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Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

Theme time after a long time!. Google Chrome themes are back here on Chrome Story. Here are the top 10 Google Chrome themes I picked for 2013. This however is just my personal picks from the most popular themes on the Web Store. If you know of any themes that should be in this, drop me a comment!

Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

Click the image for downloading and installing the theme. All the themes are linked to their Web Store pages. I do not recommend installing Chrome themes (or extensions) outside the Web Store.

Marc Ecko

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Porsche

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Kate Spade

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Night Time In New York City

themes  Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

Caroline Gardner

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The smurfs movie

themes  Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

 

Adventure Time – Finn, Jake and BMO

themes  Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

 

Retro Robots Theme

themes  Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

 

LukasHudec

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ThemeDespicable Me Minions Partying

themes  Top 10 Google Chrome Themes of 2013

Google Chrome’s Navigation Error Pages Gets Redesigned

I did some design changes on Chrome Story the other day. And today, we have some news on the new coat of pain on Google Chrome’s navigation error pages. We are talking about error pages that you get when you type a wrong address in the sidebar or try to navigate to a website that does not exist, and the like.

The newly designed pages look a more “to the point” and easily and pleasingly communicates the message. If you have been watching the new design trend in the entire Google ecosystem, you will find this familiar. The new pages are better from a usability stand point too.

Assuming that you guys have an idea of how the old pages looked like, here is couple of screenshots with new designs. If you guys want a side-by-side comparison of previous look, take a look at this Google Operating System article.

chrome news  Google Chromes Navigation Error Pages Gets Redesigned

chrome news  Google Chromes Navigation Error Pages Gets Redesigned

I really like where this is going!

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail

I am installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail”. It feels good to finally put a tick mark on a long-pending item on the to-do list!

It has been a while since I tried Ubuntu. My main computer is the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook, and I occasionally use my PC with Windows 8.1. I am currently looking at some desktop solutions to get a permanent Ubuntu installation for some future projects that I have in my mind (no, not a blog about Ubuntu). But for now, I have access to Ubuntu 13.04 to install and try out Google Chrome.

chrome news  Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Before we start, let me tell you one thing. I love the Ubuntu system fonts!

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail

You just have to open up google.com/chrome  and Google will give you a Linux specific page. Download Google Chrome  For Linux (Debian/Ubuntu/Fedora/openSUSE) it says.

From there, you will be taken to the download page where you will need to select one of the packages:

  •  32 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)
  • 64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)
  • 32 bit .rpm (For Fedora/openSUSE)
  • 64 bit .rpm (For Fedora/openSUSE)

Pick Debian/Ubuntu installer, with the bit version of your choice and click Accept and Install. From there, it is the usual Ubuntu installation process that Ubuntu users are familiar with. The installer will open in the Ubuntu Software Center app. Click Install.

When you launch Chrome for the first time, it will ask your permission to be the default browser on your computer. You will also be presented with a login page, encouraging you to use Chomesync.

Setting up Chrome on Ubuntu 13.04 is easy. If you choose to sign in using Chromesync, you will get all your stuff synced – bookmarks, extensions, themes, passwords, history and more!

Enjoy your Ubuntu 13.04 life! I am sure I will join you all pretty soon!

 

Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

Google Chrome on Windows 8.1? Well, I tried it out this week and things look, hmm, say, normal? I am actually writing this post from my Windows 8.1 PC at the moment (on my PC after a long time, thanks to my 5 550 Chromebook).

Google Chrome on Windows 8.1 looks and feels the same way as Chrome on Windows 8. You get the same metro mode and the same tile, window docking etc.

I have  been using Chrome on Windows 8.1 for couple of days now and things are looking all good here. However, I see couple of bug reports on the Google support forum, at least from the touch screen users.

I updated Windows 8 to the Windows 8.1 Preview last night. I’m using a high-resolution Samsung SMS27A850 display (2560×1440). I noticed immediately that Chrome looks sort of blurry/fuzzy. It looked crisp in the previous version of Windows.” one comment says.

windows 8  Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

Another report on Softpedia says the touch is not accurate on Chrome running on Windows 8.1. “Each touch registers about 1.5″ up-left from where I actually touch the screen. This is consistent after a restart of Chrome and a reboot of the Surface. I calibrated touch through the Control Panel and the issue persists. The pen is not affected… I can use it to touch an exact location on the screen,” says Softpedia, quoting a user bug report.

I will try to use Windows 8.1 more in coming days and bring you more updates. Stay tuned for more!

Sexy is History – Meet “History Timeline Extension” for Google Chrome

Sexy is history. Or your history is now sexy. “Chrome History Timeline is an extension that makes a visual timeline of your browser history using OpenGraph data and traditional meta-data. Like History, but with pictures. This is a prototype from Po.ta.to in collaboration with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney.”

But, does that mean my history will be uploaded to the cloud to render those sexy stuff? The extension developers says no. The have actually tried to push this message really hard, on the extension description, and on the history page while you use it.

“All the information is stored inside Chrome itself using a feature called Chrome Local Storage. So it isn’t stored online, no one else can access the data, and it doesn’t sync between devices or machines. We could do that, we didn’t.”

The privacy concern was one thing that stopped them from syncing history from your signed in devices. Otherwise, the team says, they would have brought in your browsing history from any device that you are logged in to, and show it in this new layout.

The Design

chrome extensions  Sexy is History   Meet History Timeline Extension for Google Chrome

The extension redesigns your browsing history in to something like a infographic, with some Pinterest style tiles. Each website is a tile, with number of pages you visited from the website showing along with it. Once you click the tile, it opens all those links, again in the Pinterest style tiles.

