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Off the Record History Temporarily Stores Incognito Browsing History Until You Close Chrome

Off the Record History Temporarily Stores Incognito Browsing History Until You Close Chrome

Chrome: Incognito mode in Chrome is great, but one downside is the fact Chrome doesn’t keep any kind of history when you’re using it. That’s great most of the time, but sometimes you do want that history. Off the Record History creates a temporary history file in incognito mode for just those reasons.

Off the Record History essentially creates a short-term history file that self-destructs when you close the browser. This works for your history as well as recently closed tabs. If you tend to use incognito mode a lot, or if you have guests use it when they use your computer, Off the Record History is super useful to have installed. It does take a couple extra steps to set up so it works in Incognito mode, so be sure to look at the instructions on the extension’s page.

Off the Record History | Chrome Web Store via How-To Geek

Readism Adds Reading Time Estimates to Every Web Article

Readism Adds Reading Time Estimates to Every Web Article

Chrome: Sometimes, gauging whether or not you want to read an article is just about how much time you have at a given moment. Readism is a simple little extension that adds average read times to articles so you can make that choice quickly.

At the bottom of every article you open up, Readism adds a small reading time indicator. You can adjust how big this box is and how long it stays on the screen on Readism’s settings page. The reading time’s based on an average, so while it’s not exactly a perfect indicator of the time it’ll take to read an article, it’s better than nothing. That said, personalized reading times are supposedly on the way, so that might be worth keeping an eye on in the future.

Readism | Chrome Web Store via The Next Web

GoogleGIFs Extension Animates GIFs on Google Image Searches

GoogleGIFs Extension Animates GIFs on Google Image Searches

Chrome: Google Image Search is a pretty great way to find the right GIF when you need it, but the results don’t actually animate unless you select each GIF at once. The GoogleGIFs Chrome extensions fixes this.

The extension automatically loads all the GIFs on Google image results pages. This can help identify which images are animated, or preview what a GIF looks like without any extra effort. GoogleGIFs isn’t available on the Chrome Store, so in order to install it, follow these steps:

  1. Head to the GoogleGIF’s Github page here.
  2. At the bottom of the page, download the extension.
  3. Open chrome://extensions in a new tab.
  4. Drag the GoogleGIFs download onto the extensions page.

GoogleGIFs | Github via TechCrunch

Vysor Controls Your Android Phone From Chrome, No Android App Necessary

Chrome: There are a variety of ways to remotely control your Android phone. Vysor—from ClockworkMod, the developer behind other popular Android apps like AllCast, Helium, and ROM Manager—may be one of the simplest solutions yet. All you need is a Chrome app.

Vysor works by remotely controlling your phone via ADB (you can check out the easiest way to install ADB on each platform here). The Chrome app will automatically detect any ADB-enabled device connected to your computer. Simply select your device and it will display your phone’s entire screen on your computer.

In order to set up ADB access on your phone, follow these steps:

  1. Open your phone’s settings and navigate to
    “About phone.”
  2. Tap several times on “Build number” until a toast notification pops up saying you are now a developer.
  3. Navigate to “Developer options” in your Settings app.
  4. Enable USB debugging.

That’s all you need to do on the Android side of things. You don’t need to have an app installed, or give it any escalated access like you do with some other remote control apps. Vysor is still in beta, so it’s got a few bugs, but so far it’s already working pretty well.

Vysor | Chrome Web Store via Android Police

Multi Forward for Gmail Forwards Emails in Bulk

Multi Forward for Gmail Forwards Emails in Bulk

Chrome: Dealing with a large amount of email will always be a drag. When you’ve got a bunch of messages you need to loop someone in on, it can be tedious to forward them all. Multi Forward for Gmail helps make this process simpler.

Gmail currently only allows you to forward one message at a time. Whether that’s to help curb spam or simply because it’s not an everyday task is unclear. However, there are times being able to forward multiple emails at once can be handy. For example, when you need to forward all of your employees TPS reports to your boss at the end of the month. Multi Forward for Gmail allows you to select multiple emails from your inbox, click the multi forward button and send them all out to any number of recipients at once.

