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The chromium team is currently experimenting with deprecating high-conflicts web keyboard shortcuts in favor of Search-based commands in the latest Chrome OS Dev Update:
 
- Lock Screen: <Ctrl>+<Shift>+L  would become <Search>+L
- Task Manager: <Shift>+<Esc> would become <Search>+<Esc>

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1177773002
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excellent idea! Is this currently out in the beta?
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The chromium team is still¹ working on showing download status as a notification in the Chrome Notification Center. Last piece of work is about adding a thumbnail preview if the downloaded file is an image to the completion notification in latest Dev Channel update.

Give it a try now by enabling the experimental flag named "Download Status in Notification Center" at chrome://flags/#enable-download-notification and report feedback to the team with <Alt>+<Shift>+i.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/h5EabqhkGoj

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1159363002
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Well... Can I just say? This is going to be spectacular for pr0n. Adjust that x to long time. 
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Google Payments are now fully integrated with Chrome Autofill if you are signed into Chrome with your Google account. By simply checking the new "Show addresses and credit cards from Google Payments" checkbox in chrome://settings/autofill, you'll be able to easily autofill your web checkout forms with addresses and payment information from Google Payments. Note that this works both on Desktop and Android.

If you wonder how website developers can help users checkout faster with Autofill, check out https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2015/06/checkout-faster-autofill

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1163693004
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+Peter Kasting yes because some people raised the issue but chromium Dev insisted on saying that this was a really good feature and totally normal to make it work like that.
So do we have to check every life to be sure that chromium won t do that again?
I don't 
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The Chrome for Android Team has unified a wide variety of tools used for memory profiling such as dmprof, Android dumpheap, memdump into one single PNaCl¹ Chrome App plainly called Memory Inspector.

Since this is still experimental, you'll have to build it yourself by simply checking out the dedicated memory_inspector² folder and run build.sh to generate the Chrome App you can load as an unpacked extension in chrome://extensions.
You can also download this 18.1MB archive³ I've built to quickly play with it. Note that the Chrome App still requires ADB⁴ daemon to be running on your machine.

Last but not least, memory profiling efforts are now focused in chrome://tracing  where the goal is to understand where memory is being used in your system in the click of a button. You can keep track of these efforts by reading the Trace Event Profiling Tool wiki⁵ page.
 
¹ https://developer.chrome.com/native-client
² https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/tools/memory_inspector
³ https://goo.gl/cr9w5h
http://developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html
https://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/trace-event-profiling-tool/memory

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1145053007
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Very nice!

...but uh... please throw some Material Design its way :-) I am too used to good UI by now.
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The Chrome Accessibility Team has added an option in Dev Channel for users with low vision to the screen magnifier that lets you keep focus centered on screen as visual focus follows text caret.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1157553003
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It would be great of Google chrome apps like gmail could have better support for the colour blind. They can barely see the buttons as they are grey on white. This is a big challenge switching a family member from outlook to gmail. 
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Latest Dev Update features a brand new set of gesture-based editing tools available in the Chrome OS virtual keyboard that makes editing text on a touchscreen simpler and fun!

- Tap on the backspace key and drag left/right to delete and un-delete multiple words in one single swipe.
- Swipe from the edges of the keyboard to move the cursor or select a specific word.

I would recommend you enable the experimental TouchView maximizing UI flag at chrome://flags/#ash-enable-touch-view-testing and press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Shift>+8 to toggle the TouchView maximizing mode if you're not already using it.
Then, trigger the virtual keyboard, click on the Settings Gear icon, click "Configure" button and finally enable "Swipe from the edges".

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1165723004
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More importantly, why AM I  wearing a diaper?
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Latest Desktop Dev Channel update gives users the ability to force experimental Data Saver Lo-Fi mode to be always enabled. When enabled, this mode intended primarily for mobile users on very slow networks, will send a small placeholder colorful graphic rather than the original requested image if this one is likely not a crucial element of the page.

All you need to play with this is to set the flag simply named "Data Saver Lo-Fi mode" to "Always on" at chrome://flags/#data-reduction-proxy-lo-fi and visit any HTTP website. Of course, you'll need the Data Saver (Beta) extension¹ as well.

Here's one tip that you might find useful, especially on mobile: Right-click/long tap on a placeholder image and click/tap "Load image" to actually load the original image.

¹ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/data-saver-beta/pfmgfdlgomnbgkofeojodiodmgpgmkac

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1182833006
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My team is building this -- it's currently an experiment and we're looking to gather data on whether it's useful to people, especially on slow cellular networks. Feel free to share feedback with me but note that it's very much a work in progress!
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The Chrome OS team uses a cool robot built by the Finnish company OptoFidelity to measure end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices.

Video below captured by a high speed video camera shows you how drawing a line on a screen is actually drawn in segments that fade in slowly.
Touchbot source code is open-source and available for everyone at https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromiumos/platform/touchbot.

You can even go to http://crostouchlatency.appspot.com to play with all latency tests.
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+Chris Vito it's an old old tablet with a garbage cpu. What did you expect? You think the ipad 1 is having a grand old time? I've been using the nexus 7 2013 for 6 months now and still am wowed by its speed/performance some times.
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Once again¹, the chromium team is optimizing the Chrome menu to make it simpler in the latest chromium build²:

- History and Recent Tabs have been grouped together
- Save Page As has been moved under More Tools
- Help and About Chrome have been grouped together
- View Source, JavaScript Console and Inspect devices have been removed from More Tools. Note that Chrome DevTools will be updated soon to reflect these changes later.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/F5Raj9VR2gw ² https://download-chromium.appspot.com

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1182493009
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+Ade Oshineye View Source is still in the context menu for the page.
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Casting your screen from your Chromebook is much easier in Dev Channel thanks to the Chromecast integration in the Chrome OS status tray for those who have installed the Google Cast Extension¹.

There is no need to open a browser window anymore. Simply open the status tray with <Atl>+<Shift>+S, click on "Cast devices available" and pick a Chromecast. You'll be prompted to share either your screen or a window.

¹ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1118613003
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I just talked to someone who ask me if it was possible to Cast to a Chromebook or a ChromeOS devices.

With stuff like the Chromebit, being able to Cast to it would probably be interesting.
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The chrome serial¹ API used to read and write from serial devices welcomes a brand new method in Dev Channel that suspends character transmission and places the TX line in a break state to get the attention of a specific endpoint.

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

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1128943005
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+François Beaufort  Thank you! I'm glad I could help. chrome.serial API is really cool. We can control hardware including +Arduino . Also, RS232 communication is possible through chrome.serial API. Beagle term, https://goo.gl/2bPTP9, is good example.
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You can now encounter pterodactyls once you get past approximately 500 score in the Chrome Easter Egg T-Rex Game¹.

Whenever your internet is down, you should see a T-Rex. Click on it and you should be good to go! Press <Up> and <Down> to jump and duck various obstacles like cactus and pterodactyls.

I'm personally quite bad at this game -- I barely reach 700. 
What's your highest score?

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/LUtLvQYMFZK

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1051433002
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got pass 2000
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Champagne sur Seine, France (2002-2005) - Fontainebleau, France (2006-2009) - Toronto, Canada - Seoul, South Korea
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    Chromium Evangelist, 2013 - present
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    Python Web Application Developer, 2010 - 2012
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    Sentiment Engine Designer, 2010 - 2010
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    Programmer Analyst, 2005 - 2009
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