Have you heard of Chrome Experiments before? It is a web site showcasing what open technologies could do. There are many interactive web pages and games on this site created with open technologies including HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL.
Now this site has gone mobile. You could see what the web could do without Java or Flash not only on you desktop or laptop computer, but your mobile too. Despite mobile phones have less powerful specifications, they are capable to impress you. Check out the following video to see what Chrome Experiments are.
So what does it bring to users? Here is a brief list of features according to the download page:
Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
Browse privately in Incognito mode
Basically you can treat Chrome for Android beta as a copy of the desktop browser to the Android platform. Many of the killer features of Chrome are included in the Android version.
What I liked the most is the simplicity of this browser. Besides, the bookmark synchronization and send to phone features makes uninterrupted web experience between desktop computer and mobile devices possible. By using Chrome to Mobile extension for Chrome (requires Android 4.0), you can send the current URL you are viewing to your Android device instantly and directly.
Currently Chrome for Android is only available for users in the following countries according to this page:
Last week I wrote a post about using ifttt to boost personal productivity. What ifttt does is automating information gathering and processing to ease your life. Today I want to introduce another web automation tool, Yahoo Pipes, which is another powerful tool I use daily.
Yahoo! Pipes – Automate Your Online Life
Yahoo! Pipes is an online tool that helps users to compose their own recipes of automated process. You do this by linking different standard modules to create a complete process. There are many different types of modules available in Yahoo! Pipes. They are grouped under the following types:
It is not difficult to understand what these modules do. Obviously Sources modules help to pull data from web sites. Location and URL modules collect location and web site address information, Date gets the date and time, etc. Some modules are interactive that they obtains input from the pipe creator or user.
Yahoo! Pipes – Create Your First Pipe
Using Yahoo! Pipes is not as easy as using ifttt, but it is not difficult at all. I found this video that you may want to watch:
Let me show you the whole process by screenshots. Let’s say, tech geek Tom subscribed to a number of RSS feeds of different tech blogs (including Cloud High Club of course!). He wants to combine these RSS feeds into one feed so that he does not need to subscribe to the same list of feeds in all his feed readers on the computer, tablet and smartphone. So he goes to Yahoo! Pipes.
Tom clicked Fetch Site Feed on the left sidebar, copied the RSS feeds and paste into the URL fields. Then he linked the “Fetch Site Feed” box to the “Pipe Output” box by dragging one node to another. He then clicked Save and “Run Pipe…” to generate the pipe.
Bang! It’s done. A new feed containing the contents of all feeds Tom inputted is created. He can enter this feed URL into any feed reader.
Yahoo! Pipes is certainly more than this. Instead of demonstrating all its features to you one by one, let’s just show you some pipes created by other users.
Twitter for Tumblr – Grab a twitter feed, clean it up to a suitable form and publish to Tumblr
eBay Price Watch – Checks for items fitting your specified price range and keyword
Google Translate Sample Pipe – Takes a RSS feed and translate the content into the language you want and generate another feed. This is a great tool for people who want to follow stories in non-English web sites.
Social Media Firehose – Monitors the appearance of a specified keyword in a wide variety of social networks. This is a handy tool to keep track of your online reputation
…and much more. There are many pipes that other users created and made public that you can use. Once you found a great one, you can copy it and make it yours by clicking “Clone”.
Yahoo! Pipes ia a very useful tool to save people’s time spent on finding and processing information. It just lacks a nice-looking user interface. Try it for a few times and you would gradually pick up and enjoy using this intelligent system.