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Chrome offline apps set to launch on Android and iOS in 2014

Google is set to bring Chrome packaged apps to mobile, as well as desktop. The apps in question, which recently launched as “Desktop apps” in the Chrome Web Store for Chromebooks (or "Offline Apps" elsewhere), act just like web apps except they operate outside of a web browser, and don’t need an Internet connection. While we’ve long expected Google to bring Chrome extensions to mobile, this represents a new frontier in Google’s platform functionality.

MyPermissions gets an update, brings cross platform information protection

We’ve all done it — bypassed the alert page, telling us what permissions an app or webpage seeks. We are in such a fervor to get to our content that we ignore the warning signs. Then, from time to time, we wonder when we sent that tweet about saving money, or that Facebook post about our “favorite new app!” Pretty content in knowing we didn’t actually do that, the wheels start turning.

Google Account Access Page updated

Google’s Account Access Page has been given a facelift today, bringing a better way to see which Chrome apps and Android devices are accessing your information. Often times, we download an app and don’t think twice about what it’s asking for, only to later wonder just which of our apps and services are accessing things like contacts or web search history.

Microsoft enlist reality TV stars to make unreal claims about Chromebooks

In the latest Scroogled ad, Microsoft enlists the Pawn Stars crew to help bash the Chromebook. Rather than go after a specific device, Microsoft is bashing the platform as a whole. While we really do enjoy Microsoft trying to make a point, it’s like watching a toddler draw a schematic for a missile; cute, but it just won’t work.

Acer C720P touchscreen Chromebook now official

Confirming an earlier rumor, Acer has officially unveiled the C720P Chromebook -- with touchscreen display. As the C720 in the name suggests, this latest Acer branded Chromebook is another in the growing lineup. And aside from being multi-touch capable, the display measures in at 11.6-inches and sits with a resolution of 1377 x 768. Perhaps the key here, Acer has the C720P paired with what seems to be an attractive price point.

Chromebook ‘OK Google’ voice commands take shape

Android 4.4 Kit Kat added some functionality for the 'OK Google' voice command. Basically, you can now use the command without having to tap the microphone icon. Of course, those using a Moto X have it sightly better thanks to Touchless Controls. But while things are improving on the mobile side, it looks like this setup is also starting to take shape for those with a Chromebook.

Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook goes rugged for schools

Lenovo is aiming for the education market with their latest notebook announcement. The particular notebook is a Chromebook, specifically, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook and it sports a rugged design. Some of the rugged features include a rubber bumper, reinforced ports to minimize chances of accidental damage and a stronger keyboard that protects the keys from being removed.