Multi Forward for Gmail | Chrome Web Store

Open with Firefox Bridges the Gap Between Your Two Favorite Browsers

Open with Firefox Bridges the Gap Between Your Two Favorite Browsers

Chrome: The battle between Chrome and Firefox as our favorite browsers has raged for years with no clear winner. If you’d rather not commit to just one browser, Open with Firefox allows you to quickly jump out of Chrome. You can also get Open in Chrome for Firefox for the reverse process.

The Open with Firefox extension simply allows you to quickly open the tab you’re working on in Firefox. This is useful if you have a tab that’s not compatible for some reason, or if you just want to avoid bogging down Chrome with a resource-heavy site. Open in Chrome performs a similar function, though you can choose to open just one tab in Chrome or all of your currently open tabs. Between these two extensions, it should be much easier to swap between both of your browsers.

Open in Firefox | Chrome Web Store

Open in Chrome | Firefox Add-Ons

Spaces Manages Chrome Windows, Saves Tab Layouts For Later

Spaces Manages Chrome Windows, Saves Tab Layouts For Later

Chrome: The person who invented browser tabs was obviously a genius, but it left us with the problem of managing multiple open tabs. Spaces makes it easier by allowing you to save and jump between open windows of various tabs.

The extension will show you a list of all the open Chrome windows you have at a time, show you which tabs you have open in each one, and quickly jump between them. Perhaps best of all, you can open a few tabs in a window, give the space a name, and then you can quickly open them later. This is particularly handy when you have a few tabs you need for a given task, but don’t want to keep them open all the time.

Spaces | Chrome Web Store via Ghacks

Noisli for Chrome Generates Background Sound to Keep You Productive

Noisli for Chrome Generates Background Sound to Keep You Productive

Chrome: We’re big fans of the Noisli web app, which allows you to create background noise so you can focus on your work. The new Chrome extension works the same way, but you don’t need to keep that extra tab open to use it.

The Chrome extension connects to the web app, so all the noise generation combos you’ve saved there are accessible from the extension. You can also set up a timer if you like to use Noisli as a motivator for work. If you’re a user of the web app or the iOS app, the extension works between them all.

Noisli (Free) | Chrome Web Store

ARC Welder Lets Devs (And You) Test Android Apps in Chrome

ARC Welder Lets Devs (And You) Test Android Apps in Chrome

Chrome: Google’s serious about getting Android apps working natively in Chrome. We’re big fans of this idea. Now it’s getting easier with the release of ARC Welder.

Strictly speaking, ARC Welder was designed as a developer tool, but as we’ve mentioned before, packaging Android apps for Chrome isn’t the most complicated affair in the world. It also simplifies much of what our previous guide covered. As a bonus, when you download ARC Welder, it will automatically install the app runtime that’s needed to make Android apps work. This process will work on any platform Chrome is on, including Windows, OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS (obviously).

As with our previous guide, there’s no guarantee that any app will work (and in fact most that rely on Google Play Services probably won’t). However, if you’re the tinkering type, this is a tool worth checking out. More importantly for everyone, this is an early signal that a lot more Android apps are potentially on their way to Chrome.

ARC Welder | Chrome Web Store

Google Art Project Puts an Art Masterpiece on Every New Chrome Tab

Google Art Project Puts an Art Masterpiece on Every New Chrome Tab

Just as your browser’s homepage can be a source of inspiration, so can the new tab page, since you probably open it quite often. How about some fine art throughout your day?

Google’s new Chrome extension delivers artwork from the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas from museum collections around the world. Along with the title of the art piece, you can click through to more information about it at the Google Cultural Institute.

In the options for Google Art Project, you can choose to have a new artwork show up daily or with each new tab. There are also options for showing the Chrome apps button, the default new tab button, and your most visited sites button.

This is a beautiful and educational way to get to your next website destination.

Google Art Project | Chrome Web Store via The Next Web