24 August 2013

Improve Your English With New And Improved Definitions On Google Search [Updates]



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If Google Search has been standing in as your online dictionary of choice, then the search box will now take you deeper into a word. The latest update gives you sample sentences, synonyms, origin, and translations to go with the meaning of the word you put into the query. Google has updated both desktop and mobile search with the more comprehensive definitions. Unfortunately, for now it’s U.S. only. Knowing Google, you can be sure it will be rolled out elsewhere as well. Earlier, Google supported natural language queries. For instance, something like “definition Expeditious” or “What’s the definition of expeditious?”...


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Wikipedia Size in Print volumes



Wikipedia is big website with millions of content, there is no doubt on it, but do you ever wonder, how many volumes it would take to print English wikipedia.


A wikipedia user Tompw makes an estimated calculations that English wikipedia(only text no images and other graphical content) would fit on an approx. 1907 volumes in size of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


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  • This shows 2,537 million words across 4.3 million articles (through July 2013), implying an average of 590 words per article.

  • Same source shows 19.83 GB (=20,498,960 B) across 2,537 million words, implying 8.08 bytes/word. ASCII uses 1 byte/character which in turn implies 8.08 characters/word. However, this includes wikimarkup, and 5 char/word plus one for space is standard, so 6 characters/word will be assumed.

  • There are currently 4,311,575 articles, which means 2,543,829,250 words, which means 15,262,975,500 characters.

  • One volume: 25cm high, 5cm thick. 500 leaves, 2 pagefaces per leaf, two columns per pageface, 80 rows/column, 50 characters per row. So one volume = 8,000,000 characters, or 1,333,333 words, or 2,259.9 articles.

  • Thus, the text of the English Wikipedia is currently equivalent to 1,907.9 volumes of the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica.

  • Sanity check: Encyclop√¶dia Britannica has 44 million words across 32 volumes, or 1,375,000 words per volume. This would imply 1,850 volumes for WP.


Source- Wikipedia


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Justdelete.me- Easily delete your online account with single click



Do you ever stuck on setting page while trying to delete any online account, well now it seems to be an easy process with Justdelete.me


Justdelete.me is an online directory with links of some popular web services that enables you to easily delete your account from web.


Currently JustDelete.me offering 40 services including some popular web services, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo, Google, Paypal, Dropbox, LinkedIn etc


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The developer sets different colour-coded to indicate the difficulty level of account deletion-


Green: Simple process

Yellow: Some extra steps involved

Red: Cannot be fully deleted without contacting customer services

Black: Cannot be deleted


Visit JustDelete.me


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How to Encrypt your Gmail Messages with Google Docs



Worried that someone is reading your email? You can easily encrypt your Gmail messages using the powerful AES encryption algorithm and secure your private messages.





This story, How to Encrypt your Gmail Messages with Google Docs, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 24/08/2013 under Encryption, GMail, Internet

Create your own Encyclopedia using TextEnpedia



Ever wanted to create your own Encyclopedia with your own topic description and images, then TextEnpedia is worth to try.


TextEnpedia is an open source program that lets you to create your own text encyclopedia with a Rich Text Editor & Image support. This program allows you to create own encyclopedias from scratch, with customizable text descriptions and integrated images.


TextEnpedia indexed all entries in alphabetically and allows you to packed all generated files and easily allows to add these files to the existing Encyclopedia.


This program is highly simple to use, To add any entries, just click on the Add button from the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a form asking for title, body and image. Here you can also add a link for detailed source. Once you’ve done it, click on the Save button.


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To Preview any topic, click on it from left table or search on the search box, and the description will be shown on right box.


Download TextEnpedia


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The Evolution Of The Podcast — How A Medium Was Born [Geek History]



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Some say they’re already old-fashioned, others argue they’re more popular than ever. Whatever your take on podcasts, you have to admit: they’ve democratized broadcasting, and provided people with a smorgasbord of things to potentially listen to. But where did podcasting come from? To answer this, think about what podcasting is, and how it differs from mediums before it. A podcast is kind of like a radio show, but it’s not delivered (or intended to be listened to) at a certain time. Instead, it’s automatically delivered to a listener’s device — thanks to RSS. It’s stored on their own hard drive...


