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François Beaufort
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After months of work, I'm proud to share with all of you that Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is now enabled by default in Chrome for Linux, Mac, and Windows. This allows you to watch videos in a floating window (always on top of other windows) so that you can keep an eye on what you're watching while interacting with other sites, or applications. I love it!

If you're a web developer, I'd recommend you read this article¹ to implement this feature for your website media player. If you simply want to try it, check out this sample². By the way, here's a trick for YouTube: right-click twice on the playing video and pick "Picture in picture".
Finally, if you want to toggle this feature on any website, have a look at the official Chrome extension³.

Don't worry: Chrome OS and Android are coming soon ;)
In the mean time, you can enable the experimental chrome://flags/#enable-surfaces-for-videos flag in Chrome OS.

Note: I'll be in San Francisco for the Chrome Dev Summit⁴ to talk about Picture-in-Picture and other media features. Come and say hi!

¹ https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2018/10/watch-video-using-picture-in-picture
² https://googlechrome.github.io/samples/picture-in-picture/
³ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/picture-in-picture/hkgfoiooedgoejojocmhlaklaeopbecg
https://developer.chrome.com/devsummit/schedule
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Chromium open-source project has hit version 72 this week-end so here are as usual some miscellaneous facts about this number from Wikipedia:

- In degrees Fahrenheit considered to be room temperature.
- The number of names of God, according to Kabbalah.
- A common limit for characters per line in computing (Ada for instance)
- A form of radio shorthand that roughly translates as meaning "Best wishes" in the QRP¹ (low power) community
- The number of spaces in a game of Parcheesi², from start space to "home."

¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QRP_operation
² https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parcheesi

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/c/1278328
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The big overlay play button in native media controls is moving back to the bottom left corner in Chrome Canary 🐤 desktop.

Note that this change does not affect Chrome for Android.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/c/1252846
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A new Chrome internal page allows users to see their administrator's capabilities in a managed environment.

Go to chrome://management page in Dev Channel to have a look at all extensions with powerful capabilities (like ability to read and write all data on the page) your administrator has installed.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1235674
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Page scrolls in Chrome OS tablet mode now scroll the top browser UI as well in Canary 🐤 channel. It is similar to how Chrome’s location bar on Android is shown/hidden with page scrolls.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1243574

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Here's a good news! The volume slider is back in Chrome's media controls. You can try it out today in Canary 🐤 channel on desktop. The slider will open when the mute button is hovered/focused and close when hover/focus is lost.

Let me know in the comments below if you're one of the happy people and why.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1246828
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The Chromium team is experimenting as we speak with showing only search terms in the Omnibox when user inputs a search query instead of the full search URL.

You can give it a try today by enabling the _chrome://flags/#enable-query-in-omnibox_flag in Chrome Canary 🐤 to see if you like it.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1229493
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Chrome OS is getting a new "Continue Reading" feature that allows you to access the latest opened tab on synced devices directly from the app launcher.

If you've checked "Open Tabs" in Advanced sync settings in Canary 🐤, you'll get a "suggested chip" upon opening the app launcher that points to the page of your latest foreign tab.

You can play with it today by enabling the experimental chrome://flags/#enable-continue-reading flag. Note that next Canary update will not require any flag.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1217593
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Network File Shares (such as Samba) are now enabled by default in Chrome OS Canary 🐤. This means you can browse another machine folder quite easily once it's set up.

Open the Settings app, look for "Network File Shares", click the "Add File Share" button, and enter required information. Click "Add" button and open the Files app to browse your newly mounted shared folder.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1194790
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Chrome OS shelf is getting a brand new UI with rounded corners in Chrome Canary 🐤.

All buttons get it: Launcher button, back button, overflow button, stylus, keyboard, and dictation panels as well. Many tweaks will come in the coming days so stay tuned.

Source: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/1198525
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