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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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G Suite users will be happy to learn that the Chrome OS team is working on showing files under Team Drives directly in the Files app.

You can give it a try if you're in Dev Channel by enabling the experimental flag chrome://flags/#team-drives and restarting Chrome.

For info, Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can store, search, and access their files anywhere. Learn more about those at https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/drive/get-started-team-drive/#!/

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1068644
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We can now easily insert emoji in Chrome OS thanks to the brand new emoji context menu available in Dev channel.

Play with it today by enabling the experimental flag chrome://flags/#enable-emoji-context-menu, restarting Chrome, and right-click on any input field.

Note that this context menu has been available for some time behind the same flag in Mac and Windows.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1051126
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The Chrome OS team is thinking about allowing us to manage all our Android files with the Files app in Dev channel.

We already have simplified views in the Files app such as Images, Videos, and Audio but this doesn't cover all files that can be created by Android apps such as PDFs and Office documents.

By setting the experimental flag chrome://flags#show-android-files-in-files-app to "Enabled", you'll get a new "Android Files" view that exposes Android emulated external storage. These files can copied in your Downloads folder if needed.

Funny thing: the "Download" folder in "Android Files" is your top root Downloads folder.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/q/1067378
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Chromium open-source project has hit version 69 last week so here are as usual some miscellaneous facts about this number from Wikipedia:

- On many handheld scientific and graphing calculators, the highest factorial that can be calculated, due to memory limitations, is 69! or about 1.711224524×1098.
- The number that fictional characters Bill Preston and Ted Logan were thinking of when talking to their future selves; see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNSeRHX9D6s
- *69, the Last Call Return feature code in the US and Canada
- ♋️, the symbol for the astrological sign Cancer
- "Summer of '69", a song by Bryan Adams

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1072564
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It is Chrome OS Tip Day Today!

Two new keyboard shortcuts have been added to toggle Chrome OS magnifiers to zoom in on text in Canary 🐥 channel:

- <Ctrl> + <Launcher> + M will toggle the Fullscreen Magnifier on/off
- <Ctrl> + <Launcher> + D will toggle the Docked Magnifier on/off

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1036533
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The Chrome team is experimenting with showing images and descriptive text about suggested entries in the address bar in Canary 🐣 channel.

Give it a try today by enabling the experimental flag chrome://flags/#omnibox-rich-entity-suggestions and restarting Chrome.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1016127
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We can now record videos from the updated Camera app installed by default in Chrome OS.

Open the app, hit the "Switch to record video" button, and start video recording. All your recorded videos will be saved locally in the gallery section of the app.

Source: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/camera/hfhhnacclhffhdffklopdkcgdhifgngh
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