is One More Chromecast Root Exploit for You to Fix

Complete instructions here on XDA.

Use “Read Mode” for a Pleasant Reading Experience On Chrome

Between my Feedly account, Flipboard, and other websites that I regularly visit, I read a lot online these days. There are short articles and news items that I scan through, and longform articles that I save to my Pocket account to read later. ( Then there is books on Amazon and Google Play).

Read Mode is a good extension to have for all these.

Read Mode puts Google Chrome into read mode for a pleasant reading experience.

Just click on the glasses icon in the address bar, the current page will turn into a nice-to-read black on white page allowing you to read without forcing your eyes. Ads and Flash animations are also removed while on read-mode. Click the icon again and everything will go back to normal.

chrome extensions  Use Read Mode for a Pleasant Reading Experience On Chrome chrome extensions  Use Read Mode for a Pleasant Reading Experience On Chrome

There are many other popular extensions of course, this is nothing new, but I kind of liked the default presentation of this extension. It actually takes a lot of effort to stay simple!

Download it from here.

Google Chromecast’s Price Drops to £18 in the UK #deal

If you are living in the UK, or have access to buy things from there, this is going to be one of the sweetest deals that you will see for sometime. Chromecast is now available for £18, after almost 40% discount.

Currys is currently offering it for £20 in-store, while TescoAmazon and Currys have it for sale priced at £18 on their respective websites.

If you are in the UK, and have plans of buying Chromecast, this is the best time to buy. I need to find someone to buy a Chromecast for me and hold it for a while chromecast  Google Chromecasts Price Drops to £18 in the UK #deal

chromecast  Google Chromecasts Price Drops to £18 in the UK #deal

via The Next Web.

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.

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