Recently, we wrote about DashClock Widget
- the brainchild of leading Google team member Roman Nurik - and the widget has already proved to be one of the most impressive and widely acknowledged Android app releases of the year. DashClock Widget basically looks to exploit true potential of Android lockscreen widgets
announced in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
by presenting users with a plethora of information and notifications pertaining to various apps on the very same screen, which would otherwise mostly be accessed only by unlocking the device and navigating to the relevant apps. The widget’s own dedicated extensions aside, it’s the extensible nature of DashClock Widget that has done it a world of good. Almost every other day, a brand new third-party extension for the widget hits the Play Store, introducing us to yet another one of the countless possibilities offered by this simple little widget. Dashclock Custom Extension
by Dominik Gross is one of the most interesting extensions we've seen for the widget so far. It lets you add a few customizable extensions to the widget that you can personalize according to your needs, complete with various user-defined actions.
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.
By default, Windows has extensions set to hidden for known file types, and that prevents users from changing them directly. There are many occasions on which you might need to change the extension of a file. In what follows, we will show you how to unhide file extensions for all file types. Read More
, a Chrome extension, lets you view and read social news in a unique and interesting way. The extension makes use of your browsing history to detect and retrieve websites that can be added to the News Factory list. In addition to that, it automatically retrieves and updates Google Reader feeds. You can add new websites by entering a search term or URL in the search field, and then clicking Add
once you've found the website. The News Factory button also displays the number of new posts right in your toolbar, and real-time desktop notifications are displayed after specific time intervals.
Browsing over a secure network is something you want to make more a habit out of than an option. Websites, by default, open pages over the HTTP protocol and not over HTTPS even if it is available. Among different ways to open a website over the HTTPS protocol, extensions are one. The HTTPS Everywhere
Firefox extension reviewed in August was one such extension that ensured some of the top 1000 sites opened over a secure network. Open Secure
is yet another Firefox extension that opens links over HTTPS. As opposed to the HTTPS Everywhere extension, this extension allows you to open any link securely, provided the page exists.
Google Goggles made image search on the go simple, all you need is your Android or iPhone, the free app and you’re all good to go. The app also makes it easier to translate text by uploading an image; extremely useful in case you’re visiting another country and having difficulty reading signs or directions. Ever wonder what happens to all those images? If you’ve enabled Search History
in Google Goggles, then they are saved as you take pictures and use them to search. My Search History from Google Goggles
is a Chrome extension that lets you see different pictures you’ve taken and the search results that turned all from within the Chrome browser.
Are you an Internet Explorer fan while secretly being a closet Chrome or Firefox user or is it the other way around? You love a browser that isn’t Internet Explorer but there are times when you wish a certain feature from the Windows’ default browser would be added to your favorite one? One feature that would rock if added to other browsers would be how all open tabs in Internet Explorer 9 can be previewed using the Windows Aero Peek feature. If you preview either Chrome or Firefox, you only see the active tab for each window and that makes it hard to find the tab you’re looking for. theTabs is a Chrome extension that allows you to preview all open tabs in any window in a new tab. While it doesn’t add anything like the tab previews that Internet Explorer has, it makes it easier to find tabs in a window. Read More
Facebook has just rolled out some major design changes and all of Facebook’s population will be split in to three groups; the ones who are complaining about how God awful the new look is and threatening to stop using the site, the ones who have just joined the social networking site and really don’t know why everyone is complaining about this awesome design and those select few who know from experience that complaining isn’t the way to get rid of a Facebook feature you hate, a browser extension is. Unannoying Facebook
is a Chrome extension that removes two of the new features that some might find annoying; the news ticker and the top bar that now sticks to the top when you scroll down.
Do you frequently enable and disable your bookmarks bar (Ctrl+Shift+B) in Chrome? That is something that might signify you have a love-hate thing for the bookmarks bar. Chrome (like other browsers) allows you to save bookmarks to folders and keep only the very important ones on the bar itself but that’s not to say the bookmarks bar doesn’t seem unappealing and space hogging since you just use it to get to your links. Quick Links
is a Chrome extension that allows you to access 11 of your most frequently visited sites from a single button. The extension opens a compact panel that you can use to access the sites and to access Chrome pages.
If you frequently take pictures on the go and share them on Facebook, it’s likely that you’ve got a huge collection of pictures in either the Mobile uploads
or Wall Photos
. While Facebook conveniently allows you to move images from one album to another, you have to select the destination album for all image individually. MoveThemAll
is Chrome extension that automatically selects the same destination album for all photos and make it easier to migrate all images from one album to another.
