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Enable WebGL on Chrome or Firefox

WebGL on Chrome

Enable hardware acceleration :

  • browse to chrome://settings/advanced
  • scroll to the bottom and look for Use hardware acceleration when available
    1. webgl_3
  • make sure Use hardware acceleration when available is checked 
  • if it tells you to then click the relaunch button

Check if webGL is enabled in Chrome

  • Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar chrome://gpu
  •  Look for the WebGL item in the Graphics Feature Status list
    1. webgl_4
  • The status will be one of the following:
    1. Hardware accelerated — WebGL is enabled and hardware-accelerated (running on the graphics card).
    2. Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable — WebGL is enabled, but running in software.
    3. Unavailable — WebGL is not available in hardware or software.
  • You are looking for the status to be #1 from the above list i.e. Hardware accelerated


WebGL on FireFox

Enable WebGL

  • Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar about:config
    1. you will be asked to accept a scary warning, I am positive this will be ok unless you start going godzilla or the hulk on unrelated settings 🙂 so.. dont do that.
    2. webgl_ff_1
  • Search for webgl.disabled
  • make sure that its value is set to false
    1. webgl_ff_2

Check WebGL status on FireFox browser

  • Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar about:support
  • Inspect the WebGL Renderer row in the Graphics table
    1. webgl_ff_3
  • The status can be either of two things
    1. the name of a  graphics card manufacturer, model and driver i.e. Google Inc. — ANGLE (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Direct3D11 vs_5_0 ps_5_0)
    2. Something along the lines of BLocked due to version or Blocked due to unresolved issues.
  • Obviously you want #1 as the result i.e. a working webgl.
Games News

A Journey through Middle Earth experience now available in multiplayer – you can try it on any device with Chrome

 A Journey through Middle Earth was recently updated by Google, and now the Chrome experiment game has multiplayer peer to peer battles as well. The 3D game experiment which lets you explore Middle Earth finally received an update in which players will be able to interact.


The game was designed using WabRTC and WebGL and, as long as you have a potent graphics card in your device of choice, you will have no problem enjoying the experience. The game itself can be played on tablets, phones and desktops alike and even Apple fanboys and girls can get it as long as they install Chrome on their devices.



The game is free to play at this moment and, in order to get it; you will have to head out to The Hobbit .

Source: Google Chrome Blog

Apps News Updates/Software

Hangouts – new and improved from Google to you

A new Google app is making its way on our devices today, and it is an improved version of Hangouts. It is supposed to keep your desktop much cleaner while it still lets you chat with whoever you want with no issue.

The truth is the Hangouts app looks much more similar to Facebook’s Messenger app where the round icons float over the screen when someone contacts you. The novelty is in the fact that Hangouts lets you drag and drop icons wherever you like. You can click on an icon to talk to someone and the chat window will appear.

This update will work on Chrome browsers and through the Windows extension as well. There is no update for the OS X yet and the Chrome extension is not listed yet.

Below you can see just how new and improved Hangouts actually is. It even includes voice calls so that you can work when talking to your friends too!

Source: Google


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Apps News Updates/Software

Duolingo, Sight words, Evernote and Vine run natively on Chrome OS -more apps to be ported by Google soon

Google announces that Duolingo, Sight words, Evernote and Vine run natively on Chrome OS now. It seems that Chromebooks and Android devices are more connected than ever as Android apps are starting to be natively compatible with Chrome OS.

It seems that Google is working with certain app developers at the moment to add more favorite apps to the bunch, meaning that soon, Chromebooks will have many more native Android apps users can choose from. The apps are easy to download from the Chrome Web Store (for devices with Chrome 37 and above) and afterwards they will show up in the task bar. They can run in phone or tablet layout, which means they keep the Android experience alive.

Google already has open-sourced parts of the Runtime App for Chrome (ARC) and encourages users to suggest their favorite apps in order for the most popular to be ported sooner.

Source: ChromeBlog


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News Updates/Software

Chrome Beta latest update brings Number Tabs back

Chrome Beta’s latest update to number 37.0.2062.117 brings back number indicators for Open tabs. The new interface brought about in an update in July is close to Chrome’s material design where many interface elements were sliced and rearranged. The tab indicator was such a victim of the update which no longer showed the number of open tabs, but a square in case the user had more pages open.

The latest update brings the number of tabs indicator back. Just in case it’s not showing yet for you, you can click the widget below to manually update your browser. 

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Apps Updates/Software

Google’s Ultra Violet extension is being tested – new Hangouts experience to be available soon

It appears that Google is testing its Ultra Violet experience destined for Hangouts Chrome. According to Florian Kiersch, this is happening right now and Ultra Violet will bring important interface changes to Hangouts, including a new extension that introduces a floating Chat Heads icon on the desktop that can be used freely.

After the circle is clicked on, the Hangouts turns into a screen where users are introduced to a whole new experience. Mr. Kiersch presented some images in which we can see the loadout of the new Circle list and the chat. In addition, new floating buttons present familiar faces you can easily contact.

Hangouts Ultra Violet
Hangouts Ultra Violet, source Florian Kiersch

This new experience is not ready for public usage yet, because it still has some bugs resulted from its experimental extension API in Chrome’s developer channel. We do not know yet if the extension will be more or just as powerful as the current Hangouts or if it will be compatible with Android devices firstly, but soon we may find out more about its options. 

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