How To Force Google Chrome For Mac To Open In Incognito Mode

Most Chrome users use the Incognito browsing mode every now and then, while others use it quite often. If you prefer incognito browsing over normal browsing sessions (we’re not judging) but are vexed with the fact that there is no one-click method to launch Chrome in Incognito by default, you can do so with a little script. This particular method is meant to work in OS X only, as Windows users can always directly launch Chrome in Incognito mode from its Jumplist (just as Mac users can do so from the Dock icon’s options). The script is meant to launch Chrome in Incognito mode with one click using a dedicated shortcut created in form of an AppleScript app. Read More

A Look At Chrome For iOS’ Fullscreen, PDF To Drive & Print Features

The iOS app of Google Chrome has gone through a few changes since its release last summer, but the app hasn't received any major updates yet. The previous update gained more popularity for the crashing issue it introduced in jailbroken devices, rather than the few new features it brought. The latest update, however, is a lot more significant. The app now has a full screen mode, lets you convert any webpage to a PDF, and enables you to print pages via AirPrint or Google Cloud Print right from within Chrome. This brings Chrome almost at par with Mobile Safari, as other than the ‘Reader’ mode, you can now do everything with Chrome that can be accomplished in Safari, and then some. Read More

Add Articles To Read-Later Services From Safari & Chrome On iOS With Readr

If you have ever tried to read a lengthy article (like Haroon’s extremely detailed analysis of Ubuntu Touch Preview) on your iPhone, you are sure to have realized the usefulness of Mobile Safari’s ‘Reader’ view. However, you have to wait for the Reader button to show up by itself, as there is no way of invoking the mode at will. Readr is a new Cydia tweak that adds the Reader option to the sharing menu of Safari. And if you aren't satisfied with Safari’s own Reading List, the tweak also lets you associate your Pocket, Instapaper or Readability account with the browser so that you can add any post to these services without requiring a third-party app. The fact that it works with Chrome for iOS as well makes Readr absolutely perfect at what it does. Read More

Get A Video-Focused YouTube Layout That Resizes The Player With Window Size

YouTube's new design overhaul looks pretty neat, but its left-alignment is going to overshadow most of its positive changes. If you want to fix the orientation of the design, try this user script to realign YouTube to the center. If you've given up trying to like it altogether, try Unique Youtube Skin. It’s a script that completely changes YouTube’s layout. The change only effects individual video pages and not the front page or channel pages. It replaces the player with a larger one that takes up the entire left side of the page and resizes itself when according to the size of the window. The comments appear on the right with suggested videos below them. The search bar is repositioned to the top right above the comments. Read More

Save Web Pages As PDF To Hard Disk Or Google Drive & Fax Them In Chrome

When Google introduced Google Cloud Print, it added a really great tool for sharing a printer and perhaps made a lot of lives easier in the process. The Chrome print dialog is well equipped with options, providing you with a preview of the document you want to print, allowing you to choose which pages to print, and letting you change the layout and margins of your document. If you never ventured to the Google print page because you don’t have a cloud printer set up, here are three other things you can do with it that might make you visit it more often. The print dialog allows you to not just print with a cloud printer but also a network printer and should your printer double as a fax machine, you can fax documents from Chrome’s print dialog as well. You can also save a web page as a PDF, and even connect Chrome with your Google Drive for saving web pages directly to it. Intrigued? This post details exactly how you can do each. Read More

Save Web Pages For Offline Reading In Chrome For iOS With WebOffline

A lot of people who are new to iOS are fooled into thinking that when Safari fully loads a page, it will remain available for reading even after you go offline and exit the app. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Every time any iPhone web browser is re-launched, it has to refresh already open pages, and if you are no longer online, this means that all the stuff you intended to read during your daily commute will have to wait. Many were hoping that Chrome would be able to address this issue, but looks like this annoying behavior is related to iOS’ lack of true multitasking. While for most users, there is no sure way of avoiding this inconvenience, if you have a jailbroken iPhone, there’s a tweak for that. WebOffline for Chrome is a new release that adds a convenient offline reading list to the Chrome browser. A tweak called WebOffline has been available for Safari for a while now, but Chrome has amassed so many fans since its release that WebOffline for Chrome was really needed. Read More

