Enjoy Clutter-Free Reading On The Web With InstaRead [Chrome, Firefox]

For someone who regularly reads online, be it articles, blogs, news websites, or even Wikipedia, chances are slim that Instapaper would be an unfamiliar name. The remarkable service goes a great distance to make your online reading experience enjoyable and smooth, removing all the clutter (ads, buttons, sidebars et all) and giving a customizable text and image view that goes easy on the reader's eyes. Instapaper offers a bookmarklet to achieve said purpose with ease, but if you are a user of Chrome or Firefox, InstaRead is perhaps a more convenient option. It's a browser extension/add-on that is built around the Instapaper bookmarklet, and enables its reading mode with just a click, making online reading much easier than it would've been otherwise. Furthermore, you may also customize the background color, font size and other attributes to your liking. Read More

Marginize Is Like Foursquare For Websites; Lets You Check In At & Comment On Any Site [Chrome]

Marginize is an innovative Chrome extension that acts as a hub for people to discuss websites. It adds a sidebar to the browser wherein users can check in at sites, view what others are saying about them and add their own comments. The extension even collects and organizes social media content (Tweets, Facebook updates, Google Buzz comments etc.) about a website within the sidebar. Another interesting facet is that users are awarded badges for check-ins. For example, a user who checks in the most at any particular website becomes the curator for that page. Sound familiar? That's right. The concept is very similar to that of location-based social network Foursquare and its 'Mayor' badge/title, awarded to users with the most frequent check-ins at a certain place. Read More

PasswordBox: Secure Online Password Vault & Manager [Chrome]

Passwords are perhaps the sole protectors of your identity in a lot of cases, and even more so when it comes to online accounts. We all have different passwords for our personal email, work email, Twitter, Facebook, Google accounts and what not, as using the same password for all services is practically suicide. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords, so they don't get compromised. Managing old passwords and remembering new ones can be a real pain, particularly if you use a lot of different services. This is where PasswordBox can help. This slick Chrome extension simplifies your life by keeping a record of all your login details, all protected by one master password, so in case you forget a password, you can always retrieve it with merely a couple of clicks. It even provides you with the option to set your passwords to be shared to an address of your choice in case something happens to you,. The extension comes with multiple categories, each having an extensive list of popular services. Another thing; if you're interested in giving PasswordBox a try, you should hurry on past the break and to the download link as the password manager will be absolutely free for the first million users. Read More

Instrumente: Format Text, Generate Random Passwords, Test Regex & More [Chrome]

Google Chrome comes with a nice set of developer tools built in that make your life easier, especially if you use the browser for a lot of developmental testing and debugging. However, there are also a number of extensions out there that let you add more features to the browser. One such extension is Instrumente that lets you perform multiple tasks, which would normally require you to switch between several applications. This extension offers a collection of tools that users - developers, in particular - might need once in a while, such as text converter, random password generator, regular expression tester, Grid calculator and more. The purpose is to save your time, by letting you perform all these tasks without leaving the browser. Read More

A Quicker Way To Find The Best Flights, Hotels & Travel Packages In Chrome [Extension]

Travel Deals Advanced Search is an extension for Chrome that uses the Wego travel search engine to help you find the perfect flights, hotels, activities, guides or travel packages for your needs. Instead of searching multiple services and visiting a multitude of apps, this single 5-tab widget helps you find the perfect travel deals with just a couple of clicks, be it an airline ticket to Bangkok, or a hotel room for two in London. Not only does the app provide you with a comprehensive flight searching and filtering model for your trips, but also lets you discover entertaining activities. Moreover, the built-in price comparison and destination suggestions let you save a lot of time. Read More

OpinionCloud Creates A Word Cloud To Summarize YouTube & Flickr Comments [Chrome, Firefox]

Comments on popular services like Flickr and YouTube can be quite useful when you want to find out what the crowd thinks about a particular video or photo, but at the same time, too many comments can make things complicated, especially if they span multiple pages. OpinionCloud, a Chrome extension and Firefox Add-on, changes the way you read user comments on YouTube and Flickr. It does this by summarizing comments into a negative and positive word cloud of sorts, providing an overview of the overall public opinion. The bigger the word, the more common its occurrence is, and the colors denote positive or negative points of view. Moreover, clicking one of the words pulls up a list of related comments. All of this appears underneath the video, and you can easily toggle the keywords on and off by clicking the OpinionCloud button. With it, you can simply  and look at decent videos and photos that actually interest you. Read More

Control Google Music Playback From Chrome Toolbar

If you use Chrome and love listening to your favorite tracks on Google Music, then you should give GoogleMusic For Chrome a try. This nifty little extension adds a button to your toolbar that, when clicked, reveals controls for playing, pausing, and skipping to the next song within a pop-up. You can use these controls to conveniently control playback without having to constantly switch tabs. Moreover, it displays the track title and artist name at the bottom of the pop-up, and allows you to control playback through keyboard shortcuts, provided the pop-up is open. Read More

