Can I have it?
The Chrome OS is looking for users to test pilot their new operating systems. The only problem is that you have to basically “live on the web” to qualify. Thankfully, Google has provided a fun little quiz to test your shelf life on the internet. I received “Totally on the Web” which means that I am online more than your average user and probably that I am a bit aggressive about it.
If you have decided to wait for the Chrome Notebooks to come to the market, then you might be interested in checking out the new Google Chrome Web Store that has hundreds of apps ready to be downloaded to your desktop. Here are some of my favorites so far:
Springpad (+ extension)
Okay, if you are a bookmarking freak like myself, this is the application for gold. Once you download the browser app and the extension, all you have to do is right click and you can save a picture or page to your Springpad home page. From there, you can organize notes into notebooks. For example, I have a notebook called “Inspiration” where I save all of my crazy photos and quotes to reflect on later, and I have one called “DigitatePR” where I have a bunch of check list “To-Do’s” and reminders. The awesome part is that Springpad transfers right to your phone and you can set up reminders to email yourself when a project is due.
For all of the Gilt fans out there, you are now in luck. Basically this app allows you to search for anything you want and it will bring up any relevant daily deals. You can additionally add columns which are essentially lists of what merchandise you are looking for. So download and start bringing in the deals!
Classic. We all know that it is imperative to wake up at least two hours early before work and just read the news (especially in PR and media). The NYTimes app makes this incredibly easy for navigation purposes and just reading in general. The background is solid white and the categories are on a side bar. Simple and smart; the only way the NYT knows how to do it.
I haven’t actually downloaded this app but it looks brilliant and has gotten great reviews. Pivotal Tracker is a project management app that allows team members to collaborate on the same project and it feeds in real-time comments and updates. It cuts out the back and forth of conversation about managing and monitoring and allows developers to actually work on their project with speed and efficiency. If anyone has actually used the app, let me know what you think!
Best. App. Ever. That’s all I’m going to say. Take a look for yourself.
Long story short: Check out the Google Chrome Web Store and spend a few glorious hours surfing around and downloading apps to your desktop. Let’s face it, when it’s below 15 degrees all day, everyday (thank you Chicago…), cozy up on the couch, drink some hot chocolate, and download some apps that will ultimately make your life a little bit easier.