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Linux Desktop Email Clients Compared: Thunderbird vs. Evolution vs. KMail vs. Claws Mail



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Looking for a Linux email client? Here’s a breakdown comparing the four best options. Webmail use is still on the rise, and it’s not hard to understand why. There’s Gmail’s webmail-specific features, the ability to always see all of your email, and the convenience of viewing your email anywhere with just a browser and login credentials are just a few reasons why people have made email clients (outside of enterprise environments) almost obsolete. These advantages aside, there are still enough reasons to use a desktop email client as well. Some include desktop integration features such as system notifications for new...


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No More Notification Ads and Icon Ads in Android Apps



Here's a Google Play policy change that will make a lot of Android users happy: Android apps will no longer be able to install home screen icon for third-party services and show notification ads.



From Google: "Apps and their ads must not add homescreen shortcuts, browser bookmarks, or icons on the user's device as a service to third parties or for advertising purposes. Apps and their ads must not display advertisements through system level notifications on the user's device, unless the notifications derive from an integral feature provided by the installed app. (e.g., an airline app that notifies users of special deals, or a game that notifies users of in-game promotions)."



The Google Search app will be able to show Google Now ads, but a random game won't be able to show ads for third-party services.



There are a lot of Android apps like TrustGo Ad Detector or Lookout Ad Network Detector that show warnings if you install apps that use ad services like AirPush. "Smartphone usage has skyrocketed, and some advertisers have begun to experiment with aggressive, new techniques to display ads on mobile devices. This includes pushing ads to the standard Android notification bar, dropping generically designed icons on the mobile desktop, and modifying browser settings like bookmarks or the default homepage," explains Lookout.





New Gestures in Chrome for Android



One of the most annoying features in Chrome for Android has been finally removed in the latest beta release: swiping from the edge of the screen to switch tabs. It's very easy to trigger this gesture accidentally when you open desktop sites and some sites use similar gestures (Google Image Search).



Google replaced it with a gesture that's less error-prone: "swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs". It's hard to this accidentally when browsing the web. Google added other gestures: "Drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. And drag down from the menu to open the menu and select the item you want without having to lift your finger. Zoom into your preferred magnification on any desktop web site by double tapping on the page and swiping your finger up-down without lifting it."






Chrome 30 for Android brings a lot of other useful features: WebGL support, media source extensions for adaptive streaming and time shifting live streams, DeviceMotion events and reverse image search powered by Google.



Reverse image search (or search by image) is also natively supported in Chrome 30 for desktop: just right-click an image and pick "search Google for this image".






Chrome Beta for Android is available in Google Play, while Chrome Beta for desktop can be downloaded from here.

Which Google Drive Images Are Added to Google+ Photos



If you're wondering why not all the image files from Google Drive are available in Google+ Photos, here's the explanation. Google+ Photos only imports photos if they meet these criteria:



1. photos MUST be at least 512 x 512

2. JPG photos MUST have 'Date Taken' EXIF metadata

3. supported formats: JPG, GIF, WebP, RAW.



I've tested various image files and these are the rules. Google wants to restrict the feature to photos, but it's not clear why GIF and WebP are allowed, while PNG isn't.






{ Thanks, Martin. }

23 August 2013

Create and Store Network Settings Profiles With Simple IP Config



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You’re in a rush. The boss wants you to run out to a customer site, hook up to their network and run a few tests, then return to the office and write up a quick report. On the way, you’re hoping to stop off at home for lunch and play a quick LAN game with your kids. Yes, this is the fast-paced life of a tech geek, and you love it. The only problem is that sometimes technology doesn’t keep up with us. To accomplish the sort of scenario described above, you may need to edit your network configuration settings...


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Emulate Android On Your Desktop Using Windroy



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Do you wish you could run your favorite Android apps from the comfort of your Windows computer? As a PC enthusiast and desktop user, nothing is more frustrating than sitting down with my smartphone and finding an app that I really enjoy. Chances are, that app doesn’t offer any native desktop version. An app like Kik comes to mind. Kik is a great messaging service for your smartphone, but there’s no native way to use Kik from a laptop or desktop. You have to use an emulator. You’ve probably heard of BlueStacks before, and if you haven’t then you’re missing...


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Bing Takes Students Back To School With Improved Digital Literacy Skills [Updates]



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Bing for Schools is an education-focused initiative which aims to improve digital literacy skills in students through the power of search. One of the highlights is the strict attention to SafeSearch filtering and blocking of adult content. A recent Pew Pollrevealed that 94% of teachers think their students are most likely use a search engine during a typical assignment. Thus, it’s important that schools ensure students do it in a child-safe environment that doesn’t barrage them with ads. Bing has invited schools across the United States to take part in the program, which will expand gradually. According to Bing, schools...


