“Google Now” got a powerful goal: The right information at the right time.
From knowing the weather before you go for a run, to planning the best route to avoid traffic, or even checking your favorite team’s score while they are playing, get the information you want, when you need it. You can look at it as a new phase in Search. You are getting the answers before you had the chance to ask the questions. If you use Android or iPhone – Good chances that you saw it in action. However, if you got a Chromebook, here is how you can manage it and sync between your phone and your laptop. Yesterday, Google has announced that they’re expanding Now with support for 70 new apps, including Spotify, Feedly, Runkeeper, OpenTable etc’.
If you are a Linux hacker and/or a developer with a new Chromebook, Chromebox, Pixel or an old laptop with ChromeOS… You might want to have the ability to have a dual-boot option that will let you enjoy the power of your ChromeOS but on the same time be able to boot your laptop with Linux and enjoy C, C++, Java and the fun technologies. It might be hard on other platforms to ‘hack’ them, but since the chromium project is open-source, I guess, they wanted to be hackable by design (e.g. you have a keyboard shortcuts in Pixel that let you enter this mode). Here are the few steps you need to follow in order to enjoy hacking ChromeOS. Continue reading →
Today, I had the pleasure to sit for 15min with Nissim Betito (the one and only!) how is a known hacker in the linux community around TLV. We spoke about Chromebook and what are the powerful tools that you can leverage today when you wish to write code. Later, we showed how to install ubuntu on Chromebook and get everything you miss as a developer that must have gcc (or other complier) under their hands. In the near future we will show how to install chromeOS image on raspberry pi… Continue reading →
There are some cases where you wish your chromeOS, Chromebook (or Chromebox) will not to enter into sleep mode. A quick example is when you wish to use it in a conference to present a cool web experiment and you don’t want it to vanish after few minutes. Here are two quick ways to achieve it. Both are a bit of a hack… but it’s not a complicated process.
The hacker way
Login with the admin user.
Open a terminal by hiting CTRL+ALT+T
Type the following
shell (to drop into a standard bash shell)
sudo stop powerm – to disable sleep when lid is closed. You could go with the longer version of: sudo initctl stop powerm but there is no reason to type more…
sudo stop powerd – to disable all other power management features.
Now logout from the menu – But do not restart! Why? because these settings won’t survive it.
The easy way
Install this Chrome extension – Caffeine after your clone/fork it from Github. It is an experimental extension for Google ChromeBooks that overrides the default power settings.
It is using this API:
which is still under experiment so you will need to enable it before the installation.
How to install:
Go to about:flags on your Chromebook, enable “Experimental Extension APIs” and then restart your Chromebook.
Go to extensions, toggle on Developer Mode, and click load unpacked extension.
Choose the folder containing this source.
Toggle / unToggle the menu icon to keep Chrome awake. Is it easy or what?
Happy new year!
[Update Sep 2014] – You can now have Keep Aware extension from the Chrome Web Store. This is the easiest way and it got two option: full system awake (sun is up) or display will go to sleep but network and the rest will continue to work (moon is up).
Today I sat with Nissim Benito (our very own Chrome/Hardware expert) to talk about the new features we have in ChromeOS. We covered the hardware specs that you have on Chromebox and Chromebook. These devices give you a lot of option to connect 6 USBs, 2 DVI etc’. We showed how you can use modern web apps that are out there today to be more productive and safe. In case you want to test ChromeOS before you buy it, you can go to best buy or Install ChromiumOS On Your (Old) Laptop another option is to test ChromeOS In VirtualBox. I’m sorry for the quality of the audio… I hope to solve it until the next episode.
During my work with big organizations I got many questions about deploying Chrome for enterprise. What are the management capabilities? Which policy I can control? Is there an option to use MSI? The good news is that most of the answers are… Yes! Chrome/Chromuim supports few ways to control your browser’s activity. It can be done by using group policy, MCX files and external configuration files. In the end of the day, the administrator of your organization can manage and control all the Chrome installations. One of the main question CIO/CTO has is about the option to control the auto-updates. Well, You can control it. For more details you can read the first bullet in the list below. The other items in that list will help you understand more on the capabilities and see how you can deploy it on any network (windows, linux and mac).
Windows Quick Start – This tutorial will show you how to get Chromium / Google Chrome deployed and configured on a Windows network.
Mac Quick Start – Get started with managing Chromium / Google Chrome on a Mac network.
Linux Quick Start – Managed instance of Google Chrome or Chromium up and running on Linux.
(*) More information on all the benefits of Chrome for enterprise and businesses can be found here. And as we know, in the business world the EULA is important as well.
Another great option for enterprises that need to work with IE is to install Chrome-Frame. Chrome Frame is an Internet Explorer plug-in that renders specific web pages in Chrome. That’s right… You will be able to use the latest HTML5 features (e.g. see amazing 3D WebGL charts) inside your IE6-8. It’s very powerful way to empower your people with modern browser today.
Well, the summer is over (thanks god!) and the kids are back to school. It’s a great opportunity to check out what’s new in ChromeOS kingdom (e.g. Chromebook, Chromebox and other hardware you might have this powerful OS on).
First, let’s dive to the $2M… After the big success of first Pwnium competition it was clear there is going to be 2nd one. So get ready with your hacking fu because Pwnium 2 is coming. It will be held on Oct 10th, 2012 at the Hack In The Box in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This time, they will be sponsoring up to $2 million worth of rewards. Where the highest one is $60,000! In order to gain it you will need to find “Full Chrome exploit”. It means you are working on Chrome (in Win7) and you gain local OS user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome itself. It’s amazing to see how creative hackers can be and even more the speed that the developers of Chromium will fix and ship it. For more details check out this blog post on Chromium blog.
Second, few cool extensions to control… extensions (read this sentence again if you wish).
Extension Automation – It makes life easy when it comes to control and manage the scope that your extensions are running. Think on a case, where you wish the Google+ extension to work only on G+ pages.
Black Menu – One ‘little’ black menu to access all (=most) of Google services. I didn’t play with it yet, but some of my friends did, and it seems to work for them quite nicely.
Send to Kindle – It’s similar to other extensions like ‘read it later’ that let you send/save stuff for later read. However, this is the option to read it on your kindle (which means, you can use your phone, tablet and Chromebook with Cloud Reader in order to read interesting posts/articles).
Last but not least, there are lots of good new features we will soon have in ChromeOS (and Chrome) the main ones are around the new packaged apps. In last I/O there were serval talks on the topic and with the latest version of Chrome Canary, you can build, load, debug and test your apps without command-line flags, although you may need to enable experimental APIs in some cases. This is very cool option, because it opens the door for web developers to build ‘native’ (=desktop) apps with the technologies they master (=JS, HTML, CSS). On ChromeOS these apps will feel at home because they got all the APIs they need.
This is a very cool (new) extension that let you work with SSH inside your browser. It’s name is Secure Shell and it is an xterm-compatible terminal emulator and stand-alone ssh client for Chrome. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to ssh servers without the need for external proxies. I used it for few days and it’s working great. It’s useful on Chromebook (and ChromeOS) as a nice way to have access to a box that let you compile your C++/Java code. Also, as I’ve heard from few good people on stackoverflow, the need for Emcas (and/or) Vim on ChromeOS can be achieved via this nice extension.