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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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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bassbeast Member since:

And if its just another Google spam install,like how they tie Chrome to unrelated tools like CCleaner?

I knew Google was evil the second they started using the same scummy tactics toolbar pushers use to get their numbers up.

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JAlexoid Member since:

And how are they controlling that, pray tell?

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bassbeast Member since:

Well there is using the spammer's trick of having a third party completely unrelated to Google to have a Chrome install as well as taking the default browser spot for one.

As for the second how about the fact you buy a "ChromeBook" and you have what WAS a bog standard X86 laptop that has been so locked down they you can ONLY install an alternative OS by going into "dev mode" and even after all that can you install any OS you want on YOUR laptop? Nope only one of a handful of Linux distros that have a HACKED BOOTLOADER (all run by single volunteers in their free time, good luck on getting any long term upgrades or support) will install and that is it. Now how long you think those handful of guys making those hacked bootloaders are gonna bother?

Say what you will about MSFT but I can buy any brand new X86 laptop running Windows 8 and within 10 minutes be installing ANY OS that I choose, be it Linux,BSD, earlier versions of Windows, heck i could even go OS/2 Warp if eComstation has drivers for the hardware.

Simple way to prove this is bad too...if MSFT had just announced this, would you cheer? What about if it was Apple, would you trust it? If simply changing the word Google for MSFT or Apple makes you turn against it then its probably a very bad idea, but you have fanboy blinders on.

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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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