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Imagine being launched into an unexplored world, without food or shelter, all alone and with an overarching fear for your hunger, sanity and health. That’s the context to Don’t Starve, a game all about surviving in a procedurally-generated wilderness made up of the resources you’ll need to survive and the dangers you’ll need to avoid. It’s a game that’s taken the Steam marketplace by storm, but most surprisingly, it’s also available as a web app in the Chrome Web Store.

It’s not everyday that a hyped Steam game is also available as game that’ll run in your browser, so we had to check it out.

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There’s the Windows Store in Windows 8 and Windows Phone, the App Store in OS X and iOS, and Google Play on Android. Everyone knows where to install apps these days, and it usually doesn’t entail browsing the internet to find an installer. You check the app store on your platform, find what you want, and install. Easy.

On the web, it’s not quite so easy … unless you use the Chrome Web Store. The app store of sorts built into Google’s browser, the Chrome Web Store gives you an easy place to find web apps that’ll work on any computer from your browser. Of course, they’ll only be “installable” in Chrome, but usually they’re real web apps that you could use in any browser, so it gives you a great place to find web apps no matter what browser you prefer to use.

Do you use the Chrome Web Store to find new web apps? Or do you just rely on reviews and recommendations from our site and others for new web apps to try out? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the Chrome Web Store in the comments below!

While web apps are a great way to get work done, they’re also a great pastime. With the recent introduction of the Chrome Web Store, you have instant access to thousands upon thousands of great web-based games in one place. Developers have been working hard making stellar games for the web, specifically in Chrome, and are even porting famous iOS and Android titles such as Angry Birds over to the browser.

With so many games available, the Chrome Web Store has more than a few undesirable titles which may not fit your gaming style. Fortunately for you, I have crafted a list of our top twenty games from the Chrome Web Store. Before you start installing these games, make sure you’re running the latest version of Chrome on your computer so you can play these games without any issues.

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Several major web companies are pushing the idea of using web apps as replacement for native apps, including Google on desktop and Mozilla on mobile. The launch of the Chromebook and the continued developments in their web apps signalled that Google definitely wants web apps, such as those on the Chrome Web Store, to supersede most traditional native apps like office suites. While there has been little news about them since their launch, I always loved the vision of Chromebooks being used in education environments with their low-cost, less-likely-to-break nature.

However, Google seems to have taken a bit of a step back from the vision of an entirely web-app powered computer by introducing a plugin for NaCl (Native Client, not sodium chloride) apps to be executed within a browser.

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Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google announced it was bringing in-app purchases to web applications through its somewhat popular Google Checkout product. A few days back, Google finally launched their Google Checkout-powered system, allowing web app developers to open to door to their virtual shelves.

The service gives web app developers a way to let people make micro-purchases inside their apps, much like Apple’s IAP service to allow in-app transactions in iOS apps. This is a great way for developers to monetize apps without having to resort to subscriptions. Surprisingly, though, the service is not limited to just web apps that are hosted on Google’s own Chrome Webstore; any web app can utilise this new source of revenue.

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Conventional wisdom would say that web apps generally are less feature-full than their native app counterparts. Google Docs is less polished than iWork or Microsoft Office 2010, but that’s just to be expected. And on mobile browsers and tablets, many web apps are much harder to use than native apps, but hey, it’s just a web app. You can’t expect so much, right?

LucidChart is one app that’s proving the conventional wisdom wrong. They’ve created a web app that runs faster and smoother than many desktop apps. Visio can drive you insane after using it for a few minutes, but we were very impressed at how nice LucidChart was at creating diagrams and more when we first reviewed it. Since then, the developers haven’t rested on their laurals. Instead, they’ve added a Visio file importer, offline support, and amazing integration with the iPad that lets you draw intricate diagrams quicker than ever.

Keep reading for a peek at the new features, and a chance to win a free year of LucidChart Professional! (more…)

Twitter bought TweetDeck a couple of weeks back for a hefty $50 million (figure is based on reports and has not been confirmed by Twitter or Tweetdeck). This is an interesting development, especially as Twitter is almost completely against third-party clients that replicate the core functionality of what Twitter does in it’s official family of apps.

Both TweetDeck and Twitter have native applications for Macs, with TweetDeck having one for PC too. You can find both apps on your smartphone too, whether it be Android or iOS. However, they both compete for web app love since Twitter has it’s official website, and TweetDeck has it’s Chrome web app. Today, we’re going to compare the two and see whether, from a web app-only perspective, the deal is worth it for the web apps. (more…)

We’re used to privacy and security scandals in this day and age. Sony, of course, recently leaked millions of users’ data (including credit card details) from their PlayStation Network just after Apple and Google were accused of tracking their users’ location. In recent years, we’ve come to expect that our data might get leaked at sometime in our online career. The latest revelation, however, comes from Chrome – and it’s accompanying web application store.

The Chrome Web Store was silently purged of two applications recently, both flash-based Super Mario games that were reported to have access to your browsing history, bookmarks and other website data. (more…)

Angry Birds is quite literally, a phenomenon. It’s strange how many people have shed countless hours of their time by flinging angered birds at virtual pigs protected by structures of varying size and type. The Rovio Mobile studio, developers of the popular game, started with humble beginnings in 2003 as Relude, being renamed in 2005 as Rovio. In December of 2009, less than a year-and-a-half ago, they launched Angry Birds and I don’t think they at all expected it to become this big.

Angry Birds was originally launched on Apple’s platform, the iPhone, from launch and was later joined by Android, webOS and Symbian in 2011. It made the jump to mainstream traditional computers in 2011 with the launch of the Mac App Store and the Intel App Up store for Windows.

With Google’s impending launch of their Chromebooks and the continuing success of Chrome, Rovio Mobile’s Mighty Eagle Peter Vesterbacka took the stage at Google I/O this year to announce Angry Birds coming as a web application. Although it is available primarily through the Chrome Web Store, anyone can point their browsers to chrome.angrybirds.com to launch the same web app.

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Most of us spend more and more time each day in our browsers. We’ve dropped email clients for Gmail, write in Tumblr and WordPress more than Word, tweak pictures in Photoshop.com and Aviary, and more. YouTube and Netflix are the default place most people go to watch videos, and when you need to find something in a book, chances are you can find it in Google Books. The browser has taken over our computing life, and thanks to the recent speed improvements in browsers that was spearheaded by the Google Chrome team with V8, many web apps now feel nearly as fluid as native applications.

With all the advancements, though, are you ready to use just your browser with no other native apps? Google seems to think the computing world is ready to shift to using only web apps, and has turned their Chrome browser into a full Linux-powered operating system. The new Chromebooks will be ready to hit the shelves this summer, so let’s see what Chrome OS has to offer.

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