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

 

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

Chromebox Reviews Roundup – Who Should Buy It?

So Samsung Chromebox is released and hot-selling (being the best selling desktop computer in Amazon).  Do you like it?  Considering buying one?  Before you hit the buy button, let’s have a look at what people say about this little Chrome device:

Samsung Chromebox

Size and Look

  • 7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches big, it can fit into any drawer unnoticed
  • Outer appearance and feel is not bad, but it’s not great. It has an “overly plasticly appearance” – GearWERKZ.net

 

Performance

  • Boots in 5 to 7 seconds, ready to surf the internet in about 10 seconds.  Probably only tablets could be faster.
  • “It’s very fast and very stable, and I never encountered a crash or slowdown…” – TheVerge.com
  • “The Chromebox handles 1080p video playback without hiccups or drama — watching YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu or Netflix is no longer a gamble… with 4GB of RAM it’s now possible to open a few dozen tabs before noticing any performance hit.” – Engadget.com

 

Software

  • Setting it up is easy, just connect to network via Wi-Fi or ethernet, use (or create) your Google account, and you are good to go
  • Multi-tasking is improved in this version of Chrome OS, putting windows side-by-side is great
  • Everything stored online, auto-update and virus-protection, this PC is virtually maintenance-free
  • Limited to using the apps in Chrome Web Store
  • It’s great for simple casual use.   “If you want to spend hours on productivity programs, video or picture editing for instance or constructing complicated office documents, then the Chromebox is probably not for you.” - TechRadar.com

 

Input/Output/Accessories

  • Using your own keyboard is OK, because you can map most keys of the keyboard to the Chrome OS specific keys, EXCEPT Caps Lock (according to theverge.com)
  • There are plenty of ports (6 USB ports!!!)
  • However, there is no VGA or HDMI port, so you need a separate DVI-to-HDMI cable to connect to your HDTV
  • It supports dual-display output, but right now it only mirrors the desktop to two displays
  • There is only 16GB flash storage on board, so if you want to use it as a media center, you may need an external harddisk
  • It recognizes many common webcams, however, USB-based microphones are currently not supported – CNET.com

 

Price

  • At $329.99, it’s more like a net-top, good for low-end use
  • Much cheaper than Apple’s Mac Mini (but of course, Mac Mini is more powerful)

 

So what’s the verdict?  Most reviewers thought that Chromebox is good for some simple and lightweight use.  Given it’s limited local storage and fair CPU speed, one should not expect to use it for heavy tasks.  It has the potential to be a home theater PC, but the lack of HDMI port and web-only user interface make it not the perfect choice (think Apple TV if you only want streaming media, and it’s much cheaper).  If you are looking for a device for light-weight web surfing in the living room, occasional document editing and watching online video in YouTube, Chromebox is something you may consider.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebox

Geo Notepad – Location-based Popup Notification

If you need to carry your notebook computer to work here and there, today’s featured Chrome web app is your good friend.

 

Geo Notepad – Geo-based Reminder

With this app, you can pre-define a number of locations and the reminder / message to display.  This web app uses Chrome to track your location.

Geo Notepad - Chrome Web App

Image source: Lifehacker

Whenever you arrive at your pre-defined locations, the corresponding reminder / message would pop up.  The app requires a WiFi connection to function.

How could you use this app?  You may set a reminder to call your client when you back to the office, or pop up a message when you back from the lecture hall to the dorm.

This kind of app is quite popular in smartphones, but now with Geo Notepad you could do the same in your computer.  Try it here:

 

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

Official site: http://geonotepad.com

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