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François Beaufort

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May 26, 2015 8 comments 9 shares 114 plus ones
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Latest Dev Update features a new "Report abuse" checkbox in the extensions removal dialog so that you can tell to the Chrome Team why you uninstalled this extension.

Clicking on the "Remove" button when the checkbox is checked will actually open a new tab to the "Report Abuse" Chrome Web Store item page. 

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1131113003

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May 26, 2015 8 comments 5 shares 110 plus ones
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Following the Chrome throbber animation¹, Download progress animation has been materialized in the latest chromium build².

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/LDeARtSJXqc
² https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1150123002

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May 22, 2015 2 comments 4 shares 46 plus ones
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Another¹ Rockchip RK3288 Chrome OS board codenamed Mickey has just popped up in the open-source Chromium OS repository.

¹ http://chrome.blogspot.fr/2015/03/more-chromebooks-for-everyone.html

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/271360

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May 22, 2015 0 comments 8 shares 51 plus ones
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Latest Chrome OS Dev Update exposes both received signal strength and transmitted power level for Bluetooth devices during discovery when using the Chrome bluetooth¹ API.

Hopefully developers will use these brand new fields when it comes to rank devices by proximity for instance. 

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/bluetooth

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1133173002

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May 22, 2015 6 comments 6 shares 43 plus ones
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Dear developer, enjoy this geeky news! The Programmer Dvorak Keyboard Layout is now available in the latest Dev Update of Chrome OS.

Go to chrome://settings/languages, choose "English" language and check "Programmer Dvorak keyboard" to get started.

¹ http://www.kaufmann.no/roland/dvorak/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1113683003

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May 22, 2015 4 comments 11 shares 115 plus ones
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The fileSystemProvider API, used to create file systems that can be accessed from the Files App in Chrome OS, keeps getting better in the latest Dev Update. 

For instance, developers have now the ability to set "multiple_mounts" so that the Files App will allow you to add more than one mount points with the "Add new services" button. Basically, that means opening an app directly from there, instead of launching manually. 

Moreover, if developer specifies "configurable", then a menu item for configuring mount points will be rendered in the Files app.

Make sure you read the updated developer documentation¹ if you're planning to add these features to your Chrome App. I will as you can see² below ;)

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider ² https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/cloud-storage-chrome-app/compare/addMultipleMounts

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1133013002

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May 22, 2015 4 comments 4 shares 68 plus ones
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"Aw, Snap!" and "He's dead, Jim" tabs are getting a minor redesign in the latest chromium build to make the layout more consistent with the other set of Error Interstitials such as SSL and Malware.

An easy way to see them is to open a new tab to chrome://kill and chrome://crash. You'll notice that icons are now identical - no funny kill-tab icon anymore: https://codereview.chromium.org/1129513002/diff/100001/chrome/app/theme/default_100_percent/common/killtab.png

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1129513002

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May 21, 2015 11 comments 51 shares 235 plus ones
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The chromium team has just landed the majority of the remaining Chrome for Android code (over 100K lines of code) into the open-source Chromium repository: Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open-source

External Developers can now build a full-fledged Chromium browser by building the brand new chrome_public_apk target.

Check out this page to learn more about the differences between Chromium and Chrome: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/wiki/ChromiumBrowserVsGoogleChrome

Source: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-dev/N6nnYxjFHDc/discussion

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May 21, 2015 5 comments 7 shares 79 plus ones
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The chromium team has added a tutorial bubble in the latest chromium build¹ to let you know that you can now switch people faster by right clicking on the people button to view other people.

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1120013003

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May 19, 2015 36 comments 8 shares 83 plus ones
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The chromium team is rethinking¹ the extensions toolbar UX. A nice placeholder icon is now shown in the toolbar for extensions that don't have an icon so that they don't look like puzzle pieces anymore.

You can see this in Chrome Canary by simply enabling the experimental flag named "Extension toolbar redesign" at chrome://flags/#enable-extension-action-redesign and load any chrome browserAction² Extension with no icon such as the Page Redder Sample Extension³ for instance.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/Zr6N4opM6QM
² https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/browserAction
³ https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/examples/api/browserAction/make_page_red.zip

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1131443006

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