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With every passing month, Google Chrome is becoming increasingly popular . Fans laud its lean, stripped-down interface, and its fast browsing. They also appreciate the free extensions that give Chrome the ability to do all kinds of nifty things.

With so many Chrome extensions available, which ones should you get? To help you decide, here are ten of my favorites. They’ll let you do everything from speeding up your Web browsing to checking Gmail and Google Calendar to grabbing videos and graphics from across the Web.


Get the Most out of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Search

Given that Google created Chrome, it should be no surprise that some of the best extensions you can find for the Web browser help you get the most out of Google’s core services, including calendaring, e-mail, and search.

Anyone who uses Google Calendar will want to install the excellent Google Calendar extension . Click its icon, and you’ll be able to see your calendar, complete with all events, right in its own pop-up window. You can also add events. A nice plus is that it displays all of your Google calendars, or just those you want to see.

Another excellent extension, Google Mail Checker Plus , notifies you when you have new mail in Gmail–and it does plenty more, as well. Its icon shows you the messages waiting in your inbox; click the icon, and for each message you can see the sender, the subject line, the first line of text, and the day it was sent. Click any message to read the whole thing, or to reply. It’s a great way to use Gmail without having to actually visit the site.

Although it focuses on contacts and attachments rather than messages, MailBrowser is another terrific way to get the most out of Gmail when you’re using Chrome. You click its icon to drop down a list of all of your Gmail contacts. Afterward, you can click any contact to get more details, including links to the business where the contact works. You’ll also be able to see all the e-mail you’ve exchanged with each contact, as well as to manage all the file attachments sent between you and the contact.

Better Browsing

Plenty of extensions out there can help Chrome work better when you’re browsing the Web. GleeBox , for one, is a clever extension that lets you use your keyboard rather than a mouse, for more-efficient browsing. Using it, you’ll be able to scroll and select text fields from the keyboard, for example.

Another top-notch choice is Google Quick Scroll . First, search using Google, and then click a search result to go to a Web page. When you do so, Google Quick Scroll pops up as a small window at the bottom of the screen, showing you the text on the page where your search term appears. Click the window, and you’ll jump straight to that spot.

Chrome users at times get frustrated when browsing the Web, because some sites were built to display in Internet Explorer, and as a result they display improperly in Chrome. There’s a simple solution: Grab IE Tab for Chrome. When you visit a Website that needs Internet Explorer to display correctly, click the IE Tab link, and the site will open in a new tab that uses Internet Explorer to display it.

The useful Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer solves a frequent and annoying problem: waiting for Adobe Reader to launch when you come across a PDF on the Web, or for PowerPoint to launch when you encounter a PowerPoint file. The extension opens PDF and PowerPoint files in their own tab, with an excellent file viewer. You can also save files to Google Docs or to your local hard disk.

Weather, Videos, Pictures, and More

You’ll also want to collect several miscellaneous Chrome extensions that accomplish a wide variety of tasks. Forecastfox Weather , for example, puts weather information within easy reach. Its icon shows you the current temperature and whether conditions are sunny, cloudy, raining, or snowing. Hover your mouse over the icon, and you get a brief description of the weather, such as ‘Light rain, 36 degrees Fahrenheit’. Click it, and it produces a full week’s weather forecast from Accuweather in a pop-up window, including a weather map. Click any day to go to the Accuweather site for more details.

Doing some quick research? Fastest Chrome does a nice job of grabbing Wikipedia content and displaying it in its own window. Highlight a term, and you can then see a Wikipedia summary, or else transfer to the Wikipedia Website. Fastest Chrome also enhances Google search.

Since Fastest Chrome can be somewhat erratic, an even better bet is Apture Highlights . Just highlight a term and click an icon that appears above the term–a pop-up appears with a definition of the term, photos, and links to videos, pictures, and search results. Click a picture or video, and it appears in a full window over your screen. When you’re done, click the X to make the window disappear.

