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3 Chrome Extensions You Can’t Live Without

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Advertorial, Google, PROMO, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on 3 Chrome Extensions You Can’t Live Without

Technoid Computer News: 3 BEST Chrome Extensions

On its own, Google’s Chrome is a pretty neat browser, however extensions can either increase or weigh down its potential exponentially. So, exactly what are extensions – I hear you whisper? Essentially, they’re small apps that add extra – external – functionality. For Chrome, there are literally tens of thousands of available extensions, performing a huge variety of functions – everything from find shopping coupons, to extensions that make your computer run much faster. A visit to Googles Chrome Web Store Extensions page can be overwhelming, so we’re going to simplify things for you, here are 3 extensions you can’t – or shouldn’t – live without.

For newbies to the Chrome browser, consider this your extensions starter pack. If you’re a Chrome power user, you’ll no doubt be familiar most or some of these, but you might learn about some you’ve never heard of before. Once you’ve tried any one of these extensions, you won’t know how you ever lived without them. Read the full article »»»»

Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Google Moments 20132013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.

For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.

In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television,  social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.

Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.

The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»

Google Native Client Gaming! The Future of Browser Gaming

Posted: December 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Gaming, Google, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Native Client Gaming! The Future of Browser Gaming

GOOGLEBrowser based gaming, while being fun they are commercial gaming’s poor cousin. Google is single handily changing this with a new updated Chrome, giving Chrome the ability to surf games. While working with the web is still Chromes daily bread Google is working hard to allow Google to run games at full speed. Native Client is Google’s new technology aimed at achieving this, gaming that combines the ease of use of browser games with the speed and detail of full commercial games.

Browser games are currently ruled by Flash, Java, HTML and CSS, which realistically has never had the speed or functionality to compete with commercial games. That’s not to say that browser gaming doesn’t have advantages. Browser based games win hands down when it comes to quick setup time and ease of use. With no applications to install, online accounts to setup or security keys to enter browser games are  the king of quick play. Read the full article »»»»

Google Gmail Makeover

Posted: December 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bow Down, Google, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Gmail Makeover

GOOGLEThe Google designers have been flatout lately, they’ve done some serious make-overs on everything from Analytics control panels to Youtube. Smack in the middle of all of this is the make-over Gmail has had bashed into it, and as always with Google updates and makeovers many punters aren’t happy.

This new clean white look Google is heavier on specs, however the clean white makes everything look a little less, infact all of the Google products that have undergone  the clean white make-overs now offer much much more, including Gmail.


As always with Google products, there is a quick and übersimple – but hidden – FIX!

  1. Goto the little cog logo aka SETTINGS
  2. Select COMPACT
  3. Breathe OUT!
Google reckons they’ve made the entire experience a heap easier as well as cleaner :: Read the full article »»»»

Kogan's Got the Chrome

Posted: June 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Kogan's Got the Chrome

Australian consumer electronics manufacturer and ubersales biz Kogan, has shipped the world’s first notebook running Chromium OS. The release of the 11.6” Agora Chromium Laptop means that Kogan has pipped Samsung and Acer, whose Google-sanctioned Chromebooks are due out in a week. The Kogan isn’t exactly a high-end wizbang machine, it’s lacking a little on the specs, the 11.6” Kogan Agora laptop features a 1.3GHz Celeron M ULV CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM, upgradeable to 4GB. An Intel GS40 chipset with 256MB of shared graphics memory, 30GB SSD storage, 3 USB ports, 1 HDMI port, a memory card reader and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. Wireless connectivity is achieved via 802.11 B/G/N Wi-Fi, while battery life is a little disappointing – estimated at 3.5 hours. A key selling point for the Agora Chromium Laptop is fast loading – the machine boots in under 5 seconds and resumes instantly according to Kogan. The Kogan Agora Chromium Laptop is available online for Australian consumers and is priced at around – live pricing – $AUD290

Checkout Kogan’s Live Page www.kogan.com.au

iSYS X13 Chromium Chrome, First Chrome OS Lifesized Modular Desktop

Posted: May 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on iSYS X13 Chromium Chrome, First Chrome OS Lifesized Modular Desktop

ChromiumPC the shiniest of shines and the name of the first ever Google Chrome OS based desktop computer. iSYS Technologies and Xi3 Corporation have teamed up to release a flexible and impressively hip looking compact computer. Using a very clever modular design Xi3 have managed to fit an impressive amount of computing power into this coke can sized computer. Then just to make it catch your eye they made it out of Billet Aluminium and Chrome.

More than just a PC the Chromium represents a new PC architecture as well as a new software architecture in Chrome OS. This is a small shiny PC with a leading edge punch. Using a modular design the PC’s internals are spit into three daughter boards that are upgradable. The layout of the modules  helps with keeping temps down inside. It sounds logical but the smaller internal space in a computers case the easier it is to keep cool, small spaces collect heat very fast. The three modules that make up Chromium are the Processor Module, the Primary I/O Module and Secondary I/O Module. Each of the modules are upgradeable as new technology is released.

