Newer versions of Chrome spruce up the New Tab page by adding some shortcuts to your most-visited Web sites or Chrome apps. A previous extension I wrote about, New Tab Page adds the weather, some headlines, and links to Chrome apps. Onefeed does all of this, plus a custom newsfeed and social media updates from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also attach your Dropbox account, if you really want to.
Translate Safari Extension for Mac adds Google Translate to a context menu within Safari, allowing for on-the-fly Web site translations without ever having to navigate away from the site.
The extension adds a button next to the address bar; but poking around in the Preferences panel, we found it possible to add translation to a right-click context menu. We also set it so that translated pages appear in new tabs, rather than replacing the page in the current tab, and selected English as our default language. We directed our browser over to a page in French, right-clicked on "Translate … Read more
As a browser plug-in, Yahoo Axis Extension for Safari for Mac extends the reach of its mobile browsing app for iOS. The app lets you search in real time while displaying previews of the results, sync Web pages you visit or bookmark in your browser on different devices, and keep track of the pages you visited while on the go.
While Yahoo Axis Extension for Safari for Mac installs easily -- just download and launch the file, which adds the extension -- getting started took some figuring out. There is no user guidance provided with the extension, nor was there … Read more
Searching through your browser history for that one article you read that one time is a painful, often fruitless exercise. With Chrome extension cottonTracks, your browser history is organized by subject, making it easier to drill down to a particular article you read in the past.
After installing, cottonTracks places a small "C" button to the right of Chrome's URL bar and immediately gets to analyzing your browsing history. You do not need to create an account or log-in, and the developers state that the extension is 100-percent private -- everything stays on your machine.
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People hate ads, but not as much as they hate spending money. That's why the Web and most other media are financed primarily by ads.
Along come browser extensions that block some or all ads, and Web sites lose the revenue they rely on to survive.
People like me who explain how to use ad-blocking software become pariahs in the eyes of site owners and others who make their living on the Web (including yours truly, which would appear to make me a pariah in my own eyes).
The fact is, many Web ads are a genuine nuisance. As … Read more
Not all multitasking need be productive. If you like to watch YouTube clips while you are otherwise engaged in productive pursuits online, then you have likely juggled two windows, each resized just right so that you can conduct your business in one window while in the other your YouTube clip plays. If you don't mind clips playing in a very small video player, give Firefox add-on Side Watch a try. It lets you play YouTube clips in Firefox's sidebar so that you can keep a casual eye on a video without sacrificing much screen real estate.
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HoverZoom Safari Extension for Mac lets you easily zoom in on photos and profile pictures on your favorite social networks by simply hovering over them. If you are tired of constantly clicking on thumbnails and find the process for enlarging photos on social networks cumbersome, then you'll appreciate this extension.
The application operates as a Safari extension and installs well into the browser. After reloading any open Web pages, HoverZoom Safari Extension for Mac starts to work in the background on its own. The overall preferences menu contains several options. These include changing how the extension zooms in, whether … Read more
I love both of my kids, but I don't enjoy it when they are both attempting to converse with me at the same time. Similarly, I love listening to Pandora when I'm at my desk, but I don't enjoy it when it is playing a song when I try to watch a YouTube clip. With the Be Quiet add-on for Firefox, you can prevent two audio streams from bombarding you simultaneously.
After installing Be Quiet and restarting Firefox, the extension will work in the background. If you are listening to Pandora in one tab and start watching … Read more
It's easy to get caught up in a personally curated YouTube video marathon. From a "G.I. Joe" PSA to sad cat diaries, there's no shortage of funny things to watch. Here's a collection of Chrome extensions that can do things like automatically crank up the quality of YouTube videos, or even pause them when you switch tabs.
AutoHD for YouTube YouTube has a setting that will choose the best quality for your connection and player size. The HD option can be forced to turn on for full screen, but doesn't apply to all … Read more
If you are tired of drag-and-drop file manipulation in the Windows' GUI, then FAR Manager, with its command line and DOS-like interface for file creation and editing is for you. The program downloads easily and is free to use.
As a text-based application, FAR Manager allows the user to manipulate files by renaming them, moving them from directory to directory, and opening them in another window. You can also delete files, create new files, or edit certain files by clicking on them. Most users won't find the interface intuitive, but that is to be expected. If you are used … Read more