Get Rid Of Unwanted Toolbars From Chrome, Firefox & Internet Explorer

Recently, I have noticed that a large number of freeware applications are being bundled with toolbars and miscellaneous spam. Toolbars tend to allow the developers to make money out of something they are giving for free. Some toolbars, for instance, Google Toolbar (or StumbleUpon, for that matter) are quite handy. In fact, StumbleUpon is one of the best ways to come by some fresh and unseen internet content. But other toolbars that are usually installed with the software package without your consent, do nothing other than kicking down a browser’s performance. And to make matters worse, some even push useless extensions into the browser. Not to mention, I really dread it when my browser’s homepage is automatically altered without me even knowing. Read More

Better Late Than Never; Chrome 23 Adds Do Not Track Feature

The next version of Chrome, Chrome 23, was released to the Stable channel yesterday and it seems Chrome has finally caught up with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari, and implemented the Do Not Track feature. Do Not Track prevents websites from tracking your activity for feedback or other purposes. It stops analytics services and ad networks from collecting information on which website you’ve navigated to or how you landed on a particular page. This feature was first introduced in Internet Explorer 9 and since then, all other popular browsers have adopted this system. Before, it was down to services themselves or to browser extensions/add-ons to add this feature and it wasn’t 100% effective in any case. In addition to the Do Not Track feature, Chrome has also changed where you manage website permissions and moved it to the URL bar. Read More

Preview Links, Photos & YouTube Videos Within Selective Websites With SwiftPreview For Chrome

Have you ever opened a link from a list and later forgot which one you clicked? In such cases, you have no choice but to go through every link on the list one by one. SwiftPreview is an extension for Chrome that shows a preview of any picture or link in a customizable window when you hover the mouse pointer over it. You don’t need to open a link to see what it is about; you can use this extension to take a peek at its contents without leaving the current page. This can be particularly useful for twitter users, as it also supports shortened URLs. However, that's not all the extension has to offer. With SwiftPreview, you can disable previews for selective sites, pin previews to the browser window and play YouTube videos right within pinned previews. Needless to say, it is one of the best quick-preview extensions out there and a must-have extension for people who don't like to navigate back and forth between web pages. Read More

Bring Back The Old Filmstrip In Twitter’s Image Viewer With This Chrome Extension

Twitter changed its layout a while back and it was mostly well received with the text buttons replaced by icons and the bar on the moved to the left. These changes were the most obvious ones for anyone who regularly used Twitter’s web interface. For those who relied on a desktop or mobile app for most of their Tweeting, the changes were obviously of little consequence. There was still some criticism on the new design, but users eventually adjusted to the change. A few months back, another change to the Twitter interface removed the filmstrip-like view you would get when viewing images shared by a particular user. You can still use the left and right arrow keys to move to the next or previous image but the thumbnail previews are no longer available. Please bring back photo grid view! is a Chrome extension that restores the old view. Read More

15 Great Chrome Extensions For Reddit

Reddit may have started out as a simple website for sharing and discovering content, but it’s evolved into an entire community, and a very large one at that. Reddit is now spread over many subreddits and has played (and continues to play) an integral part in many online campaigns, often raising money for a charitable cause, while occasionally sending rappers to Alaska. The only thing is, as things get bigger, it gets harder to manage them. The website itself has built-in methods for managing the people/posts you follow, but there are still more ways to do it. This post lists 15 great Chrome extensions that will help you browser Reddit more easily and are equally effective if you actively participate in discussions, or are just a lurker. Read More

Stop Incoming Emails In Gmail & Set An Auto Response With InBox Pause [Chrome, Firefox]

