1st
MAR

5 reasons we use Google Chrome at UoB

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under chrome

chrome-os-2odl-8001. Speed

Chrome is designed to be the fastest web browser. With one click it loads web pages, multiple tabs, and applications with lightning speed. Chrome is fitted with V8, a faster and more powerful JavaScript engine. Chrome also loads web pages faster by using the WebKit open source rendering engine. The Omnibox increases speed and efficiency by allowing you to type both searches and web addresses in the address bar.

2. Simplicity

Chrome is a clean and simple browser. The omnibox and multi tabbed browsing make navigating the web a breeze. When you close chrome, it will remember the tabs you had open to you can pick up right where you left off. Chrome also comes equipped with a built-in PDF viewer, eliminating the need to install and software. You can even print, resize, and save PDF’s.

3. Security/Privacy

Chrome keeps you safe and sound with its built-in malware and phishing protection. It has safe browsing technology and will show you a warning message before you visit a site that is suspicious. Chrome also automatically updates to make sure you have the latest and more up to date version.

Chrome also let’s you keep control of your private information while you browse online. Browse using Incognito mode if you don’t want your website visits or downloads recorded. It also doesn’t keep any cookies. You also can control your privacy preferences by selecting Settings and then show advanced settings. From there, adjust your privacy section and clear your browsing data.

4. Customization

Customize Google Chrome to make it your own. Use the Chrome Webstore to add apps, extensions and themes. Apps and extensions give you the latest in productivity, games, education, etc. Themes allow you to bring your browser to life with color and graphics. You can even create your own themes.

5. Signing In 
If you are sharing a computer with other people, you can add multiple users to keep your bookmarks, apps, and extensions separate. Anything you update on one device will instantly update everywhere. Once you sign in, you decide what you want to sync.

 

(this blog was originally written by our friends at Ditoweb: http://blog.ditoweb.com/2014/02/top-5-reasons-you-should-use-google.html)

31st
JAN

Fun Friday Blog – Chrome + LEGO: You can build whatever you like

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under chrome, interesting feature

chrome-os-2odl-800Think back: you’ve just dumped a bin of LEGO® bricks onto the floor with a satisfying crash, and you have the whole day ahead of you to build whatever you want. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks.

Well, we think the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins—which is the idea behindBuild with Chrome, a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group that brought these colorful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now we’re opening it up to everybody. So now you can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.

 

We’ve added a few new features to make it easier to build and explore this digital world of LEGO creations. To start, you can now sign in with a Google+ account to help find stuff that people in your circles have created. A new categorization system for completed Builds will help you sort and filter for specific types of structures.

To hone your engineering skills and prepare for the upcoming “THE LEGO® MOVIE™ ,” you can explore the Build Academy, a series of short tutorials and challenges featuring characters and structures from the film.

If it feels more natural to use your hands—rather than a mouse—you can build your creations using a touchscreen on your phone or tablet with Chrome for Android support for WebGL on devices with high-end graphics capabilities.

As big fans of LEGO, we’re excited to see what you come up with to fill this new world.

16th
JAN

new Chrome features

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under chrome, interesting feature, new feature

chrome-os-2odl-800Hopefully by now many of you are familiar with the icon to the left. You’ll recognise it as the icon for Google Chrome, the web-browser that we’ve chosen to recommend in the University for accessing Google Apps as it simply works best with them.

It’s a constantly evolving product and because of the way it updates itself, you should always have the latest version. Google have released some useful features into Chrome this week and you can find them detailed below.

 

 

  • You can now track down noisy tabs: You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV.

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  • Safe Browsing’s malware warning has gotten stronger: If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to keep you safe.

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(And for those who also use Chrome at home….)

  • Try out supervised users for your family members: You can now use a beta preview of supervised users to help family members who may need some guidance browsing the web. Once you create a supervised user, you can visit chrome.com/manage to review their browsing activity and determine site restrictions.

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21st
DEC

A new breed of Chrome Apps, now available for Mac too.

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under chrome, interesting feature, new feature

A few months ago Google announced Chrome Apps which bring the best of productivity, games and more to your desktop. Starting today, you can access these apps on any computer with Chrome, including Mac. Check them out in the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you’re signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. Your Chrome Apps on Mac behave and feel just like native software. For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications folder on the Dock. Search for apps by name in the Spotlight search—just like any other Mac program that you already use.
To make it even faster to find and launch your favourite Chrome Apps, Google are also releasing the Chrome App Launcher for Mac. Just download a new Chrome App and you’ll see the Chrome App Launcher in your Dock.

We know many of you will be spending time with friends and family this holiday season, so here are a few Chrome Apps to check out:

WeVideo Next makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere. You choose the editing mode that suits your level of experience and then trim, adjust, apply themes and publish. And it works offline, so you can get a head start polishing up your family videos on your flight home.

Smartsheet is a project management and collaboration app you can use at work and at home.  Try the dinner planner and holiday card tracker templates to stay organized.

Until AM is a full-fledged DJ setup in a lightweight app. Use the music from the cloud while online or keep the party going with your locally stored songs even when you’re on an unstable internet connection. It’s perfect for hosting that big New Year’s party.

There are many more great Chrome Apps available in the Chrome Web Store. We hope you enjoy them.