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François Beaufort

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April 23, 2014 33 comments 16 shares 149 plus ones
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Last update of the Google Play Music Chrome App¹ gives us now the ability to set the window always on top thanks to the app.window.alwaysOnTop permission².

Give it a try, open the App, click on the 3 vertical dots and check "Always on top".

¹ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-play-music/fahmaaghhglfmonjliepjlchgpgfmobi ² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/app_window#property-CreateWindowOptions-alwaysOnTop

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April 22, 2014 5 comments 5 shares 44 plus ones
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Last chromium build will now feature the official Chrome Apps & Extensions Developer Tool if you've enabled the Developer Mode in chrome://extensions.

For info, this Chrome App¹ is helpful for developers to build and debug Chrome Apps and Extensions like you currently do in chrome://extensions.

¹ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-apps-developer-too/ohmmkhmmmpcnpikjeljgnaoabkaalbgc

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/196413028

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April 22, 2014 13 comments 8 shares 75 plus ones
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The Ash System tray can host many system status/settings as you can see in the screenshot below. And because there can be a lot, the Chromium team started to document all of them at system tray | dev.

Source: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/chromium-dev/JYS2VlbA-kc/Rby7RiI1Oq0J

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April 22, 2014 0 comments 3 shares 21 plus ones
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If you ever need to check out your Enterprise Machine Key (aka EMK), here's a Chrome OS Shell Command to remember: dump_emk.

Press <Ctrl> + <Alt> + T, type "dump_emk" and validate it with <Enter>. This will print out the Public Key and the Certificates. Obviously, it only works if your Chrome device has been successfully enrolled¹.

¹ https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1360534?hl=en

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/185144/

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April 18, 2014 6 comments 5 shares 62 plus ones
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In cases in which a network error occurs and that Chrome has a stale copy of the resource that is attempting to be loaded, a "Load Stale Local Copy" button is shown on the network error page in the last chromium build.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/207553008

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April 18, 2014 5 comments 2 shares 39 plus ones
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Chrome Canary allows us to add and select a different Google Account for Cloud Print in the print preview.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/233623003

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April 18, 2014 1 comments 14 shares 53 plus ones
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If like me, you enjoy understanding how work your Chrome device CPUs, you may want to take a look at the internal chrome://power page.

This page now features in the last Dev Update new graphs for each CPU:
- Frequency State Occupancy Percentage (cpufreq)
- Idle State Occupancy Percentage (cpuidle)

For info, cpufreq is a Linux driver that can change the clock speed of the CPU(s) on the fly in order to save battery power - the lower the clock speed is, the less power the CPU consumes.
In the other hand, cpuidle is a CPU power management infrastructure to manage idle CPUs in a clean and efficient manner.

And just for the fun of it, watch a 4K YouTube video and look at the graphs.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/197813006

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April 18, 2014 8 comments 13 shares 75 plus ones
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The Chrome OS Audio Player volume can now be controlled with Arrow Keys in the last Dev Update when the volume control is visible. Give it a try, listen to some good music:

- Press <Up> to increase the volume of 1
- Press <Down> to decrease the volume of 1
- Press <Alt> + <Up> to increase the volume of 10
- Press <Alt> + <Down> to decrease the volume of 10

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/219163003

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April 18, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 32 plus ones
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Importing supervised users in Chrome OS is now supported as well¹ in the last Dev Update.

Go to the login screen, click on "Add user" and "Create a supervised user". Choose the manager for the supervised user and click on the "Import an existing supervised user" link to get the screen below.

¹ http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.fr/2014/04/stable-channel-update.html

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/224343003 

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April 18, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 28 plus ones
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Are you a fan of the Australian scrolling¹ feature aka natural scrolling? If so, you may have already enabled it for your touchpad. The good news is that you can also enable the Australian scrolling for your mouse in the last Dev Update of Chrome OS.

There is no friendly UI for it now but here's how you can enable it:
- Open a Chrome OS Shell with <Ctrl> + <Alt> + T
- Type "inputcontrol -mouse_australian_scrolling 1"
Press <Enter>

Reverting this setting is as easy as running the same command with "0" instead of "1".

¹ https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/2583287?hl=en

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/192183 

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