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Google to Bring Chrome Apps to iOS

Google's Chrome Apps have been available for desktop systems running Chrome OS and Windows for some time now, and they just became available for Mac users early last December. Google is now bringing Chrome Apps to both Android and iOS via Apache's Cordova platform, which is a set of APIs (application programming interface) that allow mobile app developers to access native device functions (such as a camera or accelerometer) with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Chrome Apps for iOS

Google today released a preview of a toolchain for developers. This tool will allow developers to wrap their Chrome apps in a native shell and submit them to Apple's App Store and Google Play. In addition to a multitude of APIs available in Cordova,

Google Confirms Remote Desktop App 'Chromoting' is in Development

A recent document on Chromium confirms that Google is currently developing a remote desktop app called "Chromoting." There are already remote desktop apps such as Splashtop, Screens and Ignition, but those cost $4.99, $19.99 and a whopping $129.99 respectively. Chromoting supposedly will be free.

Chromoting

Few details are available currently, and the document suggests that there is still a lot of work to be done:

"... the iOS version is very unpolished at this stage. The toolbar icons are all placeholder, and the background color behind the host screen needs to be changed from blue to black. The upper toolbar for iOS (containing just the back button, so it can barely be called a toolbar), is revealed by tapping on the compass in the lower toolbar. Our plan is to consolidate the upper and lower toolbars into one toolbar that will likely be located in the upper section of the screen."

We can at least expect some of the basic functionality offered by the others. Remote

Google Adds Data Compression to Chrome Mobile App

Google announced today that it will be adding data compression and Google Translate to its Chrome iOS app. Chrome's data compression and bandwidth management tool can "reduce data usage by up to 50%," according to the Chrome blog. Users can navigate to Settings > Bandwidth management > Reduce data usage to enable the bandwidth saving tool. You can also track how much bandwidth you have saved each month from this page.

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Google is also adding Google Translate to its iOS app. This tool allows users to translate any foreign webpages they visit on the Chrome browser. This is a popular feature on Chrome desktop and Android versions, but it has not been available on iOS until now.

Export Your Bump and Flock Data Before it Disappears on January 31

Google announced today it would be closing Bump and Flock on January 31, 2014. The search engine giant acquired both apps in 2012 and has decided to pull them from the App Store and Google Play. Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb made the announcement via the official Bump blog on Wednesday.

Bump iOS App

Current Bump and Flock users have until January 31st to export their data from both apps.

"At any point in the next 30 days, simply open either app and and follow the instructions for exporting your data. You’ll then receive an email with a link containing all of your data (photos, videos, contacts, etc) from Bump or Flock."

How to Disable Google+ Photos Automatic Syncing

Google Chromebooks can now detect iOS devices and automatically import all images and video to Google+ thanks to the newly installed Google+ Photos app. While this makes it easier for iOS users to upload images and video to their Chromebooks, it is also annoying because sometimes you don't want your files to be automatically shared on social media sites.

Google+ Photo

Luckily you can disable this feature by locating the Google+ Photos app in the Apps tab located at the bottom of your Chromebook's display. You can then navigate to the Google+ Photos Settings by clicking the gear icon in the top hand right corner. Just remove the check next to "Automatically import photos when I plug in a camera or memory card," and this will stop your Chromebook from detecting your iOS device and trying to import your photos to Google+.

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