Tag Archives: Chrome Extensions

Quotationr Saves Quotes or Other Text from Around the Web With a Few Clicks

Web/Chrome: Whether you’re saving inspirational quotes for later or doing some light research, Quotationr is a fast, free, and flexible way to grab bits of text from around the web and save them to your account for future reference. Mark them public or private, tag them to keep them organized, and come back later.

Quotationr is interesting largely because it’s new, free, and superbly simple. It doesn’t do anything you can’t already accomplish with tools like Evernote or OneNote, especially if you’re already using one of those apps, but if you’re not or you’re intimidated by the sheer number of features they have, Quotationr keeps it simple and elegant.

You can copy/paste items into your account manually, but the app’s real strength comes from installing the Chrome extension. You can tell the add-on to pop up every time you select text or wait for you to click it, but in every case once you do you can tag it, set your “quote” to be public or private, and save it to your account in one or two clicks. From there, you can log in to your account to see everything you’ve saved. That’s pretty much it.

Quotationr is free—at least for starters—so you can see if you like it, and it works for you. An “unlimited” account will set you back a whopping three cents a day, or about $1/mo. If you sign up for a whole year, you’ll get a break and only pay $9. Not bad for something simple, useful, and independent, but give it a shot before you drop the cash to see if you like it.


Privacy Lets You Create “Virtual” Credit Card Numbers, Deactivate One Instantly If It’s Stolen

Every other day there’s a hack. Credit card information is stolen, leaving you stuck calling your bank for a new one, or waiting to see if yours is misused, but Privacy is a new tool that lets you create virtual, disposable numbers, then deactivate them instantly if one is stolen.

You know how you in Gmail you can create email addresses like “myname+service@gmail.com” and then, if you get spam to it, you know who sold your email address to a list somewhere? Privacy is pretty much the same thing, except for your credit card or bank account. You still have the fraud and liability protection that your bank or credit card company offers, and your transactions happen like normal.


Privacy just gives you the ability to create virtual “accounts” that are authorized to charge a given amount to your credit card or bank account. You can set that account to be single use or multi-use, and if the amount is used up, then the transaction doesn’t go through to your main account. If one of your virtual accounts gets hit with an account you don’t recognize, you’ll be able to open the account from the Privacy Chrome or Firefox extension and shut it down immediately. The Chrome extension lets you manage your account quickly, auto-fill shopping sites with your virtual account numbers, or quickly create or shut down numbers.

Privacy is completely free, and makes money by acting as a credit card processor (you can read more here), so that’s why they don’t have to charge you for the service. From a security perspective, you can read all about how Privacy keeps your data safe here, as well as how the service secures its connection with your bank. Hit the link below to learn more, see how it works, and sign up if you’re interested.


The Trello Chrome Extension Lets You Quickly Search Your Boards and Create Cards from Any Website

The Trello Chrome Extension Lets You Quickly Search Your Boards and Create Cards from Any Website

Awesome life organizing tool Trello recently came out with a Chrome extension that will make accessing and adding to your boards much faster and simpler.

When you’re on a webpage that you’d like to add to a board, just click the extension, choose your board and list, and select to attach it. It’ll be entered, complete with an image and description.

Also, with the extension you can search Trello by typing “t” and space—and instantly jump to the board you need.

Very handy. Read more about the extension in the link below or grab it from the Chrome Web Store.

Stay in Your Browser with Trello’s New Chrome Extension | Trello

Hibou Helps You Remember What You Read with Spaced Repetition

Hibou Helps You Remember What You Read with Spaced Repetition

Chrome: Ever read an article online, only to forget most of what it said a few days later? Hibou is an extension that will remind you to re-read it later for better retention.

Hibou uses spaced repetition to help you remember stuff you read. Just add an article to the Hibou extension, highlight the information you want to remember, and in a few days, it’ll remind you to brush up on that article. If you’re getting the hang of it, you can have it remind you less often, or if you still need a bit more repetition, you can tell it to remind you more often. It’s a great little extension for those of us that end up in Wikipedia holes for hours on end, and don’t remember any of it the next day.

