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10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2012

10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2012
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2012 is the year of Google Chrome. According to StatCounter, Google Chrome clocked up a whopping 35% share of web browser usage which makes it the most widely used internet browser. We have picked the best Chrome extensions add-ons of 2012 for you to “add-on” your browsers that helps you to surf the internet more easily and efficiently, thus, improve your productivity. Enjoy!

1. Awesome Screenshot

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    Awesome screenshot helps you to capture the whole web page. You can choose any portion of a a page, annotate the captured area with different shapes, arrows lines or even add text onto it. This chrome extension is simple and easy. It does exactly what it says; no more, less.

    2. Pocket

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      When you find something interesting on the Internet that you wish to save to read later, Pocket is the chrome extension for you. Pocket automatically syncs to your mobile devices, tablet or computer so that you can read your saved articles at any time. Pocket also allows off-line access, you can access your saved articles without any internet connection.

      3. Search by Image (by Google)

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        Search by Image extension give your the ability to initiate a Google Image Search using any image found in the Internet. This is a must-have extension if you search images on the web frequently.

        4. Adblock for YouTube

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          Are you sick of the annoying in-video adverts when you are watching a video on YouTube?Try Adblock for YouTube which can remove any ad videos shown before any videos. Time to say goodbye to the video ad.

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          5. FlashBlock

          Flashblock

            Most of the Flash content on the web increases your computer memory usage and CPU cycles causing your computer to chug along slowly. FlashBlock automatically blocks all flash content on a webpage which can avoids Flash from slowly hogging all of your computer memory (which eventually slows down your computer when you free memory is low).

            6. LastPass

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              LastPass is a free password manager. It can help you to save passwords from  most of the web pages in the web. When you log into any website in the Internet, LastPass can save your password automatically. LastPass makes your web browsing easier and more secure. If you use a lot of random passwords in the web, LastPass is the best vault to store them.

              7. Feedly

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              feedly

                Feedly proves that RSS readers can be simple and stylish. Feedly transforms your Google Reader into a magazine-like start page. Google Reader takes too much time to go through all the new items whereas Feedly provides you with a high-level view of your news which means you can spend less time reading articles which are less relevant to you.

                8. Hover Zoom

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                  There are so many websites that use small thumbnails in order to reduce loading times such as 4chan, Facebook, Flickr, Google images. By installing Hover Zoom, it allows you to enlarge thumbnails automatically on mouse over. The image will automatically resize if it doesn’t fit into your browser window.

                  9. WOT Safe Search

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                    Have your ever found a website that you were not sure whether you could trust it? With WOT Safe Search, you can search website freely without any concerns. WOT Safe Search also blocks all untrustworthy sites. WOT provides green, yellow and red icons for you to identify the reputation of certain websites.

                    10. Summer

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                      Summer enriches web content by adding a visual and social layer onto existing web content. It makes it easy to get informative introductions about people, companies or trendy topics without the need to search from Wikipedia. Summer makes surfing much more efficient and fun.

                       

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