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François Beaufort

Happiness Evangelist
July 31, 2015 5 comments 4 shares 37 plus ones
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Following Final Fantasy X characters Auron, Paine, Yuna and Lulu, a new Chrome OS Board codenamed Buddy has recently been added to the Chromium OS repository.

Like its fellows, Buddy is based on Intel's 5th Generation processors platform known as Broadwell.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/284815

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July 28, 2015 7 comments 10 shares 85 plus ones
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Check out chrome://chrome page in the latest chromium build¹ to see brand new Chromium Material Design icons.
 
Product Logo and Web Store icons both for chromium and chrome are to be expected to be updated as well to Material Design² soon.

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com
² https://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1257483002

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July 28, 2015 27 comments 54 shares 203 plus ones
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As we speak, the chromium team is adding tab discarding to Windows and Mac OS platforms in the latest chromium build. Linux will follow shortly after. This feature enables least interesting tabs to get automatically discarded when system memory is running low. Discarded tabs are still visible on the tab strip and get reloaded when clicked on.

You can follow the work in progress by enabling the experimental flag named "Tab Discarding" at chrome://flags/#enable-tab-discarding.
Then check out chrome://discards too see all your tabs sorted from most interesting to least interesting. You can even discard one by yourself now ;)

For info, Chrome OS has already this feature.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1249693002

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July 22, 2015 15 comments 54 shares 90 plus ones
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The Chrome Team is actively looking for enthusiastic developers¹ to try out the Web Bluetooth API² that allows web apps to interact with Bluetooth Low Energy devices starting in Chrome OS M45.
Learn more about it at  https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2015/07/interact-with-ble-devices-on-the-web.

¹ you
² https://webbluetoothcg.github.io/web-bluetooth/

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July 17, 2015 2 comments 38 shares 67 plus ones
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Some folks on the Chrome team are spending their time these days playing with a unique Turtle toy using the Web Bluetooth¹ API
This experimental API would allow web developers to discover and connect with Bluetooth Low Energy devices such as heart rate monitors, singing lightbulbs, robotic cars... 

Join the Web Bluetooth Google+ Community² today and checkout the official GitHub repository¹ to learn more about this young API.

¹ https://github.com/WebBluetoothCG/web-bluetooth ² https://plus.google.com/communities/108953318610326025178

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July 16, 2015 5 comments 10 shares 85 plus ones
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Latest Chrome OS Dev Update features a new Refresh button in the Files App for File System Provider Services¹ such as the TED Talks Extension² for instance.

This comes in handy when the extension doesn't support file watching³ explicitly so that users decide when they want to see their content refreshed.

¹ http://blog.chromium.org/2015/06/file-system-provider-api-for-easier.html
² https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iibcngmpkgghccnakicfmgajlkhnohep
³ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1222563005

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July 16, 2015 13 comments 7 shares 87 plus ones
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Chromium has finally hit version 46 and as usual now, here are some miscellaneous facts about this centered triangular number¹ from Wikipedia:

- 46 is the largest even integer that can't be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers².
- It is the number of human chromosomes.
- 46 is the total of books in the Old Testament, Catholic version, if the Book of Lamentations is counted as a book separate from the Book of Jeremiah.
- It is also the number corresponding to the word "ADAM" where A=1, D=4, M=40
- Because 46 in Japanese can be pronounced as "yon roku", and "yoroshiku"(よろしく) means "my best regards" in Japanese, people sometimes use 46 for greeting.

¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centered_triangular_number
² https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abundant_number

Source: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/9fa04e

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July 10, 2015 3 comments 2 shares 43 plus ones
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Chrome Canary on Desktop platforms won't show up anymore in the Site Information section in the Origin Info Bubble. This section used to tell you something like "You first visited this site on Dec 25, 2014".

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1211693002

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July 09, 2015 11 comments 11 shares 130 plus ones
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An enthusiastic external contributor has just added tab audio muting support for Chrome extensions in the latest chromium build¹.

While it still requires you to enable the experimental flag named "Tab audio muting UI control" at chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting, extensions like MuteTab² for instance could now work 100% time thanks to these new attributes in the chrome.tabs API.

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com
² https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mutetab/nmkbaaijgpppbokgnhhoakihofedkgcc

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/987583004

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July 01, 2015 0 comments 8 shares 83 plus ones
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In Dev Channel, Chrome App developers can now present a HID device picker to the user and retrieve selected devices. This removes the need of hard coding all HID devices that the app could eventually access.

You can give a try to the Chrome HID App sample¹ and read documentation² to implement it into your App.

¹ https://github.com/GoogleChrome/chrome-app-samples/tree/master/samples/hid
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/hid#method-getUserSelectedDevices

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1115213004

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