You can read more about how Hibou works here, or check it out for yourself at the link below.

Hibou | via Reddit

Delight Turns Every New Tab Into an Inspiring Time-Lapse Scene

Chrome: There are lots of ways to brighten up your new tab page, but Delight is one of the most inspiring (and beautiful) I’ve seen. It’s functional too: It combines your most-visited pages, the weather, your Chrome apps, bookmarks, and history, with a gorgeous time-lapse that makes you just stop and stare.

I’ve been using Delight for a while now, since before it officially launched, and of all the new tab add-ons that I try, this is one of the few I’ve kept installed for as long as I have. It loads quickly, the time lapse video doesn’t stutter (it stutters a little on Windows, but that could be my PC), and I have complete control over what’s shown on the edges of the scene. The video above gives you a quick look at how it all works (although be warned, there’s music in the video, but the extension doesn’t play music, just so you know!)

On top of those gorgeous scenes of spinning night skies, natural wonders, and other gorgeous naturescapes, you can turn on the usual list of your most frequently visited sites, add a few cities you’d like to track the weather and time in (and toggle 24 or 12 hour time, or Fahrenheit or Celsius temperatures), and add quick links to your Chrome apps, bookmarks, and browser history. If all that is too cluttered for you and you just want the scenery, you can turn it all off, too. Hit the link below to try it out.

Delight (Free) | Chrome Web Store via Delight

SiteJabber Shows You Reviews of Web Retailers Before You Buy

SiteJabber Shows You Reviews of Web Retailers Before You Buy

Chrome: Everyone shops at Amazon, but there are thousands of other retailers around the web that would love your business. The trouble is knowing whether they’re legit or you’re wasting your money. That’s where SiteJabber comes in: Their new Chrome extension makes it easy to find out before you buy.

Once installed, the SiteJabber extension goes to work on your search results and the pages you visit. When you search for a product, or anything really, you’ll see the SiteJabber logo next to your search results, color coded to display what the SiteJabber community thinks of that site or retailer. Green is on the up and up, yellow means that the retailer or site has had some mixed reviews, and red means the majority of the ratings are poor. Gray means the site is unrated.


The service operates on a five-star rating system, which of course is a double-edged sword, and the reviews aren’t always useful. While we didn’t find a lot of fake reviews, we did find a lot of sites with few reviews or just plain vengeful reviews (aka, Yelp Syndrome) which kind of poison the well. We also saw lots of reviews with no useful information, or people rating sites poorly (and highly) with no real reason or justification. SiteJabber has been around for a long time though, and rather than taking it as the last word on a website or retailer, use it as another data point to help you decide whether to give it a try—or to broaden your shopping horizons a bit. You don’t have to sign up for a SiteJabber account to use the add-on, but it’s a good idea if you’d like to join the community.

SiteJabber (Free) | Chrome Web Store via SiteJabber

Chef’s Hat Lets You Bookmark and Organize Recipes from All Over the Web

Chef's Hat Lets You Bookmark and Organize Recipes from All Over the Web

Chrome/iOS: There’s no shortage of ways to organize recipes you find around the web, but they come and go so quickly it’s nice to see a new one. Chef’s Hat is a bookmarking and snipping tool that saves recipes you find around the web so they’re easy to find—and cook—later.


Once you sign up for an account at Chef’s Hat (either via Facebook, Twitter, or email), you can install the Chrome extension and start clipping recipes you see around the web to your account. There’s also an iOS app that lets you access those saved recipes on your iPhone or iPad, perfect for when you’re in the kitchen about to start cooking. It also adds a share extension to Safari in iOS, so you can save recipes you find while you’re browsing on the go. The team behind the app is planning on an Android version next.

