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Fullscreen Anything Lets You View Stuff Up Close

Fullscreen Anything

Do you find yourself squinting at your screen, trying to make out the text and images displayed, either because your eyesight’s getting worse or because your browser is cluttered with too many short cuts and tool bars? If you use Google Chrome, then the Fullscreen Anything extension might be something you’ll find useful.

Aside from enlarging articles and other content, the extension will come in especially handy when you’re watching flash video or playing flash games on free sites that are chock full of ads that you normally won’t be able to get rid of. That’s because it lets you blow up certain elements on a page for added convenience and easier browsing.

You can download it here.

VIA [ Red Ferret ]

New Chrome Feature Tells You Which Tab Is Making Noise

googlechromebeta32250wideThere has to be very few things more annoying than having 20 tabs open when suddenly one of them starts playing music, and you just don’t know which one it is. This of course sends you on a furious hunt for that stupid website that would dare run ads that play audio without your consent, which is an activity most often accompanied with a generous amount of swearing. Well, a new feature on Google Chrome can dramatically cut down on the time it takes to take care of business, by showing a small icon on the offending tab. You’ll be able to zoom in immediately, and shut that down before you have to start pulling your hair out.

Currently available on the Chrome 32 beta release, we expect the feature to be implemented on the next stable release.

[ Source ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Rumor Mill: Google’s Nexus 5 to be Released on October 30th

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There’s no denying that Google came up with a phone that’s worth every buck with the Nexus 4. It’s got impressive specs for the display and the hardware, and it sports a sleek design on the outside too. Forgive me if I sound biased, but it’s the second smartphone that I got and after making the switch from iOS, I’m finding that it meets most of my expectations and more. 

But will Google raise the bar and do it again with the Nexus 5? The phone hasn’t been released yet, but speculation is running high regarding its specs and release date. Rumor is that Google will be unveiling their latest smartphone by the end of the month, as a case for the device was recently spotted on Amazon’s Italian site.

The release date? October 30th. It makes sense for the case to be released on the same day as the phone, right? So that’s what a lot of people out there are going with.

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Homeward Bound: The Best Ad For Google Maps We’ve Seen

You can think of advertisements as an automatic nuisance, but we’ve come to respect and admire the ones who’ve obviously had thought and care put into their production. The commercial above is one of the best ads we’ve come across, and it’s for Google Maps. It chronicles the 20 year journey of Saroo Brierley, a man originally from India who was separated from his family at a train station at the age of 6, and who spent the next 20 years trying to find his way back home. It’s touching and beautiful, and definitely worth taking 3 minutes out of your life to watch.

VIA [ Mashable ]

Google’s Nexus 4 Gets a Hundred Dollar Price Cut

Google Nexus 4 If you’ve been thinking about getting a Nexus 4, then Google just made your decision easier. They’ve generously slashed $100 from the price of their flagship smartphone, bringing the price of the Nexus 4 down to $199 for the 8GB version and down to $249 for the 16GB version. Talk about a crazy deal!

Few smartphone companies make the moves that Google does, so when they do, you’ve got to pay attention so you don’t miss out. The Nexus 4 has specs that still hold up a year after its release, with its 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 resolution display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM.

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Google’s New Nexus 7 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Orders

Nexus 7

Google has announced the much-awaited and newer version of the Nexus 7. I was gifted the older Nexus 7 last Christmas, along with some tablet accessories and it has lived up to every expectation so far. It has its limitations and occasional hick-ups, given that it’s a budget tablet and all, but it definitely ranks high up in my books and is almost up to par with Apple and Samsung’s tablets.

The new Nexus 7 received a bunch of upgrades, such as a rear-facing camera which its predecessor doesn’t have. It will come equipped with an Adreno 320 GPU and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM.

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Something Fishy This Way Comes: Google Unveils the All-New Google Nose Search Engine

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You gotta smell it to believe it. Google is well aware of this fact, which is why they launched their newest service: Google Nose. It is exactly what its name implies. Basically, you’ll have the same efficiency of Google web search, only you’re provided with the option of smelling your search results instead.

Search for ‘lemon’, and you’ll get a whiff of something citrusy and fresh. Google ‘new car’ and you’ll be treated to the scent of a brand new car of your preferred brand.

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How Could Google Glass Help You Out During A Date?

Google Glass - Applied Street Usage

Google Glass isn’t even really available to consumers yet (unless you’re a developer with a great idea and $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket), but it hasn’t stopped creative minds with fertile imaginations to conjure up potential uses. In the hilarious video below, we see how the futuristic glasses could help you out during a date. From allowing you to Google them on the fly to give you a leg up on their likes and dislikes, to providing you with entertainment as they drift off into boring talk of politics, the glasses are there to save the day.

Granted the imagined uses are very far off from how the device actually works, but the fact that videos like this are cropping up now show that if Google Glass takes off, there’s going to be an adjustment period where people have to figure out just how to act and react to their presence in civilized society. Already some bars are talking about banning them, while some lawmakers in Wrest Virginia are proposing legislation prohibiting their use while driving. There’s a long road ahead for the search giant’s latest project, and it’s going to be interesting to see if this turns into a Gmail-like success, or a Google Wave-like failure.

In the meantime, why not watch the video? It’s pretty funny.

VIA [ Coolpile ]

Google Ass: Strap It to Your Butt–Because That’s How Conan Likes It

Conan O’Brien is back with more of his hilarious antics, and this time, he’s got Google Glass in his sights. In case you haven’t heard of it yet (although it’s highly probably that you already have, considering how much media attention it’s gotten lately), Google Glass is a revolutionary piece of eyewear that integrates camera, maps, translator, messenger, and Siri-like functionalities into a compact and wearable accessory. Just think of it as the glasses you’ve always wanted to have, but, well, never did.

Because he’s bitter that he wasn’t chosen to be an Explorer (that’s Google-speak for beta tester), he’s come up with a parody product called Google Ass that you’re supposed to strap to your butt. Nah, I’m just kidding… Conan came up with this fake product because it’s funny, and after watching his short clip featuring his faux revolutionary ass-wear, you’ll be nodding in agreement.

VIA [ Cnet ]