Time flies, it’s been 4 years since Google Chrome browser first launched in 2008. I was one of those users who installed the tried the debut browser in 2008. But many of the current Chrome users may be new comers, this is why Google launched a Chrome Time Machine to let us review the development history of Chrome. The links that show up send you to individual blog posts on the Google Chrome Blog.
Chrome is definitely one of the most successful product of Google. It is now a major player in the web browser market, in some areas it is even the biggest one with over 50% market share.
Interestingly, this Time Machine seems to be a fan-only celebration of the 4th anniversary. I loaded the URL into two other browsers, and got a blank page in Internet Explorer 9 and a “This site was designed with Chrome in mind and is unable to render properly in your browser” message in Firefox 15.
See it here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/timemachine/
In this Google Chrome theme and web app review post, I’ll introduce some Chrome themes and web apps related to piano.
I have never played piano and have no intention to learn, but I have to say piano is one of the best musical instruments. The sound piano produces is great, the music that could be played with a piano range from simple to complex ones. Despite that piano is less mobile than many other instruments, it is one of the most learned and favored musical instrument. The black and white keyboard is a signature inspired many innovative home decoration, product design and graphical design.
Piano Chrome Themes
Black and White Piano
Colorful Piano Keys Theme
Piano 2.2 Theme
Piano Web Apps
Plypp Piano is a nice piano keyboard app with over 100000 users. It can produce the sound of 5 musical instruments, Ballad Grand Piano, Guitar, Harpsichord, Panflute and Sawtooth. The beauty of this app is, unlike many other apps, that it uses HTML5 technology so it should run faster. There is a built-in chord finder to let players easily find the chord he or she wants.
Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hofckkgpnnjabffkjemconojemcibifh
ButtonBeats Piano Player is another great piano web app with 80000+ users. It has a killer feature that if you type in a song in the text field the piano could automatically play the song without you pressing a key. This web app has a large collection of songs including pop songs, arcade game background music and classical music. Simply copy and paste the note and click play to enjoy the song.
Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lkmkonkgohgomnnkaclbiammkcjenfdi
Color Piano! is a great web app for learning piano. You don’t even need to learn reading sheet music! It’s like playing tap tap tap game, you simply follow the visualized colorful notes to play. This web app includes an import function so you can load MIDI files into it to play (the MIDI file must be piano-only).
Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ihmigmmflfcbhdpdgbkkeojchjhhphnh
Info and image source: Chrome Web Store
The 2012 London Olympics ended, we shall see this spectacular sports event 4 years later in Brazil. If you watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, you probably would agree that it is a great way to bid farewell to this event.
Google also marked the completion of this event with a new doodle. Let us have a look at all the 2012 Olympics Google Doodles now (for playable ones you can go to the official site to play again):
The featured sports are archery, diving, fencing, rings, field hockey, table tennis, shot put, pole vault, synchronized swimming, javelin, hurdles, basketball, slalom canoe, soccer (European football) and rhythmic gymnastics. The characters in the previous doodles reappeared in the doodle for closing ceremony to say goodbye to the Olympics.
Of all these 2012 Olympics Google doodles, I like the slalom canoe one (for playable) and synchronized swimming one (for static). The canoe doodle is the most exciting of them all, I could play it several times in the office without knowing that my boss is watching behind my back. The synchronized swimming doodle is great because the first “0” is made with the 8 players in a perfect circle. Which one is your favorite?
Image Source: Google Doodle Page
Google brings the 4th mini game doodle for 2012 Olympics! This time it is a soccer game. As a gatekeeper, your task is to block the shots. Move left and right and jump to catch as many balls as you can.
The game ends when you lose 3 points (i.e. 3 goals by the computer-controlled player). There will be five footballs on the grass, but don’t think that you only need to block 5 shots. If you successfully blocked the ball, it may bounce back and ready for the other player to kick it again.
What makes this doodle interesting is the way the G o o g l e alphabets are displayed. Unlike in most other doodles, the letters are divided into two groups, i.e. “Goo” and “gle”, and placed on both sides of the gate.
Soccer (called as “football” in the United Kingdom and many parts of the world) is a hot topic for doodles. Over the years Google created some soccer doodles. You can have a look at them by searching for keywords like “football”, “soccer” and “goalie” in http://www.google.com/doodles.
You can play this game at http://www.google.com/doodles/soccer-2012 or wait for 10 August 2012 comes in your local time.