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Chromebooks will now install some web apps from the Play Store, instead of their Android versions

Chromebooks will now install some web apps from the Play Store, instead of their Android versions

Chrome OS can run both web applications and Android apps, but sometimes, the Android app for a service isn't quite as optimized for Chromebooks as the web app equivalent. Google has seemingly realized this, as it is experimenting with a new Play Store feature that installs Progressive Web Apps on Chromebooks instead of the Android app equivalents.

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Dropbox rolls out 13 new Extensions for video editing, sharing files, and more

Dropbox rolls out 13 new Extensions for video editing, sharing files, and more

About a year ago, Dropbox introduced Extensions, which allowed third-party apps and services to integrate with your content. For instance, you could sign documents with Adobe Sign and DocuSign directly from Dropbox, without having to worry about transferring files. Dropbox is now announcing 13 new extensions, which will integrate with your documents and folders seamlessly.

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Opinion: Android apps are not the way forward for Chromebooks

Opinion: Android apps are not the way forward for Chromebooks

Chrome OS was ahead of its time when it was first introduced in 2011. That's not to say Chrome OS was a revolutionary breakthrough, akin to the original iPhone, but rather that it was built for a future that didn't exist yet. Web apps were commonplace in 2011, but they could only do a tiny fraction of what traditional desktop programs were capable of. Many early Chromebooks had limited amounts of free 4G data to compensate for poor offline support in web apps.

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Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop

Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It's a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now.

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Dropbox now supports extensions including DocuSign, Pixlr X, and more

Dropbox now supports extensions including DocuSign, Pixlr X, and more

Dropbox wants to be the heart of your cloud storage experience, and it's making that more feasible with the addition of extensions. With the new Dropbox Extensions, you can open your Dropbox files with various web apps like Pixlr and DocuSign without tedious uploading or copying. There are only a few integrations so far, but more are on the way.

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Appscope is a slick 'app store' for Progressive Web Apps

Appscope is a slick 'app store' for Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps (or PWAs) are fancy web-based applications that can mimic some of the functionality of native apps while taking up minimal storage space on your device. Because they're so small, they're pretty great alternatives to installing apps you'd use infrequently. Discovering which services you use have PWAs can be tricky, though — and that's where Appscope comes in.

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Measurement tools coming to Google Earth on Chrome and Android

Measurement tools coming to Google Earth on Chrome and Android

According to Google, measurement tools have long been the number one feature request for Google Earth. Now, it's finally happening. The company is rolling out its measure tool to the Chrome version of Earth today, and it'll come to Android (and iOS) soon.

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Firefox support for web-based Google Earth is in development

Firefox support for web-based Google Earth is in development

After two years in development, the web-based Google Earth 9.0 debuted earlier this year. The new version runs entirely in the web browser, but it only works in Google Chrome. This is because it used Portable Native Client (NaCl), a technology that allows C and C++ code to run in the Chrome browser. Since no other browser bothered implementing NaCl, the Earth web app was exclusive to Chrome.

That is now changing, as the Twitter account for Google Earth revealed that Firefox support is in the works:

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Allo for web adds support for Firefox, Opera, and iOS

Allo for web adds support for Firefox, Opera, and iOS

Allo has now existed for more than a year, and there are some people who use it. Not many, by all accounts, but some! Those brave few will today be treated to a more widely available web client. When Allo for the web was launched in August, it only worked in Chrome. Today, support expands to Opera, Firefox, and iOS (sort of).

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Google implements further changes for developers to help protect user data

Google implements further changes for developers to help protect user data

Earlier in the month, Google released an official statement on a particularly virulent phishing email imitating Google Docs that was doing the rounds. That same day, coincidentally or not, an update to the Gmail Android app added a special warning page that pops up every time a link in one of the suspect emails is clicked. Now, Google is implementing further changes to help prevent future scams of this type.

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