2012 Olympics Bookmarks, Web Apps and Extensions


The 2012 London Olympics is coming!  This big sports event is certainly one of the most expected major event of the year.  I can’t wait to watch the games, especially those I like such as diving, swimming, table tennis and gymnastics.  Unfortunately most games are carried out when I need to go to work.  Luckily there are web sites, web apps and extensions that could help people to follow the latest updates of the Olympics.  Here I selected a few to share with you:

 

2012 London Olympics Bookmarks

These are web sites that you should bookmark if you haven’t done so.  The first one is obviously the official London Olympics web site (http://www.london2012.com/).  Here you can find the full schedule, results, news, photos, an online souvenir shop and much more information about the London Olympics.

London 2012 Olympics Official Web Site

 

The second one is the official site of the Olympic Movement (http://www.olympic.org/), where you can also find news about the games.  What I like about this site is the “Olympic Museum” section, where the history and interesting facts about the Olympics in the past century are shown.  Information about the coming Olympics in 2014, 2016 and 2018 (both summer and winter) are also provided!

Olympic Movement

 

In the social era, you certainly cannot afford to miss out the social channels of the Olympics.  Here are the official Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Google+ pages:

http://twitter.com/London2012

http://www.facebook.com/London2012

http://www.youtube.com/london2012

http://plus.google.com/106101596084497923559

 

TV networks are also where you should spend time on.  Here are the official Olympics sites of NBC and BBC.  Search for your TV station if you do not live in the US or UK.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/2012/

 

Olympics Live Streaming

2012 London Olympics Related Web Apps and Extensions

365 Scores is a featured web app in the Chrome Web Store.  It is a sports web app that delivers live news and scores of sports events.

365 Scores for London Olympics

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gocaejggjgdmkhmbinicknpbhagkblop

 

Olympics 2012 – London is NOT an official extension, put it pulls data from a large collections of feeds to provide up-to-minute news about the Olympics.  What makes it a good choice to install in Chrome is the option to choose from feeds of individual sports.  The extension will then gather only those news related to relevant sports for you.

Olympics 2012 - London Extension

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kgmbaecedcmabbkbflgpllidijcgpjle

 

Things to Do: Plain Simple Task List on Chrome New Tab Page

The featured extension today is extremely simple.  It is a handy tool that helps Chrome user to remember important things and enhance productivity.

Things to Do - Chrome Extension

Have you ever thought that the new tab page in Chrome (i.e. the page that opens when a new tab is opened) is not quite useful?  For many people who do not install many web apps, the new tab page does not do much other than a decent bookmarks page.  The developer of “Things to Do” came up with a better use of this page, i.e. to display you to do list.

Probably since the only function of this extension is productivity enhancement, the developer removed everything that may get your attention distracted.  After installing Things to Do, the only thin you see is a pure text page in white background and black text.  You could customize the look and feel by changing the width and text color, if you do wish to add a little personal touch to it.

Using this extension is extremely easy, just enter the task name in the empty box and hit enter.  As the list grows, you can re-order the items by dragging and dropping.  Deleting an item is as simple as clicking the red cross on the right end.

If you need something simple and effective, Things to Do is a great choice.  However, if you are a frequent web app user and would prefer having the web app icons right in front of you every time you open a new tab, this extension does not help.

 

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lpppkimladplpkcafniegcicploefkeo

Ready for Euro Cup? Get These Chrome Soccer Apps & Extensions

UEFA Euro Cup 2102 is coming!  In this modern era, enjoying soccer matches no longer means staying in front of the TV only.  Let’s get online for latest news and info about this major sports event!

There is a soccer collection within Chrome Web Store. Here are a few of the best soccer web apps I found there:

UEFA EURO 2012 TM by Carlsberg

Chrome Web App: UEFA Euro 2012 by Carlsberg

This app provides live commentary, group tables and player profiles.  Besides, there is a video library featuring road to the UEFA EURO 2012 videos, players to watch, venue guides and press conferences during the competition.

http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jlpjblbfabaebkkhjebmjagoadlficpm

 

365Scores

This app is not only designed for Euro 2012 but other sports activities as well.  It has a Euro section which provides real-time information including scores, statistics, video clips and news.  You can even see pop-ups for red cards as the matches progress!  The information could be shared with your friends right within this app.

http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gocaejggjgdmkhmbinicknpbhagkblop

 

365Scores Notifier

Chrome Extension - 365Scores Notifier for UEFA Euro 2012

This Chrome extension is a mini information hub for all sports fans who want to keep track of latest news.  If you click on the extension’s icon, a pop-up window will show the scores and news of latest matches.  You can specify your favorite teams for receiving notifications.

http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nmpppefjehmjbiplimkfjeamnohldmko

 

ESPN FC

Chrome Web App - ESPN FC

This is another web app providing latest Euro 2012 news and statistics.  It is the soccer web app by ESPN, so even after Euro 2012 you could continue to run this web app for other soccer information.

http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fajeknkifajncjblgmijlecolollhkio

 

Striker Manager

This online game has over 100,000 users installed in their Chrome browser.  It is a multiplayer football manager game.  Although it is not Euro-specific, I like this game since you can play it with your friends.

http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chmachfiimeggafocgeldapnchdnoiib

 

Images and web apps from Chrome Web Store

Context: Toggle On/Off Chrome Extensions in Different Contexts

Chrome is great for its speed and expandability of features thanks to the variety of extensions.  However, the more extensions we installed in Chrome the more likely the browser’s speed be lowered (extensions eat memory and CPU power)!

Today’s featured Chrome extension is Context, a tool which allows you to group different extensions and selectively turn them on/off as and when needed.  In this way we could minimized the consumption of system resources.

Context Chrome Extension

 

The first thing to do after installing Context is to create contexts.  You can give each context an icon for easy identification.  Then, drag and drop the extensions you would like to use in each context.  Save the settings and everything is ready.  You would see all extensions originally on the right of the address bar disappeared.

Context Chrome Extension

You now can choose which context to apply.  Click the icon to the right of the address bar and choose the applicable context.  Only those extensions you added in this context would be enabled.

 

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aalnjolghjkkogicompabhhbbkljnlka

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