Instatabs: llevando a las pestañas de Chrome las publicaciones de Instagram | Bitelia.com


 

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Instragram es una red social que ha calado especialmente bien entre los usuarios de dispositivos móviles puesto que, precisamente, es una red social enfocada hacia lo móvil en la que los usuarios suben imágenes que han tomado son su smartphone y que, sobre la marcha, retocan aplicando alguno de los filtros disponibles. Gracias al API disponible podemos acceder a los contenidos de Instagram desde extensiones de navegador, desde servicios web como Webstagram o desde los recientemente habilitados perfiles, independizánonos un poco de las aplicaciones móviles y abriendo múltiples canales de acceso al servicio y, por tanto, haciendo algo más sencillo interactuar con otros usuarios.

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Los usuarios de navegadores como Chrome o Firefox tienen múltiples opciones de personalización gracias a las extensiones disponibles y, claro está, los temas y las aplicaciones que podemos encontrar para Google Chrome. Para muchos usuarios, encontrarse las páginas que más visitan cuando abren una nueva pestaña en Chrome es algo que encuentran muy práctico (al igual que encontrar el panel de aplicaciones Chrome instaladas) pero, para otros usuarios, es una funcionalidad que pueden suplir con su barra de marcadores y favoritos. Para los usuarios que se encuentren en este último caso y que, además, tengan mucho interés en Instagram, el sinfín ecosistema de extensiones y aplicaciones de Chrome puede tener algo que de su interés:Instatabs

¿Y qué es Instatabs? Esta extensión permite a los usuarios de Chrome evitar ver las páginas webs más visitadas y las aplicaciones instaladas cuando abren una nueva pestaña (así como dejar de ver la imagen principal del tema que tengan instalado). ¿Y por qué se sustituye entonces la pestaña nueva? Pues como nos podríamos imaginar, lo que veremos serán las fotos publicadas en Instagram; concretamenteveremos por defecto las últimas imágenes publicadas por los perfiles que seguimos en esta red social y, además, podremos hacer likes o visitar la página de la imagen para añadir comentarios.

La idea, en el fondo, es similar a Currently, es decir, personalizar lo que vemos al abrir una nueva pestaña aunque la principal diferencia es que, en este caso, perdemos por completo la referencia a las aplicaciones instaladas o a las páginas que más visitamos.

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Cómo gestionar y liberar la memoria de Google Chrome


 

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Desde su aparición hace unos pocos años, Google Chrome ha ido evolucionando hasta convertirse en el navegador más usado a día de hoy. Y es normal, porque Google ha sido uno de los impulsores de la web que hoy conocemos, y ha sabido superar a Mozilla Firefox, que les sigue muy de cerca.

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Sin embargo, no todo han sido buenas noticias y mejoras. Los añadidos y nuevas funcionalidades tienen un precio, y el Chrome de hoy no es el mismo en materia de rendimiento en el sistema. Si bien sigue siendo seguramente la opción más recomendable, muchos usuarios hemos visto que dicho rendimiento se ha resentido, y dependiendo del equipo donde se ejecute, puede funcionar bastante peor que sus primeras versiones.

Por eso hoy que querido dar algunos consejos para mejorar el rendimiento, gestionar y liberar la memoria.

Ventanas y pestañas

El primer consejo es sencillo. ¿Has notado que Chrome se ralentiza cuando tienes muchas pestañas abiertas? Es lógico. Actualmente el navegador cuenta con funcionalidades que deshabilitan los plug-ins en caso de carga masiva, pero esto hará que se cierren páginas que seguramente estáis utilizando como Gmail, o dejen de emitir notificaciones.

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El consejo por tanto es mantener sólo las pestañas que necesitemos abiertas, evitando que éstas produzcan problemas debido a páginas que hace horas -o días- que no consultamos. Mi recomendación es que fijéis las pestañas habituales para tener identificadas las imprescindibles, y si trabajáis mucho tiempo con Chrome reviséis de vez en cuando el resto de pestañas abiertas: puede que no las necesitéis. Lo mismo se aplica a ventanas secundarias o incluso de incógnito.

