Last year, Google stepped up to offer some sweet holiday travel perks by sponsoring free WiFi in airports across the country, and this year, Google Chrome is taking its holiday cheer to the clouds by offering free Gogo in-flight WiFi for Virgin America, Delta, and AirTrans passengers.Starting on Nov. 20, travelers can log in during flights on all Virgin America and AirTrans aircrafts, and over 540 planes in Delta's fleet, to check emails, browse their favorite websites, and of course, send the obligatory "wheels up" tweet from 30,000 feet. The promotion ends on Jan. 2, 2011, but thankfully you still have some on-the-ground web-browsing options to choose from all year-round.
What makes these portable laptops so smart? Find out after the break.
Time flies when you're having fun! Google's Chrome web browser turns 2 today, and oh how it's grown! It's quickly climbing up the ranks as one of the most popular web browsers, and there's good reason as to why — it's fast and easy to use! Take a look back at a few of our favorite Chrome tips, tricks, extensions, and developments over the past two years in this slideshow!
Find out more about this exceptional project and create your own experience after the break.
- Ibrii — Sharing stuff you find on the Internet is easy with this extension that allows you to select specific portions of a website (be it an article, video, audio file, etc.) and share via Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz with a link just to the content you want, not to the whole webpage.
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Similar to PageAddict for Firefox, Chrome plugin StayFocusd helps you block out all of the time-wasting websites to stay focused on the task at hand. The plugin, installed directly to Chrome's toolbar, restricts the amount of time you can spend on any number of websites you elect to block.
You can control the amount of time you allow yourself on certain sites (the default setting is 10 minutes) and also control the days of the week you're able to access the sites — so Facebook and Twitter can be fair game on weekends, for example.
Each site's controls are completely customizable; you can block entire sites, or you can choose to block only certain site pages. For example, you can block google.com/reader or google.com/pacman (note to self: block that page) without blocking other Google sites like the main search page.
If you're a big fan of apps on your mobile phone (and who isn't?), then Google is betting you'll dig its newly announced Chrome Web Store, which brings apps and games to your web browser. Similar to iTunes or the Android App Market, developers will be able to build apps to sell through the Chrome Web store across various platforms — Mac, Windows, Linux, along with a number of different browsers (you don't have to use Chrome to access the store) — that will be accessible in 40 different languages in 70 countries to start. The apps are downloaded directly to your browser (like a "super bookmark"), which eliminates problems you'll find when building applications for different operating systems.
What kind of apps can you download? Well, if Plants vs. Zombies is one of your addictions, you can download that, or you can play LEGO Star Wars on your home computer. Can't argue with that. Look for the Chrome Web Store's grand opening later this year.
We've already seen a few sweet little ads for Google's Chrome browser, but this time they're making things a bit more scientific to display just how speedy Chrome is. Using a few contraptions like potatoes, paint, a sound machine, and electricity, Google puts Chrome to the test and demonstrates that the browser is actually faster than the speed of sound when searching the web. Don't believe me? Check out the two-minute video below, then keep reading to check out a behind-the-scenes look at how the commercial was made. Both are pretty interesting, if not totally geeky.
To see the second video, just keep reading.
- Google shows off its Chrome OS tablet ideas — Crave
- PETA wants to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot — Dvice
- Japan gets a new 250GB Xbox 360 hard drive — Oh Gizmo!
- How to stay wired while on the road — Unplggd
- The Woz is having some issues with his Prius — Gizmodo