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This article was published on October 13, 2014

Google’s Earth View extension for Chrome spruces up your boring old ‘new tab’ page

Google’s Earth View extension for Chrome spruces up your boring old ‘new tab’ page
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Do you know what’s boring? When you open a new tab in Google Chrome. Unless you have an extension installed, it’s a white canvas with the Google search bar and a selection of website shortcuts. Yawn.

To spruce things up a bit, Google has launched an Earth View extension which displays a different, beautiful satellite image every time you open a new tab.

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Better yet, you can click the globe icon in the corner to see the current photo inside Google Maps. It’s a simple tool for whisking your imagination away to somewhere new and combating those glum autumnal months.

Earth View from Google Maps (via Twitter)