Angry Birds is out for Chrome, and it is indeed glorious, but doesn’t playing it with a mouse feel just a little unnatural? We think so. Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to whittle your productivity down to a splinter. Might we recommend SteamBirds Survival? It’s free, fun and just happens to be our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Yo, dawg! We heard that you like operating systems and internet browsers, so Jolicloud’s letting you have an operating system and a browser with another operating system inside of that browser! It’s a cloud computing solution so slick that we’ve made it our Chrome Web App of the Week.
For some of us, being forced to sit in front of a computer at work is the ultimate drag. It’s not the hardware that bums us out. It’s the outright refusal of our boss and IT department to let us install the games we love on our office rig for a little bit of pew-pew at break time. Sure, you could bring along a netbook or laptop with you everyday to solve the problem, but that extra weight’s not the sort of thing that’s welcome on anyone’s daily commute. Instead, we recommend that you scratch your gaming itch by indulging in Lord of Ultima, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
There’s a good number of drawing and design programs available through the Chrome Web Store. Most of them will let you knock out awkward looking stick-figure sketches or primitive landscape images using features similar to those we’ve enjoyed/loathed in MS Paint over the years. Some offer more complex features, such as layering and various virtual paint brushes… which most of us end up using to knock out awkward stick-figure sketches or primitive landscape images. If you want to draw something useful--the blueprints for your next house, for example--there’s only one Web App that’ll do: AutoCAD WS. It’s a Web App with so many awesome features and such rich functionality that we had to make it our Chrome Web App of the week.
The Internet is a vast, amazing land full of information and wonder. Unfortunately, you have to cross a troll infested bridge to get there. While you might be willing to brave creepy wet-fingered Chatroulette touch-talkers and Nigerian princes in exile just to get a glimpse of The Oatmeal, we know you wouldn’t dream of subjecting your kids to that sort of online debauchery. Fortunately, Zoodle's Kid Mode for Chrome is here to make surfing the interwebz a kid friendly affair. It’s an idea so great that we’re declaring it our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Last week, we took a look at Mockingbird--a Chrome application put together specifically for helping web designers to hash out a wireframe mockup of a site that they’re working on. While Mockingbird might be perfect for the professional code ninjas that can scrape together sites out of thin air with a bit of mathematics, and some arcane snippets of CSS knowledge, it doesn’t do much for folks that want a website to call their own, but don’t possess the technical knowledge to build one from scratch. For this larger, latter group, we recommend taking a look at Weebly, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
You or your client may have an idea for a web service so revolutionary that it could kick start the shift to web 3.0 all on its own. Unless you have a plan for building a website to go along with it, that sweet idea will most likely remain just that--an idea. Fortunately, Mockingbird, our Chrome Web App of the Week, is here to help you get the show on the road.
Distractions are distracting--it’s a fact! Faced with a constant stream of tweets, memes, PC gaming, Facebook, and the ability to watch on demand video through services like Hulu and Netflix, it’s amazing anyone ever gets anything done at all. Even task-oriented programs like Microsoft Word can bring productivity to a screeching halt with its plethora of editing and formatting options. When a deadline looms and stuff simply has to get done, some of us have the willpower to ignore all the distractions that our PCs offer and focus on the task at hand. For the rest of us, there’s Write Space, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Being able to keep all of your ducks in a row is great. Having a free, intuitive project management application to ensure that you know what order those ducks are in every single moment of the day is better than great--it's ace. Understanding this fundamental truth, Canadian development house Websystems Inc. put together AceProject, our Google Chrome App of the Week.
Sometimes the old school is still the best school where gaming is concerned. Tetherball and the Dungeons & Dragons Red Box are great examples of this, and for this edition of Chrome Web app of the Week, Atari's Tempest fits the bill. Released in 1980, this paddle-controlled monster saw arcade-goers run through quarters faster than poop through a goose, and no wonder: 31 years later, with its simple vector graphics and frantic gameplay, Tempest can still hold its own against any modern action game you'd care to name.