Gestión de extensiones y aplicaciones

Los complementos del navegador añaden funcionalidades y en muchas ocasiones opciones que acaban siendo imprescindibles. Gestores de notas, herramientas de bookmarking, o plug-ins para captura y modificación de imágenes son habituales, pero cuando instalamos demasiadas pueden afectar al rendimiento del navegador y por tanto del sistema.

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Una buena recomendación es la de revisar de vez en cuando la lista de extensiones y aplicaciones de las que disponemos y hacer una limpia: seguramente no necesitemos muchas de ellas.

Las extensiones pueden suponer un alto porcentaje de carga en un navegador que puede dejar de responder correctamente, y por mucho que nos ayuden, pueden resultar en una herramienta en la que no podamos navegar la página web más sencilla.

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Microsoft hace gala de un excelente sentido del humor con un vídeo para Internet Explorer 9

Desde entonces el gigante tecnológico ha cambiado el nombre a su buscador de web y esta vez está trabajando duro sobre la imagen de su producto estrella, su navegador. La marca ha decidido atacar la mala fama riéndose de ella hasta conseguir que uno de sus principales detractores afirme que es mucho mejor.

Al tiempo que se ha lanzado esta campaña para internet también se ha creado unmicrosite en el que podemos leer “Algunas personas han probado el nuevo Internet Explorer y les gusta. Pero nunca lo dirían en alto”. Este mensaje sólo puede recalcar que en la casa de Gates han decidido no sólo renovar el diseño del navegador, sino también traer viento fresco y nuevas ideas porque hoy en día para destacar un producto hay que correr más rápido que los competidores.


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Microsoft demuestra una vez más que apuesta fuerte por su navegador Internet Explorer 9 y lo ha hecho con un anuncio cargado de humor. La marca saca pecho y ataca a todos aquellos que llevan años renegando de sus productos donde más les duele, en su orgullo de ser “anti-Microsoft”.

El anuncio The Browser you loved to hate” ha colocado a la marca en una posición muy ventajosa respecto a sus competidores. La compañía se ha quitado el lustre institucional que lucía hasta ahora y ha lanzado un anuncio que deja claro que va a por todas.

Micorsoft perdió su fama como explorador y navegador poco tiempo después de hacerse con Netscape al tiempo que aparecía su gran competidor, Mozilla. Leer más “Microsoft hace gala de un excelente sentido del humor con un vídeo para Internet Explorer 9”

Experience EasySearch in kikin Browser for iPad today!


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Mozilla lanza Firefox 10

Firefox 10 incorpora una de los primeros componentes del mecanismo de actualizaciones silenciosas planeados por Firefox, de forma que el navegador desactiva automáticamente complementos incompatibles y marca el resto como compatibles. Mozilla explica que los complementos que funcionan con Firefox 4 o posteriores serán marcados como compatibles en Firefox 10.

Las preocupaciones sobre la incompatibilidad de algunos complementos son habituales desde que Mozilla adoptó un calendario de actualizaciones más rápido. Esto lleva a que algunos desarrolladores a veces no tengan tiempo de rehabilitar su código o al menos marcar sus extensiones como válidas para el nuevo navegador.


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Los desarrolladores de Mozilla han dado luz verde al lanzamiento de una nueva versión de Firefox después de que el año pasado se decidiera que el navegador se actualizaría cada seis semanas.

Firefox 10 incorpora una de los primeros componentes del mecanismo de actualizaciones silenciosas planeados por Firefox, de forma que el navegador desactiva automáticamente complementos incompatibles y marca el resto como compatibles. Mozilla explica que los complementos que funcionan con Firefox 4 o posteriores serán marcados como compatibles en Firefox 10.