Email is one of the fastest means of communication there is, and that’s probably why you get so many of them. For all purposes, firing off an email takes considerably less time than it would to perhaps talk to someone. Often, your inbox might get cluttered with single line messages asking for follow-ups, confirmations or just what you might be having for lunch. While email is an effective way to communicate, there is no mistaking the fact that it can get overwhelming. At some point, office email can go from being irrelevant and unimportant to distracting and counterproductive. InBox Pause is a browser extension/add-on, available for Chrome and Firefox, that aims to fix all that. It plays on the same concept as an ‘out of office’ message that you can set when you go on an extended vacation. The extension allows you to stop all incoming messages from reaching your Gmail inbox. Each time you receive a message, the sender is sent an automated reply, informing them that the message is not going to be read immediately. You can pause/unpause your email any time via the extension’s button that is integrated in Gmail interface. Read More

Manage Your Open Chrome Tabs In Tree View With Session History Support

Google has catered a really large user base with their Chrome web browser. Although unleashed rather late in comparison to other web browsers, such as Opera, Firefox or Safari, it quickly captured a considerable chunk of market share, even topping many people’s favorite web browser list. Being a Google Chrome user, if you have a habit of keeping tens, or maybe hundreds, of tabs open simultaneously, then you must also have an idea of how hard it is to manage those tabs, especially if you’re a notebook user. It becomes quite difficult to look for a particular tab due to space conservation. One extremely handy alternative solution you can try is Tabs Outliner. This lightweight Chrome extension aims to flourish your web experience, if you know how to make the best use of it. Tabs Outliner does have a steep learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it’s sure to make your life uber-easy. The extension is designed to provide a tree structure for all your opened tabs, letting you sort them in groups, add annotation notes, and also keep a history of past sessions. Read More

Chrome 21 Stable Release Brings Camera APIs And Retina Support

Chrome 21 was released for the stable channel a few days back, and there are three noteworthy additions to the otherwise uneventful launch of the new version. Specifically; Chrome 21 has Retina support for the new line of MacBooks, it allows HTML5 apps to use the getUserMedia JavaScript API and connect with your webcam, and finally, it adds support for the Gamepad API. For now, this is good news for developers. Users will be able to benefit from this in the long run when there is better support in the form of online games and web apps. The Retina support is what users will get to see first hand immediately, and while it isn’t a feature (so to speak), it nevertheless means something for Mac users. Read More

Get A Functional Download Manager In Chrome For iPhone & iPad

The intuitive interface, the real-time tab syncing and gesture controls in the Chrome app for iOS were enough to make it a worthy competitor for Mobile Safari, but thanks to all the amazing Cydia tweaks available for Chrome, Google’s web browser for iPhone and iPad has arguably become the best app of its genre for iOS. It does have its fair share of negatives, most prominent of which is its rather slow speed, but the features on offer in Chrome are so awesome that they have the potential to make anyone forget Safari. However, one thing that’s still far from perfect in Chrome is the ability to download files directly. Although a tweak named Chrome Download Enabler was released a few days back, it lacked any interface whatsoever, and was also really buggy. Thankfully, we now have a better alternative for downloading content via Chrome for iOS. Chrome Download Manager is a tweak that makes the whole process of initiating, managing and viewing downloads really smooth. With this tweak you will be able to download files belonging to almost all file formats, and then open (or save) those files via iFile or other similar apps. Read More

Send Links From Desktop Browsers To Chrome For iOS Without Jailbreak [Mac]

With the recent release of some of the most popular desktop web browsers for the Android and iOS platforms, users have been looking for ways to to efficiently manage browsing websites between desktops and mobile devices. We recently told you how you could send links from Safari in iOS to the Chrome app that was recently made available, and quickly became one of the top apps in the App Store. Web2Go is a free Mac app that works with a $0.99 iOS companion app and lets you send links you’re viewing on your Mac to your iOS device. The transition isn’t direct, i.e., the Web2Go iOS app acts as a mitigator and sends the link to the browser. The catch, or rather, the slight shortcoming, is that you cannot send links in bulk. The app only reads the current tab you are looking at, and sends it to your iDevice's Chrome app. Read More