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Cybercriminals break into Indian software company website, Spreaded Phishing and Malware



Cybercriminals breaks into an Indian software solutions website and start targeted it users to steal their email passwords.


According to Bitdefender researchers, attackers hack the webpage, embed malware and dump a phishing page on the script.


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Bitdefender researchers also detected Trojan.Iframe.RW and Trojan.JS.QJD, both inject iFrames into the website and redirect users to adware.



The bogus OnlineTTcopy attachment redirects to a phishing website that uses the images and login script of http://webmail.tr[REMOVED]ge.co.za/ to verify how many users have been duped to give away their e-mail credentials. JavaScript Trojans are mainly embedded in legitimate but poorly-crafted websites. Trojan.Iframe may be injected in a legal web page to download further malware and to be used for future cyber-attacks.



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Top 10 Countries with Fastest Internet Speed 2013



Akamai, has published a list of top 10 countries with fastest internet speed. South Korea is still leads the world with blazing fast internet speed.


South Korea has an average internet speed of 14.2 Mbps in Q1 2013, followed by Japan 11.7Mbps, Hong Kong with 10.9 Mbps, while the global average internet speed is 3.1 Mbps.


Top 10 Countries with Fastest Internet Speed 2013



  1. South Korea – 14.2 Mbps

  2. Japan – 11.7 Mbps

  3. HongKong -10.9 Mbps

  4. Switzerland – 10.1 Mbps

  5. Netherlands – 9.9 Mbps

  6. Latvia – 9.8 Mbps

  7. Czech Republic – 9.6 Mbps

  8. Sweden – 8.9 Mbps

  9. United States – 8.6 Mbps

  10. Denmark – 8.2 Mbps


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Google Updates the Dictionary OneBox



Google updated the dictionary OneBox with etymological information, a translation box and a graph that shows the use of a word over time. The graph is based on the Google Books Ngram Viewer and it shows the number of mentions of a word over time in a corpus of millions of books. You need to click the arrow icon at the bottom of the box to see the new features.






Unfortunately, the dictionary option from the search tools is no longer available. This means that Google's definitions from the web are only displayed if the words can't be found in the dictionary used by Google.






{ Thanks, James Sacuan. }

Appymouse Adds Virtual (On-Screen) Touchpad To Your Windows 8.1 Tablet



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While both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have been designed for both touch and non-touch devices, the newly introduced Modern UI works great on touch devices, and the desktop environment is perfect on typical PCs with keyboard and mouse. Navigating the desktop environment on a tablet with 8 or 10-inch screen is one of the […]

22 August 2013

Improve Your Online Shopping Experience With These Amazon Extensions For Chrome



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Do you shop on Amazon? Even if you don’t shop there regularly, you must have purchased at least an item or two in the past year. What is it about Amazon that makes shopping so easy? Is it good prices? A good shopping experience? Free shipping? Amazon Prime perks? All of the above? With its unquestionable advantages, Amazon is slowly biting bigger and bigger chunks out of smaller businesses and stores. With its almost unlimited budget, it can offer things almost no other business can, and being so popular, it also offers the widest selection of add-ons, extensions, plugins, and...


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Improve Your Online Shopping Experience With These Amazon Extensions For Chrome



amazon-shopping-featured.png

Do you shop on Amazon? Even if you don’t shop there regularly, you must have purchased at least an item or two in the past year. What is it about Amazon that makes shopping so easy? Is it good prices? A good shopping experience? Free shipping? Amazon Prime perks? All of the above? With its unquestionable advantages, Amazon is slowly biting bigger and bigger chunks out of smaller businesses and stores. With its almost unlimited budget, it can offer things almost no other business can, and being so popular, it also offers the widest selection of add-ons, extensions, plugins, and...


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Medium: An Alternative Blogging Platform From The Founders Of Twitter



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Twitter’s co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone launched their own blogging platform, Medium, about a year ago. When it first launched, we asked ourselves if it would take off or not, and it’s still a bit difficult to answer the question. In its closed beta phase, you can sign up and begin reading content posted on Medium straight away, you can’t start posting until you’re granted access. The roll out for access has been a slow-going process, and in some cases, has taken at least a year for users to get posting privileges. The founders say that the aim is...


