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François Beaufort

Happiness Evangelist
September 29, 2014 10 comments 34 shares 252 plus ones
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Do you want to know how much battery use websites/apps on your Chromebook? Check out the last Dev Update, open the Settings window and click on the brand new "Battery" button in the Device Section.

Each website/app shows a battery usage percentage. Clicking on it opens the Detailed Settings page where you can stop the website/app by simply clicking on the "Stop" button.​​

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/573783004

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September 24, 2014 19 comments 28 shares 133 plus ones
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A brand new Error page has just popped up in the last chromium build when your computer isn’t connected to the Internet.

And as usual, the cute T-Rex is there, waiting...

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/545973003

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September 24, 2014 10 comments 1 shares 51 plus ones
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Clicking on the SSL interstitial's Error Code now shows some debugging information related to the certificate in the last chromium build:

- Subject 
- Issuer 
- Expiration date
- Current date
- PEM encoded chain

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/584463005

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September 22, 2014 11 comments 8 shares 82 plus ones
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Rotating PDF documents is now as simple as using these keyboard shortcuts in the last chromium build:
   
- Rotate counterclockwise: <Ctrl> + [ 
- Rotate clockwise: <Ctrl> + ] 

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/581913003

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September 22, 2014 8 comments 19 shares 164 plus ones
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The chromium team just added the ability to edit saved passwords in the last chromium build.

Just go to chrome://settings/passwords, click on the password you want to edit and click the "Overwrite" blue button. 
From now on, you can also add new ones directly from there.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/489103004
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September 18, 2014 3 comments 23 shares 94 plus ones
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Servo is a debug board built by the chromium team to aide in the debug and control of various Chrome OS devices. Servo's features include the simulation of pressing the power button, closing the lid, pressing Ctrl-d and many more.

Even though Servo boards are not publicly distributed and sold, the chromium team has published the Servo V2 block diagram, bill of materials, schematic and layout needed to build one by yourself.

Source: http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/servo

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September 18, 2014 1 comments 3 shares 45 plus ones
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A new keyboard shortcut <Alt>+C lets you clear all your downloads on chrome://downloads in the last chromium build available at https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/579583005

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September 17, 2014 3 comments 6 shares 52 plus ones
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The chrome.automation¹ API that allows developers to access the automation (accessibility) tree for the browser is now available on Dev Channel

The tree resembles the DOM tree, but only exposes the semantic structure of a page. It can be used to programmatically interact with a page by examining names, roles, and states, listening for events, and performing actions on nodes. 

It is obviously very useful for extensions like ChromeVox², the screen reader for Chrome, but could also be used for tests automation and developer tools as suggested in the API proposal³ document.

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/automation
² http://www.chromevox.com/
³ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vW_tgDfPWqHtV_sgnoe-JAvE3iSuo5rd2CNzb-Z9ZdU/edit#

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/561933002

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September 17, 2014 2 comments 13 shares 69 plus ones
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The chromium team is currently experimenting with a brand new way for site owners to diagnose site or network problems more easily. The idea is that the browser will upload error reports periodically to site owners that requested it for certain resources they own.

While the chromium team is still working out the standard, the initial version of the Domain Reliability Monitoring¹ implementation is going to be hard-coded for some Google sites to spot practical issues sooner, before hopefully becoming part of the Navigation Error Logging² API.

In the mean time, if you want to be part of the experiment, you simply have to run the last chromium build with the --enable-domain-reliability switch³ and go to the chrome://domain-reliability-internals page to see all websites that are pre-configured to receive error reports when they fail to load.

¹ https://docs.google.com/document/d/14U0YA4dlzNYciq2ke0StEMjomdBUN6ocSt1kN03HJ0s/edit
² https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/webperf/raw-file/tip/specs/NavigationErrorLogging/Overview.html
³ http://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/run-chromium-with-flags

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/571973002

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September 15, 2014 1 comments 6 shares 74 plus ones
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The chromium team just added a new way to get the full USB device's configuration descriptor in the last chromium build.

Whereas before only the USB device interfaces were accessible in the chrome.usb API, we now have access to the full data such as if the device is self powered, supports remote wake up, the maximum power needed and an extra field which contains all of the miscellaneous descriptors associated with a configuration,
interface or endpoint.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/558373002

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