Add A Refresh/Stop Button To The Address Bar In Chrome For iPhone

Everyone appears to be absolutely in love with the Chrome app for iOS. The first impression of the new iPhone web browser might be that it is perfect, and has got all the features anyone can possibly want. However, that is not the case. Although Chrome is better than Safari in quite a few areas, there are still things that could have been better in Google’s official browser app for iPhone and iPad. If you don’t believe that, and happen to think that nothing can be improved in Chrome, take a look at our post discussing some of the best Chrome-related Cydia tweaks available in the jailbreak store. The Cydia developer community isn’t satisfied with the Chrome app just yet, and the latest tweak released for the enhancement of the browser is named EasyRefresh for Chrome. If you have ever used the Chrome app on your iPhone, you are sure to have noticed that if you want to refresh any page, you have to go to the app’s options menu and tap the button from there. EasyRefresh solves this problem by adding a new refresh button to the address bar, just the way it works in Safari! Read More

BetterChrome Adds Social Sharing Options To Chrome For iPhone/iPad

Thanks to all the Chrome-related tweaks available in the Cydia store, Mobile Safari won’t be left with any distinguishing feature pretty soon. Until now, you can make Chrome your default iOS browser, add some awesome new features to it and also open any link in Google’s iPhone web browser using the nifty buttons added to Safari by a couple of tweaks (to learn more about all the best Cydia tweaks for iOS Chrome, head to our list post on the subject). Although there is already a nice collection of such tweaks in the Cydia store, BetterChrome is still one that can prove to be useful for a lot of people. This tweak adds a whole new menu to the Settings area of Chrome, and that new menu focuses on providing users with a few really handy sharing options. With BetterChrome, you will be able to share any page or link over Facebook, Twitter and Google+, right from within Chrome for iPhone and iPad! Read More

Open Any URL In Chrome For iPhone & iPad Through iOS Action Menu

Chrome for iPhone and iPad took the Apple fanboys with a storm, and the speed with which it reached the top free app slot on Apple’s mobile platform is a testament to the popularity of Google’s most-popular web browser. Then, it wasn’t just Chrome that made its way into iTunes App Store and then to millions of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads worldwide; a lot of Cydia tweaks and hacks for the mobile browser sprouted in the very week of its release. Just a few days back, we covered Jon Abrams JavaScript-based bookmark for opening any Mobile Safari link in Chrome, and then did a compilation of some of the most useful Cydia tweaks for Chrome on iPhone/iPad, catering to our jailbroken users, and featuring the likes of immensely-useful BrowserChooser and Chromizer. A new contender in town in this regard is Chrome for Action Menu. Courtesy of r_plus, the package essentially adds a ‘send to Chrome’ shortcut to iOS’ action menu, letting you view any link in Google’s browser rather than Apple’s own offering. Read More

5 Great Cydia Tweaks For Chrome [iOS]

Looks like Mobile Safari has finally met its match, and if you don’t believe that, just take a look at the number 1 app in the Free section of the iOS App Store. In less than a week, the intuitive Chrome web browser for iPhone and iPad has managed to become the favorite iOS app of many users. People seem to absolutely love the fact that they can now literally carry the tabs from their desktop browsers right on their iDevice. Apart from that, there is the familiarity factor, as Google has kept iOS Chrome’s interface pretty similar to the desktop version. Having said all that, Chrome is still not perfect. For one thing, there is no simple method of making the app your default browser, and the browser can certainly use a healthy update, too. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for Google to roll out the app’s update in order to make the browser more awesome, there are a few Cydia tweaks available in the jailbreak store that will let you make some really useful changes to Chrome for iOS. Read More