MyEmotions Adds A List Of Graphic Emoticons To Facebook Chat [Chrome]

Facebook chat has evolved over time. At first it was simple text chat with a few emoticons and now Facebook has integrated video and group chat. Although the chat feature has come a long way, many people still prefer to use the simple text chat. A while back, if you were using Facebook chat, chances were that you’d only discover the emoticons it supports if you typed in the smiley face symbol. With a little more investigation, you would likely discover that some of the most common emoticons are graphically supported. Facebook then introduced a small smiley button in the chat field that lets you see 21 common shortcuts. The thing is, it supports more than 21 emoticons.  If you love using emoticons to express your mood while you chat, then you will love MyEmotions for Chrome. This extension lets you quickly insert emoticons with a single click, enriching your chatting experience on Facebook. With it, you will no longer have to remember all those different emoticon codes, you can quickly view all the emoticons that Facebook supports, select one from the list, and it will be added to your chat field. Read More

Secure Bookmarks: Add A Password-Protected Bookmarks List To Chrome

Want to save your bookmarks in a private and secure way, so other people using the same computer cannot access them? It's quite possible to have content in your bookmarks that you would want to keep hidden from prying eyes. Secure Bookmarks is a Chrome extension that adds a password-protected bookmarks list to Chrome, so you can occasionally create bookmarks without having them displayed out in the open. The extension allows you to store such favorites in a separate list that is encrypted and saved on your hard drive. After installing the extension, you can save content with a click, and retrieve it later by entering your password within a tiny pop-up. Read More

Save A History Of YouTube Videos Viewed On Any Webpage [Chrome]

After watching several entertaining videos on YouTube, you might want to revisit a previously watched one. There are a couple of ways to do this; you can either search your browser history, or you can search YouTube’s own history, which requires that you're logged in. In the absence of the latter case, searching the browser history can be a difficult and time consuming task. Video History For YouTube makes life easier by keeping a track of your YouTube activity. Not only does it work on YouTube's own website, but also records embedded videos from other blogs/websites and saves them in a list for later viewing. Moreover, it notifies you when there are new items from your Subscribed channels. Also, the Popular Videos category lets you view videos by This Week, This Month and All Time options. Read More

Mysites: Get Windows 8 Metro Start Screen-Like New Tab Page On Chrome

MySites, a Chrome extension, adds a Windows 8 Metro-inspired new start page to your browser that is fully customizable, with the most visited websites, apps and bookmarks speed dials. This slick extension gives you a personalized, stylish and practical start page with large, colorful, attractive tiles, which you can click to instantly access your most frequented websites and bookmarks. Additionally, MySites lets you search the web directly from the start page. The tile sizes are directly related to the number of visits, so the design allows you to quickly get from the new tab page to your desired websites with minimal friction. Read More

Daily Links: Auto-Load A Defined Set Of Tabs On Specific Days [Chrome]

Most people have either a habit or the requirement of visiting a set number of webpages on a daily basis, be it news websites, social networks, or work related items. One option that you have is to use sessions in Chrome, while the other would be to manually reopen all those links every time you launch the browser. Daily Links is yet another solution. It is a Chrome extension that lets set a group of customizable links to open automatically on particular days, so that each morning, you're ready to do your routine reading without going through the same ritual on, say, weekends. The extension can be fully customized, and you may simply click the button in the toolbar to load your desired tabs every day. With it, you can keep track of news, blogs, or any website that you visit regularly. Moreover, the extension seamlessly integrates with your bookmarks folder, so you can import links directly from your bookmark collection. It also allows you to load tabs in a random order, or in an order that you’ve previously set, thus allowing you to surf the internet more effectively. Read More

PowerSwitch: An Alternative Way To Find & Switch Between Tabs In Chrome

When you’ve got lots of windows open with multiple tabs, finding a particular one can be a cumbersome task. PowerSwitch, a Chrome extension, makes things easier and lets you switch between multiple tabs via an on-screen list. It lets you you switch tabs instantly with a Ctrl+k keyboard shortcut, which displays a list of all your open tabs in a new window. You can then select a tab and hit enter to navigate to it. This eliminates the need to visually scan the tabs one by one in order to find the right one. PowerSwitch can be a handy utility for people who work with several tabs that often results in short tab sizes. Read More

Move Any Open Tab To A New Incognito Window [Chrome]

