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François Beaufort

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September 22, 2015 13 comments 12 shares 87 plus ones
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Chrome extensions can now specify that they are not allowed in incognito mode in Chrome Canary 🐥.

As a developer, all you need is to set the manifest "incognito" field value to "not_allowed" and that's pretty much it: the "Allow in incognito" checkbox will now be disabled in chrome://extensions.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1351223003

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September 14, 2015 32 comments 15 shares 263 plus ones
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Chrome tab titles will now take up the width of the tab instead of leaving a gap where the close button was when tabs get small in Chrome Canary 🐥. This comes in handy when you have lots of tabs opened.

Please check out http://crbug.com/219067#c9 to read about all the details of this improved tab content layout.

Source: https://plus.google.com/+PeterKasting/posts/Ldm81JN72eB

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September 09, 2015 3 comments 7 shares 83 plus ones
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Chrome Extensions can now detect top 3 languages for a chunk of user-supplied text thanks to the open-source¹ library CLD2 in Chrome Canary 🐥.

This new API method² described below provides more flexibility for developers to detect language as Chrome only exposes currently the language of a given tab.

¹ https://github.com/CLD2Owners/cld2/
² https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/i18n#method-detectLanguage

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1306873003

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September 04, 2015 7 comments 9 shares 112 plus ones
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The chromium team has been playing this summer with a new Chrome OS board named Ultima¹ based on the Intel Braswell platform.

¹ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MBQkB1ZzP4

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/290495/
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September 03, 2015 18 comments 13 shares 150 plus ones
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The brand new Google logo has landed in the chromium repository as you can see below. Run the latest chromium build and open a new tab.

If you're interested in the details of the why, how, what, I'd recommend you have a look at:
- https://design.google.com/articles/evolving-the-google-identity/
- https://www.google.com/search?q=Google%20logo%20history

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1316813006


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September 03, 2015 12 comments 11 shares 125 plus ones
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There are now more than 50 Chrome OS based devices out there! Have fun finding all of them in the Chrome OS code name challenge game at https://beaufortfrancois.github.io/chrome-os-code-name-challenge

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August 27, 2015 28 comments 20 shares 233 plus ones
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The chromium team is currently experimenting with a simplified fullscreen UI. Instead of having an annoying prompt to allow sites to go fullscreen, this new user experience will grant them automatically fullscreen access. A bubble will appear appropriately so that you're still able to exit full screen by clicking on it or pressing <Escape> key.

Give it a try now in Dev Channel or Canary by enabling the experimental flag named "Simplified fullscreen / mouse lock UI" at chrome://flags/#simplified-fullscreen-ui and let the chromium team know what you think of it.
For info, the design document is publicly available at
https://docs.google.com/document/d/10Hm6dstWEY9sOdbENijz70I6Tnbz91mPkNKeteMJ-Kw

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1254543002

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August 26, 2015 2 comments 5 shares 92 plus ones
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Chromium has hit version 47 and as usual, here are some miscellaneous facts about this famous Carol number¹ from Wikipedia:

- The 47 society, formed at Pomona College, California, have, for their own amusement, spread the notion that 47 occurs with unnaturally high frequency. Several Pomona graduates used their influence to infiltrate 47s into popular culture such as Star Trek.
- A concert harp has 47 strings, three octaves below middle C and three-and-a-half above.
- 47 is the name of the agent in the Hitman video game series.

¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_number

Source: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/d446e4

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August 26, 2015 51 comments 142 shares 533 plus ones
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Google Chrome will now defer playback of autoplay media until the tab is foregrounded in the latest Dev Channel. This means no more "Where's that sound coming from?" moments when an ad for instance decides to autoplay in a tab you've specifically opened in the background.

Resources will still be preloaded if indicated but Chrome will delay the start of playback until you actually visit the tab.

This cool feature prevents obviously user annoyance but also conserves power as Chrome will only consume power once the tab is foregrounded.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1292433002/

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August 21, 2015 41 comments 66 shares 256 plus ones
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The chromium team has added experimental support for spellchecking in multiple languages at the same time in Chrome Canary 🐥.

By simply enabling the experimental flag named Multilingual Spellchecker at chrome://flags/#enable-multilingual-spellchecker, you can now go to Chrome Settings languages at chrome://settings/languages and check "Use this language for spell checking" for every language of your choice.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1300213002

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