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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.

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

YouTube Now Lets You Queue Videos to Your Chromecast

Google has updated YouYube to let you all add videos to a casting Queue. Next time you have a video playing on the Chromecast connected TV, and there are a bunch of browser tabs open with videos that you want to send to Chromecast after you finish watching the current one, look for + TV Queue. This creates a queue of videos on your Chromecast.

Here is the official YouTube announcement from Google Plus:

Are you casting from to your TV and lost in a sea of browser tabs? Good news, matey. Now you can keep playing a video as you browse and queue the next ones to play – all in one tab.

 Cast Playlists

chromecast  YouTube Now Lets You Queue Videos to Your Chromecast

In a post reporting this news, The Next Web says that YouTube i adding Chromecast support to Playlists as well. This is an awesome news (I couldn’t find this mentioned in the official announcement though). I will update this post if I get some kind of confirmation on this.

Toshiba CB30-007 is a New 13″ Bay Trail Chromebook

The CB30-007  comes with a  lower-power, but fan-less Celeron N2830 Bay Trail chip.  And yes, better battery life, moving from  9.5 hours of the Haswell model to 10.5 hours.

This new Chromebook appeared on the Toshiba Australia website but has no price on the listing yet.

Apart from the Bay Trail processor, Toshiba Chromebook CB30-007 features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel matte display, 2GB of RAM (Not upgradable), and 16GB of storage. There’s a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The New Chromebooks looks similar to the rest of Toshiba Chromebooks. Here is a picture.

chromebook  Toshiba CB30 007 is a New 13 Bay Trail Chromebook

We will have to wait and see if this eventually makes it to US and European markets, and what the price will be if  it does.

via OMG Chrome.


Acer C720 Chromebook is Back on Amazon with a Discount, $179.00 for Haswell + 2GB

This is as cheap as a Haswell Chromebook can get. The Acer C720 , which was missing from Amazon for a while, is back in stock, with a discount. The Chromebook is back with $20.99 (10%) discount from its original price of $199, dropping it to $179.00 with free shipping.

chromebook  Acer C720 Chromebook is Back on Amazon with a Discount, $179.00 for Haswell + 2GB

You get a decent Chromebook with the Haswell processor of 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM and the standard 16GB SSD for storage.

Here is  recap of the specs:

  • Screen Size 11.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
  • Max Screen Resolution 720 pixels
  • Processor 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron
  • Memory Speed 1333.00
  • Hard Drive 16 GB flash_memory_solid_state
  • Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
  • Chipset Brand Intel
  • Graphics Card Ram Size 128 MB
  • Wireless Type 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
  • Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
  • Average Battery Life (in hours) 8.5 hours

If you have been reluctant to buy Chromebooks, this is one reason to give them a try. You can buy this Chromebook from here. (affiliate link)

via Brent Sullivan