To be fair, Chef’s Hat isn’t the most robust recipe manager out there. It’s missing some key features, like the ability to edit recipes once you’ve clipped them, and organize recipes saved to your account. It worked well for me on popular food sites where ingredients and directions are clearly marked, but when I tried to add a recipe my CSA posted to Instagram, or a recipe I found on Instructables, it was a mess of garbled text or worse, a photo with nothing else. Even so, it’s one of the fastest, and it’s nice and simple—if all you need is a tool to snip and save those recipes in a beautiful, visual format, or a reminder to go back and actually make those pretty dishes you stumble on, this is a tool worth looking at. Plus, it’s completely free.

Chef’s Hat

Honey Still Automatically Applies Coupon Codes, But Now You Can Earn Points, Too

Honey Still Automatically Applies Coupon Codes, But Now You Can Earn Points, Too

Chrome: The Honey browser extension is awesome for automatic couponing. Rather than hunt for a coupon code when you’re buying something online, the extension will hunt and apply the coupon for you with a single click. And now, they’ve added cash back deals.

Honey still does the same thing it’s always done: automatically apply online coupon codes. But now, it includes a cash back program when you spend at certain retailers (Groupon, Target, and Nordstrom, to name a few). All you do is sign up for HoneyGold, and next time you use Honey at one of those retailers, you’ll earn points. After earning a certain number of points, you can trade them in for an Amazon gift card.

It works like any other cash back program, really. But if you’re already using the extension, this is an easy way to save even more without having to do anything. Check it out for yourself at the link below.


Knotes Turns Your New Tab Page Into a Beautiful To-Do List

Chrome: Sometimes the best to-do app is the one you have available—and if you use Chrome as your main browser, Knotes puts your to-dos and notes on a beautifully-designed new tab page. It also makes adding new ones a one-click operation, then backs all of it up to Dropbox or Gmail.

We’ve talked about the best ways to supercharge Chrome’s new tab page before, but Knotes, from Knotable (who has a number of other Chrome extensions too worth checking out) transforms your new tab page into a beautiful photo background with a space for notes and to-dos offset to the right. Depending on the size of your Chrome window, you’ll also see a clock on the left, so every new tab also tells you the time of day.


You’ll have to sign up for an account in order to use the add-on, but you can sign up via email, and your account is only used to sync your notes and to-dos with the Knotable on the web, so you can access them on mobile devices or from other browsers where you don’t have Knotes installed. Once you’re signed in (Fair warning: This seems to be the stumbling block for some people—they can sign up, but can’t log in via the extension, or their accounts never get activated. It took me a while too, but restarting Chrome let me finally log in.) you’re off and away. From there, it’s simple to use: Just start adding notes or to-dos. You can turn one of the note spaces into a to-do list to complete over the course of the day, or use them all for individual items you want to accomplish, it’s up to you.

There are other features, like emailing notes via Gmail and backing up your notes to Dropbox, but most of those come through the Knotes webapp, not directly through the new tab page. All in all though, it’s a good-looking to-do list that sticks with you on every new browser tab. It’s easy to use, and ties back into a pretty robust back-end that you can use on other devices, or just open in its own tab to use for calendar appointments, deadlines, and more. You can see it—and its companion webapp—in action in the video above, and download Knotes at the link below.

Knotes (Free) | Chrome Web Store via Knotable

Xendo Lets You Search Dozens of Your Cloud Services At Once

Xendo Lets You Search Dozens of Your Cloud Services At Once

Web/Chrome: You probably have too many cloud services storing your stuff. Xendo allows you to search Google (and all its services), Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, and plenty more in one place.

Unlike other services that just search your files on cloud storage providers like Dropbox or Google Drive, Xendo searches everything. You can find notes you’ve written in Evernote, links you’ve saved in Pocket, and calendar events in Google Calendar. It can even search more work-oriented services like Slack, Hipchat, and Trello.

Xendo via Make Use Of