Las preocupaciones sobre la incompatibilidad de algunos complementos son habituales desde que Mozilla adoptó un calendario de actualizaciones más rápido. Esto lleva a que algunos desarrolladores a veces no tengan tiempo de rehabilitar su código o al menos marcar sus extensiones como válidas para el nuevo navegador. Leer más “Mozilla lanza Firefox 10”

Five Unique Calls to Action that Will Make You Click Twice

The call to action is the “Holy Grail” of every marketer. Get it right, and you’re swimming in sales. Get it wrong, and your traffic tends to stagnate. You may get lots of visits, but little to show for it. To help inspire you, here are five unique calls to action that have resulted in everything from millions of subscribers, to millions of dollars in sales.
Address Customer Reluctance Upfront (LightCMS)

LightCMS does this wonderfully, although you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of their page to find it. Their call to action button includes numerous statements that propel the hesitant customer forward: Try it yourself. It’s free. No Commitment. No payment information required. Takes less than 60 seconds.


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The call to action is the “Holy Grail” of every marketer.  Get it right, and you’re swimming in sales.  Get it wrong, and your traffic tends to stagnate.  You may get lots of visits, but little to show for it.  To help inspire you, here are five unique calls to action that have resulted in everything from millions of subscribers, to millions of dollars in sales.

Address Customer Reluctance Upfront (LightCMS)

LightCMS does this wonderfully, although you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of their page to find it.  Their call to action button includes numerous statements that propel the hesitant customer forward:  Try it yourself. It’s free. No Commitment. No payment information required. Takes less than 60 seconds.

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Think Outside the Rectangle (Storenvy)

Most call to action buttons are simply rectangles, but some of the highest click-through rates have been reported on buttons that break outside the box.  Unusual shapes or even rounded buttons, such as Storenvy’s Join Now, give the appearance of an actual button to be pressed.  With more and more people browsing on touch-screen smart phones, making buttons stand out with a slight beveled edge or shadow gives the appearance of “pressability”.

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What Happens After I Push It? (Mozilla Firefox)

As enticing as your graphics look, many people don’t convert because they don’t know what will happen after they click.  One call to action button that solves this issue beautifully is Mozilla Firefox’s own download button.  Not only does it tell you the approximate size of the download, but correctly guesses the language and operating system from the browser you’re currently using. Having a small downward arrow icon beside “Free Download” immediately lets the user know what will happen when they click. Leer más “Five Unique Calls to Action that Will Make You Click Twice”

Finally, a 21st Century Browser from Microsoft

For the first time, Internet Explorer now sports cutting-edge support for HTML5, the collection of emerging standards that permit sites to deliver slicker graphics and typography, richer interfaces that feel more like traditional software and video that doesn’t require a plug-in such as Adobe Flash. Like an eye-popping 3-D game, the software takes full advantage of your PC’s graphics hardware, enabling glitzy animation at high speeds. (See pictures of vintage computers.)

This browser is so on top of next-generation Web technologies, in fact, that it has zipped ahead of most of the Web itself. For now, the most impressive evidence of its capabilities are demos that Microsoft and its partners have ginned up. But when better sites are built, IE9 will be ready.

Not being ready for the new Web wasn’t really an option for Microsoft. Research firm Net Applications says that Internet Explorer retains 60% of the browser market, but it long ago lost the confidence and attention of most of the people who care enough about browsers to make a considered choice. (On my site, Technologizer, it’s only the third most popular browser — Firefox and Chrome are No. 1 and No. 2.) IE9 is the first version in eons that gives browser enthusiasts something to be enthusiastic about.

Still, I don’t see Internet Explorer ever again crushing the competition like it once did. Too many excellent options are just a free download away: Firefox, Chrome, Apple’s Safari (available for Windows as well as Macs) and Norwegian underdog Opera. I also like Flock, which is based on the same underpinnings as Chrome, but with built-in features relating to Facebook, Twitter and other forms of online socializing. (See the best social-networking applications.)


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Like many of us, Microsoft does its best work when it’s running scared. Back in the mid-1990s, when Bill Gates & Co. thought that pioneering Web browser Netscape Navigator posed an existential threat to Windows, they responded by bundling their own new browser, Internet Explorer, with Windows 95. That led to the little legal kerfuffle known as United States v. Microsoft. But the truth is that Internet Explorer got so good so quickly that things would have been dicey for Netscape no matter what.