Check out – https://chrome.google.com/extensions

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PHONE SAMSUNG GALAXY S SUPER CLEAR LCD I9003 SAMSUNG GALAXY S SUPER AMOLED I9000
BASIC SPECIFICATIONS
Type Smartphone Smartphone
Platform Android Android
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.1
Form Factor Candy Bar Candy Bar
QWERTY Keyboard No No
Weight 4.6 oz (131 gramms) 4.2 oz (118 gramms)
Width 2.5 in (64mm) 2.5 in (64mm)
Height 4.9 in (124mm) 4.8 in (122mm)
Depth 0.4 in (11mm) 0.4 in (10mm)
Announcement Date 03, February 2011 24, March 2010
CELLULAR
Cellular Band GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G (UMTS) GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G (UMTS)
Antenna Internal
Wireless Internet WAP, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA WAP, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SMS Features SMS Templates SMS Templates
MMS Support Yes Yes
Speakerphone Yes Yes
Dual Sim Card Support No No
DISPLAY
Display Size 4 inch 4 inch
Display Resolution 480×800 480×800
Display Technology Super clear lcd (C-type) Super AMOLED
Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors) 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Auto Screen Rotation Yes Yes
COMMUNICATION FEATURES
GPS receiver Yes Yes
A-GPS Yes Yes
Modem Yes No
Mobile Tracker Yes Yes
MEMORY
User Memory 4GB 16GB
Card Slot Yes Yes
Memory Card Support microSD (TransFlash), up to 32 Gb microSD (TransFlash), up to 32 Gb
DIGITAL CAMERA
Sensor Pixels 5 Megapixels 5 Megapixels
Flash None None
Camera Features Autofocus, PictBridge Support Autofocus, PictBridge Support
Video Recording Yes Yes
Max Video Resolution 1280×720 1280×720
Max Video Framerate 30 frames/s 30 frames/s
Front Facing Camera (for Video Conferencing) Yes Yes
CONNECTIONS
Interfaces USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Headset Jack Yes, 3.5 mm Yes, 3.5 mm
AV-out Yes Yes
Synchronization with PC Yes Yes
MULTIMEDIA FEATURES
Playback Digital Audio Formats MP3 MP3 AAC WAV WMA
Ringtones 40-voice polyphony, Truetone (MP3) 64-voice polyphony, Truetone (MP3)
Vibrating Alert Yes Yes
Java Support No Yes
A2DP Profile Yes Yes
Voice Recorder Yes No
BATTERY
Battery Type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Battery Capacity 1650 mAh 1500 mAh
Talk Time 769 min (2G) 803 min (2G)
Standby Time 750 h 750 h
MISCELLANEOUS
Organizer Features Alarm Clock, Calculator, Task Scheduler Alarm Clock, Calculator, Task Scheduler
Automatic Redial No Yes
CPU TI OMAP3630, 1000 MHz S5PC111, 1000 MHz
PURCHASE QUOTIENT
Indian Market Price 19000/- approx. 27000/- approx.

 

For mid-range buyers, the Samsung Galaxy S Super Clear LCD I9003 is the best buy at 19000/- approx. available in the Indian market currently.

For high-end buyers, the Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED I9000 is one amongst the good options available.

Tablets and Smartphones compared

Posted: March 21, 2011 in Gadgets

samsung ace

  • Minimal Yet Sophisticated Design
  • A Market with Limitless Fun
  • Perfect Social Hub
  • Great Hardware for Great Performance
  • Speedy Quicktype

These are the features that Samsung boosts of for Samsung Ace S5830. We will walk through each of these and find out what this Android device has to offer.

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Design:

The Ace falls in between the Premium and Budget range of mobile phones available in the Indain market. This does not mean that Samsung has cut its costs on design. The design of Samsung Ace is sturdy compared to the premium range Galaxy S. The plastic metallic band around the squared edges definitely renders it an aesthetic look. A good feature adapted from Apple s iPhone. It boosts of a 3.5-inch TFT HVGA (320×480) screen that feels a bit smaller in hand, but definitely not a drawback since the actual display size is similar to an iPhone 4.

The rear side of Ace is a boon. No glossy black plastic here, it’s a very matte ridged surface on offer. The thickness of the phone is 11.5 mm as opposed to 9mm thick GALAXY S.
A good point for the mid-budget buyers is that Ace is the closest resemblance to the GALAXY S patriarch. So, the buyers can get the GALAXY S feel without shedding premium bucks.

Android Market and Perfect Social Hub:

Galaxy Ace by default comes with Android 2.2 OS (Froyo), which is fantastic. Any upgrade to higher OS is not guaranteed but since you have Froyo, you have little to worry. Google services like real time Push Gmail, GTalk, YouTube, Calendar, Android Music and Video player, Android Market are present without any question. Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI, whether you like it or not, covers the Froyo UI, adding a cool app like Social Hub.

For Office work, the ThinkFree Office suite that came in Galaxy S appears here too.

Hardware:

The super snappy 1Gz Hummingbird processor of GALAXY S is gone, and enters an 800 MHz processor for GALAXY ACE. RAM comes down from 500MB to 158MB and Internal memory from 8GB to 2GB. The front camera is gone missing but hey, there’s flash at the back along side 5 MP camera.
The camera performs decently as compared to its same-priced counterparts. The flash is definitely an addendum.

The phone performed smoothly on a trial hands-on. No lag, crash was encountered.

As of the battery goes, 1350mAh is supposed to perform well. The only concern is will the battery be able to endure the unending application runs on this Android phone.

Quicktype:

It comes with a Swype keyboard that offers effortless typing.

Price in Mumbai:

15000/- (approx)

Conclusion:

Looks – Good
Performance – Good
Media – Average(NOT A MEDIA PHONE..)
BatteryLife – To be verified
Features to Price – Best buy in this range