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François Beaufort
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Switching to opened tabs is going to be a lot easier thanks to an experimental "Switch to this tab" button in address bar results. This will hopefully help users reduce their tabs proliferation.

Give it a try today in Dev channel by enabling the chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions flag and restart Chrome.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1087754

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Chromium open-source project has hit version 70 so here are as usual some miscellaneous facts about this number from Wikipedia:

- 70 is the smallest weird number¹. Its proper divisors are 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, and 35; these sum to 74, but no subset of these sums to 70.
- In certain cases, copyrights expire after 70 years.
- Several languages do not have a specific word for 70: for example, French soixante-dix "sixty-ten"; Danish halvfjerds, short for halvfjerdsindstyve "three and a half score".
- In Olympic archery, the targets are 70 meters from the archers.
- Antarctica contains 70% of the world's fresh water (in the form of ice).

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

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1144491
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The Chrome OS team has just started experimenting with a new shelf layout where app icons are centered in Canary 🐤 channel. Pinned apps are on left while active apps are on the right.

You can follow along the implementation by enabling the flag chrome://flags/#shelf-new-ui and restart Chrome.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1137059
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The Files app features a brand new "My Files" section to better organize local files in Chrome OS canary 🐤 channel, given the addition of Android and Linux files. It also takes this as an opportunity to improve the side navigation to clearly group root types.

Note that this is still experimental. Eventually, order should be as below.

1. Recents
2. Media Views (Images, Videos and Audio)
3. Shortcuts
4. My Files
4.1. Downloads
4.2. Play Files (if enabled)
4.3. Linux Files (if enabled)
5. Other volumes (zip, usb, etc.)
6. Google Drive volumes.
7. Other File System Providers (when mounted)
8. Add new services

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1131025

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App shortcuts are being added for Android apps in Chrome OS Dev Channel. Those are intended to let you quickly start common or recommended tasks.

You can try them out by enabling the experimental flag chrome://flags/#enable-touchable-app-context-menu and right click an Android app pinned to shelf or in the launcher.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1086118
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Browser UI for Chrome OS, Linux, and Windows just got a Material design mode refresh in Canary 🐤 channel.

Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion: tab shape, single tab mode, omnibox suggestion icons, tab strip coloring, pinned tabs, and alert indicators.

MacOS users can set experimental flags chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md to "Refresh" and enable chrome://flags/#views-browser-windows to try it out now.

Note that it's still being actively developed and that you may stumble upon bugs.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1102821
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In tablet mode, we can now simply swipe to switch between wallpapers in Chrome OS canary. This makes it so much easier to browse and choose the best one in the redesigned Wallpaper Picker app.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1102903
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Chrome OS system menu is getting a fresh new design in Canary 🐤 channel that will please especially users on touch devices that are used to Android.

I personally enjoy the animation when collapsing the menu with my finger.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1088458
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The Chrome team is experimenting with a motion blur effect for the mouse cursor and I have to admit I'm huge a fan of this: I feel like playing Fruit Ninja every time I move the cursor!

You can give it a try by enabling the experimental flag at chrome://flags/#ash-enable-cursor-motion-blur and restart Chrome.

🗡 🍇 🍈🍉 🍊🍋🍌🍍🍎

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/846992
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A standalone version of dictation in Chrome OS, built separately from the on-screen virtual keyboard, is experimented as we speak (hi hi) in Canary 🐤 channel.

Here's how it works: when you have your cursor in a text input field, start voice typing by clicking the mic icon in the status area, or my favorite way: use the keyboard shortcut <Search> + D.

Play with it today by enabling the chrome://flags/#enable-experimental-accessibility-features flag and go to Chrome OS settings > Accessibility > Manage accessibility features then click "Enable Dictation (select to type)".

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/c/chromium/src/+/1014391
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