Microsoft’s share of the browser market passed 90% early in this century. With Netscape vanquished, the Internet Explorer team went into hibernation, ignoring the software until it was an embarrassing, archaic mess. Even versions 7 and 8 — released after an army of volunteer geeks resuscitated Navigator as Firefox in 2004 and began chipping away at Explorer’s monopoly — weren’t exactly scintillating. (See the 50 best websites of 2010.)

Last week, Microsoft unveiled the first beta release of Internet Explorer 9, or IE9 for short. It’s easily the most impressive browser upgrade to hail from Redmond, Wash., since the original skirmishes with Netscape. And I don’t think it’s mere coincidence that it’s the first one the company has hatched since its scariest current competitor, Google, got into the browser business by launching Chrome two years ago this month.

As beta software, IE9 is by definition a somewhat glitchy work in progress. Past Internet Explorer upgrade schedules suggest that the final version will show up sometime in 2011. If you’re curious — and not overly cautious — go ahead and download the beta here.

(One new Internet Explorer feature shuts out a sizable percentage of its potential user base: it now works only with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Sorry, XP holdouts — Microsoft isn’t about to reward you for refusing to upgrade your nine-year-old operating system.) Leer más “Finally, a 21st Century Browser from Microsoft”

10 Killer Google Chrome Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

As Google’s Chrome browser celebrates its second anniversary, we thought it appropriate to commemorate the occasion with some handy tips and tricks.

Here are 10 tried and tested hints that will help you to get the most out of Chrome (Chrome) by taking advantage of some of its more functional tools and time-saving setups.

Read through the suggestions below and let us know which ones you’ll be trying out, or any tricks we haven’t included, in the comments box.


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Google Chrome ImageAs Google’s Chrome browser celebrates its second anniversary, we thought it appropriate to commemorate the occasion with some handy tips and tricks.

Here are 10 tried and tested hints that will help you to get the most out of Chrome (Chrome) by taking advantage of some of its more functional tools and time-saving setups.

Read through the suggestions below and let us know which ones you’ll be trying out, or any tricks we haven’t included, in the comments box.


1. Open Multiple Pages on Startup


Rather than just one trusty homepage, you can get Chrome to open several pages as it starts up, giving you instant access to whatever sites and services you prefer to start your day with.

It’s easy to setup. Just click on the wrench icon on the top right of your browser window, select “Options” and under the “Basic” tab check the box where it says “on startup… open the following pages.”

If you click “Add” it brings up a list of recently browsed sites to choose from, or you can manually enter a URL in the box at the top.

Now, the next time you fire up your browser, those pages will be automatically loaded in the order in which you entered them, saving you some precious time.


2. Pin Tabs in Place on the Browser Bar


If you are going to be using a site or service a lot in one web session, you can “pin” a tab in Chrome, which will shrink the window down to the size of the favicon, leaving more room for multi-tasking. It also prevents tabs from getting lost on the side of the screen when you have many open at once.

To do this, right-click on the tab you want to pin and hit “Pin tab.” To enlarge the tab, just right-click and hit “Pin tab” again to uncheck the option.

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Effective Tour Pages: Trends and Showcase

I was recently working on the tour page for Vandelay Premier and doing some research on other tour pages to gather inspiration. I decided to put this post together because it is a topic that can have a great deal of impact on the success of a web app or web business.

Looking at the analytics data shortly after launching Vandelay Premier it was obvious that the tour page will have an incredibly significant impact on the success of the site. When visitors arrive at a site that they are not familiar with the tour page is very inviting since it promises to help them get acquainted with the site very quickly. Many sites and apps place a link or a button for the tour in a very prominent location, so it provides a very valuable opportunity to sell.

By looking at the trends and examples of well-designed tour pages you can pick up some ideas for use in your own work. Here we will cover some of the most common trends of tour pages and we’ll include a showcase of pages for your own inspiration. [Más…]
Trends of Tour Pages:
1. Lists of Features and/or Benefits

The most important job of a tour page is to show a visitor why they should care about the site or product, and what it can do for them. Effective tour pages break down the main features, benefits, or selling points in a way that shows visitors how useful it can be to them. The screenshot below shows how Basecamp quickly lists the benefits, and visitors can click on any of them for more information.


