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