You have a big X icon next to the tile that lets you delete the entry (this is for all entries from this website, and not for individual links inside the website)

On the bottom-left corner, there is a “Refine” section that lets you type in a date or pick one using the calender. To come back to latest history, click “Right Now”

You can search and also clear history. Search results also appear in the same tiled format.

Please note that clearing history on this extension does not clear your actual history, and in the same way, if you clear history on the chrome history page, it won’t clear history here. History Timeline keeps a separate history in your browser using chrome local storage. Here is their explanation from the help page.

Yes. So, if you do do that it is worth pointing out that “clearing history” only works for the extension, not your actual history. And,of course, vice versa. Have you tried incognito mode?

You can always click “Full listing” to go to your original history view, that long list.

Sounds like something you’ll need? Get it here.

Motorola Connect Extension for Google Chrome – Moto X

Motorola X Android phone is just hours away and the Motorola Connect extension for Google Chrome is already live. The official description gives us some insights about what this will do:

Motorola Connect allows you to see text messages and calls coming into your Connect enabled phone on your computer’s Chrome browser. You can read and respond to texts using your keyboard and even know who’s calling before deciding if you should reach for your phone.

Motorola Connect is currently supported on Moto X, DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX and DROID MINI.

Screenshots of this extension shows receiving and sending phone messages through this extension. It also shows desktop notifications (using Chrome’s rich notifications feature) of voicemail, missed call alert and text messages. The best part is, all those screenshots are from a Chromebook!

chrome extensions  Motorola Connect Extension for Google Chrome   Moto X

We will have the complete picture and list of features along with the launch event later today. But if you have already decided to buy a Moto X, get the extension here.

 

Chromecast is More Android Than Chrome OS

Remember the title of my post Google Announces “Chromecast” – Runs Chrome OS? We were all under the impression that it runs Chrome OS. The Verge says Google also introduced Chroemcast to them as a device that runs Chrome OS. But the latest news from gtvhacker.com says the device is more of Android than Chrome OS.

“We had a lot of internal discussion on this, and have concluded that it’s more Android than Chrome OS,” “To be specific, it’s actually a modified Google TV release, but with all of the Bionic / Dalvik stripped out and replaced with a single binary for Chromecast.”

The official blogpost or product description on Google.com does not say anything specific about the operating system of the device. The navigation menu on the bottom of the page has the same links as Google’s official Chrome page.

chromecast  Chromecast is More Android Than Chrome OS

What we really need now is a Google Plus post from a developer from Google telling us what the real deal is.

My guess? Google Chrome browser running on bare-minimum Android.

 

You Can Now Copy Paste Between Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides – Only on Chrome

If you are a heavy Google Drive user, you are going to love this. You can now copy paste between Google Docs, Sheets and Slides without loosing formatting. You can even take tables from a spreadsheet and paste it into a Gmail message -But only if you are using Google Chrome. Here is the official the description:

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides let you copy and paste text and images between all of your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations — even if you’re going from one type of file to another. And if you copy an image from a desktop application on your computer, you can paste it right into your document, spreadsheet, or presentation. You can use keyboard shortcuts, the right-click menu, or the web clipboard menu to copy and paste in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

chrome news  You Can Now Copy Paste Between Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides   Only on Chrome

This works on Google Chrome. And of course our Chromebooks. If you are on a different browser, you might need the Web Clipper. But I think it will work on Chromium based browsers like the new Opera and Yandex.

Try it out!

Via Google Drive on G+

Google Chrome for iOS 7 – Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

This is a visual walk through of Google Chrome on iOS 7. I am using an iPad mini for this, but the steps and screens should be same for other iPads, and even iPhones and iPod touch.

Google Chrome for iOS 7  - How to Install

Short answer is, pretty much same as any other app on iOS 7. You find the app from the App Store, and touch the new install icon to install it. Take a look!

First, finding the Chrome app in the App Store. Search works best.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS 7   Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

Touch FREE and the icon will change to the install icon (the cloud with a down arrow). Or, open up the app to view details.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS 7   Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

Since Apple considers Chrome as “age restricted material” you will see this message.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS 7   Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

Touch the OK  to start download. You will see the progress button showing up

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS 7   Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

The Chrome icon will now appear on your menu and will continue download. You are free to re-arrange the position at this point. Touch and hold to do this.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS 7   Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

The first screen when you start using Chrome is sign in. You can skip this if you do not want to use the Chromesync feature. Once you sign in, your Chromesync will start downloading your bookmarks, open tabs, history and other items you have choose to sync.

chrome news  Google Chrome for iOS 7   Installation and Set Up With Screenshots

Note: If you have set up a passphrase for security, you will be asked for that here.

From here, it is the same Chrome that you have experienced in iOS 6. I am still digging for more iOS 7 specific information on Chrome. So stay tuned for more updates and iOS posts!

 

How to install Opera Extensions in Google Chrome

I thought Chrome Web Store has all the extensions that you’ll need. But here is a tip, just in case, telling you how to install opera extensions on Google Chrome.

This is possible because Opera 15 and the latest Google Chrome versions share the same core. The process is not straight forward since both browsers use different file extensions for their extensions. Opera is working on a “Download Chrome Extensions” add-on for Opera which has not been released publicly yet. Until then, here is the workaround.

The trick is to download the opera extension (a .nex file) and upload it using Chrome’s extension developer tool available at chrome://extensions. Now, to the steps:

  1. Open the add-ons store in Opera 15. (You must use Opera 15 otherwise you will be redirected to the old addons store)
  2. Find the extension that you wish to add to Chrome. Right click the add to Opera button and choose Save linked content as…
  3. Save the .nex file
  4. Open chrome://extensions page and drag and drop the .next file here to install

Done!!

chrome news  How to install Opera Extensions in Google Chrome

Now tell me, is there any super cool Opera addon that is not available on Chrome Web Store yet?

via Ghacks

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