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I've been having fun sharing¹ some of the latest capabilities of the upcoming Web Bluetooth² API at the DevFest Paris conference.

Recorded session below is in French but still funny... I promise. You'll get to see a BB8, a Grumpy Cat, a ANKI Overdrive game, a printer, and candle and heart rate demos.

¹ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg7Ryq5q6y0
² https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2015/07/interact-with-ble-devices-on-the-web
³ http://devfest.gdgparis.com/

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The subtitles / closed captions are in French too, lol.
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Chromium has hit the version noteworthy tagged 50 so here are some miscellaneous facts about this number from Wikipedia:

- Fifty is the smallest number that is the sum of two non-zero square numbers in two distinct ways: 50 = 1² + 7² = 5² + 5².
- The fifth magic number in nuclear physics - a number of nucleons such that they are arranged into complete shells within the atomic nucleus.
- There are 50 states in the United States of America. 
- 5-O (Five-Oh) - Slang for police officers and/or a warning that police are approaching.
- In millimeters, the focal length of the normal lens in 35 mm photography
- In years of marriage, the gold or "golden" wedding anniversary
- The number of rings required to transform Sonic to his super form in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.


Source: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/90efea



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Last year, the Chrome OS Team has added 10 new keyboard layouts detailed below, which brings to 97 the total number of keyboard layouts available in Chrome OS.
Make sure you check out chrome://settings/languages and look for your favorite keyboard layout if it's not already done.

- Faroese
- French Bepo
- Hungarian QWERTY
- Kazakh (Қазақ)
- Macedonian
- Romanian standard
- Turkish-F
- US Programmer Dvorak
- US Workman
- US Workman international

Source: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+log/master/chrome/browser/resources/chromeos/input_method/google_xkb_manifest.json

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+Edward Goldstick, I'm using my Chromebook too to write Chinese using the Pinyin input method with a US keyboard layout. I'm currently taking some beginner's classes in Chinese.

+João Victor Schiavo, you do not have to worry using a US keyboard layout on a Chromebook even if you fancy writing Chinese.

再见 / Goodbye
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If you happen to own a Chromebook that supports beamforming¹, a technology used to try to extract sound sources in a room, you'll certainly have noticed that your default microphone is now split into 2 virtual devices: one that picks up everything and another that picks up just you.

Go to https://hangouts.google.com/ and click "Video call" to see this with your own eyes. You can also check out https://simpl.info/getusermedia/sources/ source to see how this works behind the scenes.

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

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1374993003
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+Andrew Dodd I'm talking about in the context of Chrome OS
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I am pretty pleased to notice that Chrome TabStrip is getting all Material Design in the latest Dev Channel update along with the Toolbar, Omnibox, and the Kebab¹ menu (officially called the Chrome menu).

Set the experimental flag "Material design in the browser's top chrome" at chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md to "Material", restart Chrome and you should get a WIP version of this Material reDesign².

On a personal note, I particularly love the new Incognito Mode.

¹ https://twitter.com/lukew/status/590911111358242816
² https://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1401633003
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There is no current schedule for a stable MD release on non-CrOS.
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A DevTools Dark Theme hidden experiment has recently been added in Chrome Canary 🐥 and here's how to enable it now if you want to play with it.

Open your DevTools, go to Settings by pressing F1 and pick the "Dark" Theme in the Appearance section. That's it!

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1499993004

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Physical Web developers can now reach Chrome for Android users, starting with the Beta channel and rolling out more widely soon. When these users walk by a beacon for the first time, they’ll receive a notification allowing them to enable the Physical Web. On future encounters with beacons, users can quickly see a list of nearby URLs by tapping on a non-vibrating notification waiting for them.

Learn more about this exciting piece of technology at
http://blog.chromium.org/2016/02/the-physical-web-expands-to-chrome-for_10.html
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Wonderful news! :)
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The chromium team is currently experimenting in Beta Channel with casting tabs without the Google Cast extension installed thanks to the new Media Router¹.

By simply enabling the experimental flag "Media Router" at chrome://flags/#media-router, the Google Cast extension will be disabled and you'll be able to right click on a page and see a new "Cast..." menu (also available in the Chrome menu and in the redesigned Extension Toolbar²).
Toggling off the flag will re-enable the Google Cast extension.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/gBitb1G9Q4j
² https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/99gLixnF6Kf

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1507873003
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+Tom Lahey its an open source project, why not code the bug fixes yourself? Obviously Cr team doesn't think they are too important at the moment.
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As foreseen previously, the Chrome OS Audio Player is being Material reDesigned in the latest Dev Update.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1429793002/

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+Michael Sackett Sadly, Android will be getting a major release for a full Material Design desktop before Chrome OS will be able to make enough incremental changes to catch up with the look and feel of the new version of Android coming out.
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Just in case you were wondering, charging a Chromebook Pixel 2015 with another powerful USB-C device such as another Chromebook Pixel 2015 is possible in Chrome OS.

Changing which one is charging the other one is as simple as going to Chrome Settings, click "Manage power source..." and change the power source as shown below.
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With the brand new Certificate Enrollment for Chrome OS extension, managed users can now request certificates that allow them access to enterprise protected networks and resources.

This useful extension allows Chrome OS Admins to scale their Chromebook roll-outs by automating the Active Directory certificate enrollment process via Google's management console. In other words, it allows you to surf EAP-TLS networks with hardware-backed certificates issued by Active Directory!

Check out the official support page at https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6321820

The extension is available on the Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fhndealchbngfhdoncgcokameljahhog
Request a certificate for your device.
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OK +Scott Giese that's indeed not the exact same thing as i had in mind. Thanks for clarifying this.
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It's Chrome OS Tip Day Today!

Here's how to rename your Chromebook Bluetooth name in 3 easy steps:
- Open a Chrome OS Shell with [Ctrl] + [Alt] + T
- Enter "bt_console" to jump into the Bluetooth Console
- Enter "system-alias <deviceName>" where <deviceName> is the device name you wish.

For info, resetting it with the "reset-alias" command will actually not restore it to the default one as Chrome OS already overrides this one.
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and the time when you publish a gui for it? Thank you ;)
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Dive into Chromium source code
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  • Google
    Chromium Evangelist, 2013 - present
  • Trapeze Media
    Python Web Application Developer, 2010 - 2012
  • Conversition Strategies Inc.
    Sentiment Engine Designer, 2010 - 2010
  • SNCF - French National Railway Company
    Programmer Analyst, 2005 - 2009
  • PiTrust Association
    Vice President, 2005 - 2007
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