Every time you want to browse privately, mostly to browse YouTube or Facebook at work, you have to open an incognito window and manually move your browsing to it. Not only can you sometimes forget to switch the type of window you're browsing in, but moving your tabs to it can take time. Incognito This! is a Chrome extension that solves these problems by easily letting you switch from a normal window to an incognito one. The extension automatically moves any open Chrome tab to a new incognito window and vice-versa. Switching the active page to a private browsing mode and back to a regular tab is as simple as clicking the button in the toolbar. Moreover, the extension can be fully customized, and some additional functionality can be added to it that ensures you have a secure incognito experience. With it, inactive incognito windows are automatically closed after a certain amount of time and your desired websites will always be launched in an incognito mode. Read More

Quickly Delete Individual Or All Facebook Messages With One Click [Chrome]

When we click the cross icon to the right of a Facebook message, it simply hides the message and adds it to the archives category. These archived messages then reappear when the same user sends us a new message on Facebook. When Facebook introduced the chat history feature, many people might have been thrilled that they would no longer have to remember what they were talking about yesterday. The slight problem is with where Facebook decided to save the history to - in our messages! Now, deleting the simplest smiley face message means selecting and deleting it.  This leaves important messages mixed with smiley icons. This whole process can not only take forever, but can be a real pain particularly if you’ve got tons of messages in your Facebook inbox. This is where Facebook Fast Delete Message, a Chrome extension, comes to the rescue. The extension adds a direct delete button to message threads, next to the useless Archive button, and allows you to instantly delete messages, without having to deal with confirmation prompts. Additionally, you can delete multiple messages from different people at once by clicking the Delete All button. Read More

Citelighter Helps You With Research & Automatically Creates A Citation Page For Your Report [Web]

Extensively researching a topic is not an easy job, as you have to go through many articles, journals and websites. As if that were not enough, you are also required to cite references at the end, which can be a real pain. This is where Citelighter comes in handy. This is a fully automated bibliography, citation, research, and text highlighting tool that organizes content quickly and intuitively. Not only does it automate the whole process of gathering information, but also automatically generates a citation page for you. All you have to do is highlight text on a web page and click the Capture button in the toolbar or on the page to save it to your project. When you’ve collected all your information for a particular project, you can then view all your highlights on your personal account (signup is via Facebook), reorder them and add comments to create an outline. Read More

Control Music Playback For YouTube, Google Music, Rdio & Others From Chrome Toolbar

If you like listening to music from various popular services, such as YouTube, Google Music, Rdio, or Grooveshark, pausing or switching between songs can sometimes get difficult, specially when you’ve got a bunch of tabs open and are working on something else. Music Controller is an extension for Chrome that places a simple control panel on your toolbar that quickly allows you switch, pause/play songs or mute all background music at once, regardless of which tab the song is in. With it, you no longer have to be worried about whether you’re playing music in Pandora, Google Music, Grooveshark or any other service, as you may easily pause, skip or thumbs up for a song from the pop-up in your toolbar. The only requirement for the extension's working is that the music playing  tab should be in the same Chrome window. Read More

Quickly Bookmark Videos From Any Website To myVidster [Extension]

Video bookmarks is an extension that lets you save videos from any video host, website or blog to myVidster, a social video bookmarking service that lets you collect, share and search videos. The extension lets you save videos so you can watch them later, and also lets you explore video collections from other users. Moreover, the aforementioned service lets you organize your video collection by letting you tag them or by creating video channels. Since the extension works with a web service, you will have to sign up to it. After installing the extension, whenever you're watching a video that you would like to save, click the button in the toolbar, and it will instantly be added to myVidster, along with all the details. With Video Bookmarks, you will be able to access all your favorite videos from multiple services from a single website, and no longer worry about not being able to find it again. More after the break. Read More

Ginger: Arguably The Most Efficient Grammar & Spell Check Extension Available [Chrome]

Chrome as a browser wins mass appeal for its speed and cleaner interface. Most of the other features are like something extra. At the core of it, Chrome is preferred for its fast startup and being able to load pages faster. One of its somewhat less impressive features is the spell check, which relies on the open source Hunspell library and doesn’t always get all the words right. Additionally, it lacks a grammar check. Add to that the fact that when you use Chrome’s spell check via the right-click context menu, you have to go through a long list of non-spell check related options just to find the word suggestions. Ginger is a Chrome extension that adds a more reasonable spell check feature, less of a long menu to scroll through, and a reasonably good grammar check. Read More

Tab Grouper: Sort All Tabs Alphabetically And By Domain [Chrome]

Working with multiple tabs from the same domain can be quite confusing, specially when they all look the same. Won't it be nice if you could quickly locate your desired tabs without having to sift through all of them? Tab Grouper, a Chrome extension, solves this common problem by sorting and grouping tabs alphabetically. The extension has no buttons or options, and works automatically once installed. It arranges the tabs alphabetically, so you can quickly find the right one without wasting time. However, when you open a link, the new tab is moved from its default location to a new one, so you might want to wait a few seconds before you start browsing. Read More