Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013
It was a big year for
A little over a year ago, Google officially changed the name of its Docs app to Drive and gave users cloud storage to compete with Dropbox. While so far the search giant has yet to dethrone the incumbent, the service does have one distinct advantage over the competition: a wide array of extensions and apps that integrate directly into the service.
The Chrome app store has seen a lot of improvements lately, but a lot of the apps that work inside Google Chrome still go under the radar. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorites you might not have seen yet.
Ever wish you could find out whether someone actually opened that email you sent, or whether they just ignored and trashed it? A service called Bananatag can tell you-but if you find that a little creepy, we've got the lowdown on how to protect yourself too.
Custom search engines are one of the coolest features of any modern browser. With just a few keystrokes, you can search Wikipedia right from your address bar, do a custom Google search for Lifehacker articles, or even get driving directions to a specific location. Here are five searches you should enable right now.
Chrome's new tab page doesn't have much going on for it by default. A few commonly visited sites, shortcuts to your apps, and that's about it. You don't have to be stuck with it though, there are a lot of great Chrome apps and extensions that make each new tab page much more useful. Let's take a look at a few of them.
Gmail is one of the best email clients out there, but even though it's packed with features out of the box, it's still not perfect. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite browser extensions and plugins for taking complete control over Gmail.
Chrome: Many of you probably search for coupons on sites like RetailMeNot when you shop online, but free extension Honey takes it to the next level: With one click, it will search for coupon codes for you, and automatically apply any that work to your checkout cart.
Last week, Google unveiled the Chromecast: a $35 HDMI stick that can stream content directly to your TV. It sold out nearly immediately due to the low price, but can it replace other streaming devices like the Roku or Apple TV?
We've talked about how amazing custom browser searches can be, but reader mdegat01 took it to the next level and submitted five even more advanced searches that make your life easier. Here's how they work.
Chrome/Windows/Chrome OS: Google today rolled out a new category of Chrome Apps, a.k.a. Chrome Packaged Apps, that run on the desktop and feel more like native apps than ones tied to the browser. Among these new apps are popular ones, such as Google Keep, Any.DO, and Pocket.
We all know that feeling: You've found an interesting article online, only to discover it wants you to click through 10 pages of a slideshow just to read the darn thing. Here are a few tricks to banishing multi-page articles forever.
Adblock Plus has updated with a new set of features to hide a bunch of Facebook's biggest annoyances, including cleaning up your news feed and sidebar.
Windows: Google has finished putting its final touches on the Chrome App Launcher, previously available as a developer preview. Now you can instantly launch your favorite webapps (Gmail, Google Drive, and Chrome apps) from your desktop, even if your browser isn't open.
Chrome: If you use Chrome, you probably haven't touched an actual search box in a while, instead using the Omnibox. With Chrome 29, you can try a new search interface that gets rid of it altogether.
Google's inched ever closer to the dream of Star Trek -style computing with its new Conversational Search, unveiled today at Google I/O. You start a search by saying "Okay, Google...," speak your query, whether it's "when does my flight leave" or trivia like "what's the population of my town." Google responds, both by voice and with text results.
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There you have it! 2013 was a big year for Chrome apps, extensions, utilities, and of course, the expansion of the Chrome brand into other products. Still, we covered more extensions and tricks than we could possibly mention here. As Google Chrome expands, we'll likely see a lot more users adopting it, and it's still our favorite on both Mac and Windows. Only time will tell whether or not Google will be able to balance the demands of users against the need to keep its browser safe, structured, and secure.