The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer, especially at Seoul Foreign School. You will be spending most of your time online and at school inside a browser: when you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser. It is the home to everything for a student in the 1 to 1 program here. And it is the best home for all your Google Apps.

The Obvious Reasons

Its Fast

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Fast to launch. Fast to search and navigate. Fast to load web pages. Fast to run web applications. With every new release, Chrome continues to improve in speed and performance

It Looks Good and Simple

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Chrome's browser window is streamlined, clean and simple. The tabs are slidey, the windows are fadey, and everything is animated in a crisp, practical sort of way.

It Runs Applications

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Google Chrome's support for add-ons and web apps has exploded in just four years, with a library of extras that now almost rivals Firefox's.

It Syncs

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Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, apps, history, and other settings to all your devices. Anything you update on one device instantly updates everywhere else.

The Main Reason—The Apps & Extension

Despite increased competition from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google Chrome the fastest and feature rich web browser out there. Version 27 still has the best HTML5 support, amazing response time and security, a built-in Flash player and PDF reader, bookmark and preference syncing across computers and even handhelds, and the best minimalist interface on any browser.

But that isn't enough for true browser aficionados. We need extensions. Google Chrome's support for add-ons has exploded in just four years, with a library of extras that rivals other browsers. Rather than stumbling through never-ending aisles of entries in the Chrome store however, browse through this list of the extensions and apps everyone should consider, spanning categories such as security, tabs, and productivity.

The Obvious Apps

Gmail

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The Offline Google Mail app for Chrome lets users read and write email without an internet connection. Drafted messages are sent next time there is an Internet connection. Get your day started on the train before you even arrive in school.

Google Drive

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You can view Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings without an Internet connection. You can also edit Google documents, presentations, and drawings while offline. With Google Drive Offline Acces

Google Calendar

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The Google Calendar app for Chrome lets you view your class schedule and respond to invites, even when you don’t have an internet connection. Your calendar will be synced the next time you connect to the internet.

Google Sites

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Google Sites is designed for security and reliability with features like encrypted connections to Google’s servers, real-time file save, simultaneous replicated storage for your sites, built-in disaster recovery and fine-grained sharing controls that let you share your work with the right people.

The Not-So-Obvious AWESOME Apps

Google Keep

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Yes, it’s another note-taking app. Still, we like Google Keep for how quickly it lets you get to your most recent notes and tasks, and how notes automatically sync across all devices. And with new reminders that plug into Google Now, the app is even more powerful without losing its simplicity.

Any.DO

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Any.Do’s task management app was previously limited to iOS and Android, but now it’s on the desktop as a Chrome App. While most task managers simply provide a checklist and reminders, Any.Do takes a more natural approach, letting you sort tasks into categories such as “tomorrow” and “someday.”

Pocket

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Pocket lets you save articles from the Web, and read them later in a streamlined view. It’s great for catching up on long stories that you don’t have time to read during the day.

The new Chrome App supports offline viewing, and offers a full-screen mode without the usual browser clutter of URL bars and buttons.

Work Flowy

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Beyond WorkFlowy’s simple exterior lies a powerful way to create nested lists of thoughts, tasks, links, and instructions. You start by creating a top-level list, and for each item, you can create endless sublists. You can bring in collaborators by generating online links to specific sub lists. The entire app also works offline.

Pixlr Touch Up

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Put the finishing touches on your photos with this free offline photo editor from Autodesk, Pixlr. Automatically remove unwanted details from your photos so it looks like they were never there.  

PicMonkey

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PicMonkey lets you spice up your photos with cool effects, filters and stickers. Or you can arrange several photos into a collage to represent a friendship or a special event, such as at a birthday party. You can also perform some basic touch-ups, such as fixing blemishes, airbrushing skin, removing wrinkles and whitening teeth.

TweetDeck

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With TweetDeck you can organize your Twitter feeds based on what's important to you, such as Activity, Timeline and Messages. But, instead of sifting through your feeds, you can track what you like, such as a particular topic or hash tag. Plus, there's now a new sidebar on the left so you can more easily navigate through the columns on the right.

AudioSauna

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 A full audio workstation with an easy-to-use interface, you can create tunes through AudioSauna's polyphonic synthesizers, samplers and live effects in real-time, as well as ping-pong looping, unlimited layering and key-range mapping.

The Extensions

Web Timer

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Web Timer is a simple and intuitive extension that lets you keep track of how you're spending your time on the web.

Web Timer keeps track of the tab that you are actively using and updates its stats every 3 seconds. 

AdBlock Plus

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AdBlock Plus (ABP) is among the most popular adblockers online. ABP features a quick setup, loading preset filter lists that allow users to quickly block most ads, as well as the option to filter malware and social media buttons. Savvy users can chose additional block lists as well as set custom filters or whitelists. AdBlock Plus allows what it calls "non-intrusive advertising" through filters, which may irk some users, though this can be disabled in settings.

Add To Pocket

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When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket with Add to Pocket Extension. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection.

  • One-click saving of any page with the toolbar button or keyboard shortcut
  • Syncs across all devices

Clearly

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With one click, Clearly makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one, seamless view.

bitly | ♥ your bitmarks

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bitly lets you do more with your links! Instantly save and share any web page, right from your browser with the bitly Chrome extension. Eliminate long links and shorten them with bitly.

Save to GoogleDrive

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If you use Google Drive as your primary cloud storage solution, Save to Google Drive is an excellent addition to your repertoire of Chrome extensions. A neat add-on from the Google Drive team, Save to Google Drive lets you save images, documents, links, and even webpages to Drive and comes with a variety of options for organizing your content. Save an entire image (or just the current view) automatically import MS Office documents into Google Docs formats, and more.