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Audio support is coming to Linux apps with Chrome OS 74

I've come to love using my Pixelbook over the last few months, thanks in part to support for Linux applications. Though it's still in its beta stages, I find it incredibly useful. Interestingly, it seems that Google is looking to address one of the limitations: the lack of audio playback for container programs. Based on a some official Project Crostini documents, we might see support for this in Chrome OS 74.

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New Chrome extension enables Microsoft's Windows Timeline

Microsoft recently made some changes to the "Task view" in Windows 10. As of the Spring 2018 update, it includes Windows Timeline. As the name implies, it shows a timeline of recent activities on your computer and connected Microsoft services. Now, you can add Chrome tabs to the list thanks to Redmond's new Web Activities extension. Just install this, and your Chrome tabs will sync to Windows Timeline and other products like Microsoft Launcher for Android.

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[Update: Now in Canary] Chrome might allow users to share links to specific sections of pages

You're probably familiar with anchors — the hashtags on the end of links that take you to a specific part of the link (like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)#History). Anchors are handy, but the page has to provide those anchors. Google is currently experimenting with a new anchor method, where users can create links that will take someone to any given phrase or sentence on a page.

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Google revises proposed Chrome ad blocker changes after public outcry and legal threats

Google is currently in the process of updating the API used by Chrome extensions. This isn't something that typical users would have cared much about, until extension developers pointed out that one of the proposed changes could prevent many content blockers (including uBlock Origin) from functioning. While Google hasn't completely backtracked from its plans, it has made concessions amidst public outcry and legal threats.

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Google removing ability for sites to detect Chrome Incognito Mode

While Chrome already sandboxes each tab you have open, Incognito Mode takes further steps to protect your privacy. Cookies and other locally-stored data are erased when the session ends, and history is never recorded. However, sites have been able to use well-known workarounds to determine if they were running under Incognito Mode, and Google is finally addressing them.

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Chrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download]

Now that the Stable version of Chrome 72 is out, Chrome 73 has moved up to the Beta channel. While there are a few nice improvements on Android, most of the new features in this release are for desktop platforms. Without further ado, let's take a deep dive into Chrome Beta 73.

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Hover-over tab previews in Chrome are coming, according to latest Canary builds

When it comes to the most popular internet browsers, Microsoft Edge isn't exactly at the top of the list, but Google Chrome could be getting one of its features. Edge has a feature that allows you to preview the contents of a tab by hovering over it to show a screenshot without having to visit the tab itself. Google has added two new flags to Chrome Canary that suggest a similar feature could be on its way.

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[Update: Now on MacOS] Native dark mode in Google Chrome for Windows 10 now available in Canary channel

The overwhelming demand for dark modes in apps is beginning to see serious results now, to the point where 2019 could be the year we see system-wide dark modes across all the major platforms. Windows 10 has already implemented this, but it relies on app developers to do their part, which Google is now doing for the Chrome browser.

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Google working on Never-Slow Mode for Chrome, promises a faster browsing experience while breaking content

The folks over at Chrome Story have spotted a commit to the Chromium Gerrit which points to a new "Never-Slow Mode" being worked on. It's described as "an experimental browsing mode that restricts resource loading and runtime processing to deliver a consistently fast experience," but at a cost: Google warns that it "may silently break content."

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