Many of us have tricked-out home pages, but if you don't want to spend a lot of time and energy on it, the Chrome extension Start can add functionality to your start tabs without much effort. Here's how to use it:Install Start here. Click the wrench icon in the upper right, then select Options, then click Extensions in the left sidebar, then click Options for Start.If you want an RSS feed or bundle on your new tabs, follow the directions to create one, then add the URL. Click Advanced to set … Read more
Pinterest has an attractive photo layout using panels, which makes browsing pinned links and photos a pleasure and highly addictive. Friendsheet is a new Web app that can display your photos in a similar layout.
1. To Pinterest-ize your Facebook photos, go to Friendsheet and click on the Login with Facebook button.
2. When prompted, click the blue Go To App button, then authorize the Facebook app.
3. After the app has been given permission, Friendsheet will display your photos in the new layout.
4. Clicking on photos enlarges them and allows you to Like the photo and … Read more
We're all Facebook pros. With the average user spending 8 hours per month on the insanely addictive social network, it's no surprise we're quick to pick up Facebook's incessant changes and updates.
In the mess of Facebook's perpetual construction zone, you might have missed some hidden, key features that make using the service that much easier. Most of these tricks were gathered over time, and have now become a part of my regular Facebook routine.
1. Sign in with your username (unique URL). Instead of typing out your entire e-mail address each time you sign … Read more
If you've dived deeply into Chrome extensions, you know how powerful they can be, and also how much they can eat up memory. Extension Automation reins them in by enabling them only for particular sites. Here's how to use it:Install Extension Automation here. On any page, click the gear-shaped Extension Automation icon to enable particular extensions for that site. Note that the first time you do this for any extension, you automatically disable it for other sites, so you may want to take care of your favorite sites all at once. You can also … Read more
Google, which has been largely criticized for fragmenting its offerings, is taking a step toward unifying its digital media services. Today, Google announced Google Play, a service that combines Google Music, Books, Movies, and Apps into one entertainment hub.
1. Here's the scoop. In a nutshell, Google Music, Google eBookstore, and the Android Market were combined to form Google Play. Not only will you purchase music, movies, books, and apps at play.google.com, but those items will also be stored in the cloud. You'll be able to do the same thing on your Android phone … Read more
It can be a challenge to keep that bookmark bar trim and handy, but Bookmark Bar Switcher gives you the power to create different sets of bookmarks for work or entertainment. Here's how to use it:Install Bookmark Bar Switcher here. Click the Bookmark Bar Switcher icon in the upper right to create one or more new bars. Click the icon again to manage which bookmarks appear in each bar. Your bookmark bars appear near the bottom of the left sidebar. Just drag and drop bookmarks into the proper bar. If you want a bookmark to … Read more
The "pull to refresh" feature that is now a staple of any great iOS app has found its way to your desktop via a Chrome and Safari extension. There is one caveat, however: you will need to be using OS X Lion in order for it to work.GitHub page. Download the ZIP file containing the Chrome and Safari extension. … Read more
If you or your friends use more than a couple of sites for storing photos, it can be hard to keep track of them all. To keep memories from slipping away, Pictarine lets you organize and view photos from all over the Web in one place. Here's how to use it:Go to Pictarine and set up a free account. Add your photo services. This is usually as easy as clicking on the name of the service and then clicking Allow, but you do sometimes need to enter your credentials. Once you've got … Read more
To begin, you will need to visit Google.com/settings.
You will want to back up your account data before you delete the account. To … Read more
Coverage of the policy change has been abundant during the last few weeks leading up to it, though Google has made no secret of its intentions--pop-ups alerting users to the transition can be seen on the home pages of all its services.
But despite the warnings, you might still be wondering how, exactly, the change will affect you. Is it really as scary as media are warning? Here'… Read more