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Google Tone – Share URL's Via Audio To Computers Within Earshot

The latest experimental utility from Google Research's kitty is Google Tone. The Chrome extension enables users to broadcast and share URLs over audio signals. Google Tone uses your computer's microphone and speakers to exchange URLs with nearby computers connected to the Internet. Any computer, phone or Hangout conversation within earshot that also has the Google Tone extension installed and turned ON can receive a Google Tone notification making sharing url's effortless.

How Google Tone Works?

Tone works on a mechanism that is very much similar to human voice. This Google extension is very aptly named Tone as it has many attributes matching the human voice. For instance, it cannot pass through walls like radio frequencies or require an address or pairing to reach to the receiver. The click of a button produces a chirruping sound from your computer speakers, and this is what sends the URL to other devices that are in the sound hearing range. The chirruping sound is both a dual tone audio (DTMF) and ultra-sonic signal. This has been specially engineered to work reliably even at low volumes in short distances for many different types of audio environment.

Google Tone

Data Saver By Google For Faster Web-browsing On Desktop

Google Chrome web-browser on mobile-platforms features the option to reduce bandwidth costs and enable faster web-browsing utilizing the "Google Data Compression Proxy". The same had been made available to Google Chrome Desktop users via an unofficial Data Compression Proxy extension as shared earlier, now the feature is officially made available by Google as new Data Saver web-browser extension.

Once Data Saver extension is activated on Google Chrome, the web-browser will use Google servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them. Taking user's privacy into consideration, the service will bypass the compression proxy for SSL and incognito web-pages.

Data Saver By Google

Trick To Enable Data Compression Proxy For Faster Browsing And Bandwidth Saving In Google Chrome For Desktop

Similar to Opera Turbo technology, Google Chrome features an "data compression proxy" for Android and Apple iOS mobile-devices which when enabled opens a connection between the user phone and optimization servers running in Google's datacenters relaying all non-encrypted HTTP requests over this connection. The SSL secured proxy connection performs intelligent compression and minification of HTML, JavaScript and CSS resources which are not essential to render the page. These optimizations, combined with gzip compression for all resources, DNS lookups from proxy and images converted to WebP with resulting sizes upto 80% smaller provides huge bandwidth savings and resulting in faster web-browsing experience.

This feature is not available for Google Chrome Desktop users, however a free Chrome extension now allows users to get the same savings on their desktop computers. The extension sends all HTTP (but not HTTPS) traffic through Chrome Data Compression Proxy server, which utilizes SPDY protocol to speed up web browsing. Users can check bandwidth savings by visiting chrome://net-internals/#bandwidth and can disable compression-proxy by clicking the green bolt icon from the toolbar.

Data Compression Proxy By Google

Go Away Cameron : Chrome Extension Allows Users To Bypass ISP Level Porn Filters

United Kingdom internet service providers recently started enforcing censorship on adult websites in the country, and within days a simple to use install and forget solution allows users to bypass this censorship for FREE. The smart Google Chrome extension automatically uses a proxy service to reroute the traffic when the asked for website returns an error message from ISP saying the website is blocked in UK. This approach is simple and smart as it does not require the extension to maintain or check a list of blocked websites, the proxy automatically kicks in when an blocked message is encountered.

Go away Cameron

OneTab - The Better Tab Manager To Save Computing Resources With Google Chrome

OneTabNo matter how fast and efficient your web-browser is, it can start to crawl if multiple tabs are opened. We recently reviewed The Great Suspender - a free extension for Google Chrome browser allowing users to suspend tabs saving computing resources when not in use. Well, we now have an even better option.

OneTab - the free, web-browser extension for Google Chrome allows users to save upto 95% of computer memory by converting opened tabs into a single tab, listing all individual tabs. Unlike The Great Suspender this solution not only offers a much efficient system resources saving, but also provides additional screen real state in the tab-bar.


OneTab also allows you to easily import and export tabs as a list of URLs. The option to make a web page allows sharing of tab-list with other users, computers, and devices like smartphones and tablets.

The extension also offers full drag-n-drop functionality to organize your tab list. You can also hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key while restoring tabs, and they will remain in your OneTab list (meaning you can use OneTab as a way of quickly launching a set of commonly used tabs).

The Great Suspender - Suspend Google Chrome Tabs To Dramatically Save Computing Resources

High memory usage is something most modern tabbed browser are plagued with, we have shared the excellent FireMin add-on for Firefox to tame the situation, and here is an equivalent for Google Chrome.

Working on the same concept as BarTab for Firefox; The Great Suspender for Google Chrome makes unused tabs inactive saving computing resources. The addon dramatically reduced the memory usage to 1.5x. Tab suspension not only saves memory, but also aids in a snappier browsing experience as inactive tabs do not consume other computing resources.

Google Chrome Memory Usage

OneClick from BitTorrent allows users to download torrents in web-browser as normal files without a torrent client

While using torrents to download all kinds of digital files is very popular, many not so techy users find it difficult to use. And for these users exist torrent-to-http services like zBigZ.

BitTorrent Inc. the company behind ongoing development of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol, has came up with an browser based torrent integration technology allowing developers to use the power of web-browsers and torrents to deliver easy-to-use file downloading and streaming services. To demonstrate the technology the company has released OneClick browser extension for Google Chrome which allows users to download torrents as regular files without requiring a torrent management client. The user simply clicks a torrent link and the file starts downloading as any other http download inside web-browser.


How to automatically rotate Bing, Picasa or flickr featured images as Google's background

Bing's background images are simply stunning, but if you prefer Google as your search companion but would still like to use the bing wallpaper here is a neat solution for you. Free extension for Google Chrome browser - "Bing wallpaper for Google homepage" lets users automatically rotate the current bing wallpaper as Google background, apart from Bing images the extension also supports Picasa featured images, as well as RSS feeds from picasa - this is not all it also allows users to download the image as wallpaper for use on desktop.

Bing wallpaper downloaded

Now Download Youtube Videos In MP3, FLV, 3GP, MP4 And HD Qualities From Google Chrome

Easy Youtube Video Download LogoPopular free Youtube video downloader plugin for Firefox "Easy Youtube Video Downloader" is now available on Google Chrome platform, the free extension allows Google Chrome Web-browser user's to download Youtube videos in MP3, MP4, FLV, 3GP, 720p HD and 1080p Full-HD video qualities with a single-click at fastest download speeds directly from Youtube servers.

Easy Youtube Video Downloader For Google Chrome

Sadly, because of copyright issues official Google Chrome Extension Gallery denied accepting the extension but the addon is now available for download at website where you can find all Google Chrome Extensions not available at the official source.

First Google Chrome Extension GreaseMetal To Offer GreaseMonkey Functionality On Chrome Platform

After Google Chrome Themes the first ever Chrome extension is now available, Named GreaseMetal the free extension offers functionality similar to highly popular GreaseMonkey extension for Firefox and GreaseKit for Safari, the free extension lets you use existing GreaseMonkey scripts to modify webpages being displayed, this also means Google Chrome will now be able to block advertisements using ad-blocking scripts.

Google Chrome Page With Advertisements
Advertisements Blocked Using GreaseMetal Filter Scipt

Since, Google Chrome does not provide any method to develop or support browser addons, Greasemetal has found the way around by using an inter-process communication channel called AutomationProxy, which is used for automatic testing of web browser functions, After installation, and launching Greasemetal will start hooking Google Chrome to insert userscripts achieving the desired behavior.

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