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By looking at the trends and examples of well-designed tour pages you can pick up some ideas for use in your own work. Here we will cover some of the most common trends of tour pages and we’ll include a showcase of pages for your own inspiration.

Trends of Tour Pages:

1. Lists of Features and/or Benefits

The most important job of a tour page is to show a visitor why they should care about the site or product, and what it can do for them. Effective tour pages break down the main features, benefits, or selling points in a way that shows visitors how useful it can be to them. The screenshot below shows how Basecamp quickly lists the benefits, and visitors can click on any of them for more information.

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Publishing Facebook stories on browsers with popup blockers

How to use Facebook’s Stream.Publish method on browsers with popup blockers. See a demo.
What is the problem?

Recently many Facebook developers have been frustrated by popup blockers preventing the Stream Publish dialogue box from being displayed. If a user hasn’t logged in and authorised the application, dialogue boxes are shown in a popup window instead of an iframe. That’s fine for some visitors, but for those who have a popup blocker enabled, it means that they won’t see the dialogue box and therefore can’t publish a post into the stream.

The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in an iframe.
The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in an iframe.

The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in a popup window. Popup blockers will prevent this from opening.
The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in a popup window. Popup blockers will prevent this from opening.
What causes it?


Keegan Street How to use Facebook’s Stream.Publish method on browsers with popup blockers. See a demo.

What is the problem?

Recently many Facebook developers have been frustrated by popup blockers preventing the Stream Publish dialogue box from being displayed. If a user hasn’t logged in and authorised the application, dialogue boxes are shown in a popup window instead of an iframe. That’s fine for some visitors, but for those who have a popup blocker enabled, it means that they won’t see the dialogue box and therefore can’t publish a post into the stream.

The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in an iframe.
The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in an iframe.

The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in a popup window. Popup blockers will prevent this from opening.
The Stream Publish dialogue being displayed in a popup window. Popup blockers will prevent this from opening.

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Will the Real Browser Stats Please Stand Up?

Recently, Mashable published an article entitled “IE6 Finally Nearing Extinction”, announcing that IE6 usage in the United States and Europe have finally dropped below 5%.

That news probably warmed the cockles of the hearts of web designers everywhere. Thus, it seems designers and developers now have even more incentive to stop supporting IE6, following the pattern set by Google, notably with regards to YouTube.

The stats in the Mashable article are based on StatCounter Global Stats. In this article, I’ll provide some food for thought by way of some alternative statistics that in many ways contradict the sources for the article published by Mashable.

These stats should drive home the point that every website is different, and that in some cases it may still be necessary to provide a fairly decent experience in IE6, while progressively enhancing design and functionality for newer browsers.


Recently, Mashable published an article entitled “IE6 Finally Nearing Extinction”, announcing that IE6 usage in the United States and Europe have finally dropped below 5%.

That news probably warmed the cockles of the hearts of web designers everywhere. Thus, it seems designers and developers now have even more incentive to stop supporting IE6, following the pattern set by Google, notably with regards to YouTube.

The stats in the Mashable article are based on StatCounter Global Stats. In this article, I’ll provide some food for thought by way of some alternative statistics that in many ways contradict the sources for the article published by Mashable.

These stats should drive home the point that every website is different, and that in some cases it may still be necessary to provide a fairly decent experience in IE6, while progressively enhancing design and functionality for newer browsers.

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Opera Integrates Web AVG Threat Data Feed

The final version of Opera 10.60, in addition to running 50% faster than the earlier version, will have AVG security features built in, according to the company’s PR chief, Thomas Ford.

Integrated AVG Web Threat Data Feed offers 10.60 following security functions.

