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It's Chrome OS Tip Day Today!

Here are below command lines needed to get all Chrome OS boards that feature a Backlit Chrome keyboard.
You'll notice that "link" and "samus" (Chromebook Pixels) may not be the only boards out there to feature one in the future.
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Planing to stick glow in the dark alphabet to my CB, and this back light keyboard sure will be a hit for CB. Want this feature so badly. 
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Google Accessibility Team is on fire these days and released another¹ Chrome Extension called Color Enhancer which is basically a customizable color filter you can apply to all webpages in order to improve color perception. It is particularly useful for people who are partially color-blind.

Looking at the source code², we can see that a custom SVG feColorMatrix³ filter is injected to all webpages. It's that simple.

Go give Color Enhancer a try at
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/color-enhancer/ipkjmjaledkapilfdigkgfmpekpfnkih

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/UrgHkpWLCvW
² https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/ui/accessibility/extensions/colorenhancer/src/
³ https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/SVG/Element/feColorMatrix

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/984833004
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apparently on my computer the default setting is the best. might come in handy for colorblind people. 
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Webviews in Dev Channel now support dynamically adding/removing content scripts, similar to content scripts for Chrome Extensions.

With the new <webview>.addContentScripts API, we can now reliably inject some JS and CSS files into a webview¹ and as expected script injection rules will be preserved across navigations.

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/tags/webview

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1058113002
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Except webview doesn't trigger a permissions warning and isn't available to extensions.
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The Chrome OS team is experimenting with Files App search results in the Chrome Launcher in the latest Dev Channel update.

Give it a try! Enable the flag "Launcher Search Provider API" at chrome://flags/#enable-launcher-search-provider-api, restart your session and search for anything you've downloaded or stored in Google Drive.
If the search result is a directory, it will open it in the Files app, otherwise it will try to execute the default task.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1092513003
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My Chromebook started as a quick on the go laptop for class, website design, and email. It's quickly becoming my favorite computer.
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Another Intel Braswell Chrome OS Board popped up recently in the open-source Chromium OS repository and is named Cyan based on Cayenne a retainer to the king of Doma in the Final Fantasy VI video-game.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/260684/
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Great name :D
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The new Chromebook Pixel is the first Chrome device that has the ability to perform some limited Wi-Fi functions during sleep, for example connecting to known hotspots for faster connection after wake up. Of course, you can manage whether this feature is turned on or off in chrome://settings.

This new setting is the first feature of an experimental project codenamed Lucid Sleep¹. Its goal is to create a hybrid power state that could wake up a Chromebook from a suspended state to perform some work. Potential tasks include:
- Associating with a known Wi-Fi access point that has just come into range
- Updating user data in response to a received push message²
- Synchronizing with app servers at the request of an app
- Performing system maintenance like trimming SSDs or checking the battery level

Please refer to the Lucid Sleep design document¹ to understand how Linux Kernel, Power Manager, Shill Connection Manager and Chrome browser work together to coordinate Lucid Sleep.

¹ https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/chromiumos-design-docs/lucid-sleep 
² http://updates.html5rocks.com/2015/03/push-notificatons-on-the-open-web

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1065043003 
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Here's a blog post if you want to learn more about Lucid Sleep: http://blog.tomeuvizoso.net/2015/05/lucid-sleep-in-free-desktop.html
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Hah! That's brilliant!
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A terrific Chrome OS board codenamed Smaug based on the Nvidia Tegra 210 platform has recently sprung in the open-source Chromium OS repository.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/262330/
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+Moritz Post what don't you like about it? CPU performance or GPU performance? If its CPU its because of the A15. It not fast and not efficient. Just like the a57 but the a57 is a bit better and has 64 bit. The a72 is quite good. 10% faster, 10% smaller, 10% more efficient with overall 30% more performance at the same level. But if its 14/16nm finfet instead of 20nm or 28nm it's even smaller, more efficient and its possible to have higher clocks
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The Error Console¹ just got better in the latest chromium build² since we can now clear all errors thrown by an extension in one simple click.

Go to chrome://extensions, make sure "Developer Mode" is checked and notice the new "Errors" link if there are some. Clicking on it brings you to a dedicated pane which makes it easier to switch between errors and even remove specific errors.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/Eumfqg7fwVH
² https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1016413004
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Not related to this post, but have you seen this? http://peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches/#force-fieldtrial-params
Now we can set multiple fieldtrials! Great news :D (so you can start posting them more often as we try ALLLLL of them :D)
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The Google Accessibility¹ Team just released a new Chrome Extension plainly called Animation Policy which allows you to tell Chrome to run all animations only once, or disable animations completely.

It works on all animated image formats and animated SVG but does not affect videos.This extension uses the new animationPolicy property of the chrome.accessibilityFeatures² API.

Give it a try now and install Animation Policy at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ncigbofjfbodhkaffojakplpmnleeoee

¹ https://www.google.com/accessibility 
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/accessibilityFeatures

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1109953003
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The whole Internet has become immeasurably more usable for me now thanks to this (and Adblock).
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As you know, Chrome OS has now built-in support for password-protected ZIP files and that's really great but how about creating some password-protected ZIP files on your Chrome device

Lucky you! That's exactly what My Little Password does, a Chrome App I wrote for you. It is as simple as you can imagine and the beauty of this is that I conveniently rely on the C library libarchive¹ to create the ZIP archive thanks to the Portable Native Client² technology.
Go have a look at the public GitHub repository³ to see how easy it is to communicate between C and Javascript.

¹ https://github.com/libarchive/libarchive ² https://developer.chrome.com/native-client ³ https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/my-little-password-chrome-app

My Little Password Chrome App is available now for everyone at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/floifiapkmdcpbnppnfjikpbmgbbdijf
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We can finally use <Alt>+<Tab> to focus docked windows in the latest Dev Update in Chrome OS.

Whereas it was allowed only for regular windows, we can now simply dock a window by pressing twice <Alt> + [ if we want to dock it to the left for instance and press <Alt>+<Tab> to browse through all windows we have opened (docked included).

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1059903002
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OG pixel still kicking eh? 
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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
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    Vice President, 2005 - 2007
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