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GigaOM Chrome Show: QuickOffice for some and Pixel Photos app for all

That new Photos app for the Chromebook Pixel isn’t limited to Google’s(s goog) highest end laptop. You just need to know the right link to install it on your own Chromebook or Chromebox. And if you’re on the Dev channel of Chrome, you now can now edit native Microsoft(s msft) Word and Excel documents without converting them to Google Docs.

Our two recommended extensions help you listen to music and read barcodes while we wait for Google Now to make a real appearance in Chrome. And what about Google’s new media streamer, smartwatch and gaming console: Will they be all Android or will Chrome play a part too? Listen in to this week’s GigaOM Chrome Show to find out what we think.

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Hosts: Kevin C. Tofel and Chris Albrecht

Want QuickOffice editing? You need to be on the Dev channel and enable this flag: #enable-quick-office-editing

What’s up with Google Now notifications in Chrome?

Looking for good Chrome hardware deals? The HP(s hpq) Pavilion is down to $299 while Samsung’s Chromebox is $249.

Need that Photos app? Here you go.

Where does Chrome fit in with the reported Google media streamer, game console and smartwatch?

8-bit gaming in HTML 5? Yup, that’s Spelunky!

The Files app for Dev channel gets a drag-and-drop tweak.

When (or will?) Google clean up the esoteric flags in Chrome OS?

Extension of the week: Panel View for Google Play Music, recommended by Craig Tumblison on Google Plus.

Bonus extension: Barcode Reader