Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Sep 2013 15:22 UTC

The new apps look and behave much like the native apps you find on Windows and OS X. They're built using web technologies, but also with Chrome-specific code that means they won't be able to run on other web browsers - they're truly Chrome apps. They can exist outside of your browser window as distinct apps, work offline, and sync across devices and operating systems. They can also access your computer's GPU, storage, camera, ports, and Bluetooth connection. Chrome Apps are, for now, only available through Chrome on Windows or Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Mac users will have to wait another six weeks before their version of Chrome will be updated.

This is very important for Chrome OS - since this means it can now have applications outside of the browser. Google's plans for Chrome OS suddenly became a whole lot clearer.

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RE[3]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by Vanders on Fri 6th Sep 2013 18:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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Would you describe encouraging web developers to build apps that only work with Google products and based on absolutely no open standard whatsoever as not evil?

It isn't evil. You know, murdering a person for you own amusement, that's evil. Ethnic cleansing, that's evil. Torturing a defenceless animal: evil.

Writing, no I can't see how that compares to the above scenarios.

Companies may sometimes do things that are technically, ethnically or morally wrong, but evil? Not really.

I'm also a one man campaign for The Reclamation of the Words "Love" and "Hate".

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RE[4]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by Hiev on Fri 6th Sep 2013 18:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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By that logic Apple, Oracle and MS are as saint as Google, we know what evil is, and Google is evil.

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Drumhellar Member since:

By that logic Apple, Oracle and MS are as saint as Google, we know what evil is, and Google is evil.

Only if your requirements for sainthood are not murdering, torturing, or committing genocide.

Those seem like some pretty low requirements.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Yeah, you're not the only one. I'll join in on that campaign.

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BluenoseJake Member since:

Ignoring a persons rights is evil. They are not just writing software, they are installing it silently, without asking permission.

controlling what runs on a computer I have bought is my right, and Google would be ignoring that, if I used chrome.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:

You accepted Google's automatic updates to Chrome when you installed it.

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JAlexoid Member since:

And how are they controlling that, pray tell?

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M.Onty Member since:

Ignoring a persons rights is evil.

Ignoring a person's rights is not inherently evil.

Ignoring a man's right to life as he's dying right in front of you because of a poison you administered, that's evil in almost all cases. Ignoring someone's property rights by breaking into their house & nicking their TV, that's not evil, just pretty bad.

Google isn't evil because it simply doesn't get up to enough uncompromisingly malicious activities.

In fact, almost no mundane crime or dubious practice is actually evil, because otherwise evil becomes just another word for "things that aren't done by thoroughly decent people".

We have to use this same English vocabulary to describe things on far more extreme moral scales the IT industry ever is, so lets try & keep some of the more useful words left over, eh?

TL;DR: Perspective!

Edited 2013-09-08 22:43 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by BluenoseJake
by zima on Sat 7th Sep 2013 12:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BluenoseJake"
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Well Google themselves uses "evil" in their motto...

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Vanders Member since:

I guess when Google start their genocidal rampage they'll have breached that particular promise then.

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