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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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+François Beaufort Happy belated birthday!
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+Sebastien Gabriel shares so many cool tips on how the chrome team redesigned Chrome for Android on phone and tablet. Make sure you read Part 1 first before at https://medium.com/google-design/redesigning-chrome-android-11eab15dc7ee
 
My article "Redesigning Chrome for Android Part.2" is now available after two months of writing. In this 30 minutes read, I go over phone and tablet layout, grid usage, specs, asset production and motion design featuring the awesome work of +Manuel Clément. You can read it here: https://goo.gl/YxqOQg

Additionally, I created an appendix site featuring high resolution motion videos of our prototypes along with an excerpt of their specs, if you want to see Manuel's work in all its pixel glory: http://goo.gl/1t3z9Y
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Some folks on the Chrome team are spending their time these days playing with a unique Turtle toy using the Web Bluetooth¹ API
This experimental API would allow web developers to discover and connect with Bluetooth Low Energy devices such as heart rate monitors, singing lightbulbs, robotic cars... 

Join the Web Bluetooth Google+ Community² today and checkout the official GitHub repository¹ to learn more about this young API.

¹ https://github.com/WebBluetoothCG/web-bluetooth ² https://plus.google.com/communities/108953318610326025178
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i always love the chrome and the blue tooth page too.
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Latest Chrome OS Dev Update features a new Refresh button in the Files App for File System Provider Services¹ such as the TED Talks Extension² for instance.

This comes in handy when the extension doesn't support file watching³ explicitly so that users decide when they want to see their content refreshed.

¹ http://blog.chromium.org/2015/06/file-system-provider-api-for-easier.html
² https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iibcngmpkgghccnakicfmgajlkhnohep
³ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1222563005
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Hi! do you know how can I add Google Photos as storage in the file app ? 
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Chrome Canary on Desktop platforms won't show up anymore in the Site Information section in the Origin Info Bubble. This section used to tell you something like "You first visited this site on Dec 25, 2014".

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1211693002
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In Dev Channel, Chrome App developers can now present a HID device picker to the user and retrieve selected devices. This removes the need of hard coding all HID devices that the app could eventually access.

You can give a try to the Chrome HID App sample¹ and read documentation² to implement it into your App.

¹ https://github.com/GoogleChrome/chrome-app-samples/tree/master/samples/hid
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/hid#method-getUserSelectedDevices

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1115213004
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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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Hey +François Beaufort, we've selected your Collection for the Featured page! Congrats!
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As we speak, the chromium team is adding tab discarding to Windows and Mac OS platforms in the latest chromium build. Linux will follow shortly after. This feature enables least interesting tabs to get automatically discarded when system memory is running low. Discarded tabs are still visible on the tab strip and get reloaded when clicked on.

You can follow the work in progress by enabling the experimental flag named "Tab Discarding" at chrome://flags/#enable-tab-discarding.
Then check out chrome://discards too see all your tabs sorted from most interesting to least interesting. You can even discard one by yourself now ;)

For info, Chrome OS has already this feature.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1249693002
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The Chrome Team is actively looking for enthusiastic developers¹ to try out the Web Bluetooth API² that allows web apps to interact with Bluetooth Low Energy devices starting in Chrome OS M45.
Learn more about it at  https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2015/07/interact-with-ble-devices-on-the-web.

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² https://webbluetoothcg.github.io/web-bluetooth/
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Thanks for that link +Jeffrey Yasskin​. Looks like I'll have to wait on that issue. In the mean time I'll try with something else
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Chromium has finally hit version 46 and as usual now, here are some miscellaneous facts about this centered triangular number¹ from Wikipedia:

- 46 is the largest even integer that can't be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers².
- It is the number of human chromosomes.
- 46 is the total of books in the Old Testament, Catholic version, if the Book of Lamentations is counted as a book separate from the Book of Jeremiah.
- It is also the number corresponding to the word "ADAM" where A=1, D=4, M=40
- Because 46 in Japanese can be pronounced as "yon roku", and "yoroshiku"(よろしく) means "my best regards" in Japanese, people sometimes use 46 for greeting.

¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centered_triangular_number
² https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abundant_number

Source: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/9fa04e
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+François Beaufort this is fantastic of course, but is there any news about ChromeOS in sight? It's gotten awfully quiet. At least a dozen of promised features never came, the most promising IDE was abandoned, total silence at the I/O. Do you know what's up?
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An enthusiastic external contributor has just added tab audio muting support for Chrome extensions in the latest chromium build¹.

While it still requires you to enable the experimental flag named "Tab audio muting UI control" at chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting, extensions like MuteTab² for instance could now work 100% time thanks to these new attributes in the chrome.tabs API.

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com
² https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mutetab/nmkbaaijgpppbokgnhhoakihofedkgcc

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/987583004
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Please find us a solution to Disable that ugly button in the title bar of the Chrome window, the (chrome://flags/#enable-new-avatar-menu) doesn't seem to work in version 44+
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We can finally read all the alternative text of images when we long-tap on images in the latest Chrome Dev for Android update.

Surely this will make xkcd.com readers happy ;)
 
Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1183113005
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Finally won't have to go to the mobile version just to read the alt text on xkcd!
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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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Champagne sur Seine, France (2002-2005) - Fontainebleau, France (2006-2009) - Toronto, Canada - Seoul, South Korea