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François Beaufort

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July 21, 2014 7 comments 7 shares 98 plus ones
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Hadouken! An exciting new Chrome OS board named Ryu has lately been added to the open-source repository.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/207838/

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July 18, 2014 57 comments 70 shares 279 plus ones
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Athena is a brand new project the Chromium OS team is experimenting with in order to bring a new kind of user experience. As you can see below, the first draft consists in a collection of windows with some simple window management.

By simply checking out the chromium source code and compiling the convenient "athena_main" target with ninja -C out/Release athena_main, you'll be able to follow the Work In Progress.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/302473005

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July 18, 2014 4 comments 6 shares 90 plus ones
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Alan Bettes, Chrome Visual Designer, just shared on Dribbble a nice illustration featuring the popular chrome T-rex¹.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/ASQmaJACurg

Source: https://dribbble.com/AlanBettes

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July 17, 2014 0 comments 10 shares 83 plus ones
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We can now manage location, media and notifications permissions per website thanks to a brand new "Manage sites" option in the last Chromium build.

For that, you'll need to enable the experimental chrome://flags/#enable-website-settings flag, go to chrome://settings and click on the "Manage sites..." button under the "Web content" category.

As you can read in the Design Doc¹, this may also be used to track which websites are eating up resources like battery or storage.

¹ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oQwmj3AU4QYhTyGrYEGr6zaZhHUfx-wqUgEcQGbUU-U/edit#
 
Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/380893005

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July 16, 2014 8 comments 25 shares 118 plus ones
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I've just noted that Chrome OS Dev Channel has an experimental handwriting recognition mode you can play with now by enabling the On-screen keyboard in the Accessibility settings.

Once the On-screen keyboard is visible, tap or click the⋮key and pick the handwriting mode. For information, since it uses the Google Input Tools¹ API, this mode only works when you're connected to the internet.

Still, it's still fun to draw smileys on the keyboard and get it recognized ☺

¹ http://www.google.com/inputtools/

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July 15, 2014 33 comments 52 shares 250 plus ones
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If you wonder how well the chrome team updates its fleet of Chrome OS devices, you might want to check the simple Chrome Devices Releases page at http://googledrive.com/host/0B8R1QvA3x5IbdWZuMm5uSzBpVzg/ where you'll have a good overview of all the Chrome Devices and their versions for each channel.

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July 15, 2014 8 comments 9 shares 75 plus ones
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Did you ever want to embed a Chrome App inside another Chrome App? It's now possible to do so with the brand new <appview> HTML tag in the last Chromium build by enabling the experimental chrome://flags/#enable-app-view and adding the "appview" permission to your App manifest.

In a kinda similar way you use the <webview>¹ tag to actively load live content from the web in your Chrome App, you can allow or deny requests from other chrome apps to embed a specific URL. 

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/tags/webview

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/354483004

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July 12, 2014 21 comments 7 shares 100 plus ones
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A new experimental ARM Cortex A7 board named Moose has recently been added to the open-source Chromium OS repository by MediaTek.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/203353

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July 09, 2014 8 comments 12 shares 98 plus ones
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The chromium team is thinking about adding an API for chrome apps and extensions to provide a custom page on the experimental app launcher. This custom page would appear alongside the search and apps pages.

Even though this is still the very beginning, you can give it a try like I did with the Calculator Sample App¹ below by running the last chromium build with chrome --enable-experimental-app-list --show-app-list --custom-launcher-page=chrome-extension://<APPID>/index.html

¹ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/calculator/pelimflkpjiicnajdjcmekpioacmahkh

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/352033002

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July 08, 2014 1 comments 19 shares 70 plus ones
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Thanks to the brand new Crosswalk-based¹ Companion² Tool, it is now easier than ever to build cool Mobile Chrome Apps³ on iOS and Android 4.x without recompiling your entire code each time you make a change. 

¹ https://crosswalk-project.org/ ² https://github.com/MobileChromeApps/chrome-app-developer-tool#readme ³ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/chrome_apps_on_mobile

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