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Stop Searching For Coupons! Promofly Will Find Them For You



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The wait is now over. Promofly is finally open to everyone, with some nice new features to boot. If you love shopping online, this is a great way to save money easily. Almost a year ago, I told you about Promofly — a service that helps you easily find and use valid promo codes for thousands of stores. Almost a year has passed, but nothing much changed in the promo-code arena. We’re still shopping online, and we’re still eager to find those cool codes that provide instant discounts off the products we want. There are many websites in which you...


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Stop Searching For Coupons! Promofly Will Find Them For You



promofly

The wait is now over. Promofly is finally open to everyone, with some nice new features to boot. If you love shopping online, this is a great way to save money easily. Almost a year ago, I told you about Promofly — a service that helps you easily find and use valid promo codes for thousands of stores. Almost a year has passed, but nothing much changed in the promo-code arena. We’re still shopping online, and we’re still eager to find those cool codes that provide instant discounts off the products we want. There are many websites in which you...


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Google Tests a New Mobile Search Interface



Google tests a new card-style interface for mobile search results. There are special cards for Knowledge Graph results, results from specialized search engines and for related searches. The new interface only shows Previous/Next buttons.












Many Google web apps and mobile apps use the card-style interface that was first added to Google Now. You can find it in Google Search, Google Play, Google+, the new Google Maps, Google Keep, the new YouTube app. "A lot of use of white space, not a lot of artificial, surface-like divisions. We're really counting on bold typography, white space, and big images to give emphasis, give character and give hierarchy to the cards that we give you," said Matias Duarte, who leads the Android User Experience team.



{ Thanks, Nedas. }

Perform Case-Sensitive Search in Google Chrome



Google Chrome doesn't support case-sensitive search but you can use a bookmarklet to find and highlight all the case-sensitive occurrences of a word.





This story, Perform Case-Sensitive Search in Google Chrome, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 22/08/2013 under Bookmarklets, Google Chrome, Internet

Blogger Bug Hides Old Comments



I don't like to use this blog to report bugs, but sometimes it's important to do that. Blogger no longer shows the old comments imported from the native commenting system. I've switched to Google+ comments and all the comments were properly imported. Now the legacy comments are no longer displayed.



Here's an old post that has 218 comments, but none are displayed:






Disabling Google+ comments fixes this issue, but the comments powered by Google+ are missing. This means that the old comments aren't lost, but there's a bug in the Google+ commenting system.



I checked the Blogger help forum before posting this and I was surprised to see some top contributors claiming that "all the non-Google+ comments disappear when you switch to Google+ comments". I'll link to the official Blogger blog: "older comments will continue to appear in the new widget".



{ Thanks, Kristian. }

How To Reset Google Chrome Settings



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Google recently released Chrome v29 to Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The newest version of Chrome comes with smarter omnibox suggestions as well as profile reset option. The reset feature helps you restore all settings such as homepage, new tab page, and search engine to their defaults. The feature will delete cookies, temporary data, […]

Selling Online? Make Sure Your Photos Sell Your Goods



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How many times have you bought something second-hand in a shop without properly inspecting it first? Any answer other than “never” means you’re doing it wrong, and the same is true for Internet sales too. While the price and description you decide on will influence potential customers, it’s your photos that will draw in potential buyers. Regardless of whether you make a living selling items on eBay or simply have an attic full of junk you need to shift, you’ll get a better price and more interest by following these tips. Actually Take Some Photos This one’s pretty easy and...


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Why Email Can’t Be Protected From Government Surveillance



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“If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either,” said the owner of secure email service Lavabit as he recently shut it down. “There is no way to do encrypted e-mail where the content is protected,” said Phil Zimmermann as he suddenly shut down Silent Circle’s secure email service. The reality is that email is fundamentally insecure and can never be protected from government surveillance in the same way some other communications can. Sure, you may be using a different encrypted and “secure” email service that hasn’t shut down yet. But they’re vulnerable to the...


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Google Keep Reminders



Google Keep now allows you to add reminders to your notes. Just like in Google Now, you can add time-based reminders and location-based reminders.



"To get started, select the 'Remind me' button from the bottom of any note and choose the type of reminder you want to add. You can add time-based reminders for a specific date and time, or a more general time of day, like tomorrow morning. Adding a location reminder is incredibly easy too — as soon as you start typing Google Keep suggests places nearby," explains Google.