* Exploit signatures detect Web pages serving drive‐by downloads
* AVG Online shield detects viruses delivered via social engineering scams
* Reputation lists identify consistently malicious domains and URLs
* Contextual analysis exposes attempts to trick users into installing malware via social engineering scams

As we wrote elsewhere, Opera claims a speed increase and a host of other new features.

“The browser scores more than 50% faster than its predecessor – which was the fastest browser on Earth – in key benchmark tests.”


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opera_logo.jpgThe final version of Opera 10.60, in addition to running 50% faster than the earlier version, will have AVG security features built in, according to the company’s PR chief, Thomas Ford.

Integrated AVG Web Threat Data Feed offers 10.60 following security functions.

  • Exploit signatures detect Web pages serving drive‐by downloads
  • AVG Online shield detects viruses delivered via social engineering scams
  • Reputation lists identify consistently malicious domains and URLs
  • Contextual analysis exposes attempts to trick users into installing malware via social engineering scams

As we wrote elsewhere, Opera claims a speed increase and a host of other new features.

“The browser scores more than 50% faster than its predecessor – which was the fastest browser on Earth – in key benchmark tests.” Leer más “Opera Integrates Web AVG Threat Data Feed”

Complete Guide to Cross-Browser Compatibility Check


Internet users have wider choice of browsers when it comes to surfing the net. It is our responsibility as designers and developers to ensure that websites we’ve created are compatible for most of the commonly used browsers these days.

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That leads to a simple yet critical question – what browsers are our visitors using? According to w3school, commonly used browsers are Internet Explorer 7 & 8 and Firefox with Safari and Google Chrome gradually picking up. But the figures might vary from site to site, depending on its niche. It’s best to get the demographics from your site metrics, Google Analytics for instance.

Once you’ve identified common browsers your visitors use, then it’s time to make sure website displays the same in these browsers. It’s almost impossible to install all different browsers in one machine. But thanks to some tools and web services out there, finding out how your website looks like in other browsers is possible.

In this article, we want to bring to your attention some of the solutions you can depend on to do cross-browser compatibility testing. Full list after jump. Leer más “Complete Guide to Cross-Browser Compatibility Check”

View Hundreds Of Channels From Around The World In Chrome With TV Chrome @ SmashingApps



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Recently I was thinking how to initiate recording a TV channel via Windows 7 Media Center. The problem was that I needed to do this remotely, in case I was not at home, remembered that a series I liked was being aired on TV, and wanted it recorded. After much extensive searching, I finally found an application called Remote Potato.

Setting up Remote Potato was no child’s play and it took me quite some time. I am still not satisfied with it. When I told a fellow blogger about my predicament, he asked “But if you can access the internet while you’re away from home, why not simply use it to view television online?” I asked him what he meant and he answered “TV Chrome.”

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When he showed me what TV Chrome was, I did not believe my eyes. Without paying anything, setting up anything, I was able to view hundreds of channels from around the world. I bet you do not believe me.

TV Chrome is an extension for Google Chrome. It places an icon in Chrome’s address bar which we click to dropdown a window.

Channels

This window has channels from all over the world sorted country and genre wise. Of course not each and every channel from all countries are available, but the list that is available is very impressive.

Take the “Movies TV” genre, for example.

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It has HBO USA on top that can be streamed online. Click on HBO and a new Chrome window opens up.

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We can double-click on the video to view it full screen. While the video quality is not great, the advantage is that the loading time is impressive and we can view the video stream easily.

Impressed with TV Chrome yet?

There is just one thing you should know before you start using it. When I first tried to view the channels, I got a message in the newly opened window that my Chrome was missing the Windows Media Player plug-in. I did a bit of searching and found that to fix that issue, I need to download the Windows Media Player plug-in for Firefox. It made little sense, but I did it anyway and I could use TV Chrome then.

Here is the link to Chrome guiding users how to install the Windows Media Player plug-in and here the link to the plug-in itself.

In the end of this post, I want to wholeheartedly thank the team behind TV Chrome which has made online TV completely free to view.

http://www.smashingapps.com/2010/04/03/view-hundreds-of-channels-from-around-the-world-in-chrome-with-tv-chrome.html

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