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A brand new Chrome OS Login experience is now enabled by default with the latest Dev Channel update.

As seen before¹, this materialized design flow takes advantage of the powerful <webview>². Stay tuned for more info about some new features offered by this change in a near future.
 
¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/4tKNUbs1QUq
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/tags/webview

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1079083002
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+Eric Darby SO you have a chromos music player that support playlist random etc?
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Chrome Apps can now receive broadcast UDP traffic in the latest chromium build¹ thanks to a brand new method added to the Chrome Sockets² UDP API.

As you can read below, it has never been easier to toggle broadcast packets on a specific UDP socket with chrome.sockets.udp.setBroadcast

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com/
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/sockets_udp

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1071813002
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how does quic fit into the picture?
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With the Captive Portal¹ API now available² in Chrome OS Dev Channel, I've built a tiny extension that will make my life easier by storing all my WiFi Hotspots credentials so that it can automatically connect to those when requested — no input needed³.

Since I'm based in France, I've started with some French WiFi Hotspots but I would be so happy to see more. Please help me to grow this list by submitting your favorite ones to the public GitHub repository².

My Hotspots is available now for Chrome OS Dev Channel users at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kngmdnkaeiaodchlfljkkinpphgfmkfg

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/networking_config ² https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/QeHQBxVNHH3 ³ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/L59aL1AopKd
https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/my-hotspots-chrome-extension
Connect easily to your favorite hotspots.
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It'll be a 'must have' for I LUV FREE WIFI over at Chromebook Central. ;)
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Chrome Extensions/Apps using the File System Provider¹ API can now be easily installed thanks to a brand new "Add new services" button in the Files App in Chrome OS Dev Channel.

Once you click on it, you'll be presented available services directly from the Chrome Web Store you can install in a matter of seconds. Since this API is relatively new, I'm sure you know some² of³ them for now. Expect more in the future!

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider
² https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/GqoShwe4Fyi
³ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/KGBpTWBgvtV

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1052383002
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+Davide Stefanini Yes! Perfect!
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Starting in the Dev Channel, the Files App will now show you a nice illustration in content pane for empty directories as you can see below.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1061483002
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Thanks +François Beaufort . That's great ! :)
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Did you ever ask yourself this question: When will a Blink fix ship in Chrome (stable or canary)? If so, I'd recommend you read this quick guide¹ below on how to track Blink changes as they make their way to releases of Google Chrome.
 
For info, Blink includes all HTML, CSS, DOM, web platform stuff, as well as Chrome DevTools. In this guide, you'll learn how to use http://chromestatus.com, track the Blink revision number, interpret https://omahaproxy.appspot.com results and much more.

¹ https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/blink/when-will-a-fix-ship-in-chrome-stable-or-canary
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+Tyson Kemp I'm still waiting for those to be approved actually. I will let you know when it's done.
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Latest chromium build has improved Omnibox behaviour by allowing entering keyword mode with <space> even when there's inline autocompletion from a prediction service.

Let's say I've added a custom search engine that points to http://man.cx when I enter "man" keyword. From now on, inline autocompletion such as "man grep" for instance won't prevent me to search Manpages when I type "man" + <space>.

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

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1054803004
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You could add this behavior to the app launcher too. That would be awesome! 
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Being an avid Cloud Platform¹ user, I wrote a tiny Chrome App that uses the powerful File System Provider² API so that we can mount and browse Cloud Storage Buckets directly in the Chrome OS File Manager.

As a matter of fact, it was easy and fast to implement this file system thanks to the handy Cloud Storage API. Have a look at the public GitHub repository³, logic is only <200 JavaScript lines of code ;)

¹ https://cloud.google.com
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider ³ https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/cloud-storage-chrome-app

Cloud Storage Chrome OS App is available now at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ibfbhbegfkamboeglpnianlggahglbfi
Access Cloud Storage Buckets in the Files App
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+Maarten Akerboom Thumbnail view has been improved lately in Dev Channel yes.
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Experimental MTP write support has just landed in the Files App in the last Dev Channel Update. This means we can start to cut/copy/paste/create folders/files on our phones directly from Chrome OS.

All you need to play with this is to enable the experimental flag named "MTP write support" at chrome://flags#enable-mtp-write-support, restart your session and plug your phone.

Since this is still WIP, editing an image is not supported yet. And as usual, if you stumble upon an issue, please report it to the chromium team by pressing <Alt>+<Shift>+i.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1049833004
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+Lionel D check out the list at the link below and append your problem if such is not there.
https://github.com/yoichiro/chromeos-filesystem-sftp/issues
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Photographers will be happy to learn that the Files App is slowly getting Camera RAW¹ files support in the last Dev Update.

According to the source code², ARW, CR2, DNG, NEF, NRW, ORF, RAF and RW2 files are the first ones to be editable directly from the Gallery App. For info, it actually converts back to JPG compressed format when you edit the RAW image.

Note that the PNaCl³ module responsible for decoding RAW files is called PiexLoader and is only enabled for Google Chrome OS, not chromium build.

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_image_format ² https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/ui/file_manager/file_manager/common/js/file_type.js
³https://developer.chrome.com/native-client/nacl-and-pnacl#portable-native-client-pnacl

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1053653003
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+Un Lo In line with what I would have expected... just even a little worse apparently...
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I'm happy to notice that High DPI is now fully supported in Chromium for Linux starting in Dev Channel.

If you don't have a HighDPI screen, you can still run chromium with the --force-device-scale-factor=2 switch to see how scaling works there.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1048123004
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Yeah, i'm also always saying High DPI. But i also want to use the correct terminology :P
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Based on metrics gathered in Google Chrome, the chromium team is experimenting with restructuring the wrench menu into a more coherent order in the last chromium build² :

- Extension toolbar overflow¹
- Global browser errors and warnings
- Tabs and windows
- Places previously been (history, bookmarks, recent tabs)
- Page actions (zoom, edit, find, print)
- Learn about the browser and global customization (settings, help)
- Browser relaunch, quit

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/Zr6N4opM6QM
² https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1007993004
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I like the old position of recent tabs and bookmarks better, it makes more sense.
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