Here's the desktop Google Keep site:









The Android app has been updated and now supports reminders. There's a new navigation drawer with separate sections for archived notes and reminders and you can now add photos from the Gallery without using the "share" feature.






Google Keep integrates with Google Now, so all the Keep reminders are added to Google Now. You'll find them in Settings > My Stuff > Reminders. For some reason, the reminders added from Google Now aren't available in Google Keep.



When Google discontinues Google Tasks, Google Keep will be the replacement. It's optimized for mobile and it doesn't integrate with Gmail, but at least it's constantly improving and it has a cool mobile app.

10 Of The Best IFTTT Recipes To Bring Order Into Your Online Social Life



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Tell yourself how many minutes of the day you give to the time sink that goes by the name of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or any other. The minutes add up. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to balance social media and productivity with a bit of automation that can do all the grunt work for us while we can sit back and enjoy its tidbits? We really can because we came to know about IFTTT around 2011, which its creator Linden Tibbets aptly calls a “digital duct tape”. IFTTT (If This Then That) is a wonderfully useful service that helps you set...


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Google's iOS Apps Share Accounts



One of the most annoying things when you install a new Google app in iOS is that you have to sign in. If you install Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Chrome and Google Maps, you'll have to enter your email address and password 5 times. Android's account manager solves this issue.



Somehow Google managed to bring shared accounts to iOS, although it's not exactly clear how. The latest version of the YouTube app and the new AdSense app bring the following features:



- support for multiple Google accounts

- quickly switching between accounts without entering your password

- the accounts are shared between Google apps.



If you enter the credentials of a Google account in the YouTube app and then open the AdSense app, you'll find the new account and you can sign in without entering the password. If you remove an account, it will be removed from the other Google apps that support this feature. I assume that most Google apps for iOS will be updated to use this brilliant feature.









I don't know how Google managed to add this feature, so let's hope that it doesn't use a flaw in iOS to bypass sandboxing. I tested it and the shared accounts features works in iOS 6 and iOS 7 (beta).

21 August 2013

How To Create Restore Point In Windows 8.1



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Restore Point, a feature first introduced with Windows ME, is one of the unique and best features of Windows operating system to quickly restore system files to a previous state without making changes to saved data. Windows automatically creates one restore point every week and also creates restore point prior installing updates. While Windows 8 […]

5 Ways To Harness The Power Of The Crowd



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Crowdsourcing can take on lots of different forms. Between social media and niche crowdsourcing sites, you can harness the power of the crowd to get just about anything. Whether it’s raising funds, looking for information, news, photos, or videos, there are niche sites that can cater to your exact needs. We’ve asked you before what you think of crowdfunding sites, but what about crowdsourcing sites in general? We’ve listed five of the most popular types of crowdsourcing websites below. Crowdfunding The most common form of crowdsourcing that has taken off has to be crowdfounding, in large part due to the...


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Generate Temporary Email Address with MailDrop



MailDrop is an online free email services that provides a temporary and disposable email address. So you never need to use your real email address on less trustworthy websites.


Using it you can choose custom aliases for your temporary email address and use it with any site or app.


Temporary Email Address with MailDrop:-



  • No Signups required

  • Custom Aliases

  • Block Spam E-Mails

  • No Password required


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MailDrop has some restrictions through. It is designed for no privacy and no security, anyone who can guess or know your email address can see your inbox.


Mail Drop inbox hold upto 10 messages, and any inbox which does not receive a message within 24h will be automatically cleared.


MailDrop also restricted to Plain text or HTML e-mails, but must be less than 100k in length. All email attachments are automatically removed.


Try MailDrop


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Try the New Google Search Interface in Chrome 29



If you enable "Instant Extended API" in the recently released Chrome 29, you also get a new Google Search interface that hides the search box, has a new navigation menu and a new share button. This also enables the updated new tab page which is actually a simplified Google homepage.















To try the experimental new tab page and the new Google interface, paste this in Chrome's address bar: chrome://flags/, use Ctrl+F to search for "Enable Instant Extended API" and click "Enabled" in the drop-down below "Enable Instant Extended API". Then click "Relaunch now" at the bottom of the page to restart Chrome. To disable this feature, use the same instructions, but click "Disabled" instead of "Enabled".