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The Best Google Chrome Extensions

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Google Chrome has finally added extensions to its bag of tricks. True, there are nowhere near as many extensions available for Google's Chrome 4 browser as there are for Mozilla's Firefox 3.6, but many of them already duplicate the better Firefox add-ons. Many, too, are little more than buttons that present mini, widget-like versions of Web apps, but I found plenty that added real functionality to Google Chrome. Check out my picks and see if they make Chrome-style browsing more to your taste. If they don't, one of the best things about Google Chrome's extensions is that they're incredibly easy to both install and uninstall: If the extension adds a button, a simple right-click lets you get rid of the offending extension.

IE Tab Classic

This is a great way for Web developers and general users alike to see if that page you're viewing looks the way it would in a browser every major site targets—Microsoft Internet Explorer. It can be handy, too, if Chrome doesn't like a page you want to view. Google's browser isn't infallible; it even mis-displays PCMag.com in minor ways: The "carousel" of images with links to hot stories doesn't show arrows on either side, the way it does in IE and Firefox. It's also very handy for sites like Outlook Webmail, which requires IE for full functionality. Unlike the other, more popular IETab extionsion, this one doesn't constantly pop up error messages, such as for scripting irregularities. It also lets you specify sites that should always use the IE page renderer.

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Collaboration Events: Pakistan Open Source Summit, GNOME+Rust Hackfest, DataworksSummit Berlin

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    A large number of attendees from industry, academia, government, and students participated in the summit. Portuguese Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Joao Sabido Costa was the chief guest at the opening ceremony while former Naval Chief Admiral (r) Asif Sandila graced the occasion as the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
  • ‘Open Summit key to create industry-academy linkages’
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  • Madrid GNOME+Rust Hackfest, part 2
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  • DataworksSummit Berlin - Wednesday morning
    Data strategy - cloud strategy - business strategy: Aligning the three was one of the main themes (initially put forward in his opening keynote by CTO of Hortonworks Scott Gnau) thoughout this weeks Dataworks Summit Berlin kindly organised and hosted by Hortonworks. The event was attended by over 1000 attendees joining from 51 countries. The inspiration hat was put forward in the first keynote by Scott was to take a closer look at the data lifecycle - including the fact that a lot of data is being created (and made available) outside the control of those using it: Smart farming users are using a combination of weather data, information on soil conditions gathered through sensors out in the field in order to inform daily decisions. Manufacturing is moving towards closer monitoring of production lines to spot inefficiencies. Cities are starting to deploy systems that allow for better integration of public services. UX is being optimized through extensive automation.

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