The Chrome OS that comes installed as standard is an interesting beast in itself. The first real operaing system that is integrated with the clouds – cloud computing that is -. Chrome makes heavy use of Google’s online applications and tries to do as much work as possible online. That’s the theory anyway, you can just run Windows and normal apps just as easily on Chromium. The ChomeOS based laptops from Samsung and Acre will be out July 3rd, beating the Xi3 to market but the Xi3 should still be the first desktop to market when realeased on July 4. Obviously Google already had plans on July 3.

Not that you are locked into Chrome, other options include a half a dozen flavours of Windows 7, Linusx Suse and Embedded Windows 7. Options on the website are a plenty for hardware as well, a little surprising for such a compact machine. Options for the CPU’s at the moment are the all low power AMD CPU’s – 3400e X2 dual core at 1.8Ghz, AMD 3100 2Ghz single core and the ultra low power AMD X2 2000. Xi3 is working on Intel based modules at the moent and modules for ARM cpu’s and other exotics are possible. Hard drive, monitors and keyboard/mouse options are all covered.

Other clever add-ons for the Xi3 include mounting brackets for wall mounting, customized paint work and the crafty Z3RO Module. Also called a processor extender the Z3RO allows you to run upto 4 workstations for four users, on the one Xi3. Each workstation needs its own Z3RO Module – starting at $250 per seat –  but the cost’s reduction with 4 users running off the one machine are huge and large corporations will take advantage of technology such as this. The specs for this model state the dual core cpu as a requirement, obviously there is some impact on performance with 4 people using a single system but a quick dual core should negate this impact to an extent.

The systems total power useage is rediculously low 30watts, part of the secrets for dealing with heatin small spaces. 30 watts also makes this a very green computer, with only Atom based netbooks using less power.

Along with the usual assortment of inputs and outputs intergrated into the back panel of the Chromium Xi3 has included the Xm3dia™ (x media) plug, exclusive to the Xi3. There is very little technical information regarding this mystery interface other than it’s a feature rich bus offering limitless expansion according to Xi3’s website. Traditionally this is the kind of bus interface used by media devices to connect expansion devices such as TV Tuners and PVR’s.

The pricing for the top spec Xi3 is $1,387.00 US when ordering from the website. For that you get a copy of Windows 7 Home, 128Gb SSD hard drive, Chrome finish and AMD 3400E dual core cpu. The basic setup drives the price down to $849.

The Xi3 is nicely packaged day to day desktop machine capable of doing double duty as a media centre or light duties desktop. The Xi3’s good looks lets it get away with going into new teritory, a computer on the mantal piece, Xi3 could do it. If there was an award for the most striking looking PC the Xi3 would win it.

ChromiumPM CPU Options and System Specifications

The CPU Options Include

  • Standard -Athlon Dual Core 3400E 22W – 2G DDR2
  • Less $50- Athlon 3100 2.0GHz 25W – 2G DDR2 (Z3RO Modules require a Dual Core processor)
  • Less $40- Athlon 2000+ 8W – 2G DDR2 (Z3RO Modules require a Dual Core processor)

The systems specs:
Primary I/O Module (Module No. PIO-5A-M62)

  • eSATA 3.0, 2.5 and 1.5 support
  • USB 2.0 support
  • PMC Optical Interface
  • SSD Quick Boot (Linux or Windows)

External Connectors:

  • 2 – eSATA 2.5 Ports
  • 6 – USB 2.0 Ports (root hubs)
  • 3 – Reconfigurable Audio channels
  • (1-3, Microphone, Headphone and/or
  • Line-in/Line-out)

Internal Connectors:

  • 1 – USB 2.0 Connector
  • 1 – Fan Connector

Secondary I/O Module (Module No. SIO-5A-G20)

  • DirectX Support: DX11
  • Open GL: v2.0
  • Video Decode: UVD 2.0 – VC-1, MPEG2, MPEG4
  • HDCP: v1.3b (up to 1080p)
  • Side-Port Memory: 128MB (DDR2-800)
  • DP/DVI: 1080p, with Digital Audio (HDMI optional)
  • Max Resolution: 2560×1600 @ 32bpp (dual output capable)
  • Dual Display Standard: DVI-DL + VGA, DVI-DL + DP,
  • VGA + DP (HDMI converter optional)

External Connectors:

  • 1 – Ethernet connector (10/100/1000)
  • 1 – Display port (DP/DVI, HDMI optional)
  • 1 – Display port (DVI-DL + VGA, DVI-DL + DP, VGA + DP)
  • 1 – Power connector (19volts DC @ 3.42amps)

External Size: 4.0- x 3.656- x 3.656-inches
Integrated Power Management Controller
Operating Temp. 32F – 140F
Non-Operating Temp. -4F – 158F
Elevation ≤ 10,000 Ft
Phoenix Legacy BIOS
Warranty 3-year Advance Replace (parts)

Xi3’s Website and ChromiumPC Options page.

Buddha’s Brother out.…

Chromebook Set For July 3 Release

Posted: May 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Chromebook Set For July 3 Release

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has hailed Google’s new laptops as a “new model of computing”.The netbook will be driven by Google’s Chrome Browser, optimised for Web and Cloud Computing. Brin’s comments came on the second day of the company’s developer conference, where Google announced that so-called Chromebooks will go on sale in June.  The manufacturers and timeline are within what Google announced at the press conference last December announcing the Chrome laptop.

“Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.” said Brin Read the full article »»»»