If you frequently find you have to enter the same text, on different sites, on a regular basis in text fields then you must obviously know how annoying it can get be to type the same words over and over. Your clipboard can provide you a shortcut in this regard; you can save the text in a TXT file and copy & paste it from there but it remains a redundant process. Insert Text
is a Chrome extension that makes it easy for you to enter text like your email address or home address in any part of a text field by saving it to the extension and entering it from the right-click context menu.
You know that most, if not all, site store cookies. What you might not know is that you can manage every single one of them any way you like. The reason you don’t is because it isn’t the easiest thing to do and no one can really be bothered with checking out which cookies each site saves. Cookie Monster
is a Firefox extension that lets you micro manage cookies all from the add-on bar. It lets you control site wide and domain wide cookies, allow them temporarily for the current session and see at a glance which site is storing cookies and which cookies each site is storing.
If you’re a Firefox user or you, like many other people use two browsers (the other being Chrome), then it is highly likely that you’ve needed to migrate your browsing session from one browser to another. To do that, you have to copy every one of the links you have open in Firefox in to Chrome. It’s not a big deal if you’ve just got three or four tabs open but what if you’ve got 20? It might seem more like you’re evacuating a city, you can alternatively use Open In Chrome
, a Firefox extension that lets you open all tabs from Firefox in Chrome. You can export tabs from one window at a time. Why is this better than all the other similar extensions out there? Because it works.
When working on a laptop, a tablet or with a really old mouse that does not have a scroll wheel/ middle-click button, opening a link in a new tab means going through the right-click context menu. Not only is it inconvenient but it gets annoying after awhile especially if you have a fully functional mouse on your desktop but a not so functional touch pad on your laptop. NewTab is a Chrome extension that resolves one functionality that comes with the absence of a middle-click mouse button; it gives you the option to open a link in a new tab when you mouse over it. Read More
It is highly unlikely that you individually choose to allow or deny every site you visit to save cookies. What’s probable is that you let all websites save cookies knowing they will be discarded when you close your browser. What happens is your browser remembers which sites you allowed to save cookies and references your choice in future. This means a site you’ve permitted to save cookies once will always be allowed to save cookies, unless you do something about it. Cookie Controller is a Firefox extension that lets you see at a glance whether or not, the site you’re visiting is allowed to save cookies, if the cookies will be discarded when you close your browser or if the site has been restricted from saving cookies. You can toggle permissions on & off for any site by clicking the extension’s buttons in the add-on bar. Read More
Dropbox lets you share files with either a single person or an entire group. You can allow anyone to modify a file in a shared folder, thus making it easier to collaborate on a document. What isn’t as easy is comparing different versions of the same file. DropboxDiff
is a Chrome extension that simplifies it. It connects with your desktop file comparison tool and lets you open any two versions of a text file for comparison without having to download both versions individually and open them manually from the comparison tool.
Not every person needs to take a screenshot but for those that do, finding a good software to take it is important. The decision to use one software over the other can be based on the quality of the screenshot it takes, the ease of use and what features it has. Screenshoter
is a Firefox extension that lets you take screenshots of complete web pages or a custom defined area of the web page. The extension saves the screenshots in either PNG or JPEG format. The extension is easy to use and the quality is fairly good.
Tracking a website for updates isn’t hard, it might prove a bit tricky should the site lack an RSS feed but it is nevertheless possible. NotiPage
, reviewed just yesterday, is one way of monitoring individual pages that lack RSS Feeds but if your needs take you further down to monitoring individual elements, AlertBox
is the answer. AlertBox is a Firefox extension that lets you pick individual elements on any web page and monitor them for changes. Changes can be anything from ratings, number of comments or number of posts in a particular category.
Google Calendar is one the most frequently used web apps for keeping track of daily appointments and events but the interface does break away from what you’re used with normal wall or tabletop calendars i.e. weekends are usually coded in Red as are other important days. G-calize
is a Chrome extension that not only lets you set a font and background color for weekends, but for weekdays in general. The extension lets you specify a font and background color for the Today, Sunday, Saturday and Ordinary (weekday) cells.
If you frequently shop on Amazon from any place outside the US, it is likely that on occasion you went through the entire checkout process only to discover that the particular item you were going to buy can’t be shipped to your country. For whatever reason, some items can’t be shipped to where you live but it is nevertheless frustrating to find that out after you’ve gone through the entire checkout process. Does Amazon Ship to...?
is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that lets you check if shipping on an item is available for your country on the product page. This saves you from going through checkout for no reason. In case of multiple sellers, the extension tells you which ones ship to your country and which don’t so you can buy from the right one.