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François Beaufort

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August 27, 2015 27 comments 20 shares 217 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 82 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 49 comments 132 shares 495 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 42 comments 66 shares 250 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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August 18, 2015 23 comments 21 shares 204 plus ones
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As expected, the Chrome Downloads page is also getting a Material Design look as we speak in Chrome Canary.

By simply toggling the experimental flag named "Material Design downloads" at chrome://flags/#enable-md-downloads, we can now follow the work in progress of the Material Design downloads page at chrome://downloads.

And if you have not notice yet, components are all powered by the Polymer¹ library under the hood so that Chrome has a consistent Material Design look and feel. Go check out https://www.polymer-project.org to learn more about it and browse the Polymer Elements catalog at https://elements.polymer-project.org

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1300473002


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August 13, 2015 3 comments 11 shares 144 plus ones
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The <video> and <audio> HTML5 elements are getting new media playback controls in the latest update of Chrome Dev¹ for Android.
  
This UI refresh comes also with a specific behavior to hide volume controls more often to save screen space on Android.

¹ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chrome.dev

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1266813002

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August 10, 2015 5 comments 7 shares 101 plus ones
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Did you ever remember yourself wanted to switch to another Wi-Fi network and, the text "Searching for Wi-Fi networks" keeps appearing and disappearing from the list every few seconds? Phew, this is now fixed in the latest Dev Update of Chrome OS with a new Wi-Fi scanning indicator.

This throbber indicator, which replaces subtly the info button, will behave just like Bluetooth scanning and won't shift networks anymore.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1270623002

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August 06, 2015 41 comments 22 shares 163 plus ones
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Latest Chrome OS Dev Update features a refreshed UI of the Gallery App: a brand new App icon¹, a revamped slideshow mode and new image editor action icons.

¹ https://codereview.chromium.org/1253183007/diff/1/ui/file_manager/gallery/images/icon256.png

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1253183007

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July 31, 2015 5 comments 6 shares 52 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 11 shares 95 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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