Chrome 21 Released, Brings “New Senses for the Web”

Google just announced the release of Chrome 21 stable release of the popular web browser.  Apart from a long list of bug and security fixes, there are a few new features.

The first new thing is the introduction of the getUserMedia API, which allows web apps to directly access your web camera and microphone without a plug-in as long as you permitted it.  In the past many web apps use Flash to connect to the web cam but this could slow things down.  This new API makes realtime communcation through web app faster and easier.  It also brings creative use to the web cam, such as taking a photo of yourself, uploading to Chrome Lab, converting it into a line drawing and asking a robot in London to draw out your portrait in a patch of sand (this is actually possible in the past using Flash but now you can play this without Flash plug-in).  Google also suggested you to try these two web apps: Webcam Toy and Magic Xylophone.

Web Lab- Sketchbots

A few other new features of Chrome 21 include expanded support for gamepads, support for Mac Retina high resolution screen and deeper Google Cloud Print integration, you can learn more about these  from Google’s official release.

Free 100GB Google Drive Storage for Chromebook and Chromebox Users?

Chromestory reported that Google may giveaway free 100GB storage space on Google Drive to Chromebook and Chromebox users.  This offer is, however, said to limited to second generation Chromebooks and Chromebox by Samsung only.

François Beaufort - Google+

François Beaufort, our learned friend who had discovered many Chrome OS/Chromebook secrets from Chrome OS codes, had once again unearthed something interesting.  The text string ‘Get 100 GB free with Google Drive’ was found in the source code of Chrome OS.  It was also found that this offer may be available to second generation Chrome devices only.  So Cr-48 Chromebook users like me, or first generation Chromebook owners may be out of luck this time.  The value of 100GB Google Drive storage $4.99 / month according to current price.

Second-gen Chromebook users, are you excited about this news?  First-gen owners, would you be disappointed to know that you are not taken care of?

Google Doodle – 2012 London Olympics


As the London Olympics begins today (27 July 2012), it follows naturally that Google replaced its doodle with an Olympic one.  People in different countries should expect to see this doodle when 27 Jul comes in their local time.

This doodle shows five athletes of different sports (soccer, swimming, running/jumping, fencing and javelin throw) with the “Google” word held by them.  There is also a basketball which does not fit in anyone in the doodle.  While there are five athletes I should expect to see them dressing in 5 different colors same as the Olympics logo.  Interestingly, black is missing and replaced by white.

Google Doodle - 2012 London Olympic Games

The London Olympics is the 30th modern Olympic Games.  Over 10,000 athletes from 200+ countries will participate in 300+ events.  It starts today and will be closed on 12 August 2012, with some first-round football matches held earlier than the opening ceremony due to time limitation.  Most of the Games would be aired on TV while you should also be able to find ways to enjoy them on the internet.  Some TV networks such as NBC provides live coverage, you may search for other means of watching Olympics online by live streaming.  The full schedule of the Games could be found here.

Olympics Live Streaming

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

 

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