Chrome Apps Gaining OS X Finder Integration to Open Mac Files by Default

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    Google has launched a new feature for its experimental Chrome Canary browser for Mac, enabling a beta function that allows users to open local Mac files using Chrome apps in Finder. Using the feature, Chrome apps can be associated with OS X files, bringing Google one step closer to replacing desktop functionality with its browser.

    For example, the Chrome Text app can be used to open any Mac text file, as seen in the screenshot below. The Text app shows up as an option right alongside native options like TextEdit.

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    Enabling this flag in Canary Chrome will let users choose installed Chrome apps as an option when opening an associated file, with the apps behaving as native Mac apps. As noted by Gigaom, the process functions through app manifests, which allow developers to specify which apps are compatible with different file types via file handlers.

    While the feature is currently limited to Chrome Canary for testing purposes, many Canary functions eventually make it to Google's stable Chrome browser. There is no word, however, on when the new feature might make it out of testing as there are still several bugs to work out.

    Article Link: Chrome Apps Gaining OS X Finder Integration to Open Mac Files by Default
     
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    What use would that be?
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Google will be selling even more of your personal info to advertising companies.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Chrome is like a parasite, embedding itself in host OS - to promote Google's web platform :eek:
     
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    While this is fully optional... Who would prefer their crappy web apps over ANYTHING else?

    MAYBE a business who has gone all google, and does everything in the google cloud.

    Maybe.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Exactly. It took me a while to understand Google's motives although they had made it clear early on. They want to control the world's data.

    I switched from iOS when my old phone broke and I didn't have money for an iPhone. I switched back from Android when to download even a basic app, I had to give it access to my phone book and call list.

    There is nothing a person cannot do in MS Office, iWork, or Star/Open/Libre that they can with Google docs, except unwillingly and unwittingly give away my private data to Google.

    With "free" Google software the user is the product.
     
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    seamer

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    Dear Google,

    I prefer my files to be via sublime if it has to be in a UI, or the default Pages.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    It's optional now but chrome installs a server that runs in the background doing God knows what. We had three computers at work that were doing weird stuff including IE issues. Oddly these were the only ones that people had downloaded chrome to. After removing it we noticed the chrome server actively working in the background. Once it was gone the issues stopped.
     
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    It's like a Trojan horse!
     
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    I seem to have forgotten my tinfoil hat
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    No this is not tinfoil hat material. NO ONE gives away their product for free. Google has spent many hours developing their products and they want paid for it. It is clearly stated in the privacy policy.

    Google Free apps are paid for by advertising. For advertisers to get their money's worth they want it localized. Google anonymously gives private info to their clients. Many people do not mind this. I refuse to be part of it. Both choices are valid.

    Apple Free apps are paid for by selling hardware and cloud space.

    Microsoft Office apps are paid for by subscription.

    It is your choice but I strongly dislike Google's business model and have removed all their apps from OS X and Chrome from IOS.

    I may be in the minority, but I would rather pay a monthly fee for no ads and (some) privacy.
     
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    Yay. Google can access even more information.

    But seriously, I don't see the point of this. I don't like browser based apps. Why would I use limited apps when I have powerful native versions?
     
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    Oh sweet, finally 64 bit chrome for mac!

    wait, wait, no. just some other chrome garbage getting updated first.
     
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    It's entirely acceptable to not like the way Google structures its business, but at least understand exactly what they're doing.

    First, they're not giving away private data. If you used their services, they wouldn't be collecting info on a "PhilipK", you'd just be a number that gets tracked jumping from website to website, or by clicking certain advertisements. It's all analytics, and it'd be amazingly difficult to figure out who you are by the random number that's been assigned to you.

    Think of it as you being node 5570431256. Node 5570431256 likes to visit Mac forums, and also likes cameras. If a respectable number of others nodes who start out at Mac forums tend to visit camera forums, they've built up a knowledge base, and know that Mac sites are a good place to advertise cameras. Your name isn't directly tied to any of this, only your anonymous node.

    Secondly, they don't sell their analytics to companies. That'd be Google giving away their golden goose, since they'd only be able to sell that once, and it'd be entirely out of their hands. What they do instead is sell adspace. Using the example above, a camera manufacturer wants to advertise their product. They go to Google, who says "yeah, we know where to put your adverts so they get the most views", then offers up a price to do so. Google then starts placing camera ads on Mac forums.

    Now I can understand why some people wouldn't like that, but the whole setup is nowhere near as insidious as some people make it out to be. I don't use ad supported apps simply because I don't like getting ad popups, not because I'm worried about them selling my medical records off to advertisers.
     
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    Is that your response to any concern about privacy? Because this one is pretty clear cut.
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with your cogent post. One thing that was left out however is that some Google employees do have access to people's data, including searches, comments, reviews, friends, emails, etc. Just imagine if an individual who shouldn't have access gets access to all of that data. Pretty scary stuff.
     
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    I pretty much agree. I don't think it is insidious. And my main reason is also not getting the pop-up ads.

    However giving them control over seeing my files on my computer does make me nervous. No matter how innocent it is. That is a huge leap beyond tracking my browser history or email content.
     
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    This should have been introduced on the Windows version first. Most people on the Mac side don't use Chrome for web apps, they use it because it's a better browser for them, and the Google integration. Plus, the fact that Flash is built-in.

    And yes, putting a free web app next to a $70 editor was a dumb move. Although this is a great idea in general.
     
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    How exactly would they be doing that by opening a file?

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    Does your work use a shared NAS drive and thick clients for everything? I prefer cloud any day over that.
     
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    Google doesn't deny their motives. People like you blindly refuse to listen because you get free stuff. You most likely rant and rave about the NSA even under the umbrella of national security. Google transcribes Google voice calls and scrubs your email for a profit. Do you really want a company who only makes money by exploiting your private data to have unlimited access to it.
     
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    Got any proof?
     
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    Lol

    FWIW I do rant and rave about the NSA even under the umbrella of national security. Cheers :)

    I dont care about my anonymously aggregated demographic data and I actually get something from google. (I've also paid them a good bit of money )

    This is what I have a problem with.
     
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    I don't care about any of this, because at least the data would serve a purpose.

    What I really wish is that they would stop making random things publicly accessible while forcing me to use my real name.

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    It's possible that it is actually easier to implement on OS X than Windows, but I have no actual evidence to support that as any sort of assumption.
     
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    Because bananas.
    Ignorant fool! :D

    Glassed Silver:mac
     
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    What is this trojan ??
    Firefox <3
     

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