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Google Chrome is the go-to browser for many, especially those who work on the web. Despite its speed and fluid functionality, we're always looking for shortcuts that can save us time on repetitive or mundane tasks. Fewer copy/pastes or emails each day can make you more efficient in the long-run. SEE ALSO: 10 Killer Google Chrome Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts We've tested a swath of productivity extensions from the Chrome Web Store, and these eight tools stood out as practical time-savers. These Chrome extensions are all free, so grab them yourself and see if they fit into your work flow.
This week brought tons of great new apps . From a long-distance relationship app that allows you to “thumb kiss” your partner from far away, to a new app for storing your sketches, notes and other thoughts and sharing them on the web — there was plenty of new app action in the past seven days to download on your favorite smartphone or tablet. Some of our favorites this week also include a new space discovery app that combines 3D graphics with video, text and photos and allows you to explore seven different realms: Subatomic, Atomic, Solar System, Stars, Milky Way, Galaxies, and Universe. If you're interested in exploring other countries rather than space, Babbel's language-learning apps are now available for Android .
With each update, Facebook has gotten incrementally more cluttered, perplexing, and ornery—and I'm not even talking about all your annoying acquaintances flooding it with inane status updates. Yet, at the same time, it's become a tool few of us can live without. If Facebook has you on your last nerve, here's how to fix some of its biggest annoyances in a matter of minutes—and with only one new addition to your browser. We've talked about Social Fixer before , back when it was called Better Facebook—heck, it was even our readers' favorite Facebook customizer . If you've ever installed it though, you probably got overwhelmed pretty quickly, and dropped it for something else (or just continued to deal with Facebook's ever-inflating annoyances).
Soon The Pirate Bay will stop linking to .torrent files. Instead, the world’s largest BitTorrent site will only list so-called magnet links. One of the advantages of the switch is that The Pirate Bay will be much more portable, and easier to copy. A new torrent listing all titles and magnet links on The Pirate Bay proves this point, as the public can download a copy that fits easily on a small USB stick – or even a few dozen floppies. Last month The Pirate Bay announced that it will stop hosting torrents in the very near future. This change is expected to go into effect before the end of the month.
The new tab page built into Chrome (and soon, Firefox ) is a nice touch, but it isn't incredibly customizable, nor is it particularly beautiful. If you're looking for something a little beyond what your browser's default start page has to offer, here are our favorite extensions and services that add a bit of extra functionality and pizazz to your new tabs. We're going to go over both browser extensions and online services, since you can find start pages in both flavors.
2011 was a big year for Google Chrome and all of its users. There are more Chrome users out there than ever before, and tons of great Chrome extensions to add functionality, privacy, and other services to your browser. Here are the most popular Google Chrome-related posts, extensions, and add-ons at Lifehacker during 2011. The Intermediate Guide to Living Entirely Inside Chrome Chrome OS is still in the works, and even when it launches, you might not need one of the specialty netbooks that run it. Make the Chrome browser you already have productive enough to do whatever you need instead—and hit Full Screen if you need less distraction.
John McIntyre, at You Don't Say , has some cogent remarks on self-plagiarism : Yesterday, writing at Poynter.org , Roy Peter Clark suggested that our current attitudes about plagiarism have conflated relatively minor or innocuous literary borrowings with serious thefts. One of the points he identified was the clamor about self-plagiarism. After quoting him, I'd like to add some observations.
With the holidays in full swing, that means the new year is just around the corner. Here at Mashable , we've been reflecting on the changes 2011 has brought for technology and social media and what those changes mean for the future. If you've been busy decking the halls and getting ready for the holidays, you might have missed a couple of our digital resources.