Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome’

Firefox 4 Looks like Chrome

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Firefox 4 is coming soon, and the closer it gets, the more we find out about it. A video was released regarding the position of tabs in Firefox 4. The default setting is now on top, something that Google Chrome users are pretty used to. It would be one thing if this was the only similarity.

The video also discusses app tabs. App tabs can be seen in the form of extensions which Chrome users are currently able to use. Chrome OS, though, has a more comparable version of the Firefox app tabs. When you browse in Chrome OS, certain things (like Gmail) sit on the side of the tab bar, and can be accessed by clicking it as a tab.

While it is interesting that Firefox 4 is leaning toward the Google UI, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For one, Google will be seen as the leader in this trend. It also means that two of the best browsers will share common features, a good thing for the users. Eventually IE will play in the same sandbox as the other browsers, again a win for the users. I think this is going to be an interesting phase in the browser wars. Things look to be getting better – for everyone.

If you are interested in learning Firefox’s reasoning behind moving the tabs you can check out the video below.

Wave This

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Wave This

Google announced a new feature on its Wave blog on Monday. “Wave This” is now available as a Chrome Extension, a Bookmarklet, and a button. When you are on a page you like, click Wave This and the title and URL will be added to a new wave. This follows in the footsteps of Buzz This or ReTweet buttons that are frequently seen on blogs. I used the Chrome extension last night for a post and it worked as advertised.

The bookmarklet is available on Firefox and Safari, as well as Chrome. With the Chrome extension you won’t need the bookmarklet though. The extension can be found here. If you want to try out the bookmarklet, go to the Wave blog and drag the link into your bookmark bar.

The button above is active, and can be used to share this post with your friends on Wave. Feel free to try it out. I think this is a really useful tool, and I will be utilizing it for creating waves in the future.

Random Chrome Language Bug

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I was checking my Google Analytics account this morning and noticed that it was displaying in Spanish. No worries, I thought, I have Google Translate and can take care of this. I was able to get it into English, but then each page continued to load in Spanish. I looked for Inglés, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I saw US Español, but no English. I got into my settings and it looked like Spanish was the default language. I again couldn’t find English.

My next thought was that perhaps there was a Chrome update ready. No dice. I am on the dev version, so I finally just wrote it off as that.

I logged in again tonight, and sure enough, it was in Spanish. I poked around a bit, and again checked for an update. This time I saw there was an update ready to download. I installed it and restarted Chrome. The problem was still there. I then decided to play a hunch I considered this morning but didn’t test. I selected US Español from the menu. It worked. It looks like US English has been replaced by US Español in the drop-down menu. Now that I solved my problem things are great. If anyone else had this issue I hope this has been helpful. If you haven’t experienced this problem then perhaps I was the only one who it affected. I’ll update this post if I hear any more news regarding this.