How To Access The Hidden Canary Mode On Chromebooks…

Did you know that Chrome OS has a hidden Canary Channel setting? Until recently, neither did I.

Much like the desktop browser version, Canary mode contains the latest development changes, new features and interface tweaks.

But, unlike the desktop version that can be run safely alongside regular stable Chrome, there is a good reason why it is hidden on Chrome OS: it’s buggier than a swamp full of rotting meat.

Crashes, half-implemented features, and a general lack of polish on UI changes; unexpected hardware issues, broken external monitor support and runaway resource-hungry processes are all scenarios that Chrome OS Canary can throw up.

Sounds like a nightmare. If, despite the potential for headaches, you do want to enable Canary mode you can. The awesome Kenny Strawn has detailed the entire switching process on his blog – from enabling developer mode to accessing the command-line prompt needed to issue the update edict.

But be warned: this is not a procedure to be carried out by the curious or inexperienced and there is no easy way to revert back to a stable build after updating.

Story courtesy of OMGChrome


Google+ Photos Backup and Sync now possible on Windows desktop… with Picasa.

Picasa download page

With the latest Picasa program for Windows, Picasa now includes Google+ Auto Backup for the Desktop.  I haven’t sign-in yet to the Picasa app but this morning I was presented with small sign-in window called Google+ Auto Backup asking me to log-in to my Google account.  The instructions are pretty straight forward and very easy.  If you have m multiple Google accounts associated with you then you are prompted on which account you want to log into and move forward.

Google+ Photo Backup Google+ Photo Backup Account Chooser

You are then presented with a Google+ Auto Backup menu which asks which devices and folders do you want to sync with Google+.  You have the photo size options on whether you want to upload full-size images or standard size.  Then you click ‘Start backup’.  Then a browser window opens indicating that the Auto Backup process has began and provides you info about the task manager icon and options and so on.

Google+ Photo Backup Menu

Google+ Photo Backup Browser PageJust like for the Google Drive program for the Windows platform, once syncing has been completed, you receive a little announcement window in your task bar.

google+ Sync complete

Even though it required installing Picasa even though I probably won’t use the desktop version, this is a great way to get images from multiple devices and/or locations and place them in your Google+ Photo Albums.  You can place them in Google Drive and have your Google Drive images showing in your Google + Albums, but then they aren’t exactly organized the way you want them.  They are just visible to you from another folder.  Anyway this is a great step forward I think in Google helping us organize our images and albums just like the way we are able to with Picasa.

Picasa for Windows download link

Photos of Google Glass with prescription glasses posted then removed by Google employee


A couple of days after Google started inviting Glass Explorers to upgrade to the second generation model, Google employee Brian Matiash posted photos showing Glass mounted on a pair of prescription glasses – then later removed them. You’d have thought Google of all companies would know you can’t erase things from the Internet …

It appears that the modified Glass unit has a slot in the top into which the glasses are fitted. It looks from the photos like quite a few designs of prescription glasses and sunglasses would be compatible with the unit.

Roll-out of Glass Explorer program is very gradually expanding, with existing Explorers recently invited to buy Glass for a friend after previously being given three invitations to pass on back in September.

Second photo of the prescription glass model below …



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