Chrome Experiements

Just in case you thought JavaScript wasn’t powerful then check out the Chrome Experiments site. You don’t need to use Chrome to view them but they’ll run better and quicker than most other browsers. 

These experiments were created by designers and programmers from around the world. Their work is making the web faster, more fun, and more open – the same spirit in which we built Google Chrome. – source Chrome Experiments

You can play Tetris, look at some physics experiments and even make your browser talk. Go and check it out

Think you’re a hotshot JavaScript programmer – got a cool experiment or fun game? Why not submit it to them and you could find yourself being showcased on their site too.

Google Chrome officially out of beta!

I guess I need to eat my words. Only yesterday I told you about Google Chrome being ready to come out of Beta, but I wasn’t sure as to when it would happen (since GMail’s been in Beta for over 4 years).

Well time for me to have a helping of my own words – Google Chrome is officially out of Beta. My previous version was 0.4.154.29 and the new official version is 1.0.154.36.

We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met but our work is far from done. We are working to add some common browser features such as form autofill and RSS support in the near future. We are also developing an extensions platform along with support for Mac and Linux.

100 days for a beta – not bad, good going Google. [via Lifehacker]

Google Chrome coming out of beta (soon)

google-chromeEarly on in September I told you about Google Chrome being launched and subsequent to that I gave you my first impressions regarding Google’s browser. Today I read on TechCrunch that Google Chrome, after nearly 3 months, will be coming out of beta. As to the exact date that this will happen still remains a myster – according to Google VP, Marissa Mayer.

Incedentally, today was the first time that my copy of Chrome has crashed (while viewing Google Reader as an application).  Coincidence? Did they build in a use-by-date in their beta? I’ve not looked at the source, so I’m not sure. 

As far as betas go when it comes to Google, I’m not holding my breath, since Gmail has been in beta since it’s public release back in 2004.

Extensions for Chrome (also coming soon)

I was just about to publish this post when I spotted another Chrome article on Gadget Advisor about the future of extensions for the Chrome browser, like there is for Mozilla’s Firefox. 

One of Google’s developers made the announcement that Google is looking into integrating third-party browser plugins for Chrome. They also released a design document that provided an outline for what needed to be done in order to add plugin support. 

Let me Google that for you

google-logoHow many times has someone approached you and asked you about something? Anything, something about cooking, something about some new technology? Yeah, a number of times, I’m sure. Well with the way technology has gone and the power of the internet (do you remember what a library is, let alone what the inside looks like?) finding something out is relatively simple, you Google it!

Now for those people that keep annoying you with questions, without spending 15 seconds doing it themselves, you can now use a handy service called “Let me Google that for you” and send them the link that shows them just how simple it actually is when you try and do it yourself!

Just try it out here for yourself to see how easy it is. [via Steve]

LIFE photography archive available through Google

Google now hosts over 10 million historic Time-Life photos from as far back as the 1750’s to present day. A nifty trick to use Google Image search to only search for those photos is to add source:life in your search query. [via Lifehacker]

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Is Apple building a Search Engine?

apple-logoIt seems these day’s everyone wants a piece of the pie with competition hotting up on the mobile market (competing touch-screen brands) and Google having recently entered the browser market. And it seems Apple is no different – with Google competing with them in the mobile market with Android it sounds like they’re possibly planning their own search engine. Seems Apple might want to take Microsoft on on more than just OS.

Do you go iPhone or do you go G1 Android?

Google’s phone the G1 running it’s Android OS has been released recently and it’s hailed to be the iPhone successor/killer – but upon further investigation and actual use of the phone it would appear you might be better off holding of for a G2 or the G1 v2.0 instead.

To find out why, read Erick Schonfeld’s post on TechCrunch where he explains his experience with the G1 in comparison to the iPhone and you’ll quickly see that, even though the G1 has some nice features and those missing on the iPhone, there are still things that need a little work before it really does become the competitor or successor of the iPhone.

Do you send emails while intoxicated?

If so, then Google has the answer for you – Mail Goggles. A new feature released from Google Labs (if enabled) will ask you a few simple mathematical questions (which supposedly seem difficult when intoxicated) before sending the email – to save you from the embarrasment later. No, you don’t need to check your calendar, it’s not April 1st.

Go to Settings in Gmail and click on the Labs tab – then scroll down and you’ll find Mail Goggles:

Simply enable it and each time before you send an email through Gmail it will ask you some mathematical questions which need to answer correctly in a limited time before the email will actually be sent:

Although, I think those that are adament about sending that email while intoxicated will either grab a calculator or find the settings tab again to disable it.

Google Timeline

To celebrate Google’s 10th birthday they’ve put up a timeline page for you to view the last 10 years of Google’s history, see how they started it all, where the name(s) came from and where they are today.

Simply visit the 10th Birthday page and click on the View Timeline button to begin your journey.