Want to see beautiful satellite pictures of the Earth every time you open up a new tab in Chrome? Of course you do, and Google knows it. So they released a Chrome browser extension Tuesday to do just that.
It’s officially called “Earth View From Google Maps,” but they could’ve just called it “You’re Welcome.” It’s the modern day, cubicle-dwelling version of stopping to smell the roses, and it’s available now.
The beauty of Earth View is its simplicity: Open a new tab, see a picture of a mountain range or tropical island chain from from one of Google Maps' satellite photos. The images are beautiful, and allow you to contemplate the beauty of existence, if only for a moment. They also open surprisingly fast, too, with no apparent lag on most modern machines.
If you didn't already know, extensions are simple add-ons that users can download to change the functionality of Chrome, or just about any browser. Personally, I use a bunch: one to add products from websites to my Amazon Wish List, one that puts tabs on “hold” and saves me a ton of memory (RAM), and another that allows me to control Chrome through a series of right-click mouse gestures that I should probably remove immediately.
Which Chrome extensions